Team ENERGY STAR also has some great opportunities to help get kids involved. For more information on that, check out Saving Energy is Easy & Fun With the Help of Team ENERGY STAR. And be sure to go see Epic, out in theaters tomorrow, May 17th.
The Last Mountain is a powerful film about a destructive form of coal mining called mountaintop removal coal mining. This form of mining involves blowing up the top of the mountain to get to the coal seams. It requires less workers and is a much quicker form of mining, but it is destroying the Appalachian Mountains.
The Last Mountain shows us how this mining is done and how it’s effecting the lives of the people in Appalachia. You watch parents struggle to get a new school built away from the coal dust, families torn apart due to death and illness connected to the mining, and you see communities rising up against this terrible social and environmental injustice.
While there is a lot of gloom and doom in the movie, seeing as it’s a tough and often dark topic, there is hope as well. The community is fighting back and has a plan, a wind farm on the “last mountain.” The wind farm would bring money to the struggling community and prove power to many homes for years to come.
This film is a must see. We are all connected to coal in someway and we must know what it’s doing to people and our environment. After you watch this film you will likely want to take action and you can by following these steps.
- Call your local power company and ask if they offer wind credits. These credits often only slightly increase your monthly bill and will ensure you are supporting the building of wind farms.
- Write your representative and let the know you want to see more wind farms in Oklahoma. We are a wonderful state for wind power and we have only become to use all of this great wind.
- Reduce your energy use. Conservation is a great way to reduce the need for coal and will also save you money.
- Go to ILoveMountains.org and sign the pledge to end mountaintop coal mining.
- Visit The Last Mountain’s website.
About the Author
Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and consultant. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.