MTR - Mountaintop Removal

Approx 10k pieces

Sometimes called “strip mining on steroids”, this disastrous form of mining in the US has leveled total area the size of Delaware. Over 500 mountains along the pristine mountain areas of the Appalachian mountains (believed to be some of the oldest mountains on the globe) have been leveled – poisoning the aquifers, releasing heavy metals, forever destroying wildlife habitat. Over 2000 miles of streams have been buried.

While there are requirements to reseed, the soil is so badly damaged as not to support life in any significant manner. No matter, these requirements are easily bypassed by transgressing corporations that set up and let bankrupt shell companies in charge of the cleanup, thus avoiding the effort. While this type of mining began in the 60’s, it has really been ramped up starting in the 90’s. This is sick stuff. A fitting legacy for our children in this culture of unrestrained consumerism. Look for sites that have email campaigns directed toward our elected officials. Do what you can to spread this awareness. Is this the world you want your kids to inherit?

Add your voice to the email protest campaign:
Read more in Chris Hedges wonderfully searing book – Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt –  on social issues here in the US. A chapter is devoted to the plight of the people living around these mountains and the devastation this mining causes.


Claire said...

This is great work. Thank you for sharing it.It is inspiring.

I would like to contact you, or someone or organization, that would accept a large donation of Lego, which could be used to in an educational setting for underprivileged kids in NJ. I need suggestions.

Mike Doyle said...

I'm not sure about underprivileged children, but some places I could suggest are your local library or elementary school or museum, such as Morris Museum where they have occasional Lego programs for kids.

Lee Hollman said...

I find that DonorsChoose is excellent for donations, if you haven't tried them already...