As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, we wanted to take a moment and give thanks to all the grassroots environmental activists like Hilton Kelley who are working hard to protect our natural resources. Hilton recently stopped by our office in San Francisco to share his thoughts on the recent victory to halt the Keystone pipeline.
The latest issue of O Magazine features an eight-page spread about Lynn Henning’s heroic battle against CAFOs—concentrated animal feeding operations that hold thousands of animals in small, confined spaces. Their practices pollute the air, land and water that provide the livelihood for small family farms like Henning’s, which has been in her family for four generations.
Sarah James, who shared the 2002 Goldman Prize with fellow Gwich’in leaders Norma Kassi and Jonathon Solomon, traveled to Washington DC earlier this month to participate in a national exhibit about the impact of climate change on indigenous cultures.
The House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources recently hosted a hearing in West Virginia to discuss the impact of coal mining regulations in Appalachia. While floor time was dominated by political supporters of the coal mining industry, environmental activists Maria Gunnoe and Bo Webb got a chance to represent the real voices of families who have to live with mountaintop removal coal mining every day.
Last night, CNN aired "Battle for Blair Mountain: Working in America," a documentary piece on coal mining hosted by Soledad O'Brien. While the piece makes an effort to represent both sides of the issue, it leaves out a critical voice: Appalachian families whose health and livelihoods have been in steady decline because of mountaintop removal coal minining.
We were thrilled to hear yesterday’s announcement: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $50 million to their campaign to eliminate the dirtiest coal-fired power plants.
Last week marked an important victory for Hilton Kelly (2011) and the fight for clean air and pollution control. On Thursday, July 7, the EPA announced new regulations known as the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule that will force hundreds of power plants to reduce harmful emissions known to cause illnesses in downwind communities. Hilton Kelly had this to say about the new regulations:
Recently featured at the Sundance Film Festival, The Last Mountain sheds light the mountaintop removal coal mining debate in the US. Goldman Prize recipient Maria Gunnoe ('09) a tireless activist featured in the film, has been fighting to protect both the land and her unique Appalachian culture from mining destruction. Scheduled to hit theatres in June 2011, the film also includes an action campaign to help spread awareness about the issues.