Thursday, June 9, 2011

Belcourt Theater: The Last Mountain

An important new film, The Last Mountain, is opening this weekend in Nashville, Tennessee – Friday, Saturday and Sunday – at the Belcourt Theatre, 2102 Belcourt Avenue.

Coal generates about half of the electricity produced in the United States and is, worldwide, the largest source of climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions.

As you may know the primary method for mining coal in Appalachia is known as mountaintop removal mining. In order to stop this environmentally devastating practice, it is essential to raise the public's awareness of its disastrous consequences. 

According to CREDO Action, in recent years, mountaintop removal mining has destroyed over 500 Appalachian mountains, decimated 1 million acres of forest, and buried 2000 miles of streams.

The Last Mountain tells the story of mountaintop removal mining through the lens of Coal River Valley in West Virginia.  Activists there are trying to stop Massey Energy and other big coal companies from continuing to destroy their communities.

By attending The Last Mountain's opening this weekend, you can help give the film a much needed boost, as well as, help it to open in additional theaters nationwide.

1 comment:

mythopolis said...

Perhaps eventually they will be called the Appalachian Mesas......groan...