The Earth Under Assault

Three years after Preserving Sacred Appalachia Conference, Appalachia and all of the planet is as vulnerable as ever to fossil fuel industry

LENOIR, N.C. (April 22, 2018) – Three years ago this morning, I was having breakfast with our daughter Lindsay in Charleston, W.Va., reflecting upon the Preserving Sacred Appalachia gathering we had organized with the help of countless others.

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We were hopeful. Despite a cold, steady rain, the grays and browns of winter in West Virginia had finally turned to green in the Kanawha Valley. The greening hills reflected our outlook.

But we were wrong. The fossil fuel industry dominates Appalachia with an iron grip it has not enjoyed since the West Virginia Mine Wars of roughly a century ago. So, please take a moment to click on the link above, read about the relentless brave souls fighting to preserve our region and planet. And, on this Earth Day, let us recommit ourselves to being part of the fight to protect Sacred Appalachia and all corners of our planet.

© Michael M. Barrick, 2018. Feature (home page) photo by Patrick Hendry on Unsplash.