Please check out the wonderful YouTube video below produced by the Sierra Club. It illustrates how the destruction of mountains in Appalachia through the process of Mountain Top Removal is a spiritual and moral dilemma. This short video spotlights Christians that are motivated by their faith to take action against the anihillation of God’s mountains. Also featured in this clip is Christians for the Mountains Intern Sage Russo. The video lays out actions that persons of faith can take to show love for their Creator and become a better steward of God’s planet.  The Sierra Club has done some great work in partnering with faith communities. Please take a look at the work they are doing with church groups fighting against Mountain Top Removal and care of God’s creation as whole.

“I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.”   Jerimiah 2:7

He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work.

Psalm 104:10‑13

Boone Co. WV, Rt. 85, Lim White Branch and Big Branch Creek headwaters

Boone Co. WV, Rt. 85, Lim White Branch and Big Branch Creek headwater, courtesy Vivian Stockman, OVEC

Do you think this is what God had in mind for his creation?  Mountain Top Removal severely damages waterways in Appalachia.  Over 1000 miles of streams have been buried in valley fills.  This is an area longer than the Ohio River! (OVEC)  Just imagine, a vast area where fish and other aquatic life used to swim, where people used to fish and enjoy God’s beautiful work,  now filled in with coal rubble and gone forever.  Not only are streams destroyed, but local citizens must deal with contaminated water on a daily basis. Check out this video to witness a resident of Boone County, WV changing his water filter in Prenter Hollow.