February 5th is the day of National Teach-in on Global Warming Solutions.  We always hear of the dangers of Global Warming, and it is important to know how this will impact humans and ecosystems, but now is the time to talk about solutions.  There are ways that we can stop things from getting worse and get onto the track of a healthy future.

Marshall University in Huntington, WV is hosting a teach in. Below is the agenda.  Want to find a Teach-in closer to home?  Check out the action map for an event near you.

National Teach-In on Global Warming Solutions
February 5, 2009
Marshall University’s Program for Participation…

The Global Warming Solutions Gallery

Location and Time: Marshall University Student Center, Room BE5, 10am until 7pm

a.    10:00am – 11:00am: Connect to “Focus the Nation”
b.    11am – 11:30am: Coal River Wind Project Presentation
c.    11:30am – noon: Dr. Mike Little’s Agriculture Reclamation for Mountaintop Removal Sites Presentation
d.    Noon – 1pm: Discussion of “A New Shared Economy for Appalachia” paper
e.    1pm – 3pm Green Jobs Panel, with representatives from:
i.    Center for Economic Options (CEO)
ii.    WV Youth Action League (WV-YAL)
iii.    Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER)
iv.    More participants TBD
f.    3:00pm to 3:30pm: Green Bridge (a green business being developed by MU students)
g.    3:30pm to 5pm: Open Mike
h.    5pm to 7pm: “Kilowatt Ours” (film)
i.    Other Gallery Items:
i.    The Global Warming Solution Poster Series provided by Marshall’s HON480 “Global Climate Change: Scientific and Social Perspectives” Class
ii.    Kat Cadle (poster and handouts on simple ways to live sustainably)
iii.    Showcase of Marshall’s available, relevant library items on green design, sustainability, global warming, etc.

Anyone interested in presenting an idea, project or information about a global warming solution can email Libby Callicoat at callico1@marshall.edu to be included.

On January 21, thousands of people from all walks of life are coming together to call the White House. On this call, we are going to ask President Obama to:

  • Say YES to renewable energy.
  • Say YES to energy efficiency.
  • Say NO to carbon capture sequestration (CCS).
  • Say NO to nuclear power.

This day of action is being organized by CLEAN, a collaborative movement of organizations and individuals with the common goal of implementing a new energy future. The goal is for 10,000 calls to be made to President Obama on his first  day in office.  Christians for the Mountains has pledged to make 400 calls. Please help us reach this goal! Let President Obama know how you feel about clean energy, the role of coal in our country, and the extremely  devastating effects that Mountaintop Removal is having on Appalachian communities, culture, and and environment.

Go to the CLEAN website, and choose Christians for the Mountains as the organization you pledge to call on behalf of. You will be sent an email reminder close to January 21st. There is a sample script on the website, but feel free to use your own words.  Let President Obama know that your faith motivates you to take action for renewable energy and why it is important to you as a Christian that the United States take giant steps in transitioning toward a clean energy economy.

Share this with you friends and families.  This is your chance to let the new president know that clean energy should be one his top priorities.

Coal River Mountain is one of the last mountains left intact in the beautiful Coal River Valley of West Virginia. However, Massey Energy has plans to mine 6,000 acres of the mountain – or almost 10 square miles via mountaintop Removal. The proposed mining would bury over 20 miles of streams with valley fills, contaminate local water resources, put local communities in further danger of flash floods, and completely eliminate the available wind resource.

Fortunately, there is an alternative to mountaintop removal mining on Coal River Mountain -wind power. This is a unique opportunity to move our nation and the state of West Virginia toward the production of clean energy, and to preserve God’s creation for generations to come. The Christian community has become increasingly vocal in the biblical call of environmental stewardship and thereby very supportive of alternative energy resources.  (for more info go to www.coalriverwind.org)   But we have to act quickly! Recently a permit has been issued which means Massey could begin blasting at any time and the wind project is in danger.

On Tuesday, December 9th, Coal River Mountain Watch is holding two press conferences. The more supporters present at the conferences, the more successful they will be!

Press Conferences are scheduled for:

1:30 p.m., Beckley, WV at The Tamarack in the Atrium Dining Room

4:30 p.m., Charleston, WV at the Capitol building in the Governor’s Conference Room

A coalition between Christians for the Mountains and Restoring Eden: Christians for Environmental Stewardship has formed and initiated a campaign to support the wind project.  Representatives from both organizations will be present at both press conferences and will present  Gov. Manchin with a letter stating our support as Christians for the wind project.

Please read the online version of our letter and add your signature.
Act quickly and please share this with as many of your friends and church members as possible.

Tell WV Gov. Manchin that it is important to your faith and the people of southern WV that he halt the destruction Coal River Mountain and support the Coal River Wind Project.
I also urge you to contact Gov. Manchin yourself and tell him your concerns.
CALL Gov. Manchin TODAY at: 1-888-438-2731 or send an email to Governor@WVGov.org

The folks at the We Can Solve It campaign have made a great short ad about repowering America with clean, renewable energy that was to be aired during the previous presidential debates.  ABC refused to air it last Tuesday.  The main message of the commercial is that to strengthen our economy, we need to end our dependence on foreign oil.  It also argues that one reason why America has not made the transition to clean, renewable sources of energy is because of the stronghold that oil and coal lobbys have on the media.

Don’t let the big spending oil and coal lobbys dictate our future.  There are a lot of misleading ads out there aobut the climate crisis and the roles that oil and coal play. Educate yourself and others about the issues. Demand that the argument for clean, renewable energy is heard.

We Can Solve It has sent a letter to ABC asking that they reconsider the ad and air it tonight (Friday) on 20/20. So far no response has been given.  In the past 24 hours over 100,000 Americans concerned about the climate crisis have sent emails to ABC to let them know that they want the ad to be aired.  Thank you to  everyone who expressed their concerns to ABC, and for those of you who have not done so yet, its not too late! Please click here to send your email.

Check out the ad below.

The last post dealt with Massey’s fast-tracked plans to demolish Coal River Mountain which would destroy the possibility of harnessing clean energy, creation of sustainable jobs, vast quantities of ginseng, and Appalachian Mountain heritage.   Below is a message from the Coal River Wind Team that discusses the current situation of the permits and a call to action to let West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin know that you want to save Coal River Mountain for wind power and the various opportunities that this new endeavor would open up.

Hey folks,

We wanted to let you know that Coal River Mountain has survived another day!  Due to the fact that Massey coal company had not obtained the required permits, they were prevented from starting the blasting yesterday from a legal standpoint.  However, it was your calls and emails to Governor Manchin that pressured him into sending his own team of inspectors down to the mine site to make sure they didn’t blast.  So for the residents of the Coal River Valley, and for the future of West Virginia, we wanted to say THANK YOU!!

Since Tuesday morning, nearly 2,500 of you have emailed the Governor, and the emails are still going through at a steady pace.  From what we can tell, the Governor also received hundreds of calls, and about 600 of you signed our petition (if you didn’t do so, please sign the petition).  This was a great push, and the pressure on the governor is vital to winning this campaign and bringing wind power to southern West Virginia.  He now knows that people all over West Virginia and all over the nation are watching to see if he’ll let Coal River Mountain – and the potential for clean energy development in an economically depressed, coal-dependent area – be destroyed for only 14 years of coal mining, or if he’ll do the right thing and rescind the permits altogether.  He may have helped stop the blasting, but he only did so for legal reasons, and you can bet that Massey is pushing hard to get the required blasting and mining permits, so We Still Need Your Help!!

Can you forward this email to at least 5 friends, asking them to help save Coal River Mountain for wind power?  We need to ramp up the pressure, and keep the calls and emails coming in, for once Massey gets those permits, only Governor Manchin can take them away.

Also, if you are in the area, come join us on September 16th as we celebrate the opportunity that exists here on Coal River Mountain, as well as all over West Virginia, to transition away from a heavy dependence on coal and toward a cleaner, greener energy and economic future.  We’ll be holding a “Rally for Green Jobs and Healthy Mountains” on the steps of the State Capitol building in Charleston, WV from 5:00-6:30pm, and we would love to have all of you there if you can make it.  Pass the word around, because the more people that attend, the louder our message will be, and Governor Manchin will hear it ringing through the halls of the Capitol.

Thank you for all of your support, and for helping save Coal River Mountain for a little while longer.

Lorelei, Rory and the Coal River Wind Team.

Our friends at  Coal River Mountain Watch and CLEAN (Citizens Lead for Energy Action Now) have alerted us that Richmond, Virginia based Massey Energy has fast-tracked plans to  start mountain top removal on Coal River Mountain and blasting could occur as early as tomorrow (Wednesday, September 10).  The Coal River Wind Farm is the proposed alternative to destroying the mountain. This project would provide sustainable jobs, preserve heritage, and play an important role in advocating for clean, renewable energy.  The Coal River Wind Farm would also still allow for underground mining to occur while the wind is being harnessed.

Take action! Once the destruction starts, it will be very hard to stop.  West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin has expressed interest in supporting renewable energy.  In White Sulphur Springs on Friday, Manchin claimed that he will push for renewable energy projects and that renewable energy will be the focus of the next State of the State speech. Let him know that you want the Coal River Wind Project to be given more consideration before the blasting occurs and that this is the opportunity that he should take to show that he is serious about clean, renewable energy.

Contact Gov. Manchin here and let him know that more consideration must be given to the Coal River Wind Farm

Check out this article on Yahoo News about Massey’s fast-tracked plans

and this Charleston Gazette article about Manchin’s plans to push for renewable energy projects

“Every crisis is a judgement, a call to see where things have gone wrong and to seek to set matters right, both within our consciousness and in society.  The environmental crisis, the economic crisis, the crisis of justice, the crisis of faith, the employment crises, the crisis of militarism- all these are symptoms not only that humanity has to yet become what is has to be, but also that we are on the wrong track.” Paulos Mar Gregorios

The Human Presence: Ecological Spirituality in the Age of the Spirit, Amity House Press, Amity, NY 1989, p.3  excerpt from A Cloud of Witness by Fredrick W. Krueger, p 438

What can we do to get on the right path? Everyone must ask themselves, what is it going to take to get back on track?  What can I do on a personal level and what can I do to encourage others that we need to be stewards of the earth?

It is obvious that the present rates of consumption and the current means of extracting sources of energy are leading us down the wrong path.  We can make changes and protect our heritage, environment, and families.

Set an example

One of the best ways to encourage people to change their consumption habits is to lead by example.  Inspire others.  A lot of people  want to make a difference but feel that they can make no impact.  By taking action yourself, show them that it can be done and that every little bit helps.  Here are some resources to help you come up with ways to conserve your energy usage.  Share them with your friends and family!

Daily Green: 10 Easiest Tips

Summer Time Energy-Saving Tips

Earth Lab

Be an advocate

Advocate for our mountains and for cleaner, renewable sources of energy. Demand change and be proactive. Nothing gets accomplished by being passive.  We have been on a harmful path for  too long and now it is time to make a change. Share the issues with others.  Explain to them how Mountain Top Removal and renewable energy are moral and spiritual issues.  Support endeavors that will protect our mountains and help us reduce our dependency on coal.

The Coal River Wind Project is a good step forward in protecting our mountains and at the same time, harnessing clean, renewable energy.  This wind farm will keep the mountain in tact, provide energy, create jobs, and preserve heritage.  Another great aspect of this project is that it will set a good example of how we can use our mountains to benefit the economy and local citizens without blasting them away.  This project can serve as a model for future endeavors and is a good step in showing the country that Appalachia is interested in promoting renewable sources of energy.

For more information and statistics about the Coal River Wind Project, please visit their website at http://www.coalriverwind.org/
Don’t forget to sign the petition!