Published on October 7th, 2010 | by Zachary Shahan
To Swiss Banking Giant UBS: Get Out of Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining!
Mountaintop removal coal mining is one of the most horrendous things on the planet in my mind. It decapitates precious, beautiful mountains; pollutes rivers and communities with mercury, arsenic and other harmful waste; and helps accelerate global warming (or global weirding).
Luckily, people have been catching onto this. World-renowned climate scientist James Hansen and hundreds of others protested about this and were arrested in D.C. recently. And I have seen more and more petitions and articles on the issue lately.
The latest petition is from world-leading activist community Avaaz, which is focused on getting Swiss banking giant UBS, “the world’s top financier of mountaintop removal coal mining,” to stop funding this horrible practice.
“Many of the world’s top banks have already renounced mountaintop removal mining. UBS, which has lent $900 million to MTR companies since 2008, needs to join this group.”
I just became the 23,876th person to sign Avaaz’ petition and encourage you to head on over and sign it as well.
Do your part, help put an end to mountaintop removal coal mining.
And, whenever I write about mountaintop removal coal mining I think of this video below of an excellent activism effort in West Virginia. It’s worth another share:
Photo Credit: iLoveMountains.org via flickr