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SG-W:/ Mountain Top Removal: The Hidden Destruction of the Appalachian Mountains -- Tuesday, January 16 in Ann Arbor


The Appalachian Mountains have stood for over 250 million years.  They've seen continents collide and split apart.  They've seen dinosaurs emerge, evolve, and go extinct.  They've seen ice ages come and go. 

Yet over the course of just the past few years, hundreds of these ancient mountaintops have been obliterated -- literally blown up for the sake of the coal that lies beneath their slopes.
  What were once lovely forest-covered Appalachian mountaintops are now moonscapes.  Nearby valleys and creeks are now buried under waste rubble hundreds of feet deep. 

The result?  Wildlife habitat is destroyed, communities are flooded, and nature is desecrated.
These ancient landscapes are being destroyed just for the sake of a few months' electricity.

Please join us at the Sierra Club-Huron Valley Group's free public program this Tuesday, January 16 in Ann Arbor.  Kentuckian Dave Cooper will tell us about Mountain Top Removal:  The Hidden Destruction of the Appalachian Mountains.

Newcomers are welcome to this free, family-friendly event, which begins at 7:30 pm at the lovely Matthaei Botanical Gardens (map).
After the presentation, we invite you to stay for refreshments and mingle with friendly people who share your interest in nature.  You can learn about local Sierra Club activities like hiking, skiing, and our conservation projects.

We'll have Sierra Club calendars, coffee, and tea, and EarthCash shopping vouchers available for purchase by cash or check.  With EarthCash you can help stop sprawl when you shop at many of your favorite stores -- at no additional cost to you. 

All are welcome; no membership is required.    Please feel free to forward this message to others who might be interested.

Doug Cowherd
Chair, Sierra Club-Huron Valley Group

P.S. Check out this terrific short video about mountain top removal.  Woody Harrelson narrates, and Willie Nelson sings a song:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPixjCneseE

The Sierra Club-Huron Valley Group's public programs are normally held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens, located at 1800 N. Dixboro Road (between Geddes and Plymouth roads, just east of Ann Arbor and US-23), beginning at 7:30 pm.  Meetings are free and open to the public.

February 20    The Death of Nature:  The Impending Great Extinction of the 21st Century?
                         Johannes Foufopoulos, Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan

For more information: http://www.michigan.sierraclub.org/huron/

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