Step It Up Action Alert: No New Coal!

You can help stop mountaintop removal mining

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President Bush is trying to expand the destructive practice of mountaintop removal coal mining. We’re building a movement to stop him in his tracks.

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Dear Friends,

We don’t normally send out action alerts like this, but right now something really important is at stake – and we have a unique opportunity to help. Last April 14, thousands of us honored the iconic places in our communities that inspire us to fight global warming. We’re asking you now to take action to save one of the most iconic landscapes in America, the mountains of Appalachia.

Right now, the Bush administration is relentlessly pursuing anti-environmental policies to allow coal companies to continue to bury hundreds of miles of streams in Appalachia under enormous piles of rubble created by mountaintop removal coal mining. This large scale devastation has already buried over 1,000 miles of streams, flattened more than 400 mountains, and driven American citizens from their homes. We need to let the administration and the public know that we won’t stand for this.

Click here to send a letter to the editor of your local paper.

This November 3rd, we hope to have thousands of rallies around the country calling for “No New Coal” as one of our four priorities to stop global warming. By gathering at places named after great leaders from our country’s past, we will send a powerful message to our current politicians: real leaders would not allow a destructive practice like mountaintop removal to continue in America.

But it’s important we act right now to build the movement for “No New Coal” in America. Step It Up is partnering with a number of incredible groups in Appalachia to take a stand against mountaintop removal and King Coal. You can take action today by signing up to host a rally and sending a letter to the editor of your local newspaper opposing mountaintop removal coal mining and inviting your community to your November 3rd event.

Click here to send a letter to the editor of your local paper.

By enshrining mountaintop removal coal mining, the Bush administration is also trying to condemn us to years of dirty energy. Coal is the single largest emitter of greenhouse gases in the United States. We can reduce our dependence on coal by pushing Congress to cut carbon 80% by 2050 and invest in a clean energy economy that will create millions of new jobs. And we can make sure those jobs go to those who need them most by creating a Green Jobs Corps to train thousands of workers and create green pathways out of poverty for young adults with barriers to employment, displaced workers, and veterans. But we need your help to make this vision a reality: help spread the word by organizing an event and sending a letter to the editor today.

Click here to send a letter to the editor of your local paper.

As Bill McKibben wrote in his invitation to take part in Step It Up 2, “A movement needs to keep moving, and calling for real leadership is the next logical step.” Taking a stand against coal right now is a great way to add momentum to your organizing efforts in your community and the national movement for a new clean energy future. And of course, please forward this email far and wide to help build our online community of organizers around the country.

Thanks for all you do,

The Step It Up Organizing Team – Bill, Ian, Jamie, Jason, Jonah, Kelly, Lauren, May, Phil, Will

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