Funeral for the Mountains
Oct 28, 2000
Mourn for our Losses, Stand Up for our Future! was the
theme of the Funeral for the Mountains, held October 28,
2000 in Charleston, WV. In southern West Virginia,
mountaintop removal coal mining has destroyed many mountain
communities -- people's homes, schools and water wells.
Hundreds of square miles of mountainous, richly biodiverse
forest habitat and over 1,000 miles of beautiful,
biologically crucial streams have been lost to this massacre
of our mountains! The Funeral allowed us to express our
grief over the slaughter, while sending a message to the
state's "leaders" that the destruction must stop!
Carol Jackson's mock cemetery sits on the
lawn of the state capitol. Each tombstone represents a
mountain, stream or town lost to mountaintop removal.
Mourners marched from the Charleston, WV
Office of Surface Mining to the state capitol. The
procession, led by the sorrowful tones of bagpipes,
stretched over three city blocks. Some mourners carried mock
coffins representing the losses to life and community
associated with mountaintop removal.
Cindy Rank, mining committee chair for
the WV Highlands Conservancy, delivered a eulogy for the
Secretary of State Ken Hechler delivered
the eulogy for the trees.
The crowd at Funeral for the Mountains.