There are A LOT of videos on the web about mountaintop removal coal mining. You can watch dozens of high quality videos on the iLoveMountains.org YouTube channel. The videos listed below are good places to start.
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America’s Most Endangered Mountains Video Series
Our video series and interactive map showcases the vibrant and indelible culture, stunning biodiversity and enormous economic potential of Appalachia. Watch the stories of individuals and communities facing a future where their natural heritage is at risk of being blown up by mountaintop removal coal mining, then take action to help save them!
iLoveMountains.org Introductory Video
More than 500 mountains have been destroyed by mountaintop removal coal mining. Watch this video about mountaintop removal, including excerpts from the documentary Kilowatt Ours, featuring Woody Harrelson and a soundtrack featuring an original recording of “Blowin’ in the Wind,” sung by Willie Nelson. (08:23)
This 3D Google Earth tour was produced in December 2009 for the United Nation’s Climate Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen, Denmark. It tells the story of the Coal River Wind Project: a group of citizens working to protect Coal River Mountain in West Virginia in order to build a sustainable 320 megawatt wind farm. Reducing our dependence on coal is not only better for the environment but economically profitable for local citizens and companies in Appalachia. The tour was produced by Appalachian Voices, Coal River Wind Project, and Google Earth Outreach Team (05:07)
Ashley Judd teamed up with The Alliance for Appalachia and NRDC to create a powerful television commercial that uses the most talked about ad in America’s history – President Johnson’s “Daisy Girl” – to convey the severity of mountaintop removal. Made possible by a grant from NRDC (00:30)
HD Aerial Video of Mountaintop Removal
Amazing full HD 1920 x 1080 aerial video of the Appalachian coalfields, shot entirely in southern West Virginia. There are 31 clips in all, including shots of many mountaintop removal mine sites, undisturbed mountains, a 20 story tall dragline, and a massive coal fired power plant. Review all available clips on the iLoveMountains.org Youtube Channel or in this low-res package. (90:00)
An introductory video explaining the National Memorial for the Mountains and the process of mountaintop removal mining (02:51)
Appalachian Treasures Video
Podcast of Appalachian Treasures, a multimedia presentation that features photos that capture the beauty of Appalachia as well as the modern legacy of industrial strip mining: flattened mountains and flooded communities. The video features voice recordings of local people recounting the daily struggles of life in the coalfields as well as traditional music of Appalachia. (15:53)
Children’s Video about Mountaintop Removal
We think you’ll love this new children’s cartoon about mountaintop removal coal mining from Gorilla in the Greenhouse. The kids discover where their power comes from, do internet and database research, save a mountain, and make a difference in their community, all in 8 minutes! The iLoveMountains.org team loved it, and we think you will too! (08:06)
‘Mountain Mourning’ calls upon Christians and their churches to summons moral courage and effective advocacy that will bring healing and justice to this land and its people. Produced by B. J. Gudmundsson, West Virginia Filmmaker of the Year 2005.
Filmmaker Jeff Barrie offers hope as he turns the camera on himself and asks, “How can I make a difference?” In his journey Barrie explores the source of our electricity and the problems caused by energy production including mountain top removal, childhood asthma and global warming. Along the way he encounters individuals, businesses, organizations, and communities who are leading the way, using energy conservation, efficiency and renewable, green power all while saving money and the environment. (56:00)
The Last Mountain
A Sundance Official Selection, The Last Mountain is described as, “…a passionate and personal tale that honors the extraordinary power of ordinary Americans when they fight for what they believe in. The Last Mountain shines a light on America’s energy needs and how those needs are being supplied. It is a fight for our future that affects us all.
Determined to bring the film’s message to every corner of the country, Director Bill Haney and the film crew worked to secure theatrical distribution. Their efforts paid off –Dada Films picked up The Last Mountain, making it the first mountaintop removal documentary to enjoy a nationwide theatrical release.
Coal Country takes us inside modern coal mining. We get to know working miners along with activists who are battling coal companies in Appalachia. We visit the homes of people most directly affected by MTR; they talk to us about health problems, dirty water in their wells and streams, and dust and grime on their floors.
We hear from miners and coal company officials, who are concerned about jobs and the economy and believe they are acting responsibly in bringing power to the American people.
Both sides in this conflict claim that history is on their side. Families have lived in the region for generations, and most have ancestors who worked in the mines. Everyone shares a deep love for the land, but MTR is tearing them apart. Are the people fighting against mountaintop removal really protecting the earth, or do they stand in the way of affordable energy for all Americans? We need to understand the meaning behind promises of “cheap energy” and “clean coal.” Are they achievable? At what cost? And what are the alternatives for our energy future?