This Autumn: Go Tell It On the Mountain
From the old spiritual, ‘Go, Tell It on the Mountain’, we hear of going up to the mountaintop and proclaiming far and wide the birth of Jesus Christ.
In this spirit, the tour will travel across the country from Pennsylvania to Minnesota in order to bring the same song of hope and liberation, but this time to the mountains and people who reside in their valleys.
We are thrilled to announce that this autumn Restoring Eden will be embarking on an exciting college tour to bring attention to the practice of mountaintop removal mining and its devastating impact on communities and the environment of central Appalachia.
The "Go, Tell it on the Mountain" Tour will be a multimedia presentation including film, photography, and music telling the stories of coalfield residents in affected areas. Singer/songwriter Aaron Lee Martin (www.myspace.com/aaronleemartin) will be accompanying us, infusing the presentation with soulful folk and bluegrass melodies.
Alongside our desire to shed light on the tragedy of mountain top removal itself, the tour will explore ways students and participants can get involved and help to protect the mountains, streams, and people affected by this violation of God‘s creation.
For those who aren’t aware Mountaintop Removal is a devastating mining practice in which coal companies literally blow up mountains, nearly 500 so far, to get to small, underlying seams of coal. They then dump the "overburden”—what was once the mountaintop—including topsoil, rocks, minerals, trees, and other wildlife into nearby valleys. This practice not only destroys the mountains themselves but also thousands of miles of streams and untold acres of richly bio-diverse forests and wildlife habitat. Furthermore, communities near these sites suffer from devastated watersheds, drinking water poisoned with toxic minerals, flooding, damaged buildings from blasting, and the disappearing Appalachian mountains they hold dear.
We believe that the desecration of the Appalachian Mountains is a tragedy that blatantly disregards God's majestic handiwork. Mountaintop removal affects the lives, health, culture, economy, and future of our brothers and sisters in Appalachia.