Standing Our Ground

Standing Our Ground

Women, Environmental Justice, and the Fight to End Mountaintop Removal

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Standing Our Ground: Women, Environmental Justice, and the Fight to End Mountaintop Removal examines women’s efforts to end mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia. Mountaintop removal coal mining, which involves demolishing the tops of hills and mountains to provide access to coal seams, is one of the most significant environmental threats in Appalachia, where it is most commonly practiced.

The Appalachian women featured in Barry’s book have firsthand experience with the negative impacts of Big Coal in West Virginia. Through their work in organizations such as the Coal River Mountain Watch and the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, they fight to save their mountain communities by promoting the development of alternative energy resources. Barry’s engaging and original work reveals how women’s tireless organizing efforts have made mountaintop removal a global political and environmental issue and laid the groundwork for a robust environmental justice movement in central Appalachia.


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Standing Our Ground: Women, Environmental Justice, and the Fight to End Mountaintop Removal examines women’s efforts to end mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia.

Standing Our Ground: Women, Environmental Justice, and the Fight to End Mountaintop Removal examines women’s efforts to end mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia. Mountaintop removal coal mining, which involves demolishing the tops of hills and mountains to provide access to coal seams, is one of the most significant environmental threats in Appalachia, where it is most commonly practiced.

The Appalachian women featured in Barry’s book have firsthand experience with the negative impacts of Big Coal in West Virginia. Through their work in organizations such as the Coal River Mountain Watch and the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, they fight to save their mountain communities by promoting the development of alternative energy resources. Barry’s engaging and original work reveals how women’s tireless organizing efforts have made mountaintop removal a global political and environmental issue and laid the groundwork for a robust environmental justice movement in central Appalachia.



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On a visit to West Virginia's southern coalfield country where she grew up, Barry (women's studies, Hamilton College, Clinton, New York) first learned of the controversial form of coal mining called mountaintop removal coal mining (MTR). She chronicles the process and history of MTR, and the environmental justice movement from 1998-2012 by Appalachian women and their families against its environmental, health, and cultural impacts. Includes maps and photos. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Athens, Ohio : Ohio University Press, ©2012. (Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2012)
ISBN: 9780821444108
0821444107
0821421328
9780821421321
Characteristics: 1 online resource (208 pages)

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