by Ariana Pekary, producer
In The Last Mountain, Robert Kennedy, Jr. says that Americans would start a revolution if they could see from an airplane the destruction of mountain top removal mining. Perhaps folks would get angry if they saw, with their own two eyes, what a mountain looks like minus its top eight or nine hundred feet (that’s how much can be blown off the top of our nation’s oldest mountains as part of this process). Oh, and minus any greenery or form of life up there, making it appear to be a “moonscape,” as Kennedy points out in the film. Maybe people across the nation would rally in the streets if they knew six neighbors of varying ages all died from brain tumors, attributed to water polluted by coal from a nearby processing plant. Citizens could find ways to make Massey Energy fix or pay fines for its 67,000+ violations to the Clean Water Act.
Yes, this is all possible. Our nation could revolt.
But a few other things must happen first, it seems. One, people could be better informed, either by listening to our original documentary on the subject (Exploding Heritage), or Bob’s interview with environmentalist Robert Kennedy, Jr., and filmmakers Clara Bingham and Bill Haney. Or you could watch their film, The Last Mountain, for yourself. And two, somehow support needs to be garnered for the Appalachian Mountains, the same way people care about the Berkshires or the Cascades. As Bob points out in the interview, the Berkshires would never be blasted on a daily basis they way the mountains are in West Virginia. The people there simply wouldn’t allow it.
Here is the film’s trailer.