Hello! I'm Heather.
Artist. Photographer. Explorer. Environmentalist. Nature lover. Anti Coal Activist. Bone collector.

I spend my time exploring and studying the Appalachian Mountains. A vast region, often overlooked, but home to some of the most beautiful and lush forests in the world. I am in love with the wilderness, it is my home, my peace, and what keeps me sane. I make my living as an artist, selling jewelry and other creations. I live a very free lifestyle... outside the lines society has drawn for us. THIS is the society that I love and respect.

*All photos in this blog are my own.

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Coal was formed from buried forests. Lush forests, with ferns and moss. Much like the wilderness you see in the Appalachians today. Coal is not the problem here. Greed is the problem. By blasting the Appalachians to bits, big coal is making the bucks.  The people here aren’t benefiting from this at all. Instead, we’re dying from it. Slowing, and surely they are killing us. Coal must be cleaned before it can be burned for energy. There are huge sludge (or slurry) ponds to hold the mucky remains after cleaning. Eventually, this nasty mess reaches our water sources. Often, sludge is simply dumped into old underground mines, where it will seep into our ground water. This makes even springs potentially  toxic. No water here is safe. Coal burning power plants emit Mercury, Selenium, and Arsenic… all horrible for people, and for the environment. Coal burning also releases carbon dioxide. Coal is also the largest contributor to CO2 gas in the atmosphere.This is no way to power a country. Just take a walk through a Mountaintop Removal area here in the Appalachians. You will see the most disgusting threat to humanity and the environment that you’ve ever experienced. That’s why I’ve made it my mission to make a difference in this. To stand up for my home, my people, and what I know in my heart is right. I’m ready to fight this to the death. 

Coal was formed from buried forests. Lush forests, with ferns and moss. Much like the wilderness you see in the Appalachians today. Coal is not the problem here. Greed is the problem. By blasting the Appalachians to bits, big coal is making the bucks.  The people here aren’t benefiting from this at all. Instead, we’re dying from it. Slowing, and surely they are killing us. 

Coal must be cleaned before it can be burned for energy. There are huge sludge (or slurry) ponds to hold the mucky remains after cleaning. Eventually, this nasty mess reaches our water sources. Often, sludge is simply dumped into old underground mines, where it will seep into our ground water. This makes even springs potentially  toxic. No water here is safe. 

Coal burning power plants emit Mercury, Selenium, and Arsenic… all horrible for people, and for the environment. Coal burning also releases carbon dioxide. Coal is also the largest contributor to CO2 gas in the atmosphere.

This is no way to power a country. Just take a walk through a Mountaintop Removal area here in the Appalachians. You will see the most disgusting threat to humanity and the environment that you’ve ever experienced.

That’s why I’ve made it my mission to make a difference in this. To stand up for my home, my people, and what I know in my heart is right. I’m ready to fight this to the death. 

Tagged: #mountaintop removal #coal #coal power #facts #redeem the mountains #hand #black and white #appalachians #big coal #dirty coal #hwatson

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