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Standing Our Ground: Women, Environmental Justice, and the Fight to End Mountaintop Removal
by Joyce M. Barry
Ohio University Press, 2012
Paper: 978-0-8214-2132-1 | Cloth: 978-0-8214-1997-7 | eISBN: 978-0-8214-4410-8
Library of Congress Classification GE235.A13B37 2012
Dewey Decimal Classification 622.334

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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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