Hooray! Last week the United Church of Christ General Synod voted to approve our resolution calling for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining! Ours was the last of 14 resolutions to come up, so it was a little nerve-wracking to wait through it all.
I (Heather) must’ve spoken to more than 400 people after various committee and caucus meetings during synod, educating them all on the terrible realities of mountaintop removal and why the UCC should approve the resolution calling for its end. I met some amazing people – all of whom were supportive of the measure, and some of whom had never heard of this type of mining before.
And late Tuesday afternoon it passed, with more than 96 percent of the 840+ delegates voting in favor of it. That’s me celebrating the victory in the photo to the left there!
Our work isn’t done, of course, but this is a nice plateau to hit and celebrate before we tackle the next major hill of actually getting mountaintop removal coal mining to stop.
Also of note, another resolution I helped worked on passed – the one calling for the UCC to divest from fossil fuel companies. This one received major attention in news outlets, as we’re the first religious body to agree to such a move to help fight climate disruption.
Now to continue the work – have you determined if your power comes from mountaintop removal coal mining Check out the ILoveMountains.org “What’s My Connection” feature to find out using just your zip code.
If your electricity does come from coal mined by mountaintop removal, I urge you to check in with your utility about getting clean energy to power your home. If you’re a BG&E customer, you’ve got some options. Check out Clean Currents, or Washington Gas & Electric’s wind energy options – but there are plenty of others who will let you source your power through clean energy.
Thanks for your prayers while we were in California at Synod!