Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Wordless Wednesday.......
'Playing In the Shadow of Coal'


(photo courtesy of 'Pennies of promise' website)

To find out how Massey Energy and the Coal Industry are endangering the lives of these children go here.

For more info on how Mountaintop Mining is destroying the beautiful Appalachian mountains, go here.

For more Wordless Wednesdays, go here.

24 comments:

Glennia said...

Beautiful photo. Thanks for linking to that information.

Moksha Gren said...

Thinking this was a picture of childhood fun, my first thought upon seeing this was, "Wow, I'd like to climb that tower in the background." It shifted after reading the caption. It's a good way to get attention to an important message.

tegdirb92 said...

very powerful shot!

Chris in Oxford said...

This is a powerful and beautiful photo. Powerful because of the implicit message, beautiful because of the kids and color and composition. Well done.

Moi said...

a very powerful caption-image, Blue ....

Charlotte said...

Thats a great shot. Happy WW!

bluemountainmama said...

Thanks all..... but i can't take credit for the photo. it was taken from a website about this school.... Marsh Fork Elementary.

Anna said...

That is babyskylark in the picture. Although everyday she becomes less and less like a baby. I'm scared to think about how she will have changed the next time I see her!

Andrea said...

Very powerful for sure! Yes, I am a LOVER of the mountains and things like this make me saddened...

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

It's all about the bling-bling. Greed at its finest. Take care and thanks for sharing. Have a great WW. :)

FRIGGA said...

I admit I didn't follow your links, but why would you take your kids to a park near there if you think it's endangering their health?

bluemountainmama said...

frigga.... this isn't a park. It's Marsh Fork Elementary School's playground. The school sits at the bottom of a huge coal impoundment and toxic sludge dam that has had numerous violations against it. The governor of WV and the coal industry has done nothing to ensure the safety of the children attending this school.

I'm trying to bring awareness to this issue.

Brandy said...

Thanks for the important information. It's good to remember that when some people say "Not in my backyard" that whatever it is they don't want has to go in someone's backyard--or schoolyard. Oh, the price of coal. . . I think about it every time I turn on a light.

Sandy Carlson said...

Wow. What an enterprise to mine this fuel!

(I see by your blogger photo you play the dulcimer. My daughter loves that instrument, though her experience has been limited to Kindermusik.)

Isabelle aka Tricotine said...

Great WW entry! As dramatic as the topic can be, I like the way the photo was taken.

Thanks for visiting!
Happy WW! :-)

Movers4life said...

WOW! What a powerful message! Thanks for stopping by my WW!!

Pann said...

Thanks for bringing this issue up. It is really heartbreaking to me that such beauty -- of the mountains and of children's innocent playing -- are in danger thanks to man's folly.

Oh when will they ever learn?

Anna said...

Hey! As promised I've got a few pictures of Motherskylark's kids up on my blog. Hope you enjoy them and they don't make you miss them too much...

Kalyan said...

Nice image & a very powerful thought!

colleen said...

Red alert. Great juxtaposition. I am seeing red about it.

I left the peanut butter ball recipe for you yesterday on LL.

Moi said...

hey blue, i am glad that the pic brought you warm memories...and i too wish we were closer....not just the wanderlust , even the issues u bring up here are the kinds that would touch me.

i really hope something comes about your efforts and those of several others trying to fight a system that's unjust .

Anna said...

I love the pic and how you edited. I am missing blogging......finally got up another post! :) I hope that school went well for Sir Laughsalot! Thinking of you way over here~

Ash said...

Beautiful and powerful!

Kat said...

Colleen I'm stunned and horrified about the mountains! I can't believe, just hours away, that we haven't heard about this before. Thank you for sharing.