Dear [ ],
My name is Lorelei Scarbro, and I'm a Climate Convert. That means I've made
a commitment to stand up and fight for creation.
I wasn't always a fighter. But I'll tell you this — there's nothing like
seeing your home, your community, and your culture destroyed to make you
I'd been a perfectly happy stay-at-home mom for 26 years. I had my own
craft store, and was content to sit in that shop day in, and day out. My
husband had a pretty decent union job. A lot of us around our part of West
The trouble was, we were working for a killer — Massey Energy. And that
killer took everything in its path — the trees, the wildlife, and even the
very mountaintops — squeezing every last bit of life out of our corner of
West Virginia until it looked like a place so barren you'd never guess it
used to be filled with life. It even took my husband. I lost him to black
That killer is coal mining. And mining — dominated in our community by
Massey Energy — won't stop. It won't stop its relentless efforts to devour
yet another 6,600 acres of our home in another mountaintop removal mining
project. It won't stop its stranglehold on our local economy. And it won't
stop using its deep pockets to fund the lobby for keeping things just the
way they are.
It won't stop until we speak out.
It makes me sick to think of it. They're not just changing the Appalachian
way of life; they're decimating it. Our history, our culture, and even our
lives are being lost — all in the name of dirty energy and profit. And
stories just like ours are playing out in communities all over the world.
But from the oil
spill in the Gulf of Mexico, to the Massey Energy mining disaster here in
my home state, people have had enough. I can tell you after years of taking my
community's fight right to the West Virginia governor's office and getting
arrested for civil disobedience, though — "having had enough"
doesn't make one bit of difference.
If you're like me, and you're sick of the destruction when there are
alternatives that won't destroy God's creation and people's homes and ways
of life, then stand up and say so. Join me: speak out as a Climate Convert
and commit to taking action to protect creation.
Whether you've been in this fight for decades or
days, sign the pledge today and my friends at Interfaith Power & Light
will deliver the signatures to President Obama.
Things are heating up all across America, and they'll keep heating up as
the battle to pass strong climate, clean energy, and jobs legislation
intensifies in the coming weeks and months. It's not going to be an easy
fight. And I pray that it will be won by people standing up and speaking
their minds, and holding our elected officials accountable to people and
communities all over the country, and the world.
Join me, and Interfaith Power & Light will follow up to let you know
how you can help move us forward in the coming weeks and months.
Thank you for acting today.
Lorelei Scarbro, Coal River Wind
on behalf of Interfaith Power & Light