Children in Appalachian coal mining communities are 42 percent more likely to be born with birth defects and have a life expectancy that is almost five years lower than the national average. As this short video shows, they understand why:
Dozens of scientific studies have linked mountaintop removal coal mining to high rates of cancer and other diseases in nearby communities. But as these children explain, you don't need to be a scientist to understand the devastating impact that mountaintop removal has on the health and quality of life of people living nearby.
Thanks to thousands of people who have spoken up for Appalachian mountains and communities time and again, President Obama's agencies have taken major steps to reduce the destruction caused by mountaintop removal coal mining over the past four years.
As the president is sworn in to a second term later this month, we have an opportunity to finish the job and stop mountaintop removal once and for all. But we need to ensure that President Obama makes this a priority in his second term.
That's where you come in. Please join these kids in sending a clear message to the White House: No more excuses, Mr. President. End mountaintop removal. Now.
Help these children spread the word about what's happening in their communities by sharing this video with your friends, family and colleagues.