By ZEYNAB DAY
State legislators will be receiving more than 50 Valentine’s Day cards created by Eastern students as part of a Green Crew initiative to bring awareness to a bill that promotes environmental regulations for mountain top removal.
Students made the cards on Tuesday, Feb. 9 in the John Grant Crabbe Library as the first part of the Days of Action Campaign sponsored by the Green Crew.
The Days of Action Campaign was designed to promote the Stream Saver Bill. The bill was first presented in 2005 and was designed to protect Kentucky waterways from mining wastes, which the bill states is a byproduct of mountain top removal.
The Days of Action were initiated by the Kentucky Environmental Collation, of which the Green Crew is a member, and include a week of activities leading up to “I Heart Mountains Day” in Frankfort, on Friday, Feb. 12. Students from Green Crew and organizations from other campuses in the state who are involved in the Days of Action campaign will be lobbying in Frankfort on Friday in support of the Stream Saver Bill.
Dustin Brewer, 22, a graduate student in ornithology from Northern Indiana came out to help design posters for Friday’s event. Brewer said he felt people should be more concerned about the lasting impact mountain top removal has on the environment.
“Mountain top removal is a short term, when people should be thinking about long term,” Brewer said.
Brittany Rowlett, 24, an environmental Studies senior from Somerset, also said she came out because she was an environmental studies major and wanted to get more involved with local initiatives. She said mountain top removal was a particularly important issue for her because she grew up in the Appalachian region.
“I grew up in Appalachia and my grandfather was a coal miner,” Rowlett said. “To see [a mountain top] gone is my childhood leaving.”
Green Crew is a Registered Student Organization and can be found on OrgSync as well as their Facebook page.