I just read that Maria Gunnoe, an environmental activist winner of the 2009 Goldman Environmental Prize, testified before the US Congress about mountaintop removal surface mining and the toll it takes on residents of the Appalachians. She was detained by police after her testimony to be questioned about child pornography because she submitted a photo of a 5 year old girl sitting in a bath of polluted water.
Aaron Bady, who grew up in West Virginia, writes a compelling article about it, http://thenewinquiry.com/blogs/zunguzungu/obscenity-i-know-it-when-i-see-it/.
I invite you to visit Etopia and learn more about how we CAN live and also visit Deep Down, the virtual mine in SL http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Mine/128/221/63 . You can also learn more about it and the PBS project at http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/deep-down/virtual-mine.html