Ecotourism With a (dark) Twist

July 15, 2006 at 7:06 pm Leave a comment

The current issue of Mother Jones Magazine has a short piece on an eco-minded Catholic priest who hails from Appalachia. Reverand John Rausch guides groups of “tourists” through areas of Kentucky that have been ravaged by mountaintop removal coal mining. Suited with a pamphlet Rausch authored on “care of creation” – a theological argument on the sacred obligation to protect the environment – and a home-cooked meal, the group experiences firsthand the despoilment. Driving down backroads, deep into the hollows, the group meets resdidents of the coalfields, drives around the blasted out areas, and takes in an ariele view, ironically taking off from an airport built onto a flattened-out mountaintop. Reverand Rausch’s “Mountaintop Removal Tour” – hopefully not coming to a mountain near you.

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