Though the majority of Occupy Wall Street's demonstrators marched up from Liberty Plaza to Times Square yesterday, a smaller group of perhaps 40 environmentalists began at the New York Public Library on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. Why? Because they'd be making a quick stop on first, just one block away, at the New York City headquarters of Bank of America -- one of the biggest funders in the nation of mountaintop removal coal mining.
As you get a glimpse of it in the photos, each protestor carried a small sign or death certificate, representing the myriad negative health and environmental effects of mountaintop removal coal mining.
Once at the Bank of America building, blocked off by police barricades and maybe a dozen police officers (who previously blocked traffic so marchers could make it across busy Sixth Avenue, it should be said), the protestors began coughing, wheezing, and, well, doing their best to imitate dying from the various ailments that both using and mining coal causes.
The group had previously decided that no one wanted to get arrested at this particular demonstration. So after a few minutes playing dead on the sidewalk -- during which Bank of America's support for MTR was read out to the small crowd which had assembled and the passersby -- when a police supervisor asked everyone to stop blocking the sidewalk, the protestors complied and proceeded onward towards Times Square.
For those not up to speed on what the big deal is with mountaintop removal coal mining, and why it's so bad for human health and the environment, TreeHugger has covered it extensively.
Check out some of these links:
Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Significantly Increases Birth Defects
See 25 Years of Mountaintop Removal Mining Destruction in 10 Seconds
Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining Stream Damage Could Take 1,000 Years To Fix
EPA Data Shows Streams Near Mountaintop Removal Coal Mines Toxic
Climatologist James Hansen Urges Obama to Ban Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining