Over at Grist, Dave Roberts recently initiated a discussion about what we should call people "who care about climate change and clean energy."
After sifting through a bunch of suggestions, many of them pretty mediocre ("planetarian," "energeers," "educated"), Roberts eventually settled on the term "climate hawks." He is now trying to make it part of the vernacular.
If coal is the enemy of the human race, as the environmental blogger David Roberts has said, then mountaintop-removal mining is its doomsday device. This technique for getting at coal involves stripping entire mountains of vegetation and literally blasting their tops off. It produces tons of toxic sludge, disrupts biodiversity, and contaminates the water and air-all to supply us with one of the world's dirtiest forms of energy. The website iLoveMountains.org is providing people with the resources to fight mountaintop-removal mining in Appalachia. A collaboration among seven advocacy organizations from five Appalachian states (Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia), the site uses satellite photos and video to document the damage being done, shows how the energy we use is connected to mountaintop removal, and connects people with their lawmakers to lobby for change.