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- Posted on Jun 24th 2010 10:00AM by Emily Tan
"With mountaintop removal, it's gone to this whole different level, this aggressive, ambitious destruction of the landscape. It just needs to be stopped. It's unforgivable behavior," Matthews told the Natural Resources Defense Council last month before playing "Music Saves Mountains," a benefit show to stop the destruction of the Appalachians. The concert also featured Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Tift Merritt and several other well-known artists.
Matthews, who annually visits West Virginia, where much of the mining takes place, explained that people's indifference and inaction allows coal companies to profit from ruining the mountains "We allow greed to have the loudest voice far too often and all too often we let that go on for too long," he said.
Matthews also believes that the coal mining companies are fully aware of what their actions can do to the environment but that money is what's fueling them to continue. "They know they're polluting the water," he said. "They know they're making the children sick. They know it's happening. They're just going to deny it as long as they can. It's all about a profit."
While he isn't picketing for hours on end, Matthews has seen music as a way to make people listen and raise the awareness of any issue.
"Music has a way of turning people's heads," he said. "All I have to do is come and sing a song to make more people turn in this direction, because that's what we have to do is just raise awareness. Once you educate people about the truth, people are less inclined to defend less reputable people and practices."
Check out the rest of Matthews interview below.