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Mountain Heroes: Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson: My Mountain Story

Woody Harrelson is an award-winning actor and dedicated activist. He has been nominated for two Academy Awards, for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, and has received numerous other awards and nominations from the Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, Golden Globes, Independent Spirit Awards, and the Screen Actors Guild. Star of Cheers, White Men Can't Jump, Natural Born Killers, People Vs. Larry Flynt, No Country for Old Men, Woody is also starring in the year's biggest blockbuster, The Hunger Games, a film based on the bestselling book series. Woody is a longtime environmental activist and steadfast ally in the movement to stop mountaintop removal mining. His environmental concerns have led to him to participate in numerous protests of deforestation and mountaintop removal mining and advocate for sustainable wilderness preservation, old-growth forest protection, and sustainable renewable energy sources. He has spoken extensively on the harms of mountaintop removal mining, having written in the book Coal Country: Rising Up Against Mountaintop Removal Mining:

"Mountaintop removal is the most devastating peacetime activity in human history—in fact, if the destruction to our nation's natural and cultural heritage were being perpetrated by a foreign power, it would be considered an act of war—because in a very real sense, it is—it is a war against the Earth. Every week, mountaintop removal coal-mining detonates more explosive force on the land and the communities of Appalachia than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima; to extract the coal that is warming the planet and poisoning the water, air and land.

In October 2009, he was conferred an honorary degree by York University for his contributions in the fields of environmental education, sustainability, and activism. In joining this Earthjustice campaign, Woody Harrelson is standing with all Mountain Heroes in opposition to mountaintop removal mining.

The following is Woody's photo petition message:

"My name is Woody.
Mountains, forests, streams, birds, fauna are sacred.
The closest we get to God."