When The Mountains Started Exploding: Devastation In Coal Country (VIDEO)

On Monday, November 30th, The Huffington Post is thrilled to showcase, in a special event, the new film from Oscar-winner Charles Ferguson entitled ” Time to Choose.” The entire film will be available for viewing by our readers around the world.

The majestic mountains of Boone County, West Virginia, seem an emerald paradise as the camera pans over them in a luxurious flyover in a clip from the latest film by Ferguson (“Inside Job”). “Breathtaking,” is how a West Virginia native recalls the mountains in her youth.

“So when the mountains started exploding,” notes Maria Gunnoe, “of course I was outraged.”

Ferguson’s new documentary “Time To Choose” examines the climate-change crisis on a global level, including the devastations of the fossil-fuel industry in the United States, such as in Appalachian coal country.

“I had heard of ‘mountain-top removal’, notes Bo Webb, another native West Virginian, “but had no clue what it was.” The clip takes viewers from the resplendent green of the forested mountains to the barren wastelands and lunar landscapes of the area after the coal industry has decimated it.

“Time To Choose,” which debuted this past September at the Telluride Film Festival, will be screened at two special events in Paris in two weeks during the UN climate-change conference (aka COP21). The Huffington Post will offer the full film online one week earlier in a special event. Look here on the morning of Monday, November 30 — the opening day of the conference — to watch.

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