THE MOUNTAIN MANIFESTO:
WHAT IS IT? WHOSE IS IT?
A manifesto, by definition, is a public declaration of intent by the group issuing it. This manifesto is our public declaration to protect Vermont’s mountains, the icons that give the state not only its name, but its identity. We who issue it do so on behalf of the mountains, which cannot speak for themselves, and of all who wish to join us.
We have created the Mountain Manifesto because we feel the mountains are now under siege, as they have been before, but this time for the seemingly-insatiable human craving for energy. The siege is relentless, the need for defense more urgent.
This Mountain Manifesto is an homage, a plea, and a call to action. An homage, to honor what the mountains are and have been for hundreds of millions of years. A plea, to value and respect them for their geology, ecology, history, and social role in our lives. A call to action, to do what we must morally – and what we can legally – to protect them from further desecration and destruction.
Let us raise a unified voice to save the mountains. Let our voice be heard.