Mountaintop Removal: Help Larry get to the UN
by faithfull, Wed Apr 05, 2006 at 03:51:24 PM EDT
(Cross-posted at the new Appalachian Voices blog)
This is Larry Gibson and Appalachian Voices own Austin Hall on (or in this case under) Capitol Hill.
We took this after a day of lobbying for the Clean Water Protection Act (HR 2719) to end Mountaintop Removal coal-mining. Our staff, volunteers, and interns busted our butt for weeks to make the trip a success, and it was! But after three days of intense lobbying, a congressional breifing, and some star studded pictures with some of least favorite Senators...
(Stephen Callahan, Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska, and myself)
...we went home.
Larry Gibson however, never stops.
He lives on top of $4.5 million worth of coal.
Coal companies have killed his dogs, vandalized his home, and blasted boulders the SIZE OF MINIVANS onto his property, which now looks like this. (Courtesy of National Geographic.)
The property he lives on happens to have been in his family for over 200 years. Here he is at his family cemetery, surrounded by decapitated mountains.
Larry comes form a long line of coal miners, and is by no means a hippy environmentalist. This is a hard-working, down-to-earth, hard-nosed Appalachian man. Larry was raised in the coalfields, and he'll die there.
But he sure as hell wont move off his land.
Now, Larry has the chance to speak to the United Nations in New York City.
<u> Heres the important part!</u>
The Ohio Valley Environmetnal Coaliton(OVEC) MUST RAISE $3500 to make a trip to the UN a reality. PLEASE make a secure donation. You can earmark your donation by attaching a note that says "UN trip.