, Intern, Sierra Student Coalition
On Thursday September 13, just four days after the passing of Keepers of the Mountains Founder Larry Gibson, activists held a rally against mountaintop removal in front of the White House. Many “Mountain Heroes”, fighting coal companies in Appalachia trekked to Washington DC and joined voiced with concerned citizens, environmental organizations, clean air and water defenders, and those who believe in social justice and clear and fair energy.
Organized as part of the Summer of Solidarity, attendees gathered to stand with Appalachia, an area hit hardest by the pollution and destruction of mountain top removal. Today over 13,500 photo petitions – the largest collection ever - were delivered to the White House on behalf of citizens who took photos and shared personal stories, demanding President Obama and his administration put an end to mountaintop removal mining. Numerous studies show that people living near mountaintop removal mining have high cancer rate, are suffering major diseases, having babies with birth defects, and children with asthma.
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