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Sun Sep 9, 2012, 09:00 PM

Larry Gibson, mountaintop removal opponent, dies

Just breaking here in W.Va, he had a heart attack.- no link yet.

Here's a good piece on him:
When he watched mountaintop removal mining raze the mountain all around his home and family’s land on Kayford Mountain in West Virginia, Larry Gibson became one of the country’s first people to speak out against this extreme and egregiously irresponsible mining practice. When there was hardly a gaggle of people brave enough to go against the grain of Big Coal in Appalachia, Larry railed against the destruction and injustice that he saw happening all around him. He bought himself some highlighter-yellow T-shirts and printed a simple message on them, calling for reinforcement from anyone with the courage to join the fight: "We Are the Keepers of the Mountains, Love Them or Leave Them, Just Don't Destroy Them. If You Dare to Be One Call 304-542-1134." Today, as he travels the country in his signature fluorescent shirts educating the public on through his Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, he is a hero to many in the movement to stop mountaintop removal mining. He was named one of CNN's "Heroes" in 2007, has appeared on ABC's 20/20, testified before the United Nations, and has spoken to thousands of community, church, and university groups across the country. His courage to stand up and speak out against mountaintop removal mining has inspired and given voice to countless other Americans who live with the injustices of environmental pollution and destruction. Standing at just above five feet tall, Larry’s leadership in the movement to bring justice to Appalachia is larger than life.


Here he is with RFK, Jr.:

Notice from Keepers of the Mountains:

Larry Gibson, long-time environmental activist, died of a heart attack Sunday, September 10, while working on Kayford Mountain, the family home in Raleigh County which he spent the last decades of his life protecting from the coal mining practice known as mountaintop removal.

Kayford was the site of Larry’s birth, the final resting place of 300 ancestors stretching back to the 18th century, and the site of Larry’s annual 4th of July festival celebrating life in the mountains. As part of his effort to preserve the mountains, Larry traveled across the country, to schools, churches and a wide range of public gatherings where he spread his simple gospel about the mountains: “Love em or leave em; just don’t destroy em.”

A private funeral is planned, and Larry’s family has requested that persons wishing to express condolences make donations to Keeper of the Mountains Foundation, which Larry founded in 2004 to support mountain communities. A public memorial service will be announced at a later time. Larry is survived by his wife, Carol, two sons Cameron and Larry, Jr. and his daughter, Victoria. He was sixty-six years old.

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Sun Sep 9, 2012, 09:16 PM

1. A great and inspiring activist. (nt)

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 07:38 PM

5. Kick

More visibility for Larry. Thank you for this thread Adenoid...I would have kicked it earlier if I had seen it

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Response to Adenoid_Hynkel (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 08:49 PM

6. Thank you

for letting everyone know about Larry's passing. I've known about Larry and his herculean efforts against MTR. Not long after moving to a mountain valley in Tennessee I learned of MTR, found I Love Mountains and signed and have shared this information through my internet travels.

I can't help but wonder if he really did die of a heart attack. I put nothing, and I mean nothing, pass this or any other government anymore. Did you know that they even have frozen darts that deliver a heart attack? Me either until a few months ago. http://www.sott.net/articles/show/232912-Assassinations-by-induced-heart-attack-and-cancer

I know that Larry was pushing it a bit in age but still...I wonder....

I just learned of DU's existence this evening and Larry's story was the first I noticed and clicked on. I wanted to know if it was Larry. Sadly, it was.

I used to think that stacks of faxes and phones ringing off the hook at the white house and congress would make a difference, cause change. obama got away with the NDA. He got away with going after whistleblowers. He got away with his drone kill list and using Al Quada in Syria. He's gotten away with a great deal.

The only way to know if those stacks of faxes and ceaselessly ringing phones would still make a difference, change things is to orchestrate a campaign and know that it's out there far and wide enough to really get their attention and see if it makes a difference.

I'm certainly not saying that we might as well do nothing (about MTR for instance) not by a longshot! I'm just not sure if calling Congress would be effective anymore is all. The lobbyists run the place (you know, the ones that obama was going to go after and ensure that a certain number of years had to pass before they could work in their respective fields?).

Wasn't the NDA signed on christmas eve? Sounds like the way the Fed Reserve came into business (jekyll island). Underhanded shit...

I'm not sure what it would take to turn this country around. There's no difference at all between the two parties anymore. Corporations are people (what a joke), the keystone pipeline continues, permits for offshore drilling without shut off safety valves continue, fracking is picking up speed and every bit of our electronic lives are captured to be read at their nice new Utah home that our tax dollars build. Man, the list is long. Where would we start? They have armies working around the clock to do their dirty deeds...

Well, I think I stepped on my soapbox without hardly noticing. I'm angry at the loss of Larry. I'm heartbroken that MTR still continues. I'm outraged that our Constitution seems to not even be an afterthought for tptb anymore (but for the few heros).

I look forward to looking around here. It's said that it's darkest before the dawn. The economy tells me it ain't even dark yet so there's a long road to go. Always nice to know that like-minders are about.

Nice to meet everyone.

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Response to Composter (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 09:25 PM

8. Welcome to DU

There are many MTR activists here.

RIP Larry.

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