Larry Gibson, long-time environmental activist, and friend of many here in the Kentucky Sierra Club, died of a heart attack yesterday – Sunday, September 10th.
In 2005, our Chapter sponsored Larry on a trip to our national organization’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco. We had been fighting the practice of Mountaintop Removal locally for years, but much of the country hadn’t yet heard of the issue. Our mission that year was to try to make that happen with Larry’s help. Larry would tell his story and bring the word about mountaintop removal and the tragedy of what was happening to Appalachia to the Club’s Board of Directors, conservation staff, and delegates from every chapter across the country.
Larry’s presentation had a tremendous impact, and MTR became a national priority for the largest environmental organization in the country. Our Chapter credits Larry as key in making this happen.
Larry was a friend to many of our Chapter’s leaders and activists, as well as environmental activists across the country dedicated to protecting Appalachian communities, their mountains and resources. He will be sorely missed.
His family has requested that anyone wishing to express condolences contribute memorial donations to Foundation Larry founded to support mountain communities: Keeper of the Mountains Foundation.
Information on Larry, his work to stop Mounaintop Removal, and his organization, can also be found at the Keeper of the Mountains website.