|Mountaintop Removal Mining on Zeb Mountain in Campbell County, TN
Executive Director Pat Hudson explained that LEAF organized in memory of church youth leader, Christian environmentalist and cancer victim Kathy Lindquist. “She lived every day like it was her last,” shared Hudson. “She had a deep awareness of wanting to make a difference and wanting to use every day to try to make a difference.” The last church newsletter topic Lindquist had written about before her death from cancer in 2005 was mountaintop removal. Her church founded LEAF that same year, tackling tough environmental issues from the standpoint of a God-given responsibility for creation care.
|Mountaintop Removal Mining on Windrock or Cross Mountain in Campbell County, TNCourtesy: LEAF|
An all-volunteer staff at LEAF has put mountaintop removal on the minds of more Tennesseans than ever before. It even enlisted the star power of Grammy-winning musician Kathy Mattea to help lobby in Nashville. A survey showed that Appalachians are more likely to support candidates in this election year who support environmental factors like clean water and oppose practices like MTR.