22nd Raoul Wallenberg Lecture
Maria Gunnoe is a fearless advocate for environmental and social justice. From her home in Boone County, West Virginia, she has fought for years to protect communities from devastating mountaintop removal coal mining and valley fill operations. Boone County is one of the most active mountaintop removal regions in the United States. To date the practice has destroyed an estimated 500 mountains and buried or polluted over 2,000 miles of rivers and streams. Despite threats and intimidation Ms. Gunnoe works to educate and build citizen advocacy, and to rally communities that face the destruction of their natural environment. Through her extraordinary work and personal engagement, she exemplifies the courage and commitment to the humanitarian values of Raoul Wallenberg.
The lecture will be free and open to the public.