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October 28, 2008

Arkansas Rallies Against Coal

AR coal rally

The Arkansas Chapter had some great success on Oct. 18 when more than 400 people showed up at a "No Coal" rally on the steps of the Capitol building in Little Rock. The rally was co-hosted by Sierra Club, ECO, Audubon Arkansas, and Clean Air Arkansas.

Arkansas chapter staffer Glen Hooks called it "a tremendously successful event."

AR coal rally posters
"Our call to action was to sign a petition to Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, asking for a moratorium on coal-fired power plants in our state," said Hooks. "Attendees could also film a 'video postcard' to the Governor."

AR coal rally banner
The rally included speeches from:

  • Dr. Robert McAfee, climatologist and member of the Arkansas Governor's Commission on Global Warming
  • Dr. Dan Scheiman of Audubon Arkansas
  • Joyce Hale, representative from the Arkansas League of Women Voters
  • Maggie Bailey of Clean Air Arkansas
  • Dr. Leah Hennings, DVM
  • Cody Hooks and Grace Arnold, high school students and members of "The Greenest Generation"

At one point rally-goers even lined up to spell out "No Coal"in front of the building.

AR coal rally NO

Hooks said he was happy to see so many people come out to protest and get educated - adding that the attendees were from all over the state, multi-racial, and ranged from kids to senior citizens.  

AR coal rally COAL
All photos courtesy of Glen Hooks.

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