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Monday April 11, 2011 at 9:05am Age: 8 yrs
Category: High School

Rebekah Ortiz

Rebekah Ortiz, second from right, was awarded a scholarship from Appalachian Voices to attend a week in Washington from April 2nd to April 7th where she advocated against mountaintop removal --an environmentally destructive form of coal mining. She received lobby training and met residents of Appalachia whose homes, health and communities are directly impacted by MTR. Rebekah met with over 20 congressional representatives to urge them to co sponsor the Clean Water Protection Act. Today, the bill has a total of 67 cosponsors! Along with WIW, she was asked to speak at George Mason University’s Climate Conference as a past attendee of the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment. She spoke to high schoolers about the importance of community activism and facilitated a workshop titled “Eating Less Meat to Save the Planet”. Rebekah will also be a facilitator at Power Shift April 15-18th, an environmental conference where thousands of citizens gather in support of clean energy jobs. Al Gore will be one of the green leaders who will speak at this event!