This handheld point and shoot camera footage is of an impromptu speech by Larry Gibson and Keepers of the Mountain at their annual July 4th celebration.

"Larry Gibson has been fighting for his mountain, calling for an end to the destruction of the Appalachian Mountains through Mountaintop Removal coal mining for more than the last twenty years."

"The Keeper of the Mountains Foundation aims to educate and inspire people to work for healthier, more sustainable mountain communities and an end to mountaintop removal."

The Perennials Project is an exploration of individuals and communities working toward a sustainable future by bridging divides. Perennials are people working across complex generational, professional, class and other cultural boundaries. To reach sustainability, the world needs technological solutions -- it also needs Perennial people. Like perennial plants, these people grow deep roots and nurture relationships across boundaries in the communities where they work. They are change-makers, they are persistent and they are looking for recruits.

The Perennials Project is led by a collaborative of four young leaders. Our goal is to celebrate and nurture Perennials – and inspire new ones – through film, web and other media. Join us in this story as we visit coal mining communities in Appalachia, urban agriculture initiatives in Denver, a design-build program for at-risk youth in the rural North Carolina, and other efforts to share their stories of working toward just and sustainable communities.

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