Arkansans at­tend D.C. clean-air rally

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - WASHINGTON -

Melissa Terry and Flint Richter of Fayet­teville trav­eled to the na­tion’s cap­i­tal last week to at­tend a rally or­ga­nized by Moms Clean Air Force.

The group, which lob­bies for tougher en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards, held what it de­scribed as a “fam­ily friendly protest event” across the street from the Capi­tol on Thurs­day.

Peo­ple from 40 states at­tended, Terry said, and the crowd in­cluded “fam­i­lies of all sizes and kinds and eth­nic back­grounds. It’s a re­ally great mix of peo­ple, and I’m happy that my daugh­ters are here and get­ting to see it and be a part of it,” she said.

The mid­sum­mer rally wrapped up shortly be­fore a heat ad­vi­sory was to take ef­fect.

Moms Clean Air Force is a “spe­cial project” of the En­vi­ron­men­tal De­fense Fund, a New York City-based non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Terry, a Univer­sity of Arkansas grad­u­ate stu­dent, said she stud­ies “cli­mate change and green­house gas emis­sion re­duc­tion pol­icy.”

Her hus­band is the founder of Richter So­lar En­ergy.

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