A seventy-one-year-old environmental activist Gary Richards was standing on West Cameron Avenue to revolt the United Nations coal power plant on almost each Friday morning since last May. The day of the Valentine was no dissimilar: 15 to 20 individuals, many of them holding posters and kiss-topic posters assembled before the plant. “Everyone is honking me while they go by, yet we require more than just honking,” stated Grey. Likewise, his sign wrote, “I love cleaner air.” Richards remarked that it was just a few years before we stopped global warming or carbon footprint reduction. Thus forming the reason why he needs UNC’s co-generation facilities, which frequently consume gas and coal for the College’s and UNC Medical facilities’ closure. However, it is also a private matter to shut the company down, as Richard stated.
Richard resides about one block from the power plant, with his two grandchildren going around a mile in the reverse direction, at the Frank Porter Graham Elementary School. He told us that they are regularly subjected to air contamination from the coal company. “It will be a terrible life, far distinct than how I was, for these two granddaughters and my two other nieces,” he added. Richards serves on a Climate Awareness Project group, a non-profit organization that teaches advocates nationally to combat environmental change, with the Orange County Group. Last April, a month before he started fighting back, he finished his preparation in Atlanta.
“I’ve been searching for items local to me once I got back, and I’m looking for them as local as they may be,” he replied.
Richards responded by saying he occasionally appears in an outfit to get publicity. Initially, he carried gas masks for his fellow residents but quit when the summer got too dry. Richard arose as more of a grim reaper in October, Richards went on to say. “I wore a mask, and I wasn’t there for a half-hour until the Campus Police arrived here to tell me,’ you know that in the Chapel Hill, you are not allowed to wear a mask,” he replied. “Alright, so I removed it.” He posed as a turkey in November and held a sign reading, “Be not a turkey.” He arrived with a new sign, “Santa states coal is dark,” when Santa Claus came in December, he told him that on Friday, it was too cold to pose as a Cupid. Kim Piracci’s section of the book on Climate Reality operates with Richards in Orange County. On Friday, behind Richards, she was carrying a Climate Action Reality sign. “It’s high time to get away from fossil fuel irrespective of where it is,” she added.