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Mountain Heroes: Leilani Munter

Leilani Münter: My Mountain Story

Leilani Münter is a biology graduate who became a race car driver and environmental activist, using her unique voice in the automotive racing world to fight for environmental issues. With years of dedication to environmental issues, she has become a recognized leader in the environmental community. In 2007, she became the first carbon neutral race car driver when she made the commitment to adopt an acre of rainforest for every race she runs to offset the carbon footprint of her race car. Discovery's Planet Green named her the #1 eco athlete in the world, beating out Lance Armstrong for the top spot. Glamour Magazine called her "An Eco Hero." Sports Illustrated named her one of the top ten female race car drivers in the world. She holds track records for being the highest qualifying female driver at the Texas Motor Speedway, for being the highest finish for a female stock car driver in the history of the Texas Motor Speedway, becoming the fourth woman in history to race in the Indy Pro Series, the development league of IndyCar. She was one of only three women to qualify for the Daytona ARCA race in 2010 when she made her debut driving the first ever 100% eco-sponsored race car. Leilani has made numerous trips to Capitol Hill to speak with members of Congress on behalf of clean energy legislation, and she has spoken on the steps of Capitol Hill alongside Senators Barbara Boxer, Joe Lieberman, and John Kerry.

And now she joins the movement to stop mountaintop removal mining, directing her attention to the mining practice that is devastating Appalachia and standing with all Mountain Heroes in opposition to it.

The following is Leilani's public photo petition message:

"My name is Leilani.
Mountains are being destroyed for corporate greed.
There is no Planet B. Let's save this one."