In the spring of 2009, Amber moved to be with family in the small mountain town of Ameagle, in the heart of West Virginia's coal country. In Ameagle, she was surrounded by mountaintop removal coal mining and was awakened to its effects on communities, families, clean water, and the land. She saw her water poisoned and wants to protect her little brother from mountaintop removal.
"We need to end mountaintop removal for the health and safety of West Virginians. My little brother is the next generation, and he is going to grow up with this all around him. He deserves clean air. He doesn't need to worry about poisoned water and breathing in air with explosives, heavy metals, dust particles from the explosions. I'm fighting for my family, heritage, culture, and rights that everybody else in this country has."
Amber has joined a growing community of people fighting to stop mountaintop removal.