The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

June 16, 2018


Rising resistance to pipelines

Public opposition to the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines continues: tree sitters have staged protests, and the legal battles against these hazardous projects are gaining momentum. Photo courtesy of Appalachians Against Pipelines

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TVA rate structure will harm low-income families

Low-income families will be hit hardest by a new rate structure for energy costs passed by the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Board of Directors, despite objections from many citizens and organizations, including Appalachian Voices.

[ Learn how this will affect Tennesseans ]

The birds and the bees

Meet some of Appalachia’s special pollinators that help sustain our food crops and other plants. Other stories in this issue explore the actions citizens can take to help curb the threats to these crucial species.

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Cost of coal mine cleanup

While coal companies are required to restore the vegetation around former mining sites, many are either doing the bare minimum or avoiding paying for mine site reclamation altogether.

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Finalists announced in N.C. “Home Energy Makeover Contest”

The Appalachian Voices' Energy Savings team is delighted to announce our five finalists for the High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest. These five don’t qualify for the federal Weatherization Assistance Program but are still in need of home improvements that will save them money on energy bills.

[ Meet the finalists ]

History, health at stake in central Virginia

As if you needed another reason to oppose the pipeline: omissions and errors in the permitting process for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline may result in cultural erasure in historic African-American communities.

[ Hear from citizens in this area ]

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

Circle of Protection
June 17: Join residents of Buckingham Co., Va., in their weekly interfaith celebration of community and in opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Union Hill, Va.
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Clean Energy Workshop
June 20: Join our Energy Savings team to learn about energy efficiency and solar in the High Country. West Jefferson, N.C.
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Blanton Forest Guided Hike
June 23: Hike through Kentucky’s largest old-growth forest. Wallins Creek, Ky.
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Beekeeping Basics
June 23:
Join B.B. Barns for a beginner’s beekeeping seminar. Arden, N.C.
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Invasive Species Removal at Chapel Island
June 25: Weed out invasive plant species by the James River. Richmond, Va.
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Head of Sequatchie Bat Box Build
June 30: Learn the importance of bats and build a bat box to take home. Pikeville, Tenn.
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Pipeline Monitoring Training
June 30: Learn how to monitor water quality at all stages of pipeline construction. Huntington, W.Va.
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GreenLife Composting Workshop
June 30: Join GreenLife for a free composting workshop. Asheville, N.C.
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Grands & Me: Sustainable Nature Art
July 6: Grandparents and children are invited to learn about and make their own nature art at UT Gardens. Knoxville, Tenn.
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Pollinators (Monarchs) Matter
July 8: Visit Blackwater Falls State Park to learn about Monarch butterfly conservation. Davis, W.Va.
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“Redesigning Our Future” Summit
July 10-14: Students ages 14-17 can learn the skills needed to lead us toward a sustainable future. Salisbury, N.C.

8th Annual Whippoorwill Festival
July 13-15: Celebrate Appalachian heritage and learn about sustainable living. Beattyville, Ky.
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2nd Annual Floyd Energy Fest
July 14: Learn about the benefits of alternative energy through workshops and interacting with local vendors and service providers. Floyd, Va.
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Environmental Calendar of Events
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