In a few weeks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to unveil the nation's first-ever proposal to limit carbon pollution from the nation's power plants — the single largest contributor to America's carbon footprint. This is a critical opportunity to move the needle away from dirty fossil fuels and the destruction they wreak and toward cleaner, more sustainable ways to power our lives.
In a significant victory, West Virginia regulators have put a critical section of historic Blair Mountain off-limits to mountaintop removal coal mining for the foreseeable future. For several years, Appalachian Voices has supported efforts by Friends of Blair Mountain and others to defend the mountain, one of the most important historic landmarks in Central Appalachia, and secure national historic protection for the battlefield.
In our new video, neighbors of one of Duke Energy's largest coal-fired power plants and coal ash pits voice concerns that air and water pollution has caused health problems in their North Carolina community. In addition to the video, Appalachian Voices helped lead a rally of several hundred citizens outside Duke's annual shareholder meeting demanding coal ash clean-up across the state.
Justice to Justice
Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards has launched the "Justice to Justice" campaign to shine a light on the dismal safety and environmental practices of coal magnate Jim Justice, including polluting headwater streams in Southwest Virginia. SAMS aims to hold Justice accountable for harm to communities from mountaintop removal mines in his control. We stand with SAMS in this important endeavor!
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Kentucky native and musical talent extraordinaire, Jean Ritchie has inspired and influenced generations of musicians and many others. On Friday, May 23, Kathy Mattea, John McCutcheon and Suzie Glaze will perform at a benefit concert in her honor at Union Church in Berea, Ky. Appalachian Voices is deeply honored to receive a portion of the proceeds from the performance and CD sales.