The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

August 25, 2015

Action on climate heating up

When future historians write the book about climate change, they'll surely note August 3, 2015 as the beginning of a new chapter, the day when the United States put its first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Citizens have a vital role in what happens next.

[ Read more and TAKE ACTION on the Clean Power Plan ]

Join us for the Appalachian Voices annual membership meeting

On Sept. 24 we will host our annual membership meeting at all four of our regional offices. Enjoy eats, drinks, and lively discussion about our goals for the year!

[ RSVP to join us Sept. 24! ]

Support swells in Appalachia for POWER+

Local governments in the heart of coal country in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee are increasingly throwing their support behind POWER+, a White House budget proposal to steer millions of dollars for economic diversification and land reclamation to Appalachia.

[ Read more ]

BREMCO members speak up for energy efficiency

More than 1,000 residents and businesses in North Carolina's High Country have signed a petition or written letters urging their electric co-op to offer debt-free financing for energy efficiency improvements. Our home energy contest last winter showed clear need for energy efficiency in the region, and our three winners are now using 10-30% less energy.

[ Learn how residents and businesses are joining the movement for energy efficiency ]

Feds to ICG: Pay for your pollution

The U.S. Department of Justice has reached a settlement including a $2 million civil penalty against Arch Coal and its subsidiaries under the International Coal Group to resolve hundreds of pollution violations at its Appalachian coal mines. Appalachian Voices first uncovered ICG's history of violations in 2010, sued the company, and pressed regulators to force compliance.

[ View the details of the settlement ]

Major coal company declares bankruptcy

With one of the largest U.S. coal companies, Alpha Natural Resources, announcing bankruptcy earlier this month, the industry continues its financial slide as market forces shift and the coal runs out in Appalachia. The move, which brings to mind the financial shenanigans of Patriot Coal in 2011, has union supporters wondering if Alpha will honor its obligations to current and retired miners and local communities.

[ Read more about the bankruptcy filing ]

The Water Issue

Savor the end of summer by diving into a special edition of The Appalachian Voice that explores our most precious natural resource. The August/September 2015 issue features an in-depth look at the relationship between coal and clean water, as well as articles on dam removals, water privatization, swimming holes and more.

[ Read all about it! ]
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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
"Farmer Carol"

Voice distributor Carol Rollman's sustainable farm in central Maryland helps keep her customers and the Earth healthy.

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

Gardening Workshop
Aug. 30: Join the Hunger and Health Coalition to learn about low-cost, low-tech gardening methods. Boone, N.C.
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Seed Saving Workshop
Aug. 31: Why save seeds? Save money, grow better plants suited to your environment, secure your food future, give as gifts and more. Mt. Vernon, Ky.
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Lockn' Music Festival
Sept. 10-14: Great music with an emphasis on locally sourced food and sustainability. Stop by the Appalachian Voices table! Arrington, Va.
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Southwest Virginia Outdoor Expo
Sept. 12: A weekend full of outdoor adventure, with free events for novices and experts. Live music, beer, raffles and more. Rain or shine. Abingdon, Va.
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MountainCraft and Music Gathering
Sep 10-13: Featuring workshops in tree and plant identification, drumming, fire craft, bows and arrows and more! Hedgesville, W.Va.
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2nd Annual Harvest Conference
Sept 11-12: Workshops for gardeners and those interested in self-reliance. Organic Growers School, Asheville, N.C.
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53rd Annual Fall Naturalists' Rally
Sept. 11-13: Enjoy lectures, guided hikes, bird watching and more. Roan Mtn., Tenn.
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Aquatic Ecology River Romp
Sept. 19: Find out what creatures live in the shoals around Seven Islands State Park. All ages welcome. Kodak, Tenn.
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Appalachian Voices Membership Meeting
Sept. 24: Brief meeting at participating offices for updates and to answer members' questions


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