The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

March 19, 2016


Renewing the promise of Appalachia

All across Appalachia, efforts big and small are blooming to ensure the region's coal-impacted communities endure and thrive, even as the industry continues to decline. Appalachian Voices is proud to be working shoulder to shoulder with local citizens and leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors in this vital effort.

[ Learn how the RECLAIM Act can help Appalachia ]

NC's deceit on drinking water safety

After being warned by state officials their water is not safe to drink, hundreds of families impacted by coal ash in North Carolina took steps to protect their health. Imagine their confusion now as the same state officials assure them that the water is safe, and always has been.

[ What’s behind DEQ’s troubling decision? ]
[ TAKE ACTION: Sign up to attend a coal ash hearing ]

Landowners struggle with property rights

In Appalachia, the issue of land ownership is complicated. In the latest issue of The Appalachian Voice, we explore the continuing struggles of mountain families fighting strip mining, the encroachment of fracking on farmland, and proposed natural gas pipelines that would affect residents in three states.

[ Read our special section on property rights in the Feb/March 2016 issue ]

Virginia to host day of climate action

The U.S. Supreme Court has paused it, the Virginia General Assembly tried to derail it, but increasingly, Virginians are showing support for a strong Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions and grow a clean energy economy.

[ Join us for a Day of Action April 2 ]
[ TAKE ACTION: Sign the petition to Gov. McAuliffe.]

Meet Amber and Jimmy

Amber Moodie-Dyer has spent her career either teaching or as an advocate for issues of community empowerment, poverty and social justice, and will serve as our new Energy Savings Outreach Coordinator for North Carolina. Jimmy Davidson joins our Communications team to add his extensive background in graphic design, photography and illustration.

[ Get to know our two newest staff members ]

Cougars are once more roaming the Appalachian hills

What's that eerie scream in the forest? The Eastern cougar was declared extinct in 2011, but evidence now shows that big cats — most likely western cousins migrating east — reside once more in the hills of Appalachia.

[ Learn more about the cougar's return to the region ]

 

 

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Our executive director Tom Cormons' letter in the New York Times explains why we must protect our mountain streams. Donate today to help us continue defending the region from mountaintop removal.

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ENERGY SAVINGS TIP:
Did you know almost half of your home energy use goes towards temperature control? Fortunately there are simple ways to cut down on your electricity use and keep your house efficient and healthy.
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CALENDAR of EVENTS

Appalachian Mountain Photo Competition
April 1: Public reception with finalist photos on display. Boone, N.C.
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Harvest Prints
April 1: Art show of agricultural photos by Alistair Burke. Jones House, Boone, N.C.
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VA Climate Day of Action
April 2: Rally across the state to urge Gov. McAuliffe to develop a strong Clean Power Plan. Appalachian Voices co-hosts the Charlottesville event.
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The Food Summit
April 2: Join farmers, gardeners, chefs and others for a discussion of sustainable and environmental topics. Boone, N.C.
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KY Green Living Fair
April 2: Green market, live music, workshops and more. Somerset, Ky.
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35th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
April 9-10: Explore wildflower areas and views of Fall Creek Falls State Park. Spencer, Tenn.
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Grassroots Policy Training
April 9-10: Hosted by Alliance for Appalachia. New Market, Tenn.
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Join AppVoices at Staunton Earth Day
April 16: Volunteer to assist with our outreach efforts. Coaching will be provided. Staunton, Va.
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An Earth Day Conversation with Barbara Kingsolver
April 22: The author will speak on art, life and the environment. Proceeds go to Virginia Organizing. Charlottesville, Va.
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Spring Bird Walk
April 23: Early morning bird walk. Morgantown, W.Va.
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AppVoices at FloydFest
Juy 27-31: For the second year in a row, we're the featured nonprofit! Floyd, Va.
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Environmental Calendar of Events[ Full calendar ]


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