The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

April 19, 2016

Saving the "Beast of the East"

Known as the "Beast of the East" by kayakers the world over, the Russell Fork River on the Virginia-Kentucky border has landed on this year's "America's 10 Most Endangered Rivers" list because of the threat of a proposed mountaintop removal coal mine upstream.

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How coal ash impacts civil rights

Residents of Stokes County, N.C., packed a town hall meeting in April to address the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on how coal ash pollution impacts public health. Meanwhile, North Carolina regulators are shortchanging communities threatened by coal ash across the state.

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Appalachian insider's view of "Outsiders"

In an exclusive post to our Front Porch Blog, award-winning Appalachian writer Ron Rash reflects on how stereotypes about Appalachia, like the outlandish ones portrayed in WGN's TV series "Outsiders," cloak real harms much more profound than cultural misperceptions.

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Webinar: Paying for the Pipelines

Join our panel of experts on May 3 at 2 p.m. to find out more about the proposed expansion of natural gas pipelines and infrastructure in Appalachia. Hear about the expected costs of these projects, both financial and environmental, and discuss the impact on local communities and landscapes. Our speakers will also be available to answer your questions in this live presentation!

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* Photo by Rick Webb, Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition

Another win for clean water

Appalachian Voices and our partners scored a key victory in our legal action against a landholding company and a Jim Justice-owned coal company that will lead to the cleanup of toxic selenium from streams in southwest Virginia.

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Climbing the Highlands

The boulders and cliffs of Appalachia are a treasure trove for the region's climbers. As the sport's popularity grows, more parks and towns are welcoming the climbing community and the tourists drawn to the area's unique rock formations.

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#DidYouKnow: A well-planned landscape can reduce an unshaded home's air conditioning costs by 15-50 percent?

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

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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Earth Day Workday
April 22: Work with The Nature Conservancy in the Kentucky Palisades nature preserves. Lancaster, Ky.
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Catching the Sun
Various days/times:
A documentary about solar energy Mark Ruffalo called "a must-see film." Find a screening or schedule one for your town.
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Energy Efficiency Workshop
April 26, 5:30 p.m.: Learn how to increase home comfort while decreasing energy bills and your carbon footprint. Claiborne County Family Resource Center, Tazewell, Tenn. Email amy.kelly@appvoices.org for more info.
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Wetland and Amphibian Walk
May 1: Explore the wetlands and learn about the frogs and toads that call them home. Morgantown, W.Va.
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May Day Marketplace
May 1: Celebrate May Day and the start of growing season with local art, food, plants and music. Knoxville, Tenn.
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Wild South Green Gala
May 7: Celebrate the winners and nominees of the Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards. Asheville, N.C.
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SWVA Economic Forum
May 12: Includes breakout sessions on entrepreneurship, education, natural resources and business growth. Wise, Va.
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Historic Trail Hike
May 21: Moderately strenuous hike exploring historic trails used by the Overmountain Men. Roan Mountain, Tenn.
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Seedtime on the Cumberland
June 3-4: Join Appalshop for its annual summer festival. Whitesburg, Ky.
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Environmental Calendar of Events
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