The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

June 22, 2016

Restoring ruined lands for economic growth

A new project from Appalachian Voices is yielding a real-world inventory of the most eligible abandoned coal mine lands to be reclaimed and redeveloped into new economic ventures. Picture solar farms, organic farms, community parks and industrial parks.

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Virginians challenge governor on energy, climate

Appalachian Voices joined with 60 other organizations in an open letter to Gov. McAuliffe to end his support for fossil fuel projects in the commonwealth and instead hold true to his campaign vision of clean and fair energy for all. A march on the governor’s mansion in Richmond is planned for July 23.

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Born to be wild

Wildlife rehabilitation centers provide intensive care to animals that have been injured or abandoned while still too young to survive on their own. Meet some of the talented people who are returning these animals to good health and to the wild.

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Waiting for clean water

Risk rankings for coal ash sites across North Carolina were announced last month. But those rankings could still change, and a newly revived legislative battle is a sign that the controversy over coal ash cleanup will continue.

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Demand is high for energy efficiency financing

Our recent survey of residents in western North Carolina shows 89 percent of respondents had trouble paying their electric bill, and most said the upfront cost of energy efficiency improvements would be unaffordable. Another analysis shows relatively modest home energy improvements can yield up to 15% savings on monthly bills.

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Holding King Coal accountable for cleanup

Bankrupt coal companies cannot be allowed to turn their backs on communities and leave unreclaimed mines to pollute land and water for decades to come. Nor should the coal companies be allowed to put American taxpayers on the hook for paying for the cleanup. Tell the administration to clamp down on financial bonding requirements. Photo ©2016 Sierra Club

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Ah...it’s summer! Time for picnics in the mountains, hiking, fishing, and playing in the rivers and creeks. Help us protect this beautiful Appalachian region. Photo by Lynn Willis

 

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        FloydFest 2016Special Appalachian Voices discount: Get 10% off of multi-day and single-day tickets to FloydFest!

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

National Pollinator Week
June 20-26: Walk through the gardens and learn about pollinators. Chimney Rock State Park, N.C.
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Wind Forum
June 22: James Madison University hosts the American Wind Energy Association forum. Harrisonburg, Va.
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Solar Cooking and Dehydrating
June 25:
Learn how to dry and cook food using sunlight. Mount Vernon, Ky.
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The Whippoorwill Festival
July 7-10:
Learn earth-friendly living skills for a sustainable Appalachia. Beattyville, Ky.
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Best of Birthplace of Rivers Weekend
July 9-10:
Join West Virginia Rivers for a weekend of outdoor activities, food and music. Slatyfork, W.Va.
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Make & Take Workshop
July 9:
Pot your own succulent plant and learn more about these low-maintenance plants. Chattanooga, Tenn.
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Mt. Sterling Hike
July 12:
Join Friends of the Smokies for a 5-mile hike. Mt. Sterling, N.C.
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MusicFest 'N Sugar Grove
July 15-16:
Come listen to great music and visit our table. Sugar Grove, N.C.
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Small Farm Marketing Principles
July 21:
Learn to better market your farm products to the public. Pine Mountain, Ky.
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March on the Mansion
July 23:
Rally with us for clean energy and climate justice. Richmond, Va.
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AppVoices at FloydFest
July 27-31:
For the second year, we're the featured nonprofit at this top-tier music festival. Floyd, Va.
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Environmental Calendar of Events
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