The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

September 17, 2016

What’s your vision for SW Virginia?

Appalachian Voices is hosting a series of town halls in October in several Southwest Virginia communities to gather ideas for strengthening and diversifying the economy. Read our blog about the importance of citizen engagement in determining the region’s future.

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Fracked-gas pipelines not needed

Virginia and the Carolinas have enough natural gas supply and storage to meet demand through 2030, according to a new study — meaning there’s no need to build the massive, and massively expensive, Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines.

[ Read the press release. ]


O' TVA, where art thou?

At a recent community meeting in East Tennessee, where low-income families sometimes pay hundreds of dollars on their monthly electric bill, local citizens made abundantly clear the need for upfront financial assistance for energy-efficiency home improvements.

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Growing up Appalachian

In rural Appalachia, there is a growing movement to create opportunities for young people of all backgrounds, identities and aspirations to thrive. We spoke with young people and youth groups around the region about their efforts.

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Burning southern forests to fuel Europe

Across the southern United States, the international demand for wood pellets has reduced millions of acres of forest to wasteland. Ironically, this devastation results from European climate policies that define our forests as a renewable and carbon neutral source of fuel.

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Powerful utility and gas companies want to steamroll through our region with proposed pipelines and gas plants. Join Appalachian Voices today to help us stop them.

 

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

Country Roads Festival
Sept. 17-18:
Forty-first annual event with arts & crafts, music and food. Hawks Nest State Park, Ansted, W.Va.
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Mountain Music and Medicinals
Sept. 20 & 27:
Join us for live music and workshops in herbal healing. Hazel Mountain and Haysi, Va.
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Local Films and Filmmakers Night
Sept. 21:
Attend a screening of “Sacrificial Resource Zone,” a documentary about the impacts of fossil fuel extraction in Appalachia. Blacksburg, Va.
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Sustainable Energy Speaker Series
Sept. 23:
Appalachian State launches a new lecture series on energy issues. Boone, N.C.
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NC Day of Prayer
Sept 28:
Join in solidarity with Residents for Coal Ash Cleanup, who live near Duke Energy’s Belews Creek impoundment. Walnut Cove, N.C.
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Appalachian Land Study Working Group
Sept. 30:
Stakeholders will discuss the upcoming revised study of landownership in Appalachia. Lexington, Ky.
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New Economy town halls
Sept. 30:
Join us throughout October for these town halls to share ideas about strengthening Southwest Virginia’s economy.
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Rally to Save Coal River Mountain
Oct. 17:
Join Coal River Mountain Watch’s effort to stop mountaintop removal coal mining. Charleston, W.Va.
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Environmental Justice Summit
Oct. 21-22:
Join the N.C. Environmental Justice Network for their annual conference. Whitakers, N.C.
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Environmental Calendar of Events
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