The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

April 27, 2017

photoAtlantic Coast Pipeline endangers W.Va. waters!

The state Dept. of Environmental Protection is taking public comments on a critical water pollution permit for the proposed fracked-gas pipeline, which would cut through four counties in the state — threatening dozens of streams and rivers — on its 600-mile path through W.Va., Va. and N.C.

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Marching for science and climate

Appalachian Voices participated in several of the historic “March for Science” events this month, standing with the men and women whose hard work and knowledge help illuminate the best path forward in our often troubled world.

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Coal slurry spill in West Virginia

Last month, a coal processing plant in West Virginia illegally discharged more than 5,000 gallons of toxic coal slurry into a nearby creek, causing two public drinking water utilities to temporarily shut down.

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Hitting the trail

Nearly 70 years after the first thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, the number of thru-hikers is at an all-time high. We look at what that means for the AT, and how trail crews around the region maintain and build sustainable hiking paths. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Trail Conservancy.

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Calling all Virginians: Take a stand today!

All across the commonwealth, citizens are calling on Gov. McAuliffe to cut carbon pollution 30 percent by 2030. Take the “30x30” pledge and contact the governor today.

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Get out the sunscreen! Solar coming to SWVA

On May 9, Appalachian Voices is proud to co-host the Southwest Virginia Solar Fair — a celebration of developing the region as a solar energy technology hub and providing solar installations for community members.

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CALENDAR of EVENTS

People’s Climate March
April 29: Join us in showing that we care about the climate! Attend the march in Washington, D.C., or at one of the sister marches around the country.
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Wild & Scenic Film Festival
April 30, May 4: These touring films showcase the intersection of activism and the great outdoors. Staunton, Va., and Mill River, N.C.
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Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival
May 4-7: Enjoy a weekend of family fun and live music. While you’re there, come visit our table! Pittsboro, N.C.
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SWVA Solar Fair
May 9: Join the Solar Working Group of Southwest Virginia for hands-on projects, presentations, music and more! Wise, Va.
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SWVA Economic Forum
May 10: Come learn how your business, organization or community can help revitalize the economy of Southwest Virginia. Wise, Va.
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Out in the South
May 12 & 23, June 24: Join The STAY Project and Appalachian Community Fund for a series of gatherings bringing the LGBTQIA+ community of Central Appalachia together. Hindman, Ky., Charleston, W.Va., and Johnson City, Tenn.
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Flag Pond Ramp Festival
May 13: Celebrate the arrival of spring with a day of live music, crafts and lots of ramps! Unicoi County, Tenn.
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Appalachian Trail Days Festival
May 19-21: Enjoy three days of food, crafts, live music and workshops celebrating the Appalachian Trail and those who hike it. Damascus, Va.
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Madison MayFest
May 20: Join the Community Housing Coalition for an evening of live music, dancing and dinner! Marshall, N.C.
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Surface Coal Mining/Human Health Meeting
May 23: The National Academy of Sciences will hold a public meeting to gather information on the health effects of coal mining in Central Appalachia. Email erin@appvoices.org for more information. Chief Logan State Park, W.Va.
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“Before the Flood”
May 25: Join us for this free screening of the climate documentary starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Hosted by Local Energy Alliance Program, co-sponsored by Appalachian Voices. Charlottesville, Va.
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