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Banning fracking worldwide

An international tribunal on human rights, fracking and climate change is calling for a worldwide ban on fracking. The community of Union Hill, Va., helped play a role in this historic occasion.

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Mountain Advocates Stand Against Racism

Counter protesters hold signs.

After white supremacists made national headlines at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., environmental advocacy groups and community organizers in Appalachia spoke out against racism.

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Charlottesville Joins National Day of Climate Action

From Anchorage to Miami, and South Portland to San Diego, thousands of people came out for the National Day of Climate Action this month. In Charlottesville, Appalachian Voices helped turn out perhaps the largest, most diverse environmental justice crowd ever assembled here.

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Volunteering in Virginia

New River Valley Bike Kitchen This all-volunteer organization located in Christiansburg supplies cheap, recycled bikes to underprivileged citizens. With 19 percent of the New River Valley population under the poverty line and half of the population living within a 10-mile

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Charlottesville Expands Electric Vehicle Initiative

By Chelsey Fisher Throughout many large cities in Appalachia, electric vehicle chargers are increasing in availability near car dealerships, highways and tourist attractions, making it easier for owners to travel in the area. Charlottesville, Va., is one such city promoting

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Agritourism Grows in Appalachia

By Brian Sewell Think of it as an extended growing season, where the opportunities arising from a region’s agricultural wisdom and the influx of tourists and conscious consumers are ripe for the picking. By marketing experience and education, not just

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Tom Cormons: A Leader With a Purpose

When Tom Cormons left the East Coast to attend college in Charlottesville, Va., it didn’t take him long to fall in love with the mountains. Every opportunity he had during his time at the the University of Virginia, he hiked,

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Central Virginia LEAPS into Energy Savings

By Cat McCue For a nonprofit organization just barely three years old, the Local Energy Alliance Program has racked up some impressive numbers: 1,000 homeowners served, 7 million kilowatt-hours of electricity conserved and a total of $500,000 annually saved on

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Join Us at Jefferson Theater

By Jessica Kennedy Editorial assistant, Summer 2012 Just a week from today, Appalachian Voices will present a night of music, speakers and inspiration featuring leading environmental activist Jeff Goodell and Grammy-award winner Kathy Mattea. Artists for Appalachia celebrates Appalachian Voices’

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