The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

April 24, 2019

Major victory on coal ash cleanup
in North Carolina!

After years of diligence by impacted citizens and communities, along with Appalachian Voices and other partners, state regulators have ordered Duke Energy to fully excavate its six remaining coal ash ponds.

[ Read the news ]

Save the date for “Progress Over Pipelines”

Join us May 17 and 18 as Virginians from across the state unite for a historical march in Richmond with the Rev. William Barber II and a rally in Leesburg to demand an end to the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines.

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A quest to protect at-risk bats

In 2013, researchers found the cave where North Carolina’s only known colony of endangered Virginia big-eared bats roost. What followed was a collaborative effort between the scientists, a land conservancy, government agencies and others to save the land from being turned into a housing development.

[ Read about this inspiring story ]
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RECLAIM Act back in Congress

The proposal to expedite the spending of $1 billion in coal-impacted communities to clean up old mining sites and repurpose them for economic development has been reintroduced in Congress, with strong hopes of passage this time.

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Appalachians tell of harm from coal mining

Residents of coal-impacted communities went to Washington, D.C., to share their stories of how pollution from strip mining has affected their health and lives and to support a moratorium on destructive mountaintop removal coal mining.

[ Read their stories ]


A special request:

This month, we ask that you support The Highlander Center, a social, economic and environmental justice organization whose main office recently burned to the ground in an arson attack perpetrated by suspected white nationalists. Please support their efforts to rebuild.



Now hiring!

Appalachian Voices is looking for three experienced organizers and a major gifts officer to join our work bringing a clean energy economy to our region.
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Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage
April 24-27: Guided hikes explore the flora and fauna of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

61st Roan Mtn. Spring Naturalists Rally
April 26-28: Celebrate the beauty of Roan Mountain State Park with workshops, birding, hikes and more. Roan Mountain, Tenn.

Mother Earth News Fair
April 27-28: Workshops and presentations on how to be more Earth-friendly. Fletcher, N.C.

Mountain Mushroom Festival
April 27-28: Celebrate the fungus among us with a weekend of arts and crafts, a parade and more. Irvine, Ky.

Cheat River Fest
May 3-4: Support Cheat River cleanup efforts while enjoying live music, vendors and foot and paddle races. Albright, W.Va.

Snorkeling with the Watauga Riverkeeper
May 5: Explore a High Country underwater ecosystem and be on the lookout for a hellbender salamander! Banner Elk, N.C.

Green New Deal Tour
May 5: The growing movement for climate action and economic justice is coming to Virginia. Richmond, Va.

45th Mt. Rogers Spring Naturalist Rally
May 10-12: Blue Ridge Discovery Center hosts field trips, camping, speakers and more. Troutdale, Va.

Southwest Virginia Economic Forum
May 15: Visit UVA-Wise for presentations, breakout sessions and networking with leaders working to improve the economic outlook of the region. Wise, Va.

Virginians for Justice: Progress Over Pipelines!
May 17 and 18: Save the dates for a series of events in Virginia to stop the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines.

33rd Appalachian Trail Days Festival
May 17-19: Gather with fellow Appalachian Trail enthusiasts for local hiking, vendors, music, camping and a parade. Stop by the Appalachian Voices table! Damascus, Va.

Environmental Calendar of Events
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