The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

October 19, 2019

Good news, bad news on fracked-gas pipelines

The Mountain Valley Pipeline was hit with a major fine by Virginia, as well as an order to stop construction from a federal court. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, meanwhile, will get a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court.

[ Read the update ]

In memoriam: April Pierson-Keating

Appalachia is mourning the loss of one of the fiercest fighters for environmental protection and social justice in our region. April was committed to lifting up the voices of all Appalachians, and her legacy is the growing movement to stop fracking and pipelines.

[ Remembering April ]

Powering toward a stronger future in Southwest Va.

Appalachian Voices has received a federal grant to help further the mission of the Solar Workgroup of Southwest Virginia to develop the region as a hub for the solar industry, thereby creating jobs and enhancing community wealth.

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Summiting Grandfather Mountain

Although the landmark North Carolina mountain was extensively logged in the early 1900s, it is now remarkably well-conserved under the purview of the federal and state agencies, private land trusts and the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation.

[ Read our story in The Appalachian Voice ]
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Help stop Trump’s attack on clean water

Clean water sustains us all — our families, communities, farms and fisheries — but it’s under attack from the Trump administration, which is trying to push through massive fossil fuel projects. Help us stop the rollbacks of key environmental protections that would leave water supplies across the country at risk of contamination.

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Citizens condemn Tennessee electric co-op

Powell Valley Electric Cooperative members are calling foul on the co-op leadership’s recent actions to stifle member participation in decision-making at the nonprofit utility, which is supposed to operate according to democratic principles.

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The legacies of coal

As the Appalachian coal industry continues to decline, the scale of the impact it has had on the region’s environment, economy and communities becomes more apparent. Our special section includes a look at abandoned mine lands, black lung disease, corporate bankruptcies, and more.

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Annual Membership Meeting Nov. 7
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Now hiring!
Appalachian Voices is seeking to hire an individual with strong organizing skills and a keen interest in social and environmental justice as our Energy Democracy field coordinator in Virginia. Learn more and apply!


Fall Color Weekend
Oct. 18-20:
Enjoy fall colors at Pine Mountain Settlement School with daytime hikes, presentations, and evening activities. Bledsoe, Ky.

Southwest Virginia Solar Tour
Oct. 19:
Visit homes, businesses, and nonprofit organizations to learn about solar. Big Stone Gap, Va.

The Living Legends
Oct. 23:
Tour Virginia’s Augusta and Rockingham counties with the Nature Foundation at Wintergreen, searching for trees of distinction in the Shenandoah Valley. Wintergreen, Va.

Beary Scary Halloween
Oct. 26:
Learn about all sorts of animals considered creepy and crawly at Grandfather Mountain. Kids in costume receive half off admission! Linville, N.C.

Sunset Hike
Oct. 26:
Enjoy an easy 1.5-2 mile hike at sunset at Seven Islands State Birding Path. Knoxville, Tenn.

From Climate Talk to Citizen Action
Oct. 27:
Get involved in finding local solutions to the climate crisis by joining this event hosted by Citizens Concerned with the Climate Crisis at Grace Lutheran Church. Hendersonville, N.C.

Reclaiming Appalachia
Oct. 31:
Join our webinar for highlights of the collaborative effort to repurpose abandoned coal mines for new economic development. Register at the link.

Energy Efficiency Workshops
Nov. 4: Harlan, Ky.
Nov. 7: Martin, Ky.

Join MACED and Kentucky Interfaith Power and Light to learn from others who have saved money on electricity bills through energy retrofits. Register at link.

All About Elk Educator Workshop
Nov. 8:
Learn about the history and current research regarding North Carolina’s elk. The workshop counts toward the N.C. Environmental Education Certification. Linville, N.C.

Black Appalachian Young and Rising
Nov. 8-10:
The STAY Project invites Black youth between the ages of 14-30 to a weekend of fun, friendship, collective learning and growth at the Pine Mountain Settlement School. Bledsoe, Ky.

Full Beaver Moon Hike
Nov. 11:
Hike three miles through Cass Scenic Railroad State Park under the light of the full moon. Cass, W.Va.

Young Birders Walk
Nov. 16:
Visit the West Virginia Botanic Garden for a birding walk with other young bird enthusiasts. Morgantown, W.Va.

Environmental Calendar of Events
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