February 23, 2022

Momentum builds against MVP

Recent court decisions finding that the Mountain Valley Pipeline is too risky for protected places are creating stiff headwinds for pipeline developers — one of the ownership companies recently stated there is a “very low probability of pipeline completion.”


What's a public utility without public control?

The TVA is becoming less responsive and accountable to the public. Read about the fight to change that.


Tell Congress: We need bold climate action!

Make sure Congress advances legislation to fund climate change policies and protect benefits for miners with black lung disease.


Surviving winter as a salamander in Appalachia

For one of Appalachia’s most renowned but discreet inhabitants, life itself freezes over with the season.


Celebrating 25 years of Appalachian Voices!

To honor 25 years of bringing people together to defend Appalachia’s communities, air and water, we’re hosting special events on the 25th day of each month. Join us for a virtual yoga class Feb. 25! 

Dreamers: Ice climbing in the Southeast

Learn about the challenges and wintry rewards of ice climbing in Appalachia, where the climbing season is often as short as a few days.

In Case You Missed It...

  • A proposal from the Biden administration would reinstate limits on emissions of mercury and other air pollutants from power plants.
  • Bill and Lynn Limpert poured everything they had into the successful fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. But they still lost their land.
  • With weeks remaining in the Virginia General Assembly, we’re working hard to defend climate and environmental progress and secure a more just transition for energy communities.
  • In Boone, N.C., a utility with one of the worst solar policies in the state is seeking a new fee for town residents with solar panels, and we’re pushing back.
  • Reenergizing Southwest Virginia: A report from Virginia Energy recommends ways the commonwealth can help coal communities catch up economically to the rest of the state.

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Environmental justice council virtual meeting
Feb. 24, 3-7 p.m.: A White House advisory council hosts a meeting to discuss a scorecard to assess federal agency progress addressing environmental injustice. Watch online.


The Harlan Renaissance

Feb. 28, 6-7 p.m.: Join the Black Appalachian Coalition to discuss “The Harlan Renaissance: Stories of Black Life in Appalachian Coal Towns” with author William Turner.

Solar workshop for farmers

March 4 and 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Shenandoah Alliance hosts a workshop for farmers to learn how solar can complement existing agricultural operations.


Postcard Party

March 6, 9-11 a.m.: Join us at Crossroads Coffee in Richmond, Va., to write postcards to thank elected officials for votes to protect the environment. RSVP at the link or email jessica@appvoices.org

Community Environmental Education Meeting
March 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Our community organizers will present information about fossil fuels, fracked gas, and other environmental degradations at this socially distanced, outdoor event in Danville, Va. RSVP at the link or email jessica@appvoices.org


Clinch River Youth Summit
March 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.:
High school students can learn about the environment and apply for mini-grants for their school.

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