August 25, 2022

Appalachian communities face critical moment to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline

Sen. Joe Manchin recently shared a wish list for permitting reforms that would greatly benefit the fossil fuel industry and attempt to allow completion of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. 

 
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Inflation Reduction Act makes important progress, but creates new battles

President Biden signed the IRA, marking the largest climate investment in history and a huge win for miners with black lung. But the law makes harmful concessions to fossil fuel interests, and a side deal promises even worse.

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Rally for RGGI in a city near you

People are coming together to defend climate progress in Virginia after Gov. Glenn Youngkin revealed his plans to withdraw the state from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. 

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Tell the Senate to pass the STREAM Act!

At the end of July, the House passed the STREAM Act with a vote of 391 to 9. This commonsense bill would let states spend their Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding on cleaning up acid mine drainage. Now the Senate needs to act!

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Solar panels on Southwest Virginia schools

Student apprentices are helping to install solar panels on schools in the state’s historic coalfield counties — a sign of how the region’s economy is diversifying. 

Safe passage for wildlife and humans

A collaborative effort to make the Pigeon River Gorge section of I-40 safer by incorporating wildlife crossings above and below the crowded interstate is yielding results. 

 

In Case You Missed It...

  • Now hiring: We have openings for a Senior Accountant, HR Generalist, IT Specialist and North Carolina Program Manager. Apply now!
  • Flood relief: As Central Appalachian communities hit by record flooding in July rebuild, there is still a need for volunteers and donations.
  • Solar for faith communities: Read, watch and learn about the benefits of solar for places of worship and how the Appalachian Solar Finance Fund can help. 
  • We filed a public records lawsuit in Virginia related to the governor’s attempt to pull the commonwealth out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

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Where We Stand: The ongoing fight against mountaintop removal’s impacts

Aug. 25, 6:30 p.m.: A 25th anniversary event highlighting Appalachian Voices' work to curb new surface mining permits, secure black lung benefits, and address the mine reclamation crisis.


Elk Knob Headwaters Community Day Festival
Aug. 27, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: This Elk Knob State Park festival returns with local music, weavers and other crafts, and chicken and BBQ. No potluck this year, bring your own sides. Todd, N.C.

 

9th Knoxville Asian Festival
Aug. 28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: The festival features authentic, traditional food vendors, a cultural parade and live music. World’s Fair Park.

Rally to defend climate action in Virginia!
Aug. 31: Join Appalachian Voices and our partners at a rally near you. We are holding events in Richmond, Roanoke, Abingdon and elsewhere to defend Virginia's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and to tell Governor Youngkin that we care about climate action.

 

Grandfather Mountain Junior Naturalist Day
Sept. 10, 2022, 10 a.m to 3 p.m.: Children ages 5-12 are invited to take part in special activities exploring the environment of Grandfather Mountain, Linville, NC.

 

James River Blue Sky Fund Belle Isle Loop hike
Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m.: Part of the James River Week festivities, this short scenic hike around Belle Isle features a look at Richmond, Va., history dating back to the 1600s.

New Economy Network meeting

Sept. 21, 6 p.m.: Join the Southwest Virginia-based New Economy Network’s monthly meeting virtually to hear Blake Salyer of UVA Wise talk about the new CO.STARTER program for aspiring entrepreneurs. Email Emma@appvoices.org to RSVP.

 

2022 Mahogany Rock Hawk Watch

Sept. 23-26: Join the annual raptor count as raptors make their way south for the winter. Mahogany Rock Overlook, Sparta, NC. 

 

Highlander’s 90th Homecoming

Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Highlander Research and Education Center is hosting a hybrid homecoming event this year with in-person and online activities celebrating 90 years of building power and movement in the U.S. South.

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