Tuesday, October 25th, 2022

The Senate needs to act on acid mine drainage! 

The STREAM Act is a popular, bipartisan bill to clean up toxic water pollution from abandoned mines. It sailed through the U.S. House this summer, but the U.S. Senate is running out of time to act! 


RGGI is under attack in VA!

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is accepting comments on Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s proposal to remove the state from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.


Saving native plants

The Native Plant Rescue Squad harvests plants that would otherwise be bulldozed and helps them find new homes in yards and gardens, where they add biodiversity.


Solar is bringing energy and jobs to Southwest Virginia

Ribbon-cutting for Wise Primary School solar project is the latest marker of success in the effort to diversify the economy of seven coalfield counties in Virginia. 


Democracy in action

Democracy is a principle that expands outside of the ballot box, but voting is still an important first step. 

Local groups concerned about Gov. Youngkin’s nuclear push in SWVA

After Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s surprise announcement about a plan to put small modular nuclear reactors on former mine land in Southwest Virginia, several groups expressed concern about the lack of community involvement.

In Case You Missed It...

  • Opposing Enbridge’s Tennessee pipeline proposal: Learn about the pipeline that would impact eight counties.
  • Why we will win: Mara Eve Robbins, a stalwart activist in the movement against the Mountain Valley Pipeline, reflects on community and hope in this special guest blog.
  • Now hiring: Want to support Appalachian Voices' vision for a cleaner energy future? View our open positions and apply today!


Shared Solar Extravaganza
Oct. 26, 6 p.m.: Shared Solar Action Team discussion about how to make affordable shared solar a reality in SWVA.


Rocktown Energy Fest

Oct. 29: A free event hosted by James Madison University to inform Rockingham community members on sustainable energy and living


Celebrate Nature at FENCE

Oct. 30, 12-4 p.m.: Live musical performances, kids activities, food, animal encounters, art demonstrations, and much more. Free. Polk County, N.C.

Fall Arts Weekend
Nov. 4-6: Pine Mountain Settlement School hosts an all-inclusive weekend featuring multiple workshop topics. Cost varies. Bledsoe, Ky.


Election Day
Nov. 8: Voting matters. Be sure to cast your vote! To check registration, early voting and Election Day options in your area, visit howto.vote.


Water and Power for All Town Hall
Nov. 16, 6 p.m: Virtual town hall session about Virginia legislative efforts to ensure access to water and power utilities services for households struggling to pay bills.

25th Anniversary Event: Getting the Most Out of Our Congressional Victories
Nov. 17, 1 p.m.: Appalachian Voices staff highlight some major federal victories of 2021-22, including against the recent MVP bad bill, and discuss how we're working to prevent future bad bills and ensure recently won federal monies are used for the biggest impact in Appalachia.

Truthsgiving Event
Nov. 20, 12 p.m.: 7 Directions of Service event will uplift historical truths of U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, amplifying Indigenous resistance and visions for the future.

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