The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter


Clean Energy
for Virginia

I want my three children to grow up in a world where the water is safe to drink, the air is safe to breathe, and the beauty of our natural heritage remains intact. My home state of Virginia, alas, has a long way to go, and that's why Appalachian Voices and partners have launched the New Power for the Old Dominion campaign. [ Find out more ]

It's all too familiar — the tired rhetoric and repeated falsehoods that politicians use to support mountaintop removal coal mining. So as Congress returns to session, we're calling out unaccountable legislators in a special five-part series debunking "The 5 Worst Lies" about mountaintop removal. [ Don't let a lying legislator put one past you ]

Sign the New Power Pledge

In just ten years, energy efficiency, solar and wind could power about one million Virginia homes -- but the state's utilities, regulators and lawmakers, entrenched in dirty fuels like coal, are holding us back. To help move Virginia decisively toward clean energy, Appalachian Voices and our partners have launched a bold new campaign, and now we need your voice. [ Sign the pledge today to support clean energy for Virginia ]

MISSING: Voices Speaking Up for Appalachian Streams

The Office of Surface Mining was understandably embarrassed when 18,000 public comments on the Stream Protection Rule from Earthjustice went missing. We were embarrassed for them. So here's your chance to add your voice and call for a strong rule to protect Appalachian streams from coal mining pollution. [ Cheer the OSM up and submit a comment today ]

Otterly Amazing: Mammals Stage an Impressive Comeback in Appalachia

With short legs, a slender body, webbed toes and a generally friendly personality, the American river otter is one of the most charismatic creatures in the country. They also used to be one of the most imperiled, having disappeared almost entirely from Appalachia by the 1950s. But now they're staging a comeback. [ Learn more about the lively and resilient river otter ]

Something Democrats and Republicans Can Agree On

Photo courtesy of In an era of rampant partisan politics, at least both sides can agree on one thing: energy efficiency. Throughout Farm Bill negotiations, several energy efficiency programs have received broad support from both sides of the aisle. And with a rural population double that of the national average, the Appalachian economy stands to reap the benefits of energy efficiency. [ So what's the holdup? ]


Get Out and Hike: Goforth Creek

The lush waterfalls and hiking trails of Goforth Creek, a tributary of the Ocoee River in the Cherokee National Forest, are a hiker's paradise. But a highway project known as Corridor K, which would serve as a shortcut between Asheville, N.C., and Chattanooga, Tenn., threatens to permanently mar this scenic waterway. [ Take a hike and then find out how to protect it! ]



Do you like what we do to help save the Appalachian mountains? Show your support and help us reach 10,000 likes on Facebook!

Michael Elchinger:
Graduate student turns
a college party into a successful fundraiser for
the mountaintop
removal movement

Join the movement to help end mountaintop removal!
Join like-minded folks in Wise County, Va., Oct. 4-6 for a weekend of trainings, workshops, tours and more. Registration is on a sliding scale and scholarships are available.
[ Learn more and register. ]



Southeast Coal
Ash Summit

Sept. 27-28: A two-day event to bring advocates, experts and community members together to learn about coal ash. Atlanta, Ga.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

New Power for the
Old Dominion Tour

Learn more about how you can join the new campaign to bring clean energy to Virginia!
Oct. 3: Mountain Empire Community College, Big Stone Gap, Va.
Oct. 18: Sandy Bottom Nature Center,
Hampton, Va.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Learn How to Build
a Cob Structure

Oct 5 – 6: Two-day workshop that instructs in the construction of a cob structure using traditional mortise and tenon joinery with wood pegs. Oliver Springs, Tenn.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Environmental Calendar of Events
Check out our full calendar of environmental goings-on!

September 21, 2013 ~ Vol. 5, No. 9

Like us on Facebook and follow us onTwitter

Boone, N.C. • Charlottesville, Va. Appalachian Voices Raleigh, N.C. • Knoxville, Tenn.