The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

A Brief History of EPA inAction on Coal Ash On Sunday, five years will have passed since the TVA coal ash disaster inundated the rivers and neighborhoods of Harriman, Tenn., with a billion gallons of toxic sludge. To commemorate this ignoble event, we created a timeline that compares political and social progress around the globe next to the lack of progress by the EPA toward regulating toxic coal ash and protecting human health.

[ Check out our special 5-year timeline on Coal Ash ]

A New Tool To Help You Save Energy

The Southeast has the largest potential for energy efficiency in the country, and Appalachian Voices is ready to help tap that resource. This month we launched our new Energy Savings Action Center, a comprehensive website where homeowners and renters in eight southeastern states can find information about their utilities and programs that can help them afford energy improvements to their homes.

[ Get started on your energy efficiency upgrades now ]

Reflecting on a Year of Accomplishments

Ten months ago, Tom Cormons assumed the helm of our fair organization. Now, at the end of the year, he takes a moment to reflect on our achievements over the past year and issue some well-deserved thanks to our supporters — without whom none of our work would be possible.

[ Take a look at what we accomplished in 2013 ]

A Soul-Crushing Takeover When Clean Water is at Stake

Amy Adams never planned to leave her job with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources. But after a historic and hostile takeover of the agency by state lawmakers, she no longer believed she could clock in and uphold her commitment to protect the environment. Now as Appalachian Voices' N.C. Campaign Coordinator, Amy is already standing up for those who value clean water, starting with an op-ed that is making waves throughout the state.

[ Read Amy's op-ed in the News & Observer, and the secretary of DENR's fumbling response ]

Help Bear Responsibility!

The ability to help defend the precious wildlife of the Appalachian Mountains, like this baby bear, is one of the reasons Maeve Gould is a Mountain Protector monthly donor at Appalachian Voices. Consider joining Maeve in giving $10, $20 or even $50 a month to help us achieve our goal to protect the mountains, rivers and communities of central and southern Appalachia.

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Support our work to protect the mountains and rivers you love - give a gift membership to your friends and family this holiday season.

Distribution Heroes
Nearly 100 volunteers help us deliver 60,000 copies of The Appalachian Voice to homes and businesses throughout the region.
[ Read about the heroes who help us achieve this impressive goal. ]

Celebrate with us 27 Visionaries who are helping to make Appalachia a better place in this latest issue of The Appalachian Voice, on newsstands (and online) now!

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Lost on the Road
to Oblivion

Now through Feb. 7: Photographer and conservationist Carl Galie's and N.C. Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti's joint exhibition on the "Vanishing Beauty of Coal Country." Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, Boone, N.C.
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First Day
Hike Programs

Jan. 1: Many state park systems will sponsor free, guided hikes on New Years Day to offer a rejuvenating way to begin 2014. Look up your state to find a program near you.
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Energy Savings for Appalachia Gathering
Jan. 9, 6 pm: Learn about home energy efficiency and lowering your electricity costs. Sponsored by Appalachian Voices. Watauga Community Center, Sugar Grove, N.C. Email for more information.

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

December 20, 2013 ~ Vol. 5, No. 12

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