The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

Moving Appalachia forward

President Obama recently proposed more than $1 billion in funding to restore lands and waters in coal-impacted communities and boost efforts to grow sustainable local economies. It’s a sound idea, and a long time coming, although Congress may not approve it. Meanwhile, Appalachian Voices and others continue working to move the region forward.  

[ Executive Director Tom Cormons reflects on the issue ]

Feds find Duke guilty for coal ash pollution

Late Friday afternoon, the Department of Justice announced it had reached a plea bargain with Duke Energy on multiple counts of criminal negligence under federal environmental law. Duke agreed to pay $68.2 million in fines -- among the highest ever under the Clean Water Act -- and another $34 million for community service and mitigation in relation to the Dan River coal ash disaster and other pollution.

[ Read the full story ]

Mountaintop removal at heart of two novels

In John Grisham's best-selling new book and Christopher Scotton's debut novel, the devastation of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia serves not so much as a backdrop, but as a main character shaping human lives and stories. Grisham and Scotton both reached out to Appalachian Voices for their book projects and remain in partnership with us to raise awareness of the ongoing crisis.

[ Check out our Book Club including reviews and an interview with Chris Scotton]

Fire on the Mountain: AppVoices teams up with FloydFest

Pair a festival that celebrates the beauty and grandeur of Appalachia with an organization that is working to protect it and you have five full days of spreading love for the mountains. FloydFest, a music and arts event held each July in Virginia, has selected Appalachian Voices as the festival's featured nonprofit, and we are working with festival organizers to dream up fun and exciting ways to show attendees how they can help protect the mountains we ALL love.

[ Learn more and buy your tickets now ]

Legislative action in the Old Dominion

Energy policy has been a main topic of debate in the Virginia General Assembly this year, which is a good thing. But Appalachian Voices and our allies have been playing a lot of defense, with some degree of success. Our Virginia Campaign Coordinator Hannah Wiegard sums it up.

[ Read more ]

Ask the experts

Do you have questions about issues such as coal, fracking and sustainable development? Appalachian Voices is launching a four-part webinar series featuring academics, professionals, local residents and Appalachian Voices staff to shed light on these and other topics. The first one, "Tracking the Impact of Coal: A Threat to Human and Environmental Health," will be held Thursday, Mar. 5, and will include experts on coal mining discussing the lifecycle of coal and examining the true costs on human and environmental health.

[ Register today ]



Help us promote energy efficiency and renewable energy campaigns to build a cleaner, healthier future for Appalachia.

Donate today.

Christina Howe
and Bunk Spann

Appalachian Voices pays tribute to two outstanding individuals who rotated off our Board of Directors after many years of devoted leadership to the organization.

[ Meet Bunk and Christina ]

The latest and greatest issue of The Appalachian Voice is available online featuring historical trail preservation, ancient fish and a hard look at the new coal ash rules

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Forest Threats Training
Feb. 25: Wild Virginia hosts a discussion about the "hows" and "whys" of forest plans and projects.
Charlottesville, Va.
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Clinch River Youth Summit
Feb. 28: High school youth, teachers and educators invited. Presentations on environmental stewardship projects. Free. St. Paul, Va.
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Organic Growers School Spring Conference
March 7-8: More than 70 sessions explore organic growing, permaculture, homesteading, urban farming and rural living. University of North Carolina - Asheville
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Southwest Va. Climate Change Workshop
March 7: Local citizens come together to share information and ideas about strengthening the region's economy. Abingdon, Va.
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Tennessee Wildlife Photo Contest
Deadline March 11: Tennessee Wildlife magazine's annual calendar photo competition.
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Growing Appalachia Conference
March 21: Attend a day of workshops about small-scale farming, energy efficiency and renewables. Jenny Wiley Convention Center near Prestonsburg, Ky.
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Brooklyn Loves Mountains Benefit Concert
March 28: Help spread the word and support our allies in New York City
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Floydfest 2015
July 22-26: Appalachian Voices is the featured nonprofit for the 14th annual music and art extravaganza in lovely Floyd, Va.! Tickets are on sale, get yours now (and click ticket opportunities button to donate a little to us!).

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February 24, 2015 ~ Vol. 7, No. 2


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