The past year has been a landmark period in Appalachian Voices’ nearly 25-year history of combating fossil fuels and accelerating the shift to an inclusive clean energy economy.
At long last, we celebrated the demise of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which posed a distinctive threat to communities in its path, to the climate, and to our vision for the future. We won game-changing clean energy and environmental victories in our states, removing barriers to distributed solar energy and erecting them against fracked-gas projects like the Mountain Valley Pipeline and MVP Southgate. We advanced legislation in Congress to revitalize coal-impacted communities and we helped design and promote the blueprint for a national economic transition that is now shaping the White House’s agenda.
Your support not only gave us the strength to navigate the uncharted waters of the past year, it positioned us to succeed through challenges we could not have fully imagined. Appalachian Voices has not slowed down in our pursuit of a healthy environment and resilient local economies. We are poised to magnify our impact this year by holding fossil fuel industries accountable for past and present harms, fighting the injustices of our energy system, and securing major investments in the future we must build.
We are eager to pick back up tools the pandemic temporarily took off the table—conversing around living rooms and rallying attendance at large gatherings, hosting community workshops and driving turnout to public hearings. We won’t let go, however, of strategies to stay better connected with one another or the lessons the last year reinforced about why we need an energy transition with a human heart and an eye toward justice.
There is simply no denying the scale or urgency of the work at hand; the systems we must change are deep-rooted and far-reaching by design. But as we dig in to halt the power that fossil fuels have amassed over generations and reshape our policy to protect people and preserve the climate, we do so with a recognition of the fundamental change that is within reach.
How we advance our region’s clean energy transition
Building a New Appalachian Economy
…by steering state and federal investment toward ecologically sound development and bringing beneficial projects to fruition
- Community-led revitalization for a national economic transition
- Solar energy breakthroughs in Southwest Virginia
- A land restoration economy takes root
Promoting Equitable Clean Energy
…by countering electric utilities’ agendas and securing policy solutions that make clean energy accessible and affordable
- Breaking Dominion’s grip on Virginia’s energy policy
- Challenging Duke Energy’s agenda in North Carolina
- Pressing for public utility reform in the Tennessee Valley
Fighting Fracked-gas Pipelines
…by deploying grassroots power, policy advocacy, and legal challenges to prevent new investments in dirty energy
- Grassroots power defeats the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
- Legal setbacks for the Mountain Valley Pipeline imperil MVP Southgate
Addressing Coal’s Costly Legacy
…by internalizing the cost of mining and holding the industry accountable for its damage to communities and the environment
- Watchdogging bankruptcies in an industry on the brink
- Confronting the threats of past and future abandoned mines
- Extending benefits for victims of black lung disease
Read The Appalachian Voice Online
The online edition of The Appalachian Voice continues to inform and inspire through articles that explore the people, places and creatures of our region, as well as environmental and energy topics that affect our well-being and future.
Popular stories in 2020 covered topics as wide-ranging as trout fishing, the pipeline resistance movement, the opossum, hemp farming, freshwater snorkeling, and fix-it-yourself culture.
For the time being, we are publishing online-only due to the pandemic, and we are sending email digests once or twice a month with recent articles. If you’re not already receiving emails from The Appalachian Voice, sign up and we will make sure you don’t miss a story.
Our Commitment to Racial Justice and Equity for All
As we strive to preserve a healthy environment and transition to a more just economy for our region, Appalachian Voices is equally committed to upholding the rights of all of our region’s people. We intend to honor our duty to past, present, and future generations by pursuing equity as both a moral and strategic imperative. We acknowledge that environmental justice and racial justice are inextricable, and that any legitimate vision of climate justice is contingent on realizing them both.