OVEC Action Alert

August Actions: Water, Climate, and Voting

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Are You Registered to Vote? Notch Up the Civic Involvement
No matter where you live, now is a good time to be certain you are registered to vote in the November general elections. Click here to quickly find out if you are registered to vote.

If you live in West Virginia, be certain to Be Registered & Be Ready to Vote. 

Take your WV civic engagement up a notch by hosting a candidate forum in your community; for assistance, contact Jennifer Wells of Our Children, Our Future. Not sure you could host a candidate forum? Learn about that, candidate forum, help create a statewide voter guide and much more at the September 18 2018 WV People’s Policy Summit.

Speak Up for the Ohio River
You’ve may have noticed that we’ve been alerting folks to the fact that water quality standards throughout the Ohio River watershed are in grave danger, due to some proposed changes to pollution standards that ORSANCO has tentatively adopted.

Please consider writing a comment by August 20 to ORSANCO. Find background information on the issue and how to submit a comment here.

Please also consider writing a letter to your governor if you live in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Indiana or Illinois. Here’s info on what to say and how to contact your governor.

If you need any help, please contact robin@ohvec.org.

Sign the Petition: Don’t Bail Out Coal and Nuclear at Solar’s Expense! Thanks to our friends at Solar United Neighbors for alerting us to this petition. If you live near Fayetteville, be sure to check their next informational meeting about the solar co-ops forming for residents of the New and Gauley river areas

Upcoming Events

Today, August 10:  OVEC and West Virginia Interfaith Power & Light are teaming up to host second-Friday free film nights each month.

The inaugural film screening features Chasing Coral, a documentary which takes viewers on a thrilling ocean adventure as a team of divers, photographers, and scientists set out to discover why reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. This first-rate film provides a look at an underwater world few of us had the opportunity to see up close. 

Please plan to join us today Friday, August 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston, WV, 520 Kanawha Blvd W, Charleston, West Virginia 25302.

August 20: Comments due to ORSANCO on its proposal to roll-back Ohio River pollution control standards. Write ORSANCO. Write the governor of your state. Write letters-to-the-editor. Need help, tips, notes to crib? Contact us at robin@ohvec.org

August 25: Our friends at Mountain Lakes Preservation Alliance and West Virginia Rivers Coalition, along with the Buckhannon-Upshur Parks and Recreation Advisory Board are hosting the Second Annual Water Celebration at Buckhannon’s Riverwalk. OVEC’s Robin Blakeman will be tabling at the event; if you like to help her out, contact her at robin@ohvec.org.

September 8: Ohio River Rising Huntington: Part of Nationwide Rise for Climate Rallies

Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday September 8, OVEC and other groups will host Ohio River Rising Huntington. 

Real climate leadership rises from the grassroots up! Join us in Huntington for one of thousands of rallies in cities and towns around the world to demand that our local leaders commit to building a fossil free world that works for all of us, that puts people and justice before profits. No more stalling, no more delays: it’s time for 100% renewable energy for all. These rallies take place during the time of the Global Climate Action Summit in California.

September 15: OVEC’s Annual Meeting and Treehuggers’ Ball

Please plan to join us on for September 15,  2018 for OVEC’s annual meeting and our Treehuggers’ Ball! 

Our keynote speaker for this event will be Dr. Elizabeth Catte, author of What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia. Come meet her, hear her, and get your books signed from 3-5 p.m. Read a review of Catte’s book here

Here’s some of will who be performing from 5-10 p.m.:

Moonshine Crossing
Tonya Adkins
Redneck Valley Girls
Keyamo Onage
Karen Scalf
Ian Nolte and four more (!) stand-up comedians

~Join in the quilted-art activity~Take part in the treehuggers’ costume contest~ The raffle will include an Adventures on the Gorge package valued at $180!~

Check back for updates.

Of course, you can attend part or all of the event. Bring your appetite! 

Location: Upstairs at  Bahnhof, corner of 7th Avenue and 8th St in Huntington, WV. 

September 18: 2018 WV People’s Policy Summit 



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