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Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
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Here’s a near-cornucopia of November events we wanted to make sure you know about:

November 9 and 10: Coal Community Workgroup Listening Sessions
The West Virginia House of Delegates has created a Coal Community Workgroup to focus on the revitalization and needs of West Virginia’s coal communities. The workgroup has already held sessions in Logan and Raleigh counties. Next up, Marshall and  Monongalia counties… 

The WV House of Delegates Coal Communities Workgroup Listening Tour comes to the Marshall County Fairgrounds Chevron Building, 714 Myrtle Ave., Moundsville (use the 12th St. entrance).

The Morgantown stop for the WV House of Delegates Coal Communities Workgroup Listening Tour takes place at the Shack Neighborhood House, 537 Blue Horizon Dr., Pursglove, WV.

For folks nearby these locations, these are good opportunities to meet directly with state legislators. Let them know your ideas and suggestions for your community to thrive as the nation’s energy needs transition away from coal, presenting unique challenges for West Virginia, its economy, and those who call it home.

For more information regarding the listening tours and workgroup members, check out this link.

Also be sure to check out what one former miner said to a TV news crew at the first session, held in Logan on October 25. 

November 10 to 13 (at least!): Log Out – We’re Really Over Facebook
Groups nationwide, including MediaJustice, are calling on you to take the pledge to log off Facebook from November 10-13.

Why? From allowing white supremacists to plan a violent insurrection to ignoring disinformation for profit, Facebook is doing their worst. So civil rights groups are doing the thing that will get Facebook’s attention: logging out.

Just by taking the pledge, you can get Facebook’s attention and show them that people worldwide refuse to engage with their platform until they fix it.

Read more about it here: Would you take a Facebook or Instagram break? Why civil rights groups want you to log out

November 10: Town Hall: End Militarism to Stop Climate Change
It’s not talked about enough: The U.S. military is the single biggest contributor to climate change. You can join a virtual international town hall on the connection between militarism and climate change. The town hall will feature testimonies from a delegation of BIPOC activists attending COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. Learn more and register here to attend the End Militarism to Stop Climate Change town hall on November 10 at 4:00 p.m. EST.

November 11: Webinar: The New Coal Plastics and Climate Change
When it comes to climate change, plastic is the new coal. Join Beyond Plastics’ free webinar to learn more about the findings of their new groundbreaking report, The New Coal: Plastics and Climate Change. Register for the 7 p.m. webinar here.

November 17 and 18: White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council Public Virtual Meeting

Register here. Individual registration is required and is available through the scheduled end time of the meeting day. The meetings take place each day from about 3 to 7:30 p.m.

The meeting discussion will focus on several topics including but not limited to the discussion and deliberation of draft recommendations to the Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality and the White House Interagency Council on Environmental Justice from the Justice40 Work Group, Climate and Economic Justice Screening Tool Work Group and the Scorecard Work Group.

Learn more here.

Now to the End of November: Free Online Screening of The Story of Plastic
Discovery is offering The Story of Plastic for free on its YouTube Channel through the end of November. The documentary tells the hidden story of plastic pollution, from production to incineration. The story features folks from the Break Free From Plastic movement who are rising up against big plastic around the world. Learn more and watch the film here.



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