Upcoming events

TONIGHT! King Coal Film Screening and Discussion, Friday, Feb. 16 from 6:30-8:30 pm: West Edge Factory, the Reuse Corridor, and WV Rivers are hosting a screening and discussion for King Coal, the much-anticipated film from WV’s Elaine McMillion Sheldon. Part documentary, part art film, King Coal explores the complex history and future of the coal industry, the communities it has shaped, and the myths it has created. Emerging from the long shadows of the coal mines, King Coal uses McMillion’s personal experience to untangle the pain from the beauty and illuminate the innate human capacity for change.

A short discussion will follow the film, along with a collaborative reuse art project where community members can share their dreams for West Virginia’s future! Cabell County Solid Waste Authority Executive Director Mark Buchanan will make a few remarks at the start of the event about how to better steward the environment around us, as the film encourages us to do. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Entry is free, though you need to RSVP on this page to guarantee your spot. See the complete list of screenings here.

Community Outreach Meeting for Mercer-McDowell-Wyoming Counties, Saturday, Feb. 17 at 12 pm: Indian Ridge neighbors will come together from 12 to 3 pm this Saturday at the Indian Creek Community Church, 5812 Welch-Pineville Rd. in Pineville, West Virginia. Join Friends for Environmental Justice as they address and discuss underlying causes around these impacted communities’ health and safety concerns. They will address past and present gas well and mining activities, address the gaps and discuss solutions to help these communities. Special guest Maury Johnson, a Southern West Virginia generational landowner whose organic farm is impacted by the Mountain Valley Pipeline, will speak on the issues often found behind closed doors. Lunch will be provided and all are welcome to have a seat at the table. A short walk will wrap up the meeting, showing our guests what the Wolf Pen of Indian Creek community has uncovered and what they fear most. See their press release here.

Save the Date: WVEC Annual Meeting Sept. 13-15, 2024: We’re excited to announce the West Virginia Environmental Council’s Annual Meeting from September 13-15 at Tygart Lake State Park in Grafton, WV. We will come together to set our legislative priorities for 2025, strategize for the future, and enjoy some fun outdoor activities. It’s the perfect opportunity to connect with like-minded environmental enthusiasts and make a difference for the future of West Virginia! Registration info will be available soon.

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