Wild Virginia will be hosting the 2017 Wild & Scenic Film Festival on three nights in three locations. Films will be shown in Charlottesville (7 pm, Violet Crown Cinema – SOLD OUT) on April 5, 2017, in Harrisonburg (7 pm, Court Square Theater) on April 6, 2017, and in Staunton (7 pm, Visualite Cinema) in Staunton. The Wild and Scenic Film Festival introduces attendees to wild and special places and to the courageous individuals who are working to protect and preserve them. The film festival not only highlights environmental concerns, but also provides solutions, reaching people through beautiful imagery.
For details about the short films to be shown (different films in different locations) and information on purchasing tickets, see the Wild Virginia film festival Web page.
Friends of Augusta will be sponsoring the installation of an “Entering the Blast Zone” sign along the proposed pipeline path on Saturday March 25, 2017, 11:30 am-12:30 pm, at the Stuarts Draft Farmers Market (2964 Stuarts Draft Highway, Stuarts Draft VA). There will be a rally with a few guest speakers. Come – and invite everyone you know so Friends of Augusta can continue to educate people about the threat of this pipeline to our community, our water, health and safety of our families, etc.
Parking is limited so please carpool or park at Target Park and Ride and ride over to the Farm stand together.
This weekend, on Sunday, March 19th, Friends of Nelson will be holding a comment-writing workshop at the Rockfish Valley Community Center between 3:00 and 7:00 pm. Volunteers will be available to help you draft your comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and to help walk you through the process of submitting your comments online to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
Remember, the deadline for submitting comments to FERC about the DEIS is April 6, 2017. You can submit as many comments as you would like to FERC, but they need to be submitted by the deadline.
FERC is also accepting comments on behalf of the Forest Service regarding the authorization of the ACP on National Forest lands and the proposed amendments of the Land and Resource Management Plans (LRMPs) that would allow the ACP to be constructed across the Monongahela and George Washington National Forests. The deadline for comments to FERC regarding the ACP on National Forest lands is April 10, 2017.
For more information about submitting comments to FERC, please visit our FERC page.
If you can’t make it to Friends of Nelson’s comment-writing workshop at RVCC, Wild Virginia will also be holding comment-writing workshops in Staunton on March 20th and in Charlottesville on March 27th.
Opponents of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP), as well as other large pipeline projects across the United States, made their voices heard in Charlottesville this weekend at the Stop the Pipelines rally hosted by the Central Virginia Environmental Coalition. Pipeline protesters from communities along the proposed ACP route gathered at the Freedom of Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall to listen to speakers and raise awareness of the many negative impacts of the ACP.
You can read more about the demonstration at the Charlottesville Newsplex and NBC 29.
Tired of doom and gloom? See a heart-warming and optimistic report on the revolution that has already started: clean energy is alive and well throughout the USA.
The Future of Energy is a film that journeys across America to shine a light on the communities and individuals who are at the forefront of the clean energy revolution, taking practical steps to transition from fossil fuels to renewable power. Solar, wind, and water could power the planet by the year 2050, according to experts in the film, substantially reducing carbon emissions. What’s needed is the social and political willpower to make changes on a large scale.
To arrange a free viewing of the 64-minute DVD of The Future of Energy at the Rockfish Valley Community Center in Nelson County, contact Eleanor Amidon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-456-8506.
This weekend, two pipeline opposition events will take place in Charlottesville and Nelson County.
On Saturday, March 11th at 12:00 pm, the Central Virginia Environmental Coalition is holding a Stop the Pipelines rally at the Freedom of Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. The rally is being held to demonstrate opposition to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Mountain Valley Pipeline in Virginia, as well as the Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
On Sunday, March 12th at 7:00 pm, Friends of Nelson will be hosting a showing of “We the People: 2.0” at Bold Rock Cidery in Nellysford. “We the People 2.0” is the new documentary film about the loss of democracy in the United States, told through the eyes of the people who have faced decades of toxic dumping, drilling, mining, and pipeline infrastructure projects in their communities. The film demonstrates how we, the people, can turn this around and lay claim to our democracy. The film highlights the work of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) and Thomas Linsey, who spoke at Rockfish Valley Community Center last November. Tammy Belinski, who is a Virginia attorney and sits on the CELDF Board of Directors, will introduce the film and be available after for questions and answers. Come at 6:00 pm for food and refreshments before the film screening at Nelson County’s premier cidery.
For more information on these upcoming events, see our Events calendar.