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Denominational Position Statements about Climate Change
Issues in Tennessee
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TVA and Energy Efficiency for Lower Income Households
143 religious leaders have signed the Tennessee Interfaith Power & Light’s letter to the Tennessee Valley Authority board members, asking TVA to develop home weatherization programs for its lower income customers. Rev. Chris Buice, Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville, presented the faith leaders’ letter to the TVA board at its August 23 meeting in Knoxville.
Presently, more than half of those who live in the TVA service area do not have the sufficient income to benefit from TVA’s current home weatherization programs. The design of TVA’s energy efficiency rebate program assumes that the customer has money to pay for the upfront energy efficiency work.
Rev. Buice also urged TVA to benefit from engaging in its recently formed lower income stakeholder process the lower income energy justice groups that have recently formed within Tennessee’s major cities
Tennessee faith leaders called upon the TVA board to
Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL)
GINI stands with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe regarding a proposed (and partly constructed) petroleum pipeline across the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Mountain-top removal (MTR) mining
Facts about Coal Mining from one of our partner organizations, L.E.A.F Lindquist Environmental Appalachian Fellowship
US Environmental Protection Agency "Mid-Atlantic Mountaintop Mining" site; scholarly article about MTR in WV (free download of pdf); 8/30/10 article in NY Times about MTR and lending institutions; explanation and background (general) by the Union of Concerned Scientists;
TN Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) Division of Water Supply; Water Resources of TN (U.S. Geological Survey); TN Lakes, Rivers, and Water Resources map; UT Water Resources Research Center; TN Water Resources Program (Dept of Ag); TVA Water Supply site; TN American Water Resources Association site; TN Drinking Water (US EPA);
Impact of tourism
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), Division of Air Pollution Control and Particulate Matter 2.5 sites; Pollen Activity (by City); Enviro-Flash air quality map; Ozone Early Action Compact info; Tennessee Department of Transportation "Clear the Air" site with a link to "The Pollution Problem" a factsheet; Air Quality (from Appalachian Trail Conservancy);
Advocacy Groups in Our Region
Appalachian Voices is active in "protecting the Central and Southern Appalachian Mountain Region."
Boone Watershed Partnership is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with local users, regional, state and federal entities, educators and others to identify and address water resource issues in the Boone Watershed, an area of about 686 square miles lying in Sullivan, Washington, Unicoi, and Carter Counties of Tennessee and Washington County of Virginia.
Cherokee Forest Voices ...with basic facts about the Cherokee National Forest and the Wilderness area it represents.
East Tennessee Regional Clean Air Coalition (several counties around Knox County)
Friends of Roan Mountain (State Park) ...with beautiful photography by Jerry Greer!
iLoveMountains.org is an effort to end mountaintop removal coal mining
Land for Tomorrow is a partnership of concerned citizens, businesses, interest groups and local governments urging the North Carolina General Assembly to fully fund the state's conservation trust funds.
L.E.A.F., Lindquist Environmental Appalachian Fellowship. A Christian fellowship of Tennesseans whose faith leads them to take action for Tennessee’s environment, particuarly on Mountain Top Removal.
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy promotes protection of all the Southern Appalachian Mountains.
Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards protects the mountains of SW Virginia.
Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation protects, preserves, and supports parks, greenways and open space in TN.
Tennessee Recycling Coalition Online promotes the adoption of recycling and waste reduction programs in the state of Tennessee.
Tennessee Sustainable Tourism (This site is not very active...last update in 2010.)
Appalachia Rising! (Although it's about mountaintop removal in WV and KY, there's a nice set of links, via Facebook, providing some history of the issue too.)
Mountain Justice (out of Naoma, WV)
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) site about MTR
Tennessee Water Sentinels, a Campaign of the Chickasaw Group of the Sierra Club of Memphis