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Earth Week 2021

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Celebrating Earth week 2021, April 19 through 22

We’re celebrating Earth Day in a big way!

Join us the week of April 19 for a series of virtual events to inspire climate action in our region and around the world.

All events are free and open to the public and will be conducted virtually so you can join from the comfort and safety of your own home! See the full list of activities and their descriptions below.

Show your support for Appalachian Voices this Earth Day

Make a donation for Earth Day to support our critical programmatic initiatives, and our friends at Apex Clean Energy will generously match up to $2,500 in total donations! Help us reach that goal of $5,000 raised for Earth Day and give now.

Schedule of Events

Please be sure to register for any activities you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you online!

Monday, April 19, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Paint and Sip: The Blue Ridge Mountains

Maggie Stokes and her paintingGrab a drink of your choice and get ready to paint! Appalachian Voices’ Membership and Advancement Coordinator, Maggie Stokes, will lead a painting workshop to try to capture the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This is a low-stakes, judgment-free art class for all skill levels. Follow along with the instructor or tweak the painting to make it your own!

You will need to supply your own paint materials and drinks. You are free to choose your own medium, but here are the supplies Maggie will be using:

  • 16” x 20” stretched canvas
  • Acrylic paint in the following colors: Titanium White, Mars Black, Phthalo Blue (or Ultramarine Blue), Bright Red, Yellow, Raw Umber
  • 2” Flat paintbrush
  • 1” Flat paintbrush
  • 1” Natural bristle paintbrush
  • Fan paintbrush
  • Cup for water
  • Palette (or plate to put your paints on)
  • Palette knife and toothpick for mixing paints
  • Paper towels

Tuesday, April 20, 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Lovingkindness/Caring Practice

The Lovingkindness/Caring Practice is used to elicit feelings of kindness and compassion towards self and others. There’s empirical evidence that this practice can reduce biases against groups of people. Lovingkindness practice can be engaged in anywhere — in traffic jams, in long lines, and even during interactions with challenging individuals — therefore, it is a very useful practice.

Photo of Pamela Nicholas-HoffAbout the Host: Pamela Nicholas-Hoff, M.Ed., is a PH.D. student in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on using mindfulness-, compassion-, and equity-based practices within pre- and in-service teachers to reduce implicit bias and racial discipline disparities for marginalized students and to improve teacher-student relationships.

Wednesday, April 21 at 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
“The Condor and The Eagle” documentary screening with special guest, Crystal Cavalier-Keck

The Condor and the Eagle documentary promotional cover, click to see larger imageAbout the Film: Four Indigenous leaders embark on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from the Canadian Boreal forests to deep into the heart of the Amazonian jungle to unite the peoples of North and South America and deepen the meaning of “Climate Justice.” The Condor & The Eagle documentary offers a glimpse into a developing spiritual renaissance as the film’s four protagonists learn from each other’s long legacy of resistance to colonialism and its extractive economy. Watch the trailer

Photo of Crystal Cavalier KeckAbout the Host: Appalachian Voices is thrilled to be co-hosting this event with Crystal Cavalier-Keck. Following the documentary, she will answer your questions and talk about the work of indigenous people, specifically indigenous women, to combat environmental destruction by the fossil fuel industry that is occurring globally and in our own backyard.

Crystal is the co-founder of Seven Directions of Service with her husband, and is a citizen of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation in Burlington, N.C. She is the Chair of the Environmental Justice Committee for the NAACP, a board member of the Haw River Assembly, and a member of the 2020 Fall Cohort of the Sierra Club’s Gender Equity and Environment Program and Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) Accelerator for Grassroots Women Environmental Leaders.

Thursday, April 22 at 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Yoga with Matt Wasson

Matt Wasson, Appalachian Voices’ Director of Programs, has been practicing yoga for 10 years. He’ll be leading a gentle yoga class designed to ground you in nature and celebrate the outside world. No experience? No problem! Matt has designed this class for every level of yogi.

Thursday, April 22 at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Google Earth Engine Workshop with Matt Hepler

This session introduces Google Earth Engine, a vast platform of satellite imagery and other global data which can be used to monitor the health of the planet. Matt Hepler, Appalachian Voices’ Central Appalachian Environmental Scientist, will teach some introductory coding concepts necessary to use the tool, but previous programming experience is not required. Participants are encouraged to register with google so that they can use the tool on the day of the lesson. Come learn about how Appalachian Voices used this tool to monitor surface mines in Appalachia.

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