WV Rivers News: Earth Day Edition

Have You Taken the WV Climate Pledge?

This beautiful sticker design by Nichole Westfall features species native to West Virginia that are vulnerable to climate change.

We’re recognizing Earth Day 2022 by highlighting our WV Climate Pledge. The Pledge brings awareness to the existence, causes, and impacts of climate change on the lives of West Virginians. But most importantly, it builds the grassroots movement to advocate for climate action!

What does the WV Climate Pledge mean?

Taking the Pledge means you support fundamental, scientific principles of climate change and want to take action! After you sign the pledge, you’ll be part of a growing movement of West Virginians ready to advocate on climate policy. You’ll also receive a beautiful sticker designed by Charleston-based artist Nichole Westfall.

The time to act is NOW!

new blog by our climate campaign coordinator, Morgan King, dives into a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that describes why we must act now to limit the devastating impacts of climate change.

Signing the Pledge is just the start. Over the coming months, we’ll be calling on climate advocates to take action on proposed policy.

Learn more about the pledge and add your name! Already taken the pledge? Be sure to watch our FacebookInstagram and Twitter feeds this week for daily posts on the Pledge – share them with your friends!

Celebrate Earth Day with Us!

We are so excited to celebrate Earth Day 2022 with partners across the state! Below are events we’ll be attending – stop by and say hi!

Huntington – April 18-22: Marshall University is holding a weeklong celebration in recognition of Earth Day. WV Rivers will be tabling during their Wednesday, April 20, event at the Memorial Student Center Plaza from 11:00am-2:00pm Learn more.

Buckhannon – April 21: We are inviting the greater Buckhannon community to join us this Thursday from 6:00-8:00pm at the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts at WV Wesleyan College for a panel discussion – Environmental Action: A Grassroots Perspective. We will recognize Earth Day and hear from a panel of environmental advocates about national, state, and local efforts to address climate change and protect the environment.

Marlinton – April 22: The Town of Marlinton, WV Rivers, and Pocahontas County Parks and Recreation are hosting an Earth Day event from 1:00-5:00pm at the Marlinton Water Plant. The event is designed as a fun, family-friendly afternoon along Knapps Creek. Community members can learn where their drinking water comes from and how it’s treated to provide clean, safe water to their tap.

Water plant tours will take place at the top of each hour. There will be local organizations on site to discuss their work to protect the Town’s drinking water supply in Knapps Creek. Participants can also enjoy light refreshments, a kids fishing derby in Knapps Creek with prizes, and informational displays from local groups. Learn more.

Morgantown – April 22: WV Rivers will be tabling at the WVU Sierra Student Coalition’s Earth Day Celebration. Take the WV Climate Pledge and learn about our public lands advocacy between  4:00-8:00pm at the Mountainlair.

Wardensville – April 23: Say “hi” to WV Rivers staff at the Earth Day on the Farm Festival at the Wardensville Garden Market. For the full event line up head over to their Facebook event page.

Charleston – April 23: Join us and our friends at Our Future West Virginia this Friday from 4:00pm-6:00pm for an Earth Day celebration in Charleston at the Loopy Leaf (700 Virginia Street E). There will be music, food, and speakers! Facebook event.

Morgantown – April 30: The Touch the Earth Festival will be held from 1:00-4:00pm. at the pavilion in Marilla Park, Morgantown, WV. The Festival will feature fun educational activities, including a trail-building workshop in which participants will help complete work on Marilla Park’s signature trail. Learn more.

New Edition of Headwaters Focuses on the Intersection of Pipelines and Streams

The latest edition of WV Rivers print newsletter Headwaters will soon be arriving in mailboxes. But you don’t need to wait! You can download your own copy here.

How You Can Support WV Rivers this Spring

Spring is in the air – and so are a variety of ways to support the mission of WV Rivers! Check out our spring fundraising letter to learn about our policy advocacy, join us at a casual in-person event on May 5 in Bruceton Mills, and find out how you can donate through your everyday shopping. Read more.

Save the Date: June 26 Clean Water Act Birthday Party in Summersville

For 50 years, the Clean Water Act has dramatically reduced pollution and improved water quality across the country. It is integral to WV Rivers’ mission to conserve and restore West Virginia’s exceptional rivers and streams!

The goals of the Clean Water Act can be summed up in just three words: fishable, swimmable, drinkable. It strives to make every body of water in the United States safe to use and enjoy.

We’ll be marking 50 years of the Clean Water Act on Sunday, June 26, during our Clean Water Act Birthday Party. Mark your calendar and learn more.

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