Get involved and learn more

1. Get people talking: Ask. Listen. Share.

Conversations about transition can help people move beyond fear and begin to work together. Good questions to ask include:

What do you love about this area?

What kind of future do you want for your children or grandchildren?

What will it take to achieve that future? What changes are needed?

What assets do we have that we can build on? What new ideas should we be looking into? What kinds of jobs should we be working to create locally?

 

2. Get inspired, informed, and connected.

Become familiar with resources and success stories on these and related pages.

Attend upcoming workshops and conferences about Appalachian Transition hosted by KFTC and other regional organizations. If you don’t see what you're looking for, contact KFTC for help organizing an event near you.

Get connected to people and groups in the region who are already working on ideas that interest you. In addition to KFTC, good places to start include:

Your local community college or agricultural extension office

Local arts organizations

Local groups that build and renovate affordable housing

Mountain Association for Community Economic Development

Appalshop

Community Farm Alliance

Grow Appalachia

Brushy Fork Institute


3. Organize! Bring people together to make good things happen.

Start in your own home, business, church, school or family. Identify ways to become more resilient and sustainable. Get an energy audit. Grow a garden. Start or expand a business to provide valuable services or products. Buy less and shop locally.

Launch a community project. Examples include: farmers markets, solar farms, annual local foods banquets, energy audits and upgrades to public buildings, community gardens, and community theater projects.

Activate your local KFTC chapter or other local organization to create a vision and plan for economic transition and to promote promising ideas, policies and projects.

Organize for good policies and investments. Examples include:

Ask your electric utility to invest more in energy efficiency and renewables.

Support creation of a coal severance tax “permanent fund” to support economic transition in the mountains.

Work to pass the Clean Energy Opportunity Act, fair tax reforms, and other ideas to drive job creation and sustainable development.

Oppose policies and practices that increase inequality, dis-invest in rural communities, or harm our water, land, health and climate.

 

4. Communicate and share your vision.

Each time we share a hopeful, credible vision about the future of Appalachia, we open up new possibilities. Each of us has a vision to share. What's yours?