Upper Cumberland Watershed Climate and Biodiversity Conference

Register NOW- Space is limited!

Who should come? This conference is free and encourages frontline community groups, stakeholders in the Upper Cumberland watershed, or anyone who wants to learn more about climate effects on wildlife habitat and climate solutions for our state’s wild lands.

KCC and several other organizations are offering this public conference to discuss climate change impacts on some of the state’s most sensitive species and their habitats. We are excited to join in with four other great organizations to host the Upper Cumberland Watershed Climate and Biodiversity Conference at Cumberland Falls State Park, scheduled for October 10-11, 2019.

We have been working over the last few months to provide a great lineup of speakers. Full schedule HERE.

The event is hosted by Kentucky Conservation CommitteeKentucky HeartwoodLiKen Knowledge Exchange, the Center for Biological Diversity and Dogwood Alliance. The goal is to provide opportunities to the public, in partnership with local communities, to better understand the climate impacts on this sensitive region and habitats and how to work together to improve its resiliency. This conference will be offered free to the public and we ask for your help to encourage as much local community participation as possible.

Important Date Change on Solar Comments and Hearing:
Comments Now Need to be Received by Oct. 15,
Public Hearing Nov. 13

Due to the great work of many partner groups who are working to support distributed solar, the Public Service Commission as allowed an extension of a few weeks of additional time for the public to send in comments as the PSC considers how to adjust electricity rates for net-metered solar. You now have till October 15th for the PSC to receive written comments. We are also asking the public to attend a public hearing now scheduled for November 13th. More details HERE.

Save the Date: “Kentucky Voices 2019” Friday, November 15

We are working on another great lineup of local authors and poets for our annual membership event in Frankfort. If you have a favorite author or new publication you would like to see featured, please let us know by emailing director@kyconservation.org. And we hope to see you in Frankfort at the Church of the Ascension, 311 Washington St. in Frankfort.

The evening will include a wine & cheese reception. Authors will have books on hand for signing. Admission is a suggested donation of $20 (or FREE with a new or renewed KCC membership, suggested donation $40). (Note that donations to KCC are not tax-deductible due to our effective lobbying efforts). Watch for more information shortly!

Interim Legislative Session and Pre-Filed Bills

KCC monitors more than just the legislative session— we also are in Frankfort throughout the year monitoring special committees and interim sessions, as well as monitoring bills that are filed early. You may have recently heard about a pre-filed bill that would make acts of civil disobedience against pipeline operations a felony in Kentucky.  Similar bills have been proposed, and passed, in many states under a cloud of constitutionality, including Texas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Missouri, Indiana, Iowa, South Dakota and more (see article in “The Guardian” HERE). It was recently reported that an executive from the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturer’s Association was caught on tape discussing their success with such legislation (see article in “Common Dreams” HERE).

In addition to pre-filed bills, we have been monitoring special committees such as the Mileage-Based Transportation Task Force, who has been reviewing new ways to consider funding our road infrastructure with regard to fuel-efficient and electric cars. See WDRB’s “Sunday Edition” article on this work. This important discussion comes just in time for the annual “Drive Electric” week, so watch for many events happening in Kentucky from our allies at Evolve KY electric vehicle group.

Finally…Get Out the Vote!

The general election is November 5, 2019 and the deadline to register voters is October 7, 2019 (less than a month away!) and KCC is encouraging our members and supporters to help build a stronger democracy by helping register your friends and neighbors. You can find information at www.GoVoteKy.org and as you consider the candidates of your choice,  you can use KCC’s Climate Voter handout for questions to ask candidates. If you would like to help register voters at some of our upcoming events, contact us at 502-209-9659.