A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Cory Coots, Angel Hill, Ellie Hogg, Jade Slone & Jarrod Stamper

Whitesburg, Ky. “Before It’s Too Late,” a short film produced this past summer, investigates water quality in Letcher County, Ky. The five youth involved in the project spoke with locals and other experts, uncovering critical information about water pollution. Every

Ashley Phykitt

Charlotte, N.C. Two years ago, an article in Charlotte Magazine detailed a day in the life of former Catawba Riverkeeper David Merryman and his battles to keep the river clean from coal ash. When Ashley Phykitt, then a 10-year-old, read

Birke Baehr

Knoxville, Tenn. When 13-year-old Birke Baehr says he wants to be a farmer, he is only telling half of the truth — he also wants to change the way the world farms. A homeschooler from Knoxville, Tenn., Birke is devoted

Bailey Wells, Tristan Ginter and the West Carter Middle School Science Club

Olive Hill, Ky. From a distance, the 10 by 14-foot structure behind West Carter Middle School in Carter County, Ky., looks like a futuristic laboratory. But closer examination reveals a deceptively simple greenhouse. Inspired by the internet, funded by a

Daniela Berry

Lenoir, N.C. For 13-year-old Daniela Berry, the arrival of fall means it’s time to transition to cool-weather crops such as radishes and kale. But Daniela’s after-school gardening isn’t just for her own dinner table— she organizes her county’s 4-H Plant

Olivia Stegall

Butler, Tenn. Since she was four years old, Olivia Stegall has been working to end mountaintop removal coal mining. Her first foray into advocacy was in 2006, when she traveled with her mother to Washington, D.C., to lobby members of

Ben Stockdale

Columbus, N.C. When Ben Stockdale, an 18-year-old high school senior from Polk County, N.C., saw the low-flush toilet handles at Appalachian State University, he knew he had an opportunity that he couldn’t waste. In August 2011, Ben and Polk County

Chloe and Elijah Rose

Clay, W.Va. Chloe Rose, age eight, wants recycling bins on the streets of her town, and she wants the trash pickup at the newspaper her mother works at to include paper recycling. Those are big changes for a third-grader to

Victory in Virginia ODEC Coal Plant Fight! | Participating In the Democratic Process

Victory in Virginia ODEC Coal Plant Fight! Members of the Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition rejoiced recently over news that plans for the state’s largest proposed coal-fired power plant were put on hold. Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, the third largest

Organizational Round-Up

Showing Some Clean Water Love On October 18, shortly after we go to press, the Clean Water Act will turn 40 years old. In conjunction with that anniversary, our Red, White & Water team is putting together a report on