A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices


December 2018 / January 2019

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Dec 2018 / Jan 2019 Voice cover

December 2018 / January 2019

In Appalachia and across the country, people are reclaiming their power from electricity monopolies that weren’t serving their needs. In this issue, we share stories that exemplify the principle of energy democracy in action.

In part one of this two-part series, we examined problems with monopoly utilities and looked at how citizens are working to counter utilities’ outsized political influence. Read part one online here.



water monitoring

Citizen Science

From monitoring waterways affected by pipeline construction and coal mining to tracking the changing seasons or searching for endangered bees, people from all walks of life are seizing the opportunity to participate in scientific projects.