Issue 6: December 2009/January 2010

For the Birds: Christmas Count Is A Holiday Tradition

By Maureen Halsema The longest-running wildlife census—the Christmas Bird Count—will kick off its 110th year starting Dec. 14, 2009. The annual event is sponsored by the National Audubon Society and other collaborative organizations, and will run until Jan. 5, 2010. This massive event was started in 1900 by an ornithologist named Frank Chapman, who was […]

Environmental Stewardship: When Beliefs Become Actions

“The world’s religions have a crucial role to play in the fight against global climate change.” United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, speaking to the leaders of nine major religious movements. By Julie Johnson Approximately 85 percent of the world’s population adheres to some form of organized religion, and these organizations could be the key […]

Prenter Hollow Sues Coal Companies Over Contaminated Water

By Maureen Halsema A clean glass of water is difficult to find in Prenter Hollow; a glass from the tap looks more like a glass of dirty tea. In Boone County, W.Va, nearly 300 people are suing nine coal companies for water contamination. Residents in Prenter claim that their private water wells were contaminated from […]

Be a Locavore: Support your community and sustain yourself

By Maureen Halsema As you are savoring your roasted turkey, dumplings, cranberry sauce, and hot apple pie this holiday season, keep in mind the average item in the grocery store travels over 1,000 miles to your table. Appalachia is rich in farmer’s markets and food co-operatives featuring locally grown and organic foods. Besides being fresher […]

Green Gifts That Keep on Giving

By Maureen Halsema The holidays are upon us and as visions of sugarplums begin to dance through our heads, thoughts of presents for loved ones are not far behind. Instead of searching the crowded stores for a gift that may get thrown in the back of the closet, this year give a gift that really […]

Chasing Copenhagen

In search of climate consensus before the December 2009 summit By Bill Kovarik (In September, Appalachian Voice was invited by the governments of Germany and Denmark to see first hand the commitments and the costs of renewable energy development, as the world considers what might be done at the international climate summit planned for Copenhagen […]