In this special edition of The Appalachian Voice, we dive into the challenges that coal is leaving behind for the land and people of Appalachia. These legacies include recent bankruptcies leaving workers in the dust, an overwhelming backlog of unreclaimed mines and abandoned mine lands, increasing rates of black lung disease and more.
We also share a writer’s reflections on a play that explores an episode of racial violence in Knoxville that occurred in 1919. In our regular columns, we celebrate the marvels of slime mold, discuss ways to reduce plastic use and walk through old-growth forest in the Great Smoky Mountains.
As the Appalachian coal industry continues to decline, the scale of the impact it has had on the land, air, water and people of the region is becoming more apparent.
Hiking the Highlands
Giants of the Smokies
The Intelligence of Slime Mold
This Green House
Pushing Back Against Plastics