What Are You Reading?

We recently came across a new blog called The Thoughtful Coal Miner, written by Daniel Hawkins, that tells the ongoing story of his transition from third generation-miner working in the coal mines to a man struggling to balance a source of income with the impacts on the communities and mountains he loves:

Now, I can fight against the plight so many of my fellow Appalachians face, hoping to ensure a better future for my children, the newest generation to live within these wonderful mountains. I hope somehow, someway, I can persuade the minds of those enslaved to the coal industry's deceptions. I hope I may open their eyes to the devastation that surrounds them and the economic despairities controlling them. For now they see a wage only rivaled by college graudates, but one day they will hopefully realize the ultimate cost of such income and fight for something better.

We have a list of blogs we're reading on the side of our blogger site (which will be fully integrated in the near future!) — but would love to hear what you're reading. Where do you look for perspective on Appalachia?

Kristin Tracz

About Kristin Tracz

Kristin Tracz served MACED’s Research and Policy team from 2009-2012 working on clean energy policy, energy efficiency programs and the Appalachian Transition Initiative. She joined MACED after finishing her Master of Environmental Management degree at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She now lives and works in Washington, DC.