Appalachia's Bright Future Longtime Coming The Courier-Journal (blog) Throughout the weekend and while driving home, I could not help but be reminded of two documents published and distributed years ago by the Catholic Committee on Appalachia: -...
SaraDay Evans's insight:
This culture of death sees Appalachia just as a deposit of “resources,” to be measured only in terms of money:
its mountain forests like lifeless piles of “raw material” to be stripped and shipped off elsewhere to feed the consumer society,its empty coal mines like forgotten and meaningless pits to be filled with endless garbage from the consumer society, its unemployed people available as cheap labor to guard the countless imprisoned people, themselves cast off by the consumer society.
By contrast, the sustainable and hopeful path sees Appalachia as a community of life, in which people and land are woven together as part of Earth’s vibrant creativity, in turn revealing God’s own creativity.
In the vision of this path,
the mountain forests are sacred cathedrals, the holy dwelling of abundant life-forms which all need each other, including us humans, with all revealing God’s awesome majesty and tender embrace; empty mines are sacred wombs of Earth, opening pathways to underground rivers and to life-giving aquifers, in turn running beneath many states, and needing to be kept pure and clean as God’s holy waters;and the people are God’s co-creators, called to form sustainable communities, and to develop sustainable livelihoods, all in sacred creative communion with land and forest and water and air, indeed with all Earth’s holy creatures.
It is this alternative path, we believe, which John Paul II described as the true path of the future, and rightly called “a culture of life.”
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Popular Mechanics Appropriate Tech Comes to Appalachia Popular Mechanics For the past four years, though, Brandis and colleagues have been rethinking small farm technology in Appalachia based on work they've done in Africa.
SaraDay Evans's insight:
ok, been thinking about this for awhile, the Appalachia and Africa connection. "Brandis and colleagues have been rethinking small farm technology in Appalachia based on work they've done in Africa. They work mostly with farmers in Rutherford County, North Carolina, a largely rural area about an hour outside of Asheville. "Someone from Rutherford County contacted me and said, 'I saw Full Belly stuff in Africa,' " Brandis says. "When he learned it came from North Carolina, he got pissed. He thought, well, if Africa has access to it, how come people in North Carolina don't?"
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