If you have followed my environmental blogs for the past couple of months, you will know we have been talking about Environmental Justice. If you’re new and this is your first Environmental Justice blog STOP! GO BACK! You are missing out! Click here to find the previous blogs. For those who have stuck with me during this discussion, think of this as a capstone; a finale to Environmental Justice (hence the 499…horrible joke). Now, this does not mean all four blogs can tell you everything. Heck, scholars and activists have studied this problem for the past 50 years, and there is still so much more to know and understand. However, it is the conclusion for our Environmental Justice discussion, for now. We may venture into grad school one day…Environmental Justice 600, 700, 800?
This month I want to bring it home by talking about why Environmental Justice matters to you. Everyone is affected by an unhealthy environment; some populations just get it worse than others. I could go on for hours on this subject, but for the sake of keeping it to the point I will limit its discussion to climate change.
Climate Change is the mother of all environmental issues. It is the historical product of environmental dislocation. In other words, it is the manifestation of all our problems. Maybe I should write a blog on climate change? For now, climate change poses challenges for everyone because, simply, it will affect….EVERYONE! What does this mean in respect to Environmental Justice? Well, everything. First, marginalized populations are and will experience the effects of climate change worse. Second, these populations host the stressors that is causing climate change. Take coal mining for example. Right now, Appalachians host this stressor and it is a huge contributor to climate change. This will impact you. How, you ask?
- Shortage of clean water
- Increase of allergies
- Less snow
- Sea level rise
- Less rain
- Food shortages
- Harsher weather
- Increase of health problems
- Less global ice
These problems will only get worse. Alongside the impacts of climate change, environmental justice matters to you because it is an ethical issue. It is wrong. Folks like Martin County do not deserve cloudy, brown, smelly water. No one does. How many of you remember NIMBY (‘not in my backyard) from the first blog? I once read an EJ researcher say, BANANA. BANANA stands for “build absolutely nothing, anywhere, near anybody”. Shouldn’t that be the goal?
Let’s all BANANA!
Come back to next month where I will be talking about environmental policy in Kentucky.
Until next time,
Last month my blog focused on the sustainable extraction of limestone. I wanted to make this month’s blog a little more fun and personal. So, we are going to talk about my favorite lakes in (and around) Kentucky. I know…I know…. it is officially fall. Why in the world am I blogging about lakes? Well, for one, you can always plan for next summer! Second, you can still enjoy our lakes in the fall and winter months. The cold weather should never stop you from enjoying what nature has to offer!
Let’s start with one close to home for me. A little over 15 miles from my hometown of Morehead, Ky is Cave Run Lake. It is located in Rowan, Morgan, Menifee, and Bath County. I grew up visiting, hiking, swimming, camping, and fishing here and continue to visit every chance I get. What I love most about Cave Run is, even on extremely busy days, you can always find peace and quiet. What else does the lake have to offer?
- Camp at Twin Knobs and Zilpo.
- Put your boat in at 12 different locations.
- Picnic all over.
- Swim at two managed swimming beaches: The Beach (located in Twin Knobs) and. Or, swim wherever you like! I suggest Windy Bay and Billy Branch.
- Try out your “lake legs” at Cave Run Marinas.
- Fish for Bass, Catfish, Bluegill, Walleye, etc. Musky fishing is very popular here!
- Eat at Pops BBQ
- Attend the annual Storytelling Festival the 29th and 30th of September…you still have time to make it this year!
I spent a weekend at Norris Lake with a group of friends a couple years ago. Since then, I have always wanted to plan another trip. Norris Lake is in Tennessee; located a little over an hour from Pineville, Ky. I choose to include it in this blog because, in my experience, the lake is relatively unknown and it is close enough to Ky. I fell in love with Norris Lake immediately due to its seclusion and small size. So, why Norris Lake?
- Over 20 Marinas!
- Camp at Norris Dam State Park Campground
- Water Skiing. I “attempted” it…. and failed.
- Fish for Bass, Crappie, and Walleye.
- Over 16 restaurants…many of which are at Marinas.
- And obviously, swimming and hiking trails.
Over this past summer, I had to the opportunity to spend a couple days at Cumberland Lake, located in the southeastern part of the commonwealth. However, this was the only time I have been there. So, my knowledge of Cumberland Lake is limited. The short time I was there, I really enjoyed what the lake had to offer.
- I remember thinking every person there, but me, was on a boat. There are boat rentals all over!
- Our lodging was through a local cabin company. There are many…many more.
- I suggest spending time on Cumberland River, as well.
- Do I even need to say this? Lodging, food, fishing, hiking, and swimming.
- If you’re a coffee drinker, try Baxter Coffee.
I think I see a pattern with my favorites. They are all relatively located on the eastern side of the state. Maybe I need to visit some lakes on the western side next year. Any suggestions?
What is your favorite lake? Let me know in the comments!
Hi my name is Kaitlyn! I am an avid lover of everything Kentucky but have a secret of growing up in Indiana (it’s not that bad but the drivers are pretty terrible!)
I came to Louisville in 2009, but didn’t have my first drink of whiskey until 2011. I’ll never forget someone convincing me to try Bourbon and loving it! I knew right then, I was never turning back. Fast forward to now, and I was right. I love bourbon more than the average girl. I wouldn’t say that I know everything about bourbon, but I’m excited to learn more with you by side!
“Keep your friends close, & your bourbon closer.” What’s better than sipping a mint julep, old fashion or a drink on the rocks with a good group of friends?
One my favorite things to do is go to Silver Dollar on the last Thursday of the month for their Historic Flights tasting. I have been able to try multiple different bourbons, meet some really cool people, and learned what my palette actually enjoys. I highly recommend this event, and will write more about it later! (P.S. if you live in the Louisville area or are coming to visit, you have to try their brunch!)
To me, bourbon is more than just a great drink. Bourbon represents the culture and beauty of Kentucky, and is usually involved in some of the best memories we’ve all had. If you are from Kentucky or just stumbled upon this, I highly recommend making the trip to Bourbon Country, it truly is one of the most beautiful parts of our state, even if bourbon isn’t your thing! Exploring the distilleries, trying new drinks, and attending many events, I love learning more about the history, the process, and how this bourbon boom isn’t just a Kentucky thing anymore.
I look forward to taking you on my journey with bourbon! Cheers!
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