Our Team


Harvard Ayers


Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Sustainable Development Ph.D. 1973 Catholic University of America


Dr. Harvard Ayers has been an environmental activist for 40 years, has led or founded nine organizations over that time, including most recently, Appalachian Voices, Arctic Voices, Climate Voices US, and he currently serves as Executive Director of a brand new organization, The Climate Times. As an Anthropologist and a Sustainable Development professor, he has started three publications including, the Appalachian Voice, and now The Climate Times. This newest group is also involved in legal intervention in cases opposing the continuation of Duke Energy’s infatuation with burning fossil fuels to produce electricity. The heart of his commitment is and will be for the foreseeable future, stopping climate change before it’s too late by drastically reducing the burning of natural gas, the most climate-damaging of all fossil fuels, including coal. 

Nancy LaPlaca J.D.

Assistant Editor


Nancy LaPlaca, J.D. has been at the forefront of electric, gas and water utility issues for a decade, and in public policy and politics over the past thirty years. Nancy spent three years as a public interest intervener in Colorado, participating in dockets on coal and natural gas plants, renewable energy, energy efficiency and transmission line permits. Nancy and colleagues helped to stop a so-called "clean" coal (Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle or IGCC) power plant in Colorado, and she helped other clean energy advocates around the country understand IGCC and Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS). She served as campaign advisor to two Democrats elected to the Arizona Corporation Commission in 2008, and went on to serve as Policy Advisor for Commissioner Paul Newman 2009-2013. Nancy has been living and working in Durham, North Carolina for two years, as a policy expert for NC WARN and The Climate Times.