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The Brink: Stories of inequality, struggle and transformation

Posted: June 27, 2017 at 12:40 pm by , in Breaking News, Featured, Uncategorized

The Brink is a radio storytelling project about what is needed to transition to a more just environment and society. From homelessness to toxic contamination, fracking to immigration, The Brink tells stories of inequality, struggle and transformation. The word “brink” has dual meaning: that which exists at the margins and a critical turning point. The Brink is a project of Assistant Professor David Ciplet’s graduate course Power, Justice and Climate Change in the Environmental Studies Program at CU Boulder, in partnership with KGNU and the Just Transition Collaborative.

 

On Wednesday July 5th, Professor David Ciplet who leads the Power, Justice and Climate Change course at CU, and students Tracy Kessner and Timothy Molnar spoke about The Brink on KGNU.

 


“Rise Up” by Simone Domingue and Matthew Oliver.

What the future holds in terms of a changing climate is certainly a worrisome topic. Furthermore, addressing climate change as a policy matter has seen its fare share of contention and setbacks. We talk to young activists who see climate change as a real threat to their future and are taking action into their own hands. They share their perspectives on fighting for change in this story called “Rise Up.”


“Fracking, Democracy, and Activism” by Tracy Kessner.

Fracking is an issue that touches on a whole host of issues in Colorado: home-rule versus state rights, environmental and social justice issues, community versus corporate rights, and democracy vs plutocracy. How do we protect the health and safety of Coloradans when attempts to enact stricter regulations are blocked by legislators and oil and gas developers? Bella Romero, a middle school in Greeley, illustrates issues that all counties in Colorado may soon face.

 

“Aspen’s Underbelly: A Look at a Ski Town’s Dirty Secret on Sustainability” by Timothy Molnar, Morgan Schacker and Kate Manzer.

The town of Aspen, CO touts itself as an international leader on sustainability. In fact, they procure 100% of their energy from renewable sources. A more holistic view of the town’s sustainability picture, however, provides a less rosy story. With average home prices in excess of $7 million, we explore where the community’s migrant work force calls home. And take a look into the town’s shortcomings in addressing these inequities.

 

“The American DREAM… or Nightmare?” by Jacqueline Albert and Emily Shaldach.

Since Trump’s election, immigrants have been fearful of their status in America. We talked to two students who immigrated to the US as children and found out why they’re here, what they’re doing now, and how we can help.

 

“Homeless Under Fire” by Meredith Tyree and Katherine Wentz.

As more and more wildfires blaze through Colorado, Boulder County residents are quick to blame the hundreds of homeless people camping in the national forests. In this story, we explore the opposing concerns of homeless camping versus the need for the homeless to find refuge, and try to find some common ground in the process.

 

“Rocky Flats: The Future of Nuclear Guardianship” by Clare Stumpf.

For almost forty years, the 176-acre site called Rocky Flats was the epicenter of nuclear weapons manufacturing for the United States. Following two chemical fires, illegal plutonium incineration, and a federal investigation, the site was officially closed in 1989. Now, amidst a proposal to open the site to the public as a recreational site, the challenge is to establish protections against the toxic chemicals left behind. The Boulder Valley School District recently passed a resolution to prohibit field trips to the proposed Rocky Flats Wildlife Refuge in an effort to protect schoolchildren from exposure to the toxic legacy of Rocky Flats.