On Thursday, February 6, 2020, KGNU and the Foundations for Leaders Organizing for Water and Sustainability (FLOWS) at Boulder’s University of Colorado Environmental Center held the New Voices for Climate Justice: A Community Conversation on Grassroots Leadership and Sustainability event in Boulder County at the Dairy Arts Center.
Sustainability leaders and technicians in the FLOWS group lead a conversation about engaging underrepresented voices in climate work and discussed their efforts to make real change on an individual and community level with diverse students and low-income residents. They also expanded on some of the stories featured during a year-long partnership with KGNU exploring a different paradigm within sustainability work.
Listen to the event audio below:
FLOWS founder Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish notes, “Underrepresented communities often are environmental leaders but we’re not really recognized as such. FLOWS highlights the leadership of underrepresented and low-income communities… It’s not actually unusual. Globally, this is what the sustainability movement looks like.”
- Michelle Gabrieloff-Parish: FLOWS Founder and Assistant Director for Energy and Climate Justice at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Environmental Center
- Angela Maria Ortiz Roa: FLOWS Coordinator, Climate Justice Leaders Program member and Columbian immigrant
- Henry Torres: FLOWS Resident Technician, Superintendent Union Iron Worker, Mono Verde guitarist and Venezuelan immigrant
- Andrew “Q” Jones: FLOWS Resident Technician, EFAA maintenance worker and Boulder Macy’s Fulfillment/Dock Worker
- Peterson Jean: FLOWS Resident Technician, Construction Worker, Entrepreneur, Front Range Community College Student, Climate Justice Leaders Program member and Haitian immigrant
The FLOWS radio series, made possible by a grant from Boulder County, featured in-depth news stories and audio shorts on sustainability practices and tips with leaders from the FLOWS program. The community-designed and led project aimed to highlight the knowledge, practice, and traditions around resource sustainability that have been woven into the daily lives of low-income and immigrant communities. The project also aimed to address a gap in the public education landscape and flip the typical top-down approach by providing stories and productions on sustainability solutions from a community perspective.
Access the entire archives of the FLOWS Radio Series here.
More about FLOWS here.
Watch the event video: