This year, CU ASE will be hosting a monthly discussion series which will address some of the many facets of Environmental Justice. Each discussion will use a film clip, interview, article or radio series as a platform for the issue, as well as bring in more background information about how the issue relates to current local, regional, national and global events. Discussions will be informal, and no previous knowledge or academic experience in Environmental Justice is necessary.
Most discussions will be held on Wednesdays in the UMC 425, 1:30-2:30pm
November 19th: Mother: Caring for 7 Billion
Mother Caring for 7 Billion is a groundbreaking film that reveals the compelling challenges humans face in a world of 7 billion featuring world-renowned experts who tackle the most controversial issues on the planet: gender equity, religion, reproductive health and the environment.CU ASE will be showing this film on Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30pm in Education 220.
November 6: Flooding and Fracking in Colorado: A Double Disaster?
Interested in the environmental impacts from the recent flooding disaster and fracking (hydraulic fracturing) in Colorado? Join us, CU Assembly for Sustainability and Equity, for our second discussion series, Fracking and Flooding: a Double Disaster, on Wednesday, November 6th, 1:30-2:30pm in UMC 425. While most of were busy bailing out our homes or helping out affected friends, Cliff Willmeng, a representative from East Boulder County United, was documenting the flood’s impacts on some of the 50,000 oil and gas wells in Colorado. After the flood, Cliff's story and photos were featured in the most reason edition of Rolling Stone. Cliff and other representatives from East Boulder County United, a local grassroots organization, will present on the numerous inundated drilling facilities and loose tanks he found during the flood as well as the potential effects of the impacted wells on our environment. Come learn more about how our natural gas drilling will affect the future of Colorado."
October 9: Do Your Groundwork!
Learn how Groundwork Denver, an environmetal justice-themed non-profit, foster environmental justice solutions through community-based action. Wendy Hawthorne, the Executive Director of Groundwork Denver, will lead the discussion and invite participants to be part of an environmental justice solution in a north Denver enighborhood. On October 12, 9am-1pm participants will have an opportunity to volunter with Groundwork Denver going door to door in the Swansea and Elyria Denver nieghborhoods to chnage out fron port light bulbs to compact flourescent blubs, and to sign people up for free insulation services and recycling services. Come to Do Your Groundwork to learn about environmental justice and to help families stay warm this winter, while reducing gas emissions.
December 4: Keystone Pipeline and Native Lands
A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle For A Living Planet
October 22, 6:30, Education 220
Our first film will be A Fierce Green Fire: the Battle for a Living Planet in EDUC 220 and will be followed by a discussion led by Professor David Youkey,a favorite of students who has been teaching Environmental Ethics and Environmental Justice at CU for many years.
A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture that explores the 50 years of the environmental movement, from conservation to climate change. Written and directed by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, and has since won acclaim at festivals around the world. A Fierce Green Fire focuses on the activism of people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future and succeeding against all odds.
The film unfolds in five acts, each with a central story and character:
• 1) David Brower and the Sierra Club’s battle to halt dams in the Grand Canyon
• 2) Lois Gibbs and Love Canal residents’ struggle against 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals
• 3) Paul Watson and Greenpeace’s campaigns to save whales and baby harp seals
• 4) Chico Mendes and Brazilian rubbertappers’ fight to save the Amazon rainforest
• 5) Bill McKibben and the 25-year effort to address the impossible issue – climate change
Surrounding these main stories are strands like environmental justice, returning to the land, and movements of the global south such as Chipko in India and Wangari Maathai in Kenya. Vivid archival film brings it all back and insightful interviews shed light on the events and what they mean. The film offers a deeper view of environmentalism as a movement for civilizational change to bring our industrial society into sustainable balance with nature.