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Climate stories from the Colorado Plateau

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Climate stories from the Colorado Plateau

Cycling across the Colorado Plateau, listening to stories of place and climate justice.

Layers Exposed is a space for reflecting on what it means to inhabit the high desert of the southwest in a changing climate. The site is managed by me, Brooke Larsen, a lover of red rock, climate organizer, and storyteller. 

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The Colorado Plateau is defined by color--hues of red shaped by wind and the hardest working river. The deep time of this place inspires hope. The exposed layers tell a story that move us to think beyond the surface. Inspired by the landscape I call home, I seek to uncover the unexplored, the silenced, the untold stories of climate justice in this rural, wild region. With dear friends, family, and creative storytellers, I will cycle 1,500 miles over 54 days listening to an unforeseen number of stories. I carry with me few answers and many questions. With megadrought on the horizon, how do we cope with the loss of our home? Can we create a just transition away from fossil fuels if a community doesn't want to change? We often blur and ignore the distinct challenges of rural communities--from the worker whose income depends on the local coal mine to Native people who face generations of injustice. The Colorado Plateau is known for its wildness, but it is also a national sacrifice zone. From nuclear waste to the dirtiest power plants in the country, these projects are most often placed nearest to the poor and people of color. Frontline communities face the degradation of their environment, their health, and their culture--elements that depend on one another to thrive. By listening, I will likely uncover more questions than answers. Stories are pathways for empathy.