In the Hive

Climate activism when the outlook is dire, and transitions in Utah coal country


Today on the program, two conversations pertaining to climate change.

Tim DeChristopher is an activist who was arrested ten years ago for disrupting a BLM oil and gas lease auction. He served 21 months in prison for his act of civil disobedience. Despite years of public awareness campaigns, big strides in renewable energy, and activism like Tim’s, 2018 saw the largest global carbon emissions on record. That includes a 3.5% increase in emissions here in the U.S. We’ll get Tim’s perspective on the role of activism in combatting climate change today.

Natalie Gochnour is the director of the Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah and one of the members of a relatively new effort – the Utah Coal Country Strike Team, which aims to reinvent the economies of the state’s Carbon and Emery counties. Both counties have seen steady economic decline since 2001, in the wake of diminishing coal production.

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