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Naropa University Earth Exchange for Valmont Coal Plant

 

Boulder, Colorado, United States—Valmont Coal Plant—Dennis White and Naropa University Students

Boulder, Colorado, United States—Valmont Coal Plant—Dennis White and Naropa University Students

This was done as part of the Ecopsychology class at Naropa where students made a relation to wounded landscapes—in this case the Valmont plant in Boulder, which is one of the biggest polluters in Colorado and has been in a struggle with city of Boulder’s over-municipalization of energy ( in a referendum two years ago Boulder voted to go forward, 52 to 48%, and is in the process of studying how to go forward and implement this.)

We walked around the park outside (which is part of Excel, very nice environmentally, belying what takes place on the other side of the fence ), we made our bird across the street by the railroad tracks (the picture was taken by one of the railroad men) and then came back to the Naropa campus one block away and discussed what feelings it brought up in us; which covered the range of disgust at the coal piles and trains and smokestacks pushing out pollution, to sympathy for those whose livelihood is caught up in that situation, to understanding this is what kept us warm for many years, to inspiration of how to support going forward in a different way.

Connecting with the RadJoy through Christi Strickland has been good, very inspiring

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