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Unfracking the Future through Civic Technoscience
Friday, February 21, 2020 , 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
From flammable tap water and sick livestock to the onset of hundreds of earthquakes in Oklahoma, the impact of fracking in the United States is far-reaching and deeply felt. In this DLA-sponsored talk, Sara Wylie, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Science at Northeastern University, traces the history of fracking and the ways scientists and everyday people are coming together to hold accountable an industry that has managed to evade regulation. Wylie shows how nonprofits, landowners, and community organizers are creating novel digital platforms and databases to track unconventional oil and gas well development and document fracking’s environmental and human health impacts. These platforms model alternative approaches for academic and grassroots engagement with the government and the fossil fuel industry that are increasingly vital in the context of climate denial and environmental deregulation. To learn more about Sara visit her website.
Lunch will be provided. Please click here to RSVP by February 17.