Brooke is a young writer and community organizer who focuses on climate change, environmental justice, and connection to place. While at the Taft-Nicholson Center, Brooke immersed herself in the aspen groves and wrote a creative non-fiction essay that interweaves the impending loss of aspens from climate change and her grandpa’s fading health. She grapples with concepts of loss and deep time and explores what motivates us to act in the face of climate crisis.
In Spring 2018, Brooke received her M.A. from the University of Utah’s Environmental Humanities Graduate Program. Her research focused on the role of story in social and environmental movements. For her creative project, Brooke cycled 1,500 miles around the Colorado Plateau, listening to stories from those on the frontlines of climate change and energy extraction. She is currently finalizing a book manuscript that follows her journey and works as the coordinator of Uplift, a youth-led organization for climate justice across the Southwest.
Brooke’s writing has been published in Sierra Magazine, Pacific Standard, High Country News, and the anthology Red Rock Stories: Three Generations of Writers Speak on Behalf of Utah’s Public Lands.
You can learn more about her work at jbrookelarsen.com.