Items by Brian Calvert

Democracy is fraying in the West, too
Democracy is fraying in the West, too
Why your vote matters this election above all.
Working with readers for a better West
Working with readers for a better West
High Country News turns 50 this year, but we’re already planning for the decades to come.
The undeniable truths in literature
The undeniable truths in literature
Four Colorado writers discuss empathy, systems of oppression and ‘the moment.’
Where people are stepping up
Where people are stepping up
In the face of conflict and misinformation, hope remains.
The West protests
The West protests
‘Dominator culture’ and the injustices of climate change, COVID-19 and racism.
Don’t despair. Dissent.
Don’t despair. Dissent.
Look to others doing good work and act.
Pandemic as prologue
Pandemic as prologue
A failure of imagination has stymied our outbreak response, but that’s just the beginning.
Two key components of journalism today: love and strength
Two key components of journalism today: love and strength
As the pandemic grinds on, we in the media must continue to bear witness.
The road to ecofascism is paved with green intentions
The road to ecofascism is paved with green intentions
Why fusing nationalism and naturalism is a bad idea.
From billionaires to bankruptcies, the West is full of flashpoints
From billionaires to bankruptcies, the West is full of flashpoints
And we’re here to cover them all.
The Elon Musk dilemma
The Elon Musk dilemma
When big thinkers think badly.
Consider the contested West
Consider the contested West
The Western U.S. is complicated; more reason to try to understand its workings.
Skiing and snowmobiling are as natural as the weather
Skiing and snowmobiling are as natural as the weather
With human impacts felt everywhere, we need a new environmental ethic.
A quick guide to your redesigned magazine
A quick guide to your redesigned magazine
A fresh magazine for another 50 years of HCN.
What the cowboy hat says about ‘Americanism’
What the cowboy hat says about ‘Americanism’
A problematic symbol of the West gets a reboot.
Climate change and the challenges to human happiness
Climate change and the challenges to human happiness
It’s not too late to confront despair.
The case for speculative journalism
The case for speculative journalism
Climate fiction can help us imagine the impacts of climate change in a way that science journalism can’t.
The mysterious cow murders at Missouri Breaks
The mysterious cow murders at Missouri Breaks
In 2068, a West Obsessed investigation.
Where the incarceration and wildfire crises meet
Where the incarceration and wildfire crises meet
Prison firefighters are severely underpaid. And they’re the lucky ones.
Why invisible dangers are the hardest to face
Why invisible dangers are the hardest to face
Evolved as humans are, we’re terrible at solving problems we can’t actually see.
It’s time to take a stand
It’s time to take a stand
Rise above provocation and choose decency.
Why we’re building coverage by, from and for Indigenous audiences
Why we’re building coverage by, from and for Indigenous audiences
A few words on HCN’s award-winning coverage of Native America.
Making sense of the West
Making sense of the West
Why we’ve expanded our coverage beyond environmental issues.
The ecological danger of ethical impoverishment
The ecological danger of ethical impoverishment
The West is facing challenges that won’t be solved without moral considerations.
What is stopping climate action?
What is stopping climate action?
We’ve become the agents of our own undoing.
Under Trumpism, truth is under relentless attack
Under Trumpism, truth is under relentless attack
Two books warn against the rise of alternative realities.
Journalists need defense, not derision
Journalists need defense, not derision
The U.S. media is taking a beating, even as it struggles to survive.
We must face the ecological realities of the world we’re creating
We must face the ecological realities of the world we’re creating
There is no separating us from the place we live.
Meanwhile, the West is in jeopardy
Meanwhile, the West is in jeopardy
Amid political and cultural tumult, we are unprepared for the new reality of climate change.
The myth of American progress
The myth of American progress
The West may not represent progress, but it does represent constant flux.
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