This year’s Grand Torty — the “best picture” prize awarded to one of this year’s 16 Tort Reports, each produced by 5-person teams of students in Jon Hanson’s Torts class — went to “An Act of God.”
The mini documentary looks at the impact of climate change on a community sometimes blamed for climate change–the Appalachian coal-mining, town of Grundy, VA. Through personal stories, the film explores life at the intersection of economic necessity, natural disaster, and the politics of coal, highlighting the vulnerability of those communities and the wider victim-blaming indifference of others to that plight.
Congratulations to the Tort Report team of students for their splendid documentary.
Watch the video below.
“An Act of God”
Related Systemic Justice Project Resource:
- Tort Report Youtube Playlist
- The Moral of the Marketplace: Profit – Big Oil’s Prioritization of Profit Over Environmental and Human Safety
- Shale Games: How the Natural Gas Industry Is Swindling Investors, Society and the Planet
- Polluting the Narrative: How Air Pollution Becomes Legitimate in Buffalo, NY
- Incorporating the Environment? Critiquing the Law’s Structural Bias Against Nature and in Favor of Business Interests
- Corporate Power, Consumers, and Climate Change
- Corporate Power and Environmental Justice: How Corporate Law Exacerbates Environmental Harm and its Inequitable Distribution