When It Comes to Climate Change, Grief Is More Useful Than Empty Nostalgia
We are already living in a changed world. Giving yourself time and space to grieve is important. But grief can also be a powerful tool for motivation.
Just how bad the worst-case scenario?
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What’s the worst-case scenario?
But mostly, I want to give them license to be more creative; to question the underlying architecture; to imagine a best-case scenario, a time when the urgency behind these talks I have with students has gone the same way as the ozone hole, acid rain, and other environmental successes now fading from our memory: toward extinction.
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As a child growing up in a landlocked state, I’d imagined the flock of gulls as a cloud of wings, calls sounding like laughter. Now I was struggling to grasp all that we’d lost.
Kate Harris writes in Lands of Lost Borders, “Explorers might be extinct, in the historic sense of the vocation, but exploring still exists, will always exist: in the basic longing to learn what in the universe we are doing here.” This is exactly how I felt working at Hilda Glacier.
Dillard stalked a world just beginning its freefall into an unprecedented amount of change, and her response was to look, and to look hard.