Cover Photo: An image of the iconic Abbey Road album in which all the Beatles cross the street
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“Here Comes the Sun” Was an Anthem of Hope, Now It’s a Reminder of Climate Change

Every day, as news reports about climate change become more threatening, I grow more nostalgic for the places and objects of my childhood that feel increasingly imperiled.

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Over the years I’d attended some marches, remembered to recycle, taken public transportation but what, exactly, had I changed? The world was no closer to stopping global warming—or hell, even alleviating it—than it had been when I picked up my first protest sign in high school. The number of people and governments and corporations that would have to work together to make actual, meaningful change suddenly felt overwhelming. Meanwhile, people and animals were already dying. The earth’s atmosphere contained roughly 400 parts per million (ppm) of carbon, a level unprecedented in recorded history. Lying there, listening to George Harrison sing, I wasn’t “all right” by a long shot, and neither was the planet.

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Amy Brady is the Deputy Publisher of Guernica magazine and the Senior Editor of the Chicago Review of Books, where she writes a monthly column about climate fiction. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Dallas Morning News, Sierra, Pacific Standard, the New Republic, the Village Voice, the Cambridge Companion to Working-Class Literature, and elsewhere. She holds a PhD in literature from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was a recipient of a CLIR/Mellon Library of Congress Fellowship.