Novelist Jesmyn Ward is known for historical grandiosity, but her long-overlooked book “Sing, Unburied, Sing” turns away from realism into the realm of generic strangeness.
“The everyday ways that people challenge environmental destruction can be quite powerful.”
“What state and federal environmental regulatory agencies in the US have not yet done is reform the way agency staff make decisions.”
“Octavia Butler teaches us,” explains Black playwright Ericka Dickerson-Despenza, “…that we have two options in Apocalypse: adapt or die.”
Farming and child-rearing seem natural, but they’re cultural. And like all cultural activities, generations disagree about how best to do them.
Many landowners view themselves as environmental stewards. But can the environment ever be protected within the frame of private property?
South African literature has long struggled to become drought-resistant: its plotlines, and even its paper production, presuppose abundant water.
Opposition to imperialism unites the struggles of our times. To recognize empire is to take a necessary step towards a more just world.
What happens when thinking of soil as a living being and force, with whom the human world needs to repair and rebuild ties?
When an increasingly uncomfortable climate forces more of life indoors, who might be forced to bear the costs?
A storm is never just wind or rain. Our natural problems are social problems. The solutions to them must be social, too.
White South Africans used wildlife conservation to build a narrative as a race. Unfortunately, this pursuit came at the expense of Africans.
What should climate-change writing be? What is its ambition as it moves forward?
Environmental wisdom can arise from being a better reader.
Human bodies in deep water feel nature’s power and our own relative weakness. As seas rise, we should heed the swimmers.
Before 2020, the relationship that is the body was already ailing. COVID-19 heightens the need to heal it.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has been described as an unprecedented global event. Yet for some, the virus arrives with uncanny familiarity.
Rather than studying birds—and birders—in isolation, the time has come to see both as linked to the crises of racism and climate change.
Energy companies promise to “go green.” Yet they use the same forms of extractive capitalism that have destroyed the planet’s climate.
“Science is stronger if the community is diverse. And recent history supports that.”