Thursday, March 17, 2016

All your stories are sad

Wild Sri Lankan elephants search for food in a dumpsite on the outskirts of a small town bordering the Wasgamuwa National Park. As their habitats become more fragmented, wild elephants are increasingly forced to venture into areas where people live. Photograph by Sean Gallagher

A friend and I were discussing the “sixth extinction” and what it’s like to be writing about the natural world today. What he said next continues to resonate: 

“Teetering on the edge as we are, I bet all your stories are sad.” 

The environmental story, as it's currently unfolding, is sad, but there are reasons to be hopeful.

I’ll have more to say in my next post.   

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