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Dispatches

We are asking people in different parts of the world with a variety of perspectives to reflect on this pandemic and how it is shifting the way we see ourselves and our relationship to the natural world.

How have the personal, political, economic, cultural, and environmental responses changed both what feels possible and what feels beyond possibility? What would you like to see continued as the world works towards relief and recovery from this global crisis?

COVID Lessons for Portland (and others) by Ethan Seltzer ...with profound thanks to Anonymous Reviewers

What this moment calls for is paying attention, and learning from what we’re experiencing personally and together about our assumptions about the way that things have to be. And we shouldn’t stop there: we should  be translating these new lessons into actions aimed at locking in what we’ve learned before a return to a more “normal” state of affairs makes it seem less imperative to pay attention. 

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Dispatch from Adeline by Adeline Kim

Today, I tripped over what looked like a petrified puddle at the base of a eucalyptus tree. A lignotuber. That’s what this nasty-looking arboreal cyst is called, according to Google. Lignotuber: A rounded woody growth at or below ground level on some shrubs and trees that grow in areas subject to fire or drought, containing a mass of buds and food reserves.

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Dispatch from Evelyn by Evelyn Frances

"Every morning I sit on the floor in the sun that streams through our kitchen window with my dog while I read and drink coffee. This is my new, quarantine ritual. I read for two hours and watch my dog sleep and breathe. I hear the sounds of my boyfriend typing in the other room. I hear so many birds chattering to each other in rhythmic calls that I had never heard before, over the noise of cars, planes, and construction. Maybe they can finally hear each other, too. The breeze through the window smells like the sea, which I have never smelled in New York in the 5 years I have lived here. What a gift! We live in Brooklyn and two blocks away is a hospital that has two refrigerated trucks outside. Two blocks away is a completely different world. And here I am, contemplating. How privileged it is, to contemplate".

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Prologue from “In Climate Emergency, Break Glass” by Saul Griffith

"Unlike COVID–19 (at the time we wrote this), climate change has a vaccine now. That vaccine is a clean energy infrastructure. We know what it looks like — massive electrification with wind turbines, solar cells, electric vehicles, heat pumps, and a much-expanded and bi-directional electrical grid to glue it all together. Incredibly, if we make the commitments to electrify our infrastructure at the scale required, we will lower the energy costs of all Americans, especially if we can accompany the project with an appropriate set of financing mechanisms that will make the future affordable for everyone."

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Things I don’t Want to Forget (so far) when This Changes to Something Else by Ethan Seltzer

"Kids roaming the neighborhood on bikes like I used to. How delicious food we make can taste. Dreaming about things, and then living through those same dreams. Families moving around the neighborhood in packs. Talking on the phone and face-timing more than in the past two decades. Finding work-arounds for lots of stuff. Finding no alternatives for some things. Wondering what “stay safe” is supposed to mean."

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