Individual action can’t fight climate crisis. These Americans know we need a collective response
Last fall, as I landed in New Orleans, a seed of existential anxiety lodged itself deep in my gut. It was my fifth flight in just over a week. I was in the middle of a tour to promote a book on how coastal communities around the US were already responding to the climate crisis in surprising, often radical ways. Outside, the bayou shimmered below, the city itself barely distinguishable from the water that surrounds it. I could see the landscape that my air travel would play a role in diminishing – the additional CO2 in the atmosphere melting Arctic sea ice and Antarctic glaciers, causing sea levels to rise. What am I doing here? I wondered.
The climate crisis is building unlikely coalitions amongst people who might not appear to share affinities at first glance
Elizabeth Rush is the author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, a finalist for the Pulitzer prize in general nonfiction
This article was amended on 30 August 2019 to correct the spelling of Elizabeth Sawin’s surname.