Water has been the river’s saving grace. This may seem obvious, rivers and water are surely inextricably linked. So let me be a little more precise. The visible manifestations of water, and the life enabled by them, have allowed the Los Angeles River to survive extreme human alteration. Acres of concrete, without water, are just […]
The river is not a consolation prize for those unable to live somewhere more naturally beautiful.
I meet Leo Limon beneath the crisp winter sun in a tiny pocket park at the end of Oros Ave in Frogtown. The pocket of land is called Steelhead Park, in recognition of the river’s indicator species, a trout that was last seen in the waterway in January of 1940. We had planned to meet at the […]
We live in the shadow of a western philosophical legacy that has us convinced of humankind’s separateness from the rest of the world, rather than our integration, entanglement and kinship with it. This has real, and dire, ecological consequences. As William Cronon argues By imagining that our true home is in the wilderness, we forgive […]
Roderick Nash, one of environmental history’s foremost scholars, recalls telling a college student that rather than devoting the semester break to scholarly reading, the time would be far better spent exploring the landscape. Nash was convinced, as am I, that observing, questioning and considering places – and the impacts of human beings – would allow […]
Life is too busy. It’s an almost constant refrain amongst, well, pretty much everyone. In the haste to succeed, get by, be amazing, and do everything, living well can sometimes fall by the wayside. So while there’s a wealth of research that tells us time in nature will make us healthy and happy, actually disrupting […]
Vision for a Sustainable world To-Do List This is a note to myself. Realise the small and enormous importance of human beings. Find some place that makes your heart beat faster, with love. You can call that feeling biophilia if you like. Go there as often as you can. Control through your consumption. Green power. […]
When I’m researching in Los Angeles, I talk to pretty much everyone about the river. Again and again, I hear the same story, as if it’s a script clipped out of the Los Angeles Times. People smile. They tell me nobody in Los Angeles knows that their city has a river. Then they recount an […]