My very earliest forays into discovering the Los Angeles River, from a distance in Australia, had me thinking that it was all wide, trapezoidal flood control channel, like in the film Grease where Danny and Leo race hot-rods along the downtown stretch, their respective admirers watching on, every shot filled from edge to edge with […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]