The wetlands of the world are dying, drowning beneath the encroaching seas, which are rising due to climate change. Elizabeth Rush, professor of creative nonfiction at Brown University, writes with great poetic feeling and deep research about the losses accruing during the sixth extinction event in the Earth’s history, going on now. She sounds a passionate alarm, including a call for intelligent “unsettling,” as communities face the need to retreat from the coasts and marshes. Yet, Rush finds reasons to hope in the opportunities that change affords to mend old injustices and create a new, respectful equilibrium.
About the Author
Elizabeth Rush is a journalist and a professor of creative nonfiction at Brown University.