"To grasp climate change, you have to think in terms of species and their future. To know how things have already changed, you have to remember how they used to be, and so you may not notice birds disappearing from the skies, or hotter weather or more extreme storms and forest fires. You need to look past the sparrow and see the whole system that allows—or allowed—the birds to flourish. The swallows, the chinook salmon, desert tortoises, manatees, moose and us."
—From “Are We Missing the Big Picture on Climate Change?” Rebecca Solnit’s New York Times Magazine essay about how focusing on the loss of a single animal can distract us from the slow-motion calamity that will eventually threaten every animal
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