Last Updated on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 461
Elizabeth Rush uses a combination of facts and personal voices from interviews to provide an in-depth look at the effects of climate change. Some of the quotes are astonishing facts she provides about the rapid climate change our planet is currently experiencing. Other quotes are a combination of the many voices she has woven into her writing, as well as her own.
In 2017...we bore witness to a string of storms so powerful that the National Weather Service had to invent not one but two entirely new colors to reflect their severity.
By 2050 there will be two hundred million [climate refugees] world wide, two million of them of whom will be from right here in Louisiana.
It's often folks with the least who share the most.
I call this new form of climate anxiety endsickness. Like motion sickness or sea sickness, endsickness is its own kind of vertigo....
Rush explains that her term "endsickness" is the result of the physical human reaction to living in a world with unusual events. She is referencing catastrophic natural disasters that can't easily be explained. Humans have historically turned to religion to explain these natural disasters. Contemporarily, climate deniers have chosen to make sense of these disasters by calling them serendipitous. The disasters seem outside the scope of human comprehension. Humans find comfort in stability and safety. However, Rush points out throughout her writing that we live in a unpredictable and unsafe world.
Essentially...it is not that you can have gratitude for everything all the time but that there is always the possibility of gratitude...
The quote above is noted by Laura Sewall in an interview referencing Brother David Steindle-Rast. During times of catastrophic natural disasters, those who are directly affected need to believe in the ability to...
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