I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Barry Lopez is the author of Arctic Dreams (Vintage), Of Wolves and Men (Scribner), and thirteen other books of fiction and nonfiction. He is editor of the forthcoming collection Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape (Trinity University Press). He lives near Eugene, Oregon.
How global warming will affect the fate of chinook salmon, and all that’s tied to them, is one of the many Gordian knots in natural history blithely dismissed by Americans still trying to pull Charles Darwin’s pants down.