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Rise and retreat: Climate change washes across the new shoreline.


I'm surprised how quickly it moves out of the media limelight, and the everyday discussions are on to new topics. Maybe one of the reasons is we can't point a finger at any single culprit. With a school shooting, you can say 'so-and-so person had this kind of history and these might be the kinds of things that precipitated them to act in such a way' and with climate change there isn't any one single actor - we're all creating it together, all of the time. And I think that is one of the reasons perhaps why we also are fairly good at forgetting about it.

Writer Elizabeth Rush watches the sea roll across America's new shoreline - as the most visible reminder of climate change's threat to life and land, and as a signal to retreat from the inevitable, irreversible rise of the oceans and the way of life that brought us to this point.

Elizabeth is the author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore from Milkweed Editions.

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Elizabeth Rush

Elizabeth Rush is a writer, photographer and educator.


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