Annie Proulx on Why “Fighting” Climate Change Is No Longer the Answer

Liam Freeman in Vogue:

At the dawn of the third millennium, the American novelist Annie Proulx was living in Wyoming and saw a perfect but terrible storm brewing. Extended droughts and warmer winters were providing the optimal conditions for the mountain pine beetle to thrive, and its ongoing infestation—as well as wildfires continuing to ravage the state’s old dense forests, including those of Yellowstone National Park—was turning towering lodgepole pines into ashen tombstones. “That was the first moment when it really sank in that something momentous is going on,” Proulx, who is 87, recently told me over the phone. “I’m a great believer in keeping notes on what you see from year to year. Repetitive observation is my idea of the way to live. This is not a once-in-a-lifetime chance, but a once-in-a-species existence, to observe these huge changes.”

And so began her transition from fiction to writing about ecological issues. In her latest book Fen, Bog and Swamp (Scribner), Proulx delves into the history of peatland destruction and its role in the climate crisis.

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