The Last Owls

“As the last ancient forests of British Columbia disappear, species like the northern spotted owl are going extinct. With only one breeding pair left in the Canadian wild, activists say the choice is between profit and preservation.”

Author: Sarah Cox
Source: Beside
Published: Nov 16, 2021
Length: 12 minutes (3,176 words)

A Death Full of Life

“One thing is certain: cemeteries can play an essential role in hosting ecosystems. Yet they also get a bad environmental rap, and not without good reason. According to a study published in the Berkeley Planning Journal, funerals use enough wood to build 4.5 million houses each year. Two thousand seven hundred tons of copper and bronze are buried annually, along with 104,272 tons of steel and 1.6 million hectares of forest. Maintaining the manicured appearances of traditional cemeteries, with their perfectly tended lawns, requires gallons of fertilizer and hours of lawn mower use.”

Source: Beside
Published: Sep 27, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,200 words)

The Great Work

“Overwhelmed in the classroom, Peter and David began taking long, slow walks around the neighbourhood together. In Peter’s unhurried pace and frequent pauses, they found a shared rhythm and a way of enjoying each other’s company.”

Author: Mark Mann
Source: Beside
Published: Mar 29, 2021
Length: 8 minutes (2,102 words)

An Answer to Forgetting

“The consequence of measuring changes in nature against the puny time scale of our human lifespans is that we fail to collectively respond to environmental decline, because we don’t recognize its true scale.”

Author: Mark Mann
Source: Beside
Published: Nov 19, 2020
Length: 11 minutes (2,807 words)

Being a Shark

“In the shadow of their disbelief, I became intensely aware of the tremendous privilege and cultural capital often associated with accessing ‘nature.'”

Source: Beside
Length: 11 minutes (2,945 words)

A Fugitive in Montana

“After learning to make fire with sticks and having my revelation about drugs, I decided I had gotten all I needed out of this camp and that it was time to go.”

Source: Beside
Length: 11 minutes (2,961 words)

Grizzlies at the Table

“The carcass is a reminder that bears remain a threat even today; accordingly, there are a few things I need to know before I step outside the Wuikinuxv lodge, according to the facility’s manager. “If you smell something, it’s a bear,” Judy says. “If the dogs are going crazy, it’s a bear.””

Source: Beside
Published: Nov 23, 2020
Length: 12 minutes (3,149 words)