01 Dec '11, 11am

Stop your crying: Environmental tales don’t have to read like ‘The Lorax’

Stop your crying: Environmental tales don’t have to read like ‘The Lorax’

Cross-posted from the Last Word on Nothing . I've spent a lot of time this past year thinking and writing about extinction, which means I've also spent a lot of time drinking thinking about the tragic narrative in environmental journalism . There's a lot of genuine tragedy on the environmental beat, and it doesn't take a partisan to see it. There's not a whole lot to like about water pollution, or crop failures, or mass extinction. A lot of these stories lend themselves to the Lorax narrative. You know how it goes: The Lorax speaks for the trees, the rest of us keep buying thneeds, and for hope all we get is the Once-ler's last seed. Though the new Lorax movie might try to fake a sunny face, the story is a tragedy. But the best environmental journalism uses all the tools of the storytelling trade. With Christopher Booker's Seven Basic Plots as a field guide, I've been sear...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/article/2011-12-01-stop-your-crying-...

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