The lessons "Moby Dick" has for a warming world of rising waters

As an environmental historian and scholar of the 19th century, Aaron Sachs, professor of history, spends a lot of time thinking about how the past can help us confront current crises—especially climate change. In an op-ed in Salon, Sachs writes that he finds a lot of guidance in the 1800s, from the appreciation of wildness in “Walden” to the notebooks of Charles Darwin.

“But my nomination for the most helpful climate manual ever written might be a surprise: Moby-Dick,” Sachs writes in the piece. “What makes “Moby-Dick” especially relevant right now is that it offers a spur to solidarity and perseverance.”

Read the story in Salon.

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