Barry Lopez died today. A voice of sanity goes silent, only to live on in his books. His words are like artful brush strokes painting stories of a threatened world.
Because mankind can circumvent evolutionary law, it is incumbent upon him, say evolutionary biologists to develop another law to abide by if he wishes to survive, to not outstrip his food base. He must learn restraint. He must derive some other, wiser way of behaving toward the land.Barry Lopez
Barry Lopez used the pen to battle the destruction of our fragile world. Time will tell whether the Arctic will remain a place visited, inhabited and cherished by few or another industrial stumping ground in our last ditch effort to extract minerals and fossil fuel from it.
In 2020 the Ambler Road and area 1002 have made significant strides forward and we may soon see heavy machinery rumble through pristine interior areas and coastal planes of Alaska. All in the name of a short-lived economic boost. Currently, there are no roads into these areas. Natives have used these lands for thousands of years to sustain their existence. To describe the stark beauty of these places requires a Barry Lopez.
“Over the years, one comes to measure a place, too, not just for the beauty it may give, the balminess of its breezes, the insouciance and relaxation it encourages, the sublime pleasures it offers, but for what it teaches. The way in which it alters our perception of the human. It is not so much that you want to return to indifferent or difficult places, but that you want to not forget.”Barry Lopez
Rest in Peace.