Dispatches from the Empire

An Idyll on the Shores of a Toxic Lake

…people who live in Bombay Beach stay because the town offers a tight-knit community in the midst of catastrophe. Though its residents contend with environmental adversity on a daily basis, they’re also demonstrating how to navigate the uncertain future we all face — neglect, the fight for scarce resources, destruction of home, the feeling of having no place to go. They are an example of how people can survive wild climate frontiers together.

Bombay Beach. Butte. The San Luis Valley. Rock Springs. Where they go, so go we all.