by Jeremy Seifert

Barry Lopez, a celebrated author who detailed moral and natural landscapes in our imagination for decades, died peacefully in Oregon on Christmas Day, 2020. In honor of the first anniversary of his passing, this film is a tribute to his life and work. Through archival footage and an interview conducted shortly before his death, Barry shares what drove him toward new horizons so that he might help our culture find balance with the living earth.

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Editorial Note

It has always been a radical act to share stories during dark times. They are regenerative spaces of creation and renewal. As we experience a loss of sacred connection to the earth, we share stories that explore the timeless connections between ecology, culture, and spirituality.


They Carry Us With Them: The Great Tree Migration

by Chelsea Steinauer-Scudder and Jeremy Seifert

Forests have been migrating in response to climate since time immemorial, but the twenty-first-century climate crisis has greatly diminished the ability of trees to move effectively. This multimedia feature explores four stories of tree migration in Maine and what is at stake as forests shift away from the ecological and human communities they have long inhabited.

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Shifting Landscapes Documentary Film Lab

We’ve partnered with IF/THEN Shorts, an initiative of Field of Vision, to launch a new short documentary film lab focused on the theme of migration. The lab will support films and storytellers exploring how the climate crisis is impacting shifts in movement from both human and nonhuman perspectives. Three selected projects will receive 25K in funding, mentorship, and distribution with Emergence Magazine. Application deadline: Feb 15th.

Photo by Bear Guerra

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A Whale in the Desert

by Tristan McConnell

Tracing paths of migration in Turkana, Tristan McConnell journeys across the Kenyan Rift Valley—a place whose long story is still being written by a shape-shifting landscape and changing patterns of human and nonhuman migration. With photos by Sarah Waiswa.

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The Emergence Print Collection

Purchase our special print bundle which includes Volumes 1 and 2 of the print edition of our magazine—collections of essays, poems, adapted multimedia stories, photo essays, and original artwork—and Short Stories of Apocalypse, our inaugural fiction collection, which explores the theme of apocalypse from past, present, and future perspectives.

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