Hearts Like Mountains

Why do I say we need beautiful old hearts to pursue spiritual, social and ecological transformation in a climate-change-threatened river system? Here’s just one of countless examples: four hundred dams and thousands of miles of slackwater now heat the system’s flows so horribly that, in the summer of 2015, most the year’s adult salmon and steelhead cooked in the lower river before they even reached the John Day, 200 miles from the Pacific.