Why Peace? Why Parks?

North Kaibab Trail on the Grand Canyon. Does the path to peace go through here?

Peace has been hard to come by, of late.

When J and I began making plans to spend a year in the national parks, it was in part because we needed a respite from the work we had been doing in Asia. Our partners were justice-minded lawyers, non-profits, and academics who have been under incredible, intensifying pressure, as countries around the world have begun to reject the international human rights framework or, at least, any role for foreign governments, non-profits, and other do-gooders in it.

We needed to get out of the haze in Beijing, literally, and reassess the way we had been doing our work, and perhaps living our lives.

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