Professionally entangled in a need, perhaps even an obligation, to make the violent life in Juarez known, Charles Bowden was unflinching in his pursuit of truth. In 2012, when looking to distance himself, he turned to nature:
I am writing about about my desire to escape Juarez and my hunger for wild life and wild places. I am on the fifteenth draft and sinking into a swamp of herons and roseate spoonbills.
It is through his appreciation and respect of nature that Campo Urbano finds inspiration in Charles Bowden. We strive to care as deeply as Charles, and to look at our world with open eyes, refusing to cringe away from the horrors and atrocities around us, but rather face them and demand better. We will find support in our land and wilderness to keep his legacy of truth-seeking close to heart.
I don’t trust the answers or the people who give me the answers. I believe in dirt and bone and flowers.
While introducing Jane Goodall at a Tucson community farm, Charles spoke of Ed Abbey as a raven flying over us. Now, we’ll look to the skies and find Charles’ keen eyes following us, insisting on our compassion, caring, and living.