My daughter — composer and singer, Emily Cardwell — and I were chosen for an artists' residency in Norway with Light Grey Art Labs out of Minneapolis. We're collaborating on a multimedia project rooted in our concerns for nature, and we expect to finish the work by fall 2018. So many of the best things in this life are threatened because of the actions of humans: forests, oceans, wildlife. In fact, the future of our own species is unknown as the air we breathe and the water we drink are polluted; as wildfires, flooding and catastrophic storms increase; and as governments and many people ignore science and fail to take action. But even if humans persist, I wonder what the quality of life will be.