Archive for June 24th, 2012

The Eco-Socialist Alternative @Pleasant Street Books

Woodstock Early Bird is learning all sorts of new words and phrases this weekend!

First there is the Woodstock Digital Media Festival with all its “new economy”  investor talk about “incubator” companies.

Now, we introduce to you: The “Eco-Socialist” alternative.

If you’d like to find out more about what that means, take a walk down to Pleasant Street Books in Woodstock this evening (Sunday) at 7pm for a talk with Quincy Saul, who is – as the poster to the left reveals – “Co-Founder of Ecosocialist Horizons”.

Interestingly,  a presenter at the Digital Media Festival suggested that whether or not one agrees with the causes or the existence of global warming, there are certainly problems related to climate that need solving .

We note (having considered these issues daily during a summer as a park ranger in Glacier Bay National Park)  that climate change is not just about whether and how fast the glaciers or the polar ice caps may or may not be melting but, perhaps, —  more critically —  about the effects of climate changes on local economies. Juneau or Bristol Bay, Alaska, for example: If the water warms too much, or its oxygen content changes,  will the ocean still support the wild salmon? If there are no salmon, can there still be a fishery? If there is no fishery, what happens to the economy?

Another broader and  simpler notion comes to mind, a seed planted in WEB’s head years ago by a Clark University geographer: Water.   Sure, we have global issues about oil, fossil fuels, resources, infrastructure. But, eventually, he said,  all discussion, controversy, war will come down to WATER.

We, here in Woodstock, Vermont, learned first-hand what happens when a climate-related event hits: While we were inundated with flood waters in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, due to huge “compromises” and outright breaks in our Aqueduct water system,  we ended up without drinking water and without water for flushing waste for many, many days. Water became THE crisis issue. Getting water and distributing water took up all our time.  Conserving water in order that others might  share our limited water resources became a reality we had to think about.  A microcosm of things to come?

7p, Pleasant Street Books (across and down the street from Mac’s Grocery Store)