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Dinner Disrupted: Half-Earth Socialism

April 19, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT

Authors Drew Pendergrass and Troy Vettese will discuss their radical plan to address climate disaster and their book, Half-Earth Socialism with Kevin Gallagher, host of WPKN's "Digging in the Dirt."

Rather than allow the forces of the free market to destroy the planet, we must strive for a post-capitalist society able to guarantee the good life the entire planet. This plan includes:
• rewild half the Earth to absorb carbon emissions and restore biodiversity
• pursue a rapid transition to renewable energy, paired with drastic cuts in consumption by the world’s wealthiest populations
• enact global veganism to cut down on energy and land use
• inaugurate worldwide socialist planning to efficiently and equitably manage production
• welcome the participation of everyone—even you!

This is a virtual program, please register. Copies of the book are available for purchase.

Drew Pendergrass is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering at Harvard University. His current research uses satellite, aircraft and surface observations of the environment to correct supercomputer models of the atmosphere. His environmental writing has been published in Harper’s, the GuardianJacobin, and Current Affairs.

Troy Vettese is an environmental historian and a Max Weber fellow at the European University Institute, where he is affiliated with the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. He studies the history of environmental economics, energy, and animal life under capitalism. His writing has appeared in BookforumNew Left ReviewThe Guardiann+1 and many more publications.

Kevin Gallagher is a documentary producer & videographer for Audio/Video independent productions and legal video work. Kevin has held many positions at WPKN: Program Director, Fundraising Director and Benefits Director and most recently Long Island Director. Kevin loves live music, our ecology, progressive politics, gourmet cooking, good red wine, detective novels, John Garfield movies and gardening. “Digging In The Dirt” is a ½ hour interview program where Kevin and his guests dig a little deeper into issues surrounding climate change, the environment, farming, gardening and food.

Dinner Distrupted is a series created in partnership with libraries in Fairfield and New Haven County engaging patrons in collective discussions and actions focused on engaging residents to play a more active role in their food system. Imagine a future where the public grounds are a food forests, adding biodiversity to the landscape, which ultimately helps to improve air quality, regenerate the soil, aids with water conservation, and increases public health and wellbeing. Food security is defined as the state of having reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious foods. What affects food security is policy, zoning, land use, and increasingly, climate change.

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April 19, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
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The Westport Library
20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT 06880 United States
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