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On the road with Diane Wilson

Diane Wilson is on the fourth leg of her long (indefinitely?) author tour. After leaving Boston early yesterday she took the train to New York, where she met up with the producers of PBS NOW to film an interview, which will air on December 9. According to Diane, the interview went real well but Penn Station could use some help. Diane missed her train to Bard College, where she was to give a talk to the Human Rights Project last night. She made the event by the skin of her nose.

I met up with Diane in Rhinecliff, NY, and brought her to the Bard campus, where we joined Bridget Hanna of the Human Rights Project. Bridget introduced Diane to a crowd of about thirty students, professors, and community members. Evidently Bard is the only school in North America to offer an udergraduate degree in human rights, which accounts for some of the enthusiasm the crowd had for Diane’s activism and her involvement in Bhopal.

By the end of her talk Diane had resolved to hunt down Warren Anderson, and students offered to help. One professor in the department claimed that Diane was the best speaker they’d hosted that semester–which says a lot, considering that Dahr Jamail had been to the school the week before.

Students were especially interested in Diane’s advice on practicing instant activism. She warned them against sleeping on rash ideas. This theme resurfaced at dinner, where a group of eight Bard community members joined us at Santa Fe Tivolis, a mexican restaurant that Diane called “my kind of place.” This morning we’ll be helping Bridget hang the Bhopal Photo Exhibit, which just arrived on campus.


Chelsea Green: In the Media 2016

Oh, 2016. Where did the time go? Each year, Chelsea Green receives hundreds of mentions (well over 1000 in 2016) in the media both big and small. From interviews, to excerpts, to opinion pieces by authors we’re always working to make sure that the mission and message of each book is spread far and wide. […] Read More

Yes, America We Can Make It … Really

Uncertainty got you down? The political world may seem like it’s crumbling around us, but this we know: We can make it, America. Literally, we can make things. Houses. Gardens. Food. Below we’ve selected some of our classic how-to and DIY books (and some new favorites) to help you sustain your self, family, and community. […] Read More

Chelsea Green on Instagram: Our Most Popular Photos of 2016

What a year for Chelsea Green on Instagram! We began the year with 500 followers and are now fast approaching 4,000 photo-loving brewers, gardeners, cheesemakers, permaculturists, foodies, seed-savers, homesteaders, foragers, and more. Our most popular posts of 2016 say a lot about what makes you happy: mushrooms, innovative garden designs and techniques, tiny cabins, and […] Read More

Slack and Taut: Defining a System’s Resilience

A resilient future (or a resilient present, for that matter) needs to be slack, not taut. What do we mean? Core to the concept of a Lean Economy is understanding the need to move toward a “slack” market rather than one that is “taut.” When British economist David Fleming died unexpectedly in 2010, he left […] Read More

What’s a Carbon Sink?

World leaders met in Marrakech this month as part of COP22, to discuss the next steps to reducing global climate emissions. One of the solutions being discussed is carbon farming. Author Eric Toensmeier participated in COP22, in part, because he literally wrote a book on it. First off – what is carbon farming? It’s a […] Read More
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