Sat, Dec 24, 2022 06:00 AM

Hosts: Ken Gale, Donna Stein, Sally Gellert
  • Christmas Tree worker coöperative, Governor’s Island lawsuit; holiday music, listener calls -

Very Eco-Logic Holidays with the Eco-Logic Collective

Our Eco-Logic collective has many opinions on the various holidays that come around this time of year, but what unifies them all is the “reason for the season”: the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. In ancient times, various peoples had different means of “calling the sun back”.  Some communities host memorials for unhoused individuals who have passed on during the year, highlighting the struggles of the marginalized in our society. Helping others is a huge theme of holiday times. Getting away from what do I get and what do I give and moving to what can I do for others is the real spirit of the Eco-holidays.

We talk about this week’s earthquake in California ten miles from a nuclear power plant, the ongoing fight to preserve Governor's Island and you'll get to talk to one of the people who sells Christmas trees in the City, as part of a workers' co-operative. Ellis Roberts is our special guest for this show. You can call in with your questions of someone with working experience of a true workers co-operative.
We know we promised not to hit you with climate atrocities first thing on a weekend morning, but we have a responsibility to you also. How does an environmental radio show not tell you about ecological problems? We'll have lighter fare as well: worker co-ops and Christmas trees. But nuclear plants are too often located in active earthquake areas. Dr. Michio Kaku called them "shake and bake reactors." Earth shakes and we bake.

Troy Swift of NY State of Pine Christmas tree worker coöp stood in for our planned guest, Ellis Roberts, who was under the weather.  Troy joined the coöp a few years ago; Ellis has been selling Christmas trees for several years, first as a seasonal worker for a company who profited off his labor, and then he grew into taking charge of the workers power, cofounding the NY State of PIne coöp and sharing the profits fairly. He has trees of several species that come from different parts of the U.S. and Canada.
We'll hear what his life is like during the month of December, how many months ahead it really takes to prepare for December and what he does with leftover trees. And how his Occupy Wall Street roots influenced the whole workers collective concept. Hear Ellis's take on the sustainable Xmas tree industry.
We're glad to say that this week our co-producer Donna Stein can join us in the live portion of the show. Usually she doesn't have Saturdays available.

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Ken Gale, Donna Stein, Sally Gellert
When the air or water are clean, thank an environmentalist. If not, become one. 'Nuff Said!

  • Roger Manning  M.A.G.I.C. (Metro Area Governor’s Island Coalition); recorded -
  • Troy Swift - New York State of Pine, live
  • Eco - Logic Theme Medley
  • The Christians and the Pagans - Dar Williams
  • Silent Night, Peaceful Night - Mercy Van Vlack, lead singer, The Raging Grannies N.Y.C. (song by The Raging Grannies Rochester)

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