Wed, Nov 29, 2023 10:00 AM

Hosts: Ken Gale, Donna Stein, Sally Gellert
  • Earthshot Prize - ocean sustainability (coral reef restoration) and other environmental issues
  • Jamaica Bay Task Force meeting re: Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge -


Nearly every religion in the northern hemisphere has a religious holiday on or near the winter solstice, responding to the natural cycles of Earth, 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”.

Many groups work with the natural cycles of Earth and Sun, such as Homeless Persons Memorial Day, taking place on the winter solstice, which is December 21st this year, and highlights 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.

Our guest, Ellis Roberts, 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 and sharing the profits fairly with the co-operative New York State of Pine. He has trees of several species that come from different parts of the U.S. The Canadian wildfires affected the entire Christmas tree industry. 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--also how his Occupy Wall Street roots influenced the whole workers collective concept. Hear Ellis's take on the sustainable Christmas tree industry.

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Join us next Wednesday, Dec 6, 2023 at 10 a.m. to hear David Moscow and Jon Moscow, authors of From Scratch: Adventures in Harvesting, Hunting, Fishing, and Foraging on a Fragile Planet.

  • Ellis Roberts - NY State of Pine
  • Hugh Blumenfeld - Long

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