A question of survival

Bill McKibben is not an easy man to pigeonhole. His publicity materials say "Bill is a futurist, philsopher, environmental activist, professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, an advocate and strategist for sustainable local economies, and author of a dozen books on subjects from climate change to the politics of the global economy."

That's a mouthful in anyone's lexicon, but his message is simple: We had better find a better say to sustain ourselves because we can't last long as a society if we continue to depend on oil from the Middle East or big box store items from China.

The key for survival, he says, is developing a sustainable economy that uses food we grow for ourselves, materials provided locally and energy from renewable resources like the sun.

He delivered that message Tuesday to a capacity crowd at the Floyd Country Store. The event -- sponsored by Sustain Floyd -- is part of the expanding sustainability movement in the area.

Bill McKibben is not an easy man to pigeonhole. His publicity materials say "Bill is a futurist, philsopher, environmental activist, professor at Middlebury College in Vermont, an advocate and strategist for sustainable local economies, and author of a dozen books on subjects from climate change to the politics of the global economy."

That’s a mouthful in anyone’s lexicon, but his message is simple: We had better find a better say to sustain ourselves because we can’t last long as a society if we continue to depend on oil from the Middle East or big box store items from China.

The key for survival, he says, is developing a sustainable economy that uses food we grow for ourselves, materials provided locally and energy from renewable resources like the sun.

He delivered that message Tuesday to a capacity crowd at the Floyd Country Store. The event — sponsored by Sustain Floyd — is part of the expanding sustainability movement in the area.

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  1. Jeff and I looked quizzically at each to other at that gaff, Colleen – we’re sure he meant $3,000.

    Later that evening, at the Community Foundation Annual meeting in Blacksburg, Bill kept referring to his visit to Floyd that morning – it was obvious he was impressed. He made a point of saying our next big challenge is keeping out the hoardes of folks who will want to move here to have a part of what is right now our little secret…

    Chris

  2. I believe he said the cost of transporting from China went from 3 dollars to 18,000 dollars with the increase in as prices last summer. I wrote it down but questioned such a jump so played back the tape I made and that’s what he said. Looks like you took some good notes too, Jeff. It was a pleasure to have him here in Floyd.

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