Talk on resilience in Cuba, India and the U.S.
Rockland — Sustainability pioneer, James Merkel, will share images, data and reports from his travels to Cuba and India, two societies that exhibit some of the characteristics of a sustainable society.
His presentation, Resilience in Cuba, India and the U.S. takes place Thursday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Rockland Public Library. This event is free and open to all.
Merkel believes the future of life on earth is in peril and man is both responsible for how that’s happened and required to meet the challenges. While consumerism and human populations continue to grow, the planet’s capacity to support them has not. The United States’ own widening gap between rich and poor is a reflection of a world in which widening inequality and the stresses on the earth’s biosphere affect the climate and food and water security. Ultimately, these impacts will diminish the standard of living and destabilize society.
Merkel, will share images and information from his travels to Cuba and the Kerala region in India, two societies that exhibit some of the practices that may be necessary for sustainable human life. Cuba now ranks second in the world in literacy (the U.S. is 34th) and has a lower infant mortality rate than in the US. With free dental, health care and education, and near exclusive organic farming methods, much can be gleaned from Cuba’s experiments, despite how different the two forms of government may be. In India the people of Kerala have advanced from poverty to a higher standard of living and a leveling of inequality through land reform, women’s rights and support for the disenfranchised. Kerala is achieving a basic life quality on small incomes and smaller families.
Merkel will also talk about his own experiments in sustainable living in the U.S. and Canada and show that there are low-cost and low-waste solutions that are under way and easily attained.
This presentation is hosted by the Rockland Public Library and offered as a free community event in in anticipation of the 27th annual Camden Conference: The Global Politics of Food and Water, Feb. 21-23, 2014. For more information, visit camdenconference.org, email email@example.com, or call 236-1034.