Treasures From The KBOO Archives on 10/08/12
Ernest Callenbach - author of Ecotopia and Ecotopia Emerging
Callenbach died in April 2012 at the age of 83.
In a eulogy, Tom Engelhardt wrote, "[Callenbach's] novel, about how Washington, Oregon, and Northern California seceded from the union in 1979 in the midst of a terrible economic crisis, creating an environmentally sound, stable-state, eco-sustainable country, hasn’t stumbled at all. It’s we who have stumbled. His vision of a land that banned the internal combustion engine and the car culture that went with it, turned in oil for solar power (and other inventive forms of alternative energy), recycled everything, grew its food locally and cleanly, and in the process created clean skies, rivers, and forests (as well as a host of new relationships, political, social, and sexual) remains amazingly lively, and somehow almost imaginable — an approximation, that is, of the country we don’t have but should or even could have."
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