Join Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center and author David McDermott Hughes in a disucssion on his new book Who Owns the Wind: Climate Crisis and the Hope of Renewable Engery.
Drawing on his own experience conducting research in a small Spanish village surrounded by wind turbines, Hughes investigates why people hate wind farms as well as who exactly benefits from them--namely, the owners of the land on which turbines are built. Hughes argues that wind and the energy it produces should not be private property, but a public good that benefits whole communities.
According to Naomi Klein, "Hughes is doing some of the most innovative thinking and writing about energy democracy in the world. The movements for climate justice are in his debt."
Mr. McDermott will be in discussion with educator Ashley Dawson.
David McDermott Hughes is a professor of Anthropology at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He has written articles for Boston Review and three previous books, including Energy without Conscience. As an activist, Hughes has served as president of his faculty union and as a member of the Climate Task Force of the American Federation of Teachers.
Ashley Dawson is currently Professor of Postcolonial Studies in the English Department at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), and at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. He currently works in the fields of environmental humanities and postcolonial ecocriticism. He is the author of three recent books relating to these fields: People’s Power, Extreme Cities, and Extinction.