Santa Barbara Permaculture Network presents
Water Always Wins: Thriving in an Age of Drought & Deluge
Talk & Booksigning with Author Erica Gies
Tuesday, November 15, 6–8pm, 2022, FREE
Community Panel to Follow Talk
631 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
The way we have been relating to water and the natural world is not innate. We create our narrative, and we can change it. Erica Gies
Please join Santa Barbara Permaculture Network on Tuesday, November 15 for a talk and booksigning with award winning journalist and National Geographic Explorer Erica Gies with her timely book Water Always Wins, Thriving in an Age of Drought & Deluge.
Water Always Wins takes readers through time and around the world to understand the water we take for granted, and to learn to work in harmony with it.
Told as a detective story, Water Always Wins follows water experts as they search for clues to water’s past, using close observation, historical research, ancient animal and human wisdom, and cutting-edge science. Their epiphanies start to fundamentally change the way we look at water, helping us understand how water really works and why our efforts to control it are failing.
Increased sea-level rise, more frequent and extreme floods, and droughts are signs of climate change. Meanwhile, urban sprawl, industrial agriculture, and engineered water infrastructure seem to exacerbate rather than solve these problems.
As we observe the devastation we are wreaking on the environment that sustains us with our efforts to control water, we are forced anew to reckon with something we have forgotten during the Industrial and Information ages—that we are indeed a part of nature. That we impact nature and nature impacts us.
The water detectives’ discoveries shared in the book point in one direction: to survive the devastating floods and droughts brought by climate change we need to relearn how to live with water— to approach it with humility rather than arrogance—and work with it rather than try and subdue it. Gies will share thoughts about the “slow water” movement and how communities can shape solutions and adapt to the changing world.
Erica Gies is an award-winning independent journalist and National Geographic Explorer who writes about water, climate change, plants, and animals for Scientific American, the New York Times, Nature, the Atlantic, and other outlets. She cofounded two environmental news startups, Climate Confidential and This Week in Earth. She is based in San Francisco and Victoria, British Columbia.
An informal panel discussion with community members follows the talk. Books signed by the author will be available for purchase at a special event price.
A Community Event Hosted by Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
Cosponsors: Explore Ecology, Community Environmental Council (CEC), Sweetwater Collaborative, Quail Springs Permaculture, Blue Sky Biochar, Santa Barbara Aquaponics & the Santa Barbara Independent.
Erica Gies website: https://ericagies.com/about
Water Always Wins, Sierra Club Book Review, Heather Smith, July 18, 2022