BURIAL AT ROSENDALE PLAINS, JUST OUTSIDE NEW PALTZ
You'd sort of expect the founder of ecosocialism to have a green burial, but you might not expect a beautiful cart, abundant forsythia in blossom, animated but respectful children, a friendly dog, homemade bread, and sacred harp singers from Bread and Puppet, the famous Vermont children's theater.
Dr. Joel Kovel died at age 81 and his family quickly created a music-infused, earth-friendly tribute that won't soon be forgotten by everyone who loved him and was lucky enough to attend. “Capitalist production, in its endless search for profit, seeks to turn everything into a commodity,” Dr. Kovel wrote in 2007 on the socialist website Climate and Capitalism. “It is plain that production will have to shift from being dominated by exchange — the path of the commodity — to that which is for use, that is for the direct meeting of human needs.” We think he could have been writing about the conventional funeral industry and the need for more earth friendly solutions! Thank you, Dr. Kovel. He died with grace, as he lived.
Photos by Deedee Halleck and Amy Cunningham.