Talk & Booksigning with Author Erica Gies

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Date & Time

Tue, Nov 15 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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631 Garden St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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


Santa Barbara Community Arts Workshop (SBCAW)

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 to 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 the signs of climate change.  Meanwhile, urban sprawl, industrial agriculture and engineered water infrastructure seem to exacerbate rather than solve these problems.

Noting the devastation we are wreaking on the environment that sustains us in our efforts to control water is forcing us to reckon anew with something we have forgotten during the Industrial and Information ages, we are part of nature.  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, to work with it rather than try to 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.

The free event takes place at the Santa Barbara Community Arts Workshop, on Tuesday, November 15,  6–8 pm.   For more information,,, 805-962-2571.

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Water Always Wins, Sierra Club Book Review, Heather Smith, July 18, 2022




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