Read also refers to the commons, a very important concept for Ecosocialists, saying money should be a commons, not a commodity. The whole commons concept though goes way beyond this timid idea, and is at the heart of Ecosocialist philosophy. The commons is a way of sharing, communing with and caring for the land and stands in direct opposition to enclosures and private property rights.
But the interesting part of the essay is Read’s description of the historical lineage of ‘Ecologism’, in which he credits Karl Polanyi’s work The Great Transformation, where Polanyi theorises that the capitalist system (and the competing socialism) commodifies labour fictitiously. Polanyi's politics were somewhat social democratic in nature.
But The Great Transformation can be interpreted in more than one way. It has also influenced more radical thinkers like the Social Ecologist Murray Bookchin, who see in the book an appreciation that for almost all of human history, capitalism was rejected as a way to run society. Social Ecology is very similar to Ecosocialism, and Bookchin described himself as a revolutionary anarchist, definitely not some reformist liberal.
Furthermore, the introduction to this report (written by others perhaps) cites William Morris as an influence on Green philosophy, when it says: