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Book discussions will look at environmental challenges

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 December 2016 at 12:36 pm
The Orleans County Environmental Book Club meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Hoag Library to discuss “Field Notes from a Catastrophe.”

The Orleans County Environmental Book Club meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Hoag Library to discuss “Field Notes from a Catastrophe.”

ALBION – A new book group will be meeting monthly to discuss books about the environment and conservation, with a goal of educating residents on what many scientists consider the greatest challenge facing the planet: Climate Change.

The book discussions start on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Hoag Library with “Field Notes from a Catastrophe.” The book by Elizabeth Kolbert is based on an award-winning series that first appeared in The New Yorker.

Kolbert has expanded the magazine series for her book adding chapters on ocean acidification, the tar sands, and a Danish town that’s gone carbon neutral.

“The book group’s goal is to help educate people on what they want their contribution or not their contribution be to the Earth,” said Jena Buckwell, an AmeriCorps worker with the Orleans County Soil & Water Conservation District.

Copies of the book are available to borrow at the Hoag Library.

Buckwell will lead discussion of the first book on Tuesday. The book group will also be reading “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl” and “A Sanctuary of Trees: Beechnuts, Birdsongs, Baseball Bats, and Benedictions.”

Additional books will be picked for later in the year, Buckwell said.

“The goal of this program is to expand the understanding of global and local environmental issues in our community,” she said. “We want to help people in our community have well-informed and constructive discussions on how we can make a positive impact on the environment.”

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