Fall Conservation Book Club Gathering **Postponed to January 2020**

This book club has been postponed to Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020. Register below!

Join us in reading and talking about The Future of Nature by Barry Lopez for our next Conservation Book Club! We hope you will join us in reading this important book and sharing ideas, concerns, insights, and wonders during our gathering on Wednesday, January 222, 2020 (originally scheduled for October 17th).

“The western mindset is arguably one of the greatest threats to the world’s ecological balance. Corporatism and globalization are two of the obvious villains here, but what part does human nature play in the problem? Since its inception in 1982, Orion magazine has been a forum for looking beyond the effects of ecological crises to their root causes in human culture. Less an anthology than a vision statement, this timely collection challenges the division of human society from the natural world that has often characterized traditional environmentalism. Edited and introduced by Barry Lopez, The Future of Nature encompasses such topics as local economies, the social dynamics of activism, America’s incarceration society, naturalism in higher education, developing nations, spiritual ecology, the military-industrial landscape, and the persistent tyranny of wilderness designation. Featuring the fine writing and insights for which Orion is famous, this book is required reading for anyone interested in a livable future for the planet.”

The Greenbelt Conservation Book Club is an inclusive and informal group that meets quarterly to discuss a range of local to worldwide conservation issues. Our goal is to expand our learning and knowledge based on our readings and each other through thoughts, personal experiences, and good conversations. Participation is free and open to all. Books are chosen by group consensus and each quarterly gathering will take place voluntarily at a host’s home. Claim your spot below!

Book Club Host:
We’re looking for a host and a facilitator for this Conservation Book Club. Please email blythe@greenbeltlandtrust.org if you are interested in hosting or facilitating this wonderful, curious and engaged group.

Book Buying:
You can buy books anywhere, but Grass Roots provides a club discount upon mention of the Greenbelt Conservation Book Club. If you purchase through Amazon, please consider supporting Greenbelt at the same time through AmazonSmile!

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June Book Club Gathering

 

 

 

 

Save the date for Greenbelt’s Conservation Book Club summer gathering! The June read is The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier by Florence Williams

“Imagine a miracle drug that could ease many of the stresses of modern life — a combination of mood enhancer and a smart pill that might even encourage the remission of cancer. Now imagine that this cure-all was an old-fashioned folk remedy: Just take a hike in the woods or a walk in the park. No prescription necessary.

That’s the proposition of Florence Williams’s fascinating ‘The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative.’ We suffer from an ‘epidemic dislocation from the outdoors,’ Williams writes, and it’s destructive to our mental and physical health. The therapy is straightforward. ‘The more nature, the better you feel.'” (The New York Times)

The June gathering will be held outdoors at the Bald Hill Farm farmhouse.

Book Club Synopsis:

The Greenbelt Conservation Book Club is an inclusive and informal group that meets quarterly to discuss a range of local to worldwide conservation issues. Our goal is to expand our learning and knowledge based on our readings and each other through thoughts, personal experiences, and good conversations. Participation is free and open to all. Books are chosen by group consensus and each quarterly gathering will take place voluntarily at a host’s home. Join us!

Book Buying:

You can buy books anywhere, but Grass Roots provides a 15% club discount upon mention of the Greenbelt Conservation Book Club (in store by May 10 or earlier). If you purchase through Amazon, please consider supporting Greenbelt at the same time through AmazonSmile!

Conservation Book Club

 

 

 

 

Join us for Greenbelt’s Conservation Book Club spring gathering! The March read is Diary of a Citizen Scientist: Chasing Tiger Beetles and Other New Ways of Engaging the World by Sharman Apt Russell. Get your special discount at Grass Roots.

Winner of the 2016 John Burroughs Medal Award for Natural History Writing

To RSVP, please fill out the form below. The location for this gathering will be announced via email about a week prior.

Book Club Synopsis:

The GLT Conservation Book Club is an inclusive and informal group that meets quarterly to discuss a range of local to worldwide conservation issues. Our goal is to expand our learning and knowledge based on our readings and each other through thoughts, personal experiences, and good conversations. Participation is free and open to all. Books are chosen by group consensus and each quarterly gathering will take place voluntarily at a host’s home. Join us!

Book Buying:

You can buy books anywhere, but Grass Roots provides a 15% club discount upon mention of the Greenbelt Conservation Book Club. If you purchase through Amazon, please consider supporting Greenbelt at the same time through AmazonSmile!

December Book Club Gathering

 

 

 

 

Save the date for Greenbelt’s Conservation Book Club winter gathering! The December read is Being Salmon, Being Human: Encountering the Wild in Us and Us in the Wild by Martin Lee Mueller. Get your special discount at Grass Roots.

The December gathering will be a fire-side discussion hosted by Michael Pope.  To RSVP and for more information, including the location, please email rebecca@greenbeltlandtrust.org or call 541.752.9609.

Book Club Synopsis:

The GLT Conservation Book Club is an inclusive and informal group that meets quarterly to discuss a range of local to worldwide conservation issues. Our goal is to expand our learning and knowledge based on our readings and each other through thoughts, personal experiences, and good conversations. Participation is free and open to all. Books are chosen by group consensus and each quarterly gathering will take place voluntarily at a host’s home. Join us!

Book Buying:

You can buy books anywhere, but Grass Roots provides a 15% club discount upon mention of the Greenbelt Conservation Book Club. If you purchase through Amazon, please consider supporting Greenbelt at the same time through AmazonSmile!

A Conversation on Conservation

 

 

 

 

 

Nature has value, but what is that value and how do we protect it? Given competing interests and visions of the public good, how do we conserve our common resources such as land, water, and air? Participate in a thought-provoking discussion facilitated by Oregon Humanities. This is part of a Conversation Project hosted by Greenbelt Land Trust. Join us as we sit outside at beautiful Bald Hill Farm and explore our environmental values and question how those values are reflected—or not reflected—in current local, national, and global environmental policies.

The discussion will be framed around two readings. Reading at least one in advance is recommended to participate meaningfully in the discussion:

Special guests this evening will include local writers and philosophers, Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael Paul Nelson.

Registration:

For more info and to sign up, email rebecca@greenbeltlandtrust.org or call the GLT office at (541) 752.9609.

The Conversation Project:

With their Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities brings Oregonians together to talk—across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds—about important issues and ideas.  The goal is to connect people to ideas and to each other, not to push an agenda or arrive at consensus. Conversation is a powerful medium to invite diverse perspectives, explore challenging questions, and strive for just communities. Facilitators are trained to connect their topic to the local community and to challenge participants to think in new ways.

Leader:

Monica Mueller is an instructor of philosophy at Portland State University and specializes in ethical and political philosophy. She published the book Contrary to Thoughtlessness: Rethinking Practical Wisdom and is interested in discussing the seemingly overwhelming problems of living together in a world with others.