Upcoming Events–Northfield Reads


On November 12, Northfield Reads will host a conversation on climate change as understood through writings of fiction.  People are invited to read the book Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver.  Content Bookstore and Northfield Library have some copies of the book available.

The evening will start with a conversation about the book and how it informs us about the issue of climate change.  This will be followed by presentations by Emily Mohl and Nancy Schumacher about monarch butterflies, milkweed, and the impact of climate change.

People are also encouraged to bring other fiction writings on the subject that they have found useful in increasing their understanding of the climate issues of today and the future.  We will also share these.

November 12, 7:00-8:30 pm, Northfield Public Library Meeting Room

All are welcome and encouraged to join in the conversation.


Next Event:  Thursday, February 27, 7:00-8:30, Northfield Public Library, Meeting Room

“Scientists have a moral obligation to clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat and to ‘tell it like it is’. On the basis of this obligation and the graphical indicators presented below, we declare, with more than 11,000 scientist signatories from around the world, clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.”  This is the opening to a recently published paper ‘World Scientists’ Warning of a Climate Emergency’.

Northfield Reads has decided to use this as the basis of our February Conversation.  The article is available at: https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/advance-article/doi/10.1093/biosci/biz088/5610806

The article is not long and is easily readable.  Join us for a discussion of this article.  In addition, there will be speakers on the issue of climate change and its impact on the environment.  There will be a special focus on local issues.


The April event will focus on what we can do as individuals and as a community to help limit our negative impact on the environment and global climate concerns.


Check this site later for more specific details about the latter two events.