Upcoming Events–Northfield Reads

FEBRUARY

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.

APRIL

Northfield Reads is partnering with St. John’s Courageous Conversations for a session ‘Climate Crisis:  What Can YOU Do?’ which will focus on what we can do in our daily lives.  This will feature a panel for local organizations speaking about what we can each do to make a difference (bee friendly lawns, rain gardens, composting, etc).  Saturday, April 4, 1:00-3:00, St. John’s Church.

NOVEMBER

On November 12, Northfield Reads held a conversation on climate change as understood through writings of fiction.  The focus was on the book Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver.  Afterwards, people shared other fiction books which they have read on the subject and found useful.  A list of these and others can be found on the Resources page of this site.

In addition, Emily Mohl and Nancy Schumacher spoke about the impact that climate change is having on the life of monarchs and the importance of planting milkweed and other pollinator-friendly plants in our yards.

For more information:                                                                    

https://www.beelab.umn.edu/wild-bees/wild-bees-flowers/beelawn

https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/smart_lawns_for_pollinators