Think Global, Read Local

October 6, 2009 at 3:37 pm 2 comments

Big environmental issues weighing you down? Individual action taken locally REALLY does matter. As part of the Wisconsin Book Festival this Thursday, two authors will talk about building communities and giving voices to those who protect the natural world. Come. Listen. Be inspired.

Books might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about environmental activism. But powerful words plainly spoken can inspire people to amazing action.

Of course, I’m a bit biased. I am a voracious reader of just about everything…blogs, newspapers, books, magazines. Mostly though, I love books. I’m sometimes worried that my local library will take away my card for over use. And there is no better way to spend the cold and rainy days of autumn than curled up with a good read.

This week Madison is hosting the Wisconsin Book Festival, which celebrates the state’s literary heritage and encourages people to read widely. EnAct is honored to participate. Dr. Sonya Newenhouse, author of the Enact: Steps to Greener Living book will talk about her experiences in building communities of people who take action to live a greener life. I haven’t read Listen to the Land by Dennis Boyer, but says that reading it will help people ponder their own role in grassroots environmentalism…sounds good to me!

If you’re looking for other green reads, check out the Mother Nature Network’s Top Ten Green Books of 2008. Michael Pollan is there (of course). But there is also a Bill McKibben edited book of the best environmental writing since Thoreau, plus ones about birding, water, the West, and more.

Bring on the rain, October. I have my books to protect me.

Be green. Have fun.


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. snuspendets  |  December 10, 2009 at 7:45 am

    Stunning, I did not know about this topic until now. Thanks!!

    • 2. EnAct Team  |  December 14, 2009 at 12:40 pm

      Very welcome — be sure to read more from us!


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