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Think Global, Read Local

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 Amazon.com 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.
Maria

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October 6, 2009 at 3:37 pm 2 comments

Looking For Some Green Reads?

There are countless books that cover fascinating environmental issues, many of which can be found in Dane County.

With the beginning of autumn has come the brisk afternoons perfect for cracking open some books. The Middleton Public Library has a huge list of “green” books, and the Madison Public Library offers book discussion kits including at least five copies of the book and discussion questions; just in case you haven’t read the books yet or missed the Go Big Read lecture, they have Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.  There will also be discussions of In Defense of Food at the Wisconsin Book Festival (Oct. 7-11, which includes presenters Wendell Berry and Will Allen).

When I was a budding environmental steward, the book 50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth truly inspired me to take simple actions in my daily life to help the environment. The new edition of this book has recently come out, and the website offers fun tips and kid-friendly articles for children. This readable book is enjoyable for adults and kids.

Happy reading,
Melissa

September 29, 2009 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment


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