Environmental Learning Series

Environmental Book Club - Entangled Life

Sept. 15, 7 - 8pm at Earthplace. Free, reservations are required.

In Entangled Life, the brilliant young biologist Merlin Sheldrake shows us the world from a fungal point of view, providing an exhilarating change of perspective. Sheldrake’s vivid exploration takes us from yeast to psychedelics, to those that link plants together in complex networks known as the “Wood Wide Web,” to those that infiltrate and manipulate insect bodies with devastating precision.

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Environmental Book Club - The Overstory

Oct. 20, 7- 8pm at Earthplace. Free, reservations are required.

OVERSTORY is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of—and paean to—the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, Richard Powers’s twelfth novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late twentieth-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. There is a world alongside ours—vast, slow, interconnected, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.

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Environmental Book Club - Lab Girl

Nov. 17, 7– 8pm at Earthplace. Free, reservations are required.

Geobiologist Hope Jahren has spent her life studying trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. LAB GIRL is her revelatory treatise on plant life—but it is also a celebration of the lifelong curiosity, humility, and passion that drive every scientist. In these pages, Hope takes us back to her Minnesota childhood, where she spent hours in unfettered play in her father’s college laboratory. She tells us how she found a sanctuary in science, learning to perform lab work “with both the heart and the hands.” She introduces us to Bill, her brilliant, eccentric lab manager. And she extends the mantle of scientist to each one of her readers, inviting us to join her in observing and protecting our environment. Warm, luminous, compulsively readable, LAB GIRL vividly demonstrates the mountains that we can move when love and work come together.

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Webinar - Talking $h!t

Have you ever wondered what creatures are walking through yards and forests in the area? By recognizing scat you can identify the animals sharing nature! Earthplace naturalist, Becky Newman will share photos and information about the animals that call Westport home with us.

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Webinar - To Be an Environmentalist, Start with Antiracism

Wanjiku "Wawa" Gatheru, a 22-year-old environmental justice advocate and founder of Black Girl Environmentalist, will discuss the important intersection of social and environmental justice.

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Food Scraps Recycling Webinar

Learn all you need to know about this NEW, FREE program! The Town of Westport is now collecting food scraps at the Transfer Station to be turned into compost. Find out how the program works and what can and can't be recycled.

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How to Compost at Home

Want to turn over a new leaf AND decrease food waste? How about turning over some compost? Learn how you can save water, reduce pollution, and improve your garden when you start making "black gold" at home. It's easier than you think!

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Eat More with Less!

Learn what changes you can make in planning and preparing meals and preserving food, so you can eat more with less, and decrease your food waste footprint.

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Feeding People in a Time of Climate Change and COVID-19

This is a webinar presentation that offers a radical look at the relationship of climate, COVID-19, and food and includes practical advice on eating better for planet AND people.

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From Climate Despair to Local Action - A Conversation with Eban Goodstein

Learn about technology tipping points—from residential to utility-scale solutions. This was a special Earth Day collaboration between Sustainable Weston, Earthplace and Sustainable Westport.

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