Environmental book club comes to Gainesville in January

by David Vaina

Our Santa Fe River is organizing an environmental book club for concerned citizens in the north Florida community. 

The thrust of the book club is to bring together people of all ages who have a diverse range of interests in both local and global environmental issues, most notably climate change and climate justice; water pollution and access; race, class, gender and its intersection with the environment; environmental justice and the city; rights to nature; sustainable agriculture; protest and community praxis; and more.  

Everyone is welcome to join us outdoors at First Magnitude Brewing Company in Gainesville on Sundays from 2-3pm. Depending on CDC and Alachua County Department of Health recommendations, masks and social distancing will be encouraged. The dates and readings for the first seven book club meet-ups are as follows: 

Jan. 16:  Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Feb. 20:  A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold

March 20:  The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben

Apr. 24: Poisoned Water: How the Citizens of Flint, Michigan, Fought for Their Lives and Warned the Nation by Candy J Cooper 

May 22:  As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock by Dina Gilio-Whitake

June 26: All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (first half)

July 24:  All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson (second half)

Event details and brief descriptions of the book will be published on Our Santa Fe River’s Facebook page.  

Our Santa Fe River, an all-volunteer non-profit based in north central Florida, encourages readers to purchase or obtain books at a local bookstore, at a public library, as an ebook, or from a socially-responsible online book retailer such as thriftbooks.com or libro.fm. 

For more information, please contact David Vaina at david.vaina@gmail.com. Happy reading!

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