All are invited to an event sponsored by the library and the Vermont Alliance for Half-Earth to celebrate the release of the book Our Better Nature: Hopeful Excursions in Saving Biodiversity edited by Curt Lindberg and Eric Hagen. Full of beautiful color photographs and illustrations, the book is a collection of new essays by regional conservation experts and of stories about creative citizens who are protecting and restoring nature. Dedicated to pioneering biologist and author E.O. Wilson, Our Better Nature inspires individuals and communities to expand Vermont’s framework for sustaining biodiversity beyond borders and into meaningful action to protect nature in our backyards and around the world. The book addresses what E.O. Wilson called the gravest challenge facing the planet: the loss of biodiversity and the current extinction crisis. In the face of this crisis, Our Better Nature offers messages of hope.
Please join us on Thursday, October 20 in the library’s community room at 4:30 for light refreshments and the opportunity to purchase a copy of the book (cash, check, and Venmo accepted). The program will start at 5:00 pm, with readings from authors Tom Butler (Senior Fellow at Northeast Wilderness Trust) and Liz Thompson (Conservation Science Director at the Vermont Land Trust) and time for reflections and conversation with the authors, editor Curt Lindberg, and middle school science teacher Sandra Fary (who is featured in the book).
Come learn why Bill McKibben writes, “This book could not be more timely, more charming, more useful, or more needed! Anyone who cares about our small and lovely state will want to spend time with it—its impact will spread beyond Vermont’s borders.”