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A Slowly Warming Sun

In A Brief History of the Earth's Climate: Everyone's Guide to the Science of Climate Change, Steven Earle provides an accessible answer to why human-caused global warming and climate change is different from the natural evolution of the Earth's climate. Today, we share an excerpt of his book on how the first theories of a habitable planet became possible.

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Interview with Lloyd Alter

Today’s blog features an interview with Lloyd Alter, author of Why Individual Climate Action Matters More than Ever. It includes the winning question from the giveaway!

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Achieving Racial Justice and Equity Requires Conversation

Today, Fern Johnson and Marlene Fine share stories that didn’t rise to national attention. How many of these were you aware of?

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A Brief History of the Earth's Climate is an accessible, illustrated, myth-busting guide to the natural evolution of the Earth's climate over 4.6 billion years, how and why human-caused global warming and climate change is different and more dangerous, and how to counter skeptics and deniers with sound science.

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Steven Earle

Author Steven Earle

Steven Earle, PhD, has taught university Earth Science for almost four decades and is author of the widely used textbook, Physical Geology. He participates in climate change research and community engagement with climate change solutions in the areas of transport and land stewardship on Gabriola Island, Canada, where he lives with his family.

AUTHOR EVENTS

Oct 21 | Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice: A Workshop | Ilsa Govan & Tilman Smith | American Bookseller's Association

Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice: A Workshop

As we strive toward racial justice, there’s an opportunity for people who identify as white women to examine how they have navigated sexism and misogyny and internalized white superiority.

This workshop is open to all booksellers, regardless of how they identify, but will speak specifically to white cisgender women, trans women, and non-binary folks who have internalized feminine gender norms.

The content will focus on three patterns of behavior — control, perfectionism, and defensiveness — in order to help booksellers recognize and replace these harmful patterns with actions that build authentic cross-cultural relationships in the workplace and beyond.

Host: American Bookseller's Association
Location: Zoom

Date: October 21
Time: 12pm - 1:30pm PST
Cost: Free

Oct 21 | What's Up With White Women? | Ilsa Govan & Tilman Smith | Town Hall Seattle

Ilsa Govan and Tilman Smith with Karena Hooks

When tackling topics of systemic racism, it’s all too easy to build narratives centered around white men and toxic masculinity. But white women have long held seats at the table— from their pre-Civil War ability to buy and sell enslaved people to the million-plus women members of the KKK, and beyond— as systems of white supremacy were built and maintained. We cannot skirt around the gendered roles of white women in systemic racism if we, as a society, hope to dismantle systems of oppression. We need to make space for a deeper understanding; Seattle anti-racist facilitators Ilsa Govan and Tilman Smith offer just such a space in their new book, What’s Up with White Women? Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice.

Host: Town Hall Seattle
Location: Zoom link

Date: October 21
Time: 7:30pm PST
Cost: $5

Oct 25 | What's Up with White Women | Ilsa Govan & Tilman Smith | Third Place Books

Third Place Books is thrilled to welcome Ilsa Govan and Tilman Smith—educators, social justice activists, and Seattle-based workshop facilitators—for a presentation on their new book, What's Up with White Women?: Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice.

Host: Third Place Books
Location: Zoom link

Date: October 25
Time: 7pm PST (both days)
Cost: Free

Oct 28-29 | What's Up With White Women? | Ilsa Govan & Tilman Smith | Cultures Connecting

Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice

In this 2-day workshop (October 28th-29th) we use a developmental model to examine how our identities change as we grow in our understanding of personal and institutional oppression. Given the virtual platform, we will still use highly interactive methods including reflective writing, video clips, small group conversations, and storytelling to take a deeper look into our learned patterns of behavior.

Recognizing these patterns with compassion rather than shame helps us name and practice strategies to better collaborate in multicultural settings. During our time together we will co-create a community where our spirits are renewed and our commitment to social justice is strengthened.​​

Host: Cultures Connecting
Location: Zoom link

Date: October 28-29
Time: 9am - 12:30pm PST (both days)
Cost: $50 - $350

Nov 3 | The Artisan Herbalist | Bevin Cohen | Dexter District Library

The Artisan Herbalist: Crafting Custom Herbal Tea Blends

Whether you live in the city, suburbs, or countryside, take back control of your health and begin your journey towards independent self-care as a budding artisan herbalist. Join Bevin Cohen, the Artisan Herbalist, and learn the uses and benefits of herbal teas. Sample some tea blends and craft a custom tea blend to take home. With the holidays approaching teas can make unique and appreciated gifts for everyone on your list.

Bevin Cohen is an herbalist, gardener, educator and author of The Artisan Herbalist: Making Teas, Tincture and Oils [at Home].

Host: Dexter District Library
Location: 3255 Alpine Street
Dexter, MI

Date: Wed, Nov 3
Time: 6:30pm CST
Cost: $50 - $350

Nov 4 | The Market Gardener | Jean-Martin Fortier | 2021 S.D. Local Foods Conference

South Dakota Local Foods Conference (SDLFC)

The annual SDLFC is scheduled for Nov. 4-6, 2021. This year’s SDLFC is a three day, virtual event celebrating local food production and use in South Dakota. All supporters of local food are invited to attend, listen to, and discuss presentations on specialty crop production, industry challenges, new technologies & opportunities, and local food projects happening in South Dakota and neighboring states.

Our Friday Keynote speaker is Jean-Martin Fortier, a farmer, educator and award-winning author of the best-seller “The Market Gardener- A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming.” Fortier is a recognized authority on small-scale organic vegetable production whose work has inspired hundreds of thousands to embrace a vision of agriculture that is human-scale, ecological and profitable.

Host: S.D. Local Foods Conference
Location: Zoom

Date: Thurs, Nov 4
Time: 4:30pm PST
Cost: $35

Full Event Date: Nov 4 - Nov 6
Full Event Time: 4:30pm-10am

MORE NEW SOCIETY NEWS

Individual Climate Action Does Make a Difference

Want a life of quality over quantity? Are you concerned about climate change but wonder how you can make a difference?

Lloyd Alter lived the 1.5 degree lifestyle by slashing his average carbon footprint by 80%. What we all need to do to keep global heating below 1.5 degrees.

What Does ‘Climate Hypocrite’ Even Mean?

Self-confessed eco-hypocrite Sami Grover says we should do what we can in our own lives, but then we need to target those actions to create systemic change. Today, we share an excerpt from We’re All Climate Hypocrites Now: How Embracing Our Limitations Can Unlock the Power of a Movement on what Sami means when he uses the term hypocrite.

A Brief History of the Earth's Climate

Geologist Steven Earle talks about his new book A Brief History of the Earth's Climate: Everyone's Guide to the Science of Climate Change.

An accessible, illustrated, myth-busting guide to the natural evolution of the Earth's climate over 4.6 billion years, how and why human-caused global warming and climate change is different and more dangerous, and how to counter skeptics and deniers with sound science.

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