The Social and Environmental Action (SEA) Committee Book Club/Discussion Group

This is an open group so please feel free to join us on the last Thursday of every month from 7-9 in the Wright Room for lively discussion, cookies and tea.  For more info, talk to Dina Waik or Gillian Hegge.

Our May 30 meeting will be devoted to discussing:

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. The first of a three-part series investigating the wonders of nature by New York Timesbestselling author Peter Wohlleben.

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.

Our June 27 meeting will be devoted to discussing:

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice. This is an isolated dystopia—a picture of what the end of the world might look like if you only ever lived at the edge of the world to begin with.

When the power goes out in a northern Anishinaabe community, its tribal leaders aren’t initially worried. Most of the connected conveniences are newer to them, anyway. But then the power stays off. A food delivery from the south does not turn up. And whether they let those around them see it or not, Evan and the other community leaders begin to plan for the worst.