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Daytime Discussion: “Under a White Sky” by Elizabeth Kolbert

September 25, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In September, we’ll be reading “Under a White Sky” by Elizabeth Kolbert. We’ll meet on Monday, September 25 at 10:30am in the Fiction Room of the Library. After August 28, you can pick up a copy of the book selection from the Circulation Desk or call the Library at 860-582-3121 to make arrangements for curbside pickup. Large type and audiobook on CD are also available for this title. This title is not available on hoopla.
You may register for this program by e-mailing gdelcegno@biblio.org. New members are always welcome!
That man should have dominion “over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” is a prophecy that has hardened into fact. So pervasive are human impacts on the planet that it’s said we live in a new geological epoch: the Anthropocene.

In Under a White Sky, Elizabeth Kolbert takes a hard look at the new world we are creating. Along the way, she meets biologists who are trying to preserve the world’s rarest fish, which lives in a single tiny pool in the middle of the Mojave; engineers who are turning carbon emissions to stone in Iceland; Australian researchers who are trying to develop a “super coral” that can survive on a hotter globe; and physicists who are contemplating shooting tiny diamonds into the stratosphere to cool the earth.

One way to look at human civilization, says Kolbert, is as a ten-thousand-year exercise in defying nature. In The Sixth Extinction, she explored the ways in which our capacity for destruction has reshaped the natural world. Now she examines how the very sorts of interventions that have imperiled our planet are increasingly seen as the only hope for its salvation. By turns inspiring, terrifying, and darkly comic, Under a White Sky is an utterly original examination of the challenges we face.

Details

Date:
September 25, 2023
Time:
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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Venue

Terryville Public Library
238 Main Street
Terryville, CT 06786 United States
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Phone
8605823121

Organizer

Gretchen DelCegno
Phone
860-582-3121
Email
gdelcegno@biblio.org