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Environmental Book Club

November 7, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


We’re reading and discussing Reflections in Bullough’s Pond : economy and ecosystem in New England by Diana Muir. You can reserve HERE and we will have copies at the BFL

New Englanders’ quality of life has always been circumscribed by the region’s ecosystem. To maintain and improve their standard of living people had to adjust to limited resources. Ecological determinism, the ecosystem’s influence over how people make a living and preserve and improve their material status, is evident in every facet of New England life. New economic pursuits arose as much out of necessity as from entrepreneurial enlightenment. Just as the ecosystem ultimately forced the hunter-gatherer into agriculture, it caused subsequent inhabitants to shift from agriculture into trade, and trade encouraged the inventiveness that spawned the subsequent industrial revolution.

Muir describes these stages from hunting through farming, peddling, seafaring, lumbering, tanning, shoemaking, fishing, and manufacturing to the present era with its crises, scarce fossil energy, and environmental degradation. A new revolution appears necessary to maintain economic activity and preserve the standard of living to which people are accustomed. Innovation and ingenuity have always played a role in New England’s efforts to stem economic decline and the erosion of its quality of life.

This narrative, gleaned from wide-ranging anthropological, scientific, and historical sources, offers thought-provoking reading for everyone. (Choice Reviews)

Join environmental enthusiast, Arthur Ensroth, in discussing current, historical and future environmental issues through books! We’re finding ways to become more engaged and participatory in the natural world, educating ourselves on the climate challenges we face and looking at the history and philosophy of how the environment has been viewed through the ages. And, we’ll be having fun so don’t let the previous intimidate you away from a great conversation!

The BFL is collaborating with Broadmoor, Mass Audubon with this book group. We thank them for sharing their mission with us.


November 7, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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