This week in LO Reads: Environmental history, birds and more
LO Reads season is officially here!
With dozens of events scheduled around this year's book, "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore," the Review will be your guide each week so you won't miss anything. Check out this week's list of events:
Thursday, Feb. 6: US Environmental History (7-8 p.m. at Lake Oswego City Hall council chamber, 380 A Ave.)
Where people and the environment intertwine, you'll find Dr. Craig W. Shinn, emeritus professor in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State. Shinn is an expert on public policy related to the environment and is uniquely qualified to talk about the beginnings of U.S. environmental policy; his presentation will include examples of legislation and policy from the time of Teddy Roosevelt's presidency to today.
Friday, Feb. 7: Beasts of the Southern Wild (1:30-4 p.m. at Lake Theater Cafe, 106 N State St.)
In "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore," author Elizabeth Rush mentions the film Beasts of the Southern Wild. Here's an opportunity to see it in a theater and discuss it afterwards.Admission to this special screening is free; food and drinks will be available for purchase. Doors open at 1:30, film starts at 2.
Friday, Feb. 7: Forest Birds in a Warming World (7-8 p.m. at Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th St.)
Wildlife ecologist Sarah Frey, who was featured in "Rising," will talk about climbing rugged slopes from creek bed to mountaintop in order to study 50 different species of birds in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Oregon Cascades. Frey, whose research around the world focuses on the conservation of biodiversity in the face of land use and climate change in both temperate and tropical forest systems, will share her insights into how a changing climate affects biodiversity in forested montane landscapes.
Saturday, Feb. 8: Dealing With Climate Change Anxiety (10:30 a.m. to noon at Oswego Heritage House, 398 10th St.)
Dr. David Pollack, emeritus professor for public policy at Oregon Health & Science University, is a retired psychiatrist who now devotes all of his professional time to working on the mental health and public health impacts of the climate crisis. He will discuss the array of mental health issues associated with global warming, including not only the direct health effects of heat and air pollution but also the acute and persistent trauma and anxiety many people experience as they confront the reality and urgency of climate change's threat to public health, economic sustainability and socio-cultural stability.
Sunday, Feb. 9: Young People Facing Climate Change (2-3 p.m. at Lake Oswego City Hall council chamber, 380 A Ave.)
Hear a panel of Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High School students explain how kids are feeling about climate change and learn about what more and more young people are doing in the name of climate justice. Panelists include Annelise Foster, Cate Hoffman, Isabella Scott-Buck, Izzy Rowland, Thanaphon Singsukhum, Nate Foster, Jake Archambo, Arielle Bloom from LOHS and Ella Feathers and Anna-Marie Guenther from LHS and they will also discuss the goals they have set, the actions they have taken in their own lives and at LOHS via the Oregon Green School certification program, and the hurdles they face in implementing changes.
Monday, Feb. 10: How to Improve Your Life, Save Money, Lowe Carbon Emissions and Find Friendship (7-8 p.m. at Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th St.)
Can we live our Lake Oswego lifestyle and still be an environmentally responsible citizen? We don't want to go back to the cave man days, but it's hard to know what to do. In this class, Lisa Adatto and Duke Castle, co-founders of the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network, will discuss how you might go about creating your own climate action plan by talking to your family, investigating options for personal emissions reductions and getting involved in the community or a wider mobilization effort.
Tuesday, Feb. 11: Why DIY? Self-Sufficiency and American Life (6-8 p.m. at ARTspace, 510 First St.)
Are we as self-sufficient as we can be? As we should be? What are the pleasures and pitfalls of doing it yourself? This conversation with Jennifer Burns Bright investigates why we strive to be makers and doers in a world that provides more conveniences than ever before.
Wednesday, Feb. 12: Performing Arts: Native American Legends from the Mid-Columbia Region (1-2 p.m. at Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th St.)
Join us to hear the acclaimed poet, performer, traditional storyteller and lecturer on Northwest tribal culture, Ed Edmo, tell stories of Native American Legends from the Mid-Columbia Region, including the story of the 1957 flooding of Celilo Falls.
Wednesday, Feb. 12: Climate Change and Wine (6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 4th St.)
Talking about wine should always be a fun conversation! Steering away from the political and focusing on the effects of changing weather systems on wine, certified sommelier Joseph Shaughnessy will discuss how wine and growing regions are altering and what this means for the industry.
— The Review
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