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Discussion Lab @ NCL: Carbon, Cows and Dirt – a Good Environmental Trifecta?

August 15, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Location: Curtis Gallery

Are cows really a danger to the planet’s environmental health?  It has been reported that all that methane they produce has been linked to serious environmental danger.  But is that the whole story? Or is there more to learn? Come to New Canaan Library’s newest program to learn more.  Discussion Lab @ NCL is an opportunity for community members to discuss the complex issues behind the headlines. The discussion will be moderated and based on a couple of short readings. Copies of the articles will be available online, and in print at the library’s Information Desk a week before the program.



The articles for August 15 meeting:

Can Dirt Save the Earth?   

By Moises Velasquez-Manoff, The New York Times Magazine, April 18, 2018

A Secret Weapon to Fight Climate Change: Dirt

By Debbie Barker and Michael Pollan; The Washington Post, December 4, 2015



OLIVIA OLDHAM works for a UK-based sustainable agriculture podcast, Farmerama, and runs a blog about sustainability called What We Have to Lose with a focus on regenerative food systems. In September she will begin a Master of Science in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance at the University of Oxford in England.

MICAELA PORTA has served on New Canaan’s Conservation Commission, later co-founded Pesticide-Free New Canaan, and now works with Planet New Canaan to raise awareness about environmental issues and give neighbors the information they need to take action. As President of the League of Women Voters of New Canaan, she is committed to educational outreach and nonpartisan civic engagement.


August 15, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Curtis Gallery
151 Main Street
New Canaan, CT 06840 United States
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