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Next Book Club Event: Public Conversation with author Pádraic Fogarty

20 May 2019

Join our next book club event - a public conversation with Pádraic Fogarty on his book 'Whittled Away, Ireland's Vanishing Nature'.

Common Ground Bray on May 30th from 7pm to 9pm

"In Whittled Away: Ireland’s Vanishing Nature, Pádraic Fogarty explains how mass species extinction has become part of our common dialogue as our demands expand beyond ecological limits. In 2012, the World Wildlife Fund reported that less than half the number of animals now exist on Earth than in 1970. Freshwater species alone declined more than 81 per cent in that time.

"It is a failing of our education system and media that our connection to nature and environment, so concisely explained in Whittled Away, is not common knowledge. There is a systematic disconnection from nature occurring in our society. As children, we start our lives as nature lovers, but over time it too is whittled away as our attention turns to what are perceived as the more important issues of economic growth and employment. Fogarty does a great service educating the reader to the interconnections of nature and our own needs."
- excerpt taken from Cara Augustenborg's review of the book for the Irish Times

Cara Augustenborg, former Chair of Friends of the Earth will also join us for a wider discussion on climate and biodiversity breakdown along with other local activists; Suzie Cahn - permaculture educator, Keith Scanlon - from recent Wicklow Climate and Biodiversity Emergency campaign and Sarah Dawson - member of Common Ground Bray.

Follow this link to register your free ticket to our next book club event!

Don't have 'Whittled Away' yet?

Join us with a monthly donation of €4 or more, and we’ll send you a copy of Whittled Away so you can start reading and be ready for discussion on the 30th!

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Every new monthly donor or upgrade will receive their book of choice:

  1. Whittled Away – Ireland's Vanishing Nature by Pádraic Fogarty
  2. Climate Generation by Lorna Gold
  3. Active Hope by Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone
  4. Resist! How to Be an Activist in the Age of Defiance by Michael Segalov

Because not everyone can make it to these events physically, we are also hosting book club webinars so anyone can join online - from the comfort of their own sitting room!

We hosted our very first book club webinar last week, discussion Lorna Gold's book 'Climate Generation - Awakening to Our Children's Future', and it was a huge success! This is a great book for reflecting on our own climate awakening and journey into climate action.

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