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The Environment and Our Health

Never in recent history have we been more concerned about our health. The connections between environmental health and our own personal health are often over-looked, misunderstood or downplayed. Dr.Veda Maany will discuss how wise land use and habitat conservation benefits our medical health. Specifically, she will address various infectious diseases such as Lyme disease, West Nile virus, Covid-19, and more. She will also draw connections between environmental health and our mental well-being.

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Smithsonian Earth Optimism logoOver the past half-century, the Christian churches—and to some extent the other world religions—have made a momentous shift toward incorporating environmentalism into their teachings. The change is evident in the emergence of ideas such as integral ecology in Catholicism, eco-kashrut in Judaism, and green Buddhism, as well as various forms of religious environmental activism.

Ethicist and author William Barbieri explores how and why religious traditions have adapted their teachings in response to ecological challenges, and comments on what we can learn from this process regarding the role of religions in the modern world. Barbieri discusses the ethical ramifications of the greening of Christianity, as well as other models of ecological spirituality and ethics.

This is a presentation of the Smithsonian Institution’s Earth Optimism series.

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Green Reads Book Club

annapolis green readsto speak for the trees bookcoverOur environmental book club, Annapolis Green Reads, is designed to grow your appreciation for the environment while benefiting from the collective wisdom of many authors who write about our natural world and to connect with others!

All you need is an interest in reading books (or listening to the audio version) about our environment and our place in it. No expertise on these issues is necessary, although we welcome those who have some to participate and contribute.

This month’s book is To Speak for the Trees: My Life’s Journey from Ancient Celtic Wisdom to a Healing Vision of the Forest by Diana Beresford-Kroeger – “in a captivating account of how her [the author’s] life led her to these illuminating and crucial ideas, she shows us how forests can not only heal us but save the planet.” More about the book.

For the moment, our club will meet virtually on Zoom. However, we are going to try for an in-person meeting on the State House lawn at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, June 24! 

If the weather is too hot or rainy, we’ll go back to a virtual meeting. Our club leader will make the call and let book club folks know.

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Jane Lubchenco
Photo credit: NOAA

Spend an evening with marine biologist Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., the first female administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

In this talk, Dr. Lubchenco will highlight solutions that are already underway to create a healthier ocean, and reveal how our health and prosperity are tied to the ocean’s.

A dessert reception will be held at 6pm. The lecture begins at 7pm followed by a Q&A session.  Free and open to all.

because of her story logoThis project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative.

About Dr. Lubchenco: She is a world renowned environmental scientist who has deep experience in the worlds of science, academia, and government and is a champion of science and of the stronger engagement of scientists with society. Dr. Lubchenco was Nominated by President Obama in December 2008 as part of his “Science Dream Team.” She served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and as the first U.S. State Department Envoy for the Ocean. Dr. Lubcheno is a marine ecologist and environmental scientist by training, with expertise in oceans, climate change, and interactions between the smithsonian environmental research centerenvironment and human well-being. To introduce her to his Senate colleagues for her confirmation hearing, Senator Ron Wyden called Lubchenco “the bionic woman of good science.” She currently serves as a University Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University.

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smithsonian environmental research centerA Smithsonian Environmental Research Center monthly evening lecture. Speaker: Jennifer Biddle, University of Delaware. She will discuss Horseshoe crabs, a species that has been inhabiting Delaware Bay for millions of years, but faces new threats from pollution, land use and climate change. However, invisible to the naked eye, an army of microbes has formed quiet partnerships with the crabs. In this talk, marine biologist Jen Biddle will explore world of horseshoe crabs and their microbes, and the clues these organisms hold for new medicines and the crabs’ changing place in the environment.

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