With our partner, the Scarborough Land Trust, we are delighted to host author Susan Inches on Tuesday evening, May 24, for Storytelling and the Art of Advocacy: How personal stories of connection with the earth can be used to advocate for the environment. We will gather at Memorial Park for the talk which begins at 5:30pm. Participants are invited to bring chairs or a blanket and a picnic, as some do for the town's summer concerts in this venue. Books will be available for purchase and for Sue to sign. In the event of inclement weather, the talk will be held in the nearby Public Safety Building's meeting room. Scarborough Public Library does not currently have an indoor or outdoor space large enough to host this #Sustainable Scarborough series event, which is free to attend and open to the public.
Click here to register. Registration is encouraged, but not required. We will email you if poor weather forces a change of location!
Advocating for the Environment: How to Gather Your Power and Take Action by Susan B. Inches begins with how we must learn to think differently, in order to heal the planet. It discusses the power of individual earth stories and relationship building as key components of successful advocacy. It lays out how empathy, worldviews, and effective communication can help us collaborate with others, even those with opposing views. And it shows the important role citizen advocates must play to create a healthy future. Based the author’s 30-year career as an environmental advocate, the second part of the book is all about action. How to use power for good, how to work with decision makers, how to organize events, manage a coalition, communicate with the public, and work with the media are all laid out in an easy to read and reference format. Well-received by students, as well as the general public, Advocating for the Environment is a guide to environmental action that readers will want to read and keep for reference, for years to come. The book has been used as the text for a 3-credit course taught at Bates and Colby Colleges for the past four years. Faculty at other schools have also used the book as a text in Environmental Policy courses.