Aside from two upcoming, busy Saturdays, the Library will include two environmentally themed programs during the week:
Main Library Ryerson Auditorium | Monday, April 16 | 6:00pm
The largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the US. The drilling technology called “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing has unlocked a “Saudia Arabia of natural gas” just beneath us. But is fracking safe? In this documentary, filmmaker Josh Fox embarks on a cross-country road trip to find the answer. Part travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown, Gasland is a cross-country odyssey with unexpected humor, uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. A discussion led by GVSU Geology professor John Weber and a representative from the State of Michigan’s Office of Oil, Gas and Minerals will follow the screening.
Hard Times and Homecoming: Ecology Now
Main Library Ryerson Auditorium | Tuesday, April 17 | 7:00pm
Author, lecturer, and bioregionalist Stephanie Mills will discuss her books and work in ecology. Her books and essays have addressed overpopulation, sense of place, land restoration, bioregionalism and community resilience. Her books include: In Service of the Wild, Epicurean Simplicity, Tough Little Beauties and Turning Away from Technology. A book signing will follow the event.