CBAN book club event with author Suzanne Simard

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Book club event March 3. Start reading now!

Author Dr. Suzanne Simard will join us to discuss her book “Finding the Mother Tree”

Join us for our first online book club event on Sunday March 3 at 11am PT/2pm ET.

We are excited to announce that author and esteemed researcher Dr Suzanne Simard will join us as we gather to discuss her book “Finding the Mother Tree”. Dr. Simard is a pioneering forest ecologist whose work has forever changed how people view trees, their connections to one another and to other living things in the forest. Her book tracks her moving, deeply personal journey of discovery. After our chat with the author, we will break into small groups to reflect on how “Finding the Mother Tree” informs our relationship with forests and trees and our understanding of nature.

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Suzanne Simard is a Professor of Forest Ecology at UBC and a pioneer on the frontier of plant communication and intelligence. Her work has led to the recognition that forests have hub trees, or Mother Trees, which play an important role in the flow of information and resources in a forest. Her current research investigates how these complex relationships contribute to forest resiliency, adaptability and recovery. She has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and her TED talks have been viewed by more than 10 million people. Read more about Dr Simard and her book.

We don’t want the cost of books to be a barrier to participation! Thanks to a generous donation, we will have book copies available for those with low or fixed incomes. Please email to request a copy of any of the 2024 book club picks.

Why a book club?

Proposals to release genetically engineered (GE or genetically modified) trees and other organisms into the wild challenge us to think about our relationship with nature and how it may be impacted by new GE technology in the years to come. The March 3rd event launches our 2024 LeafyReads book club series.

●      What motivates us to protect nature?
●      What does it mean for forests if trees are genetically engineered? What does it mean for us?
●      Can GE trees be used for species restoration, or is this species replacement?
●      Why are some conservation approaches valued more than others?
●      What are our responsibilities to future generations?

We will read three books over the course of the year. Each time, we’ll be joined by special guests to help guide our conversations and deepen our reflection as we read.

March pick: Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard
May pick: The Overstory by Richard Powers
September pick: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
October pick: Final club meeting – How do we move forward?

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