The Green Gettysburg Book Club had its first meeting on Valentine’s Day 2019, and two years later continues to grow with about 20 active participants and 100 email recipients. Now gathering on Zoom rather than in person, the group feels the call to make change in these challenging times.
The group meets weekly on Fridays and encourages new members. To join or for a full list of environment books, email William Lane at [email protected]
Green Gettysburg was created by Lane as a Facebook group in 2014 in response to the need to collectively address local environmental issues and track environmental events. Lane said the group’s mission is to be “effective advocates for action on environmental issues” and participate “in a major cultural shift in the way we think about our relationship with the natural world.”
Lane said science without empathy is just harmful as emotion without foundation. This thought-provoking statement leads the group to seek out books emphasizing education but also encourages spiritual fulfillment and emotional comfort, which can be uplifting during COVID-19’s somber and isolated times.
Other Green Gettysburg Projects and Partnerships
Green Gettysburg partnered with Trout Unlimited to remove trash from the Conewago Creek. The full day event hauled away two truck-loads of debris, tires, and even a toilet. On a larger scale, clean ups like this save wildlife as well as reduce pollution.
The “Climate Change Film Series,” which started in 2018, is expected to continue after COVID-19. Another project, “Climate up Close,” brought in climate experts from Princeton, Harvard, and Berkeley to present at local churches during 2019.
As local groups continue to collaborate, Lane said projects like these can be completed more often and on a larger scale. Green Gettysburg wants to meet more groups and individuals committed to making progress on environmental issues.