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Restoring the World in Our Climate Change Century
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When: 11/10/2015
7-9 PM
Where: Oak Park Main Library
834 Lake Street
Oak Park, Illinois 
United States

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If you want to understand the promise, politics, issues, and controversies behind ecological restoration, there is no better guide than Paddy Woodworth. In his encouraging book, Our Once and Future Planet, Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century, he introduces the relatively new science of restoration ecology, devoted to rejuvenating the natural – and human - environments we call home. 

On November 10, 2015, 7 PM to 9 PM at the Oak Park Public Library, Woodworth will be offering a tour of exciting restoration projects he has visited all over the globe, ranging from prairies in the Chicago region to the South African bush; and from ultralight pilots teaching whooping cranes how to migrate the length of a continent to the restoration of bogs in his native Ireland. The program will be presented in the Veterans Room of the main library, 834 Lake Street in Oak Park.

Along the way, he will help us grapple with some of the difficult questions that confront us as we attempt to heal the wounds that we have inflicted on our planet. Is there a downside to restoration? What about the impact of climate change? How do we call a halt to the assault on nature that created the need for restoration in the first place? And most importantly, what can we do as individuals and communities to make a difference – in our public lands and even in our own backyards?