For Today

Ruth DeFries: Humanity’s Sustainable Future

One of the reasons for the huge population growth in the past century is technological advancement, particularly the advancements in how food is grown. Ruth DeFries will discuss her book The Big Ratchet: How Humanity Thrives in the Face of Natural Crisis, an analysis of how technology has allowed humans to thrive, but also—the downside of tech advances— how the modern diet is not sustainable.

Ruth DeFries: Humanity’s Sustainable Future, Mon, Sept 15, 7:30–8:45pm, Town Hall 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

For Tuesday

Rainier Valley Greenways Meeting

Seattle Neighborhood Greenways will host a community discussion about the walking and biking map that Feet First has drafted for Rainier Beach and Columbia City. Residents can weigh in before the plans are finalized in October.

Feet First is a nonprofit organization that works to promote walkable communities throughout Washington. The group was hired by Bike Works after it received a grant from Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

Rainier Valley Greenways Meeting, Tue, Sept 16, 6:30–7:30pm, Bike Works, 3715 S Hudson St, free

For Wednesday

Cultural Diversity in the Environment

This panel discussion will focus on the importance of incorporating cultural diversity into environmental education. 

Panel members include Nate Miles, vice president for Strategic Initiatives, Eli Lilly and Company and IslandWood board member, Leonard Forsman, chairman of the Suquamish tribe, Belinda Chin, K–12 education program supervisor for Environmental Learning Centers of Seattle Parks and Recreation.

Cultural Diversity in the Environment, Wed, Sept 17, 7:30–8:45pm, Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5

Advance Notice for September 22

Community Climate Forum

The city's Office of Sustainability and Environment is hosting a community discussion about residents’ ability to prepare for the effects of climate change. The meeting will focus on Seattle's culturally diverse and low-income communities. Those groups often are not equipped to face the impacts of climate change.

Council member Mike O’Brien, chair of the Planning, Land Use, and Sustainability committee, will lead the conversation.

Registration is required.

Community Climate Forum, Mon, Sept 22, 5–7pm, Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 Fifth Ave, free

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