Is writing about nature or reading about nature as important as being in nature ? The Sierra Club will discuss “Thoreau, Muir, and Brower: Communicating the Wilderness Experience to Promote Conservation,” with Brian Treanor, Director of Environmental Studies at Loyola Marymount University.
How can we get people to value natural places, which they may never personally visit? The answer lies in a tactic used by several giants of American environmentalism: we can use narratives to provide people with an “as if” experience of wild places. Although narrative can never replace actual experience without loss, they have proved incredibly effective in inducing people to love, value, and preserve wild places.
This free educational event is sponsored by the West Los Angeles Group of the Sierra Club’s Angeles Chapter, Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 pm at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium (Uruapan Room) in Culver City. Plenty of free lighted parking. Refreshments are served and there is always a lively talk accompanying the program. Feel free to bring a friend; all meetings are open to members and non-members of the Sierra Club. Go to www.meetup.com/environment-411/events/