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Resistance and Extinction: A Conversation about Thoreau, Loss and Hope

The Thoreau Society is teaming up with the Center for Biological Diversity for a special Earth Day event to discuss resistance and extinction. We’ll explore the works of the beloved 19th-century naturalist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau and how they relate to today’s fight to end the extinction crisis.

Join us online April 22 at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET for this discussion with Thoreau Society President Rochelle Johnson and Executive Director Michael Frederick; Laura Walls, author of Henry David Thoreau: A Life; and Center for Biological Diversity Founder and Director of Programs Peter Galvin and Senior Scientist Tierra Curry.

The Thoreau Society’s mission is to preserve Thoreau’s legacy and advocate for the preservation of the natural world, including Walden Pond and surrounding areas. The Thoreau Society exists to stimulate interest in Thoreau’s life and works, challenging all to live a deliberate, considered life.

The Center for Biological Diversity believes that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature—to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, the Center works to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. They do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.


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Apr 22 2021


7:00 pm - 7:00 pm


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