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Date:
February 7, 2024
Time:
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location:

Virtual

Address:
Ashland, MA 01721
Email:
terriblethingtowaste
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Virtual - Environmental Book Club: Read "A Terrible Thing to Waste" *For Adults

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Please join us for the Environmental Book Club! Each month, we'll choose a topic related to climate change, sustainability, and/or what we can do to lessen our footprint. This month we'll be discussing the book "A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind" by Harriet A. Washington.

"A Terrible Thing to Waste by Harriet A. Washington is a powerful and indispensable look at the devastating consequences of environmental racism and what we can do to remedy its toxic effects on marginalized communities. Middle class African American households live in neighborhoods that are more polluted than those of very poor white households. When swallowed, a lead-paint chip no larger than a fingernail can send a toddler into coma, one-tenth of that amount will lower his IQ. Almost all of the 37,500 Baltimore children who suffered lead poisoning between 2003 and 2015 were African American.


From injuries caused by lead poisoning to the devastating effects of atmospheric pollution, infectious disease, and industrial waste, Americans of color are harmed by environmental hazards in staggeringly disproportionate numbers. This systemic onslaught of toxic exposure and institutional negligence causes irreparable physical harm to millions of people across the country, cutting lives tragically short and needlessly burdening our health care system, and creating another insidious and often overlooked consequence - robbing communities of color, and America as a whole, of intellectual power. 


In A Terrible Thing to Waste, award-winning science writer Harriet A. Washington adds her incisive analysis to the fray, using copious data that point to a different cause of the reported African American-White IQ gap: environmental racism - a confluence of racism and other institutional factors that relegate marginalized communities to living and working near sites of toxic waste, pollution, and insufficient sanitation services - and what can be done to remedy this devastating problem."


Please register to receive the Zoom link. Check your spam folder if you don't see it in your inbox. If you have any questions, you can contact us at ashlandprograms@minlib.net


We are pleased to be partnering with Ashland Sustainability and GreenUp Ashland for this program.


We'll have copies of the book at the library for you to borrow or you can order it from our online catalog.


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