Massachusetts forests are vital in storing carbon to fight climate change; providing critical habitat for native plants and wildlife; preserving historic and sacred sites; and offering opportunities for nature-based recreation. Yet, almost all of our forests are currently open to resource extraction, which is undermining these values. We need to take action now to protect our forests, before it is too late.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Michael Kellett is cofounder and executive director of RESTORE: The North Woods, a Massachusetts-based conservation organization. With more than 30 years of experience working to create national parks and wilderness, save forests, and protect wildlife, he will review our current challenges and suggest strategies for solving them.
Our (usually) First Wednesday Dialog series brings in outside speakers to share interesting topics related to Humanism -- kind of like Ted Talk. We socialize and enjoy refreshments until about 7:15, at which point the speakers presents for as long as they choose, usually until 8:00 or so. At this point we pass the mic around and have a group discussion about the topic. When the discussion wraps up, we continue with more refreshments and socializing until around 9:00 when all attendees are welcome to join our open steering committee meeting.
We take donations at the door to cover the cost of the meeting ($5 is suggested). Half of the donations (after we pay the rent) are given as an honorarium to the speaker with a $25 minimum. All regular attendees are encouraged to bring refreshments to share.
Note that we have a large mailing list outside of Meetup.com so the RSVP numbers are generally much lower than the actual attendance.