Earth Day programs focus on Monarch butterflies

The Georgetown Public Library along with the Southwestern University Environmental Studies Program and Smith Library Center are co-sponsoring a group of Earth Day events at the Georgetown library, 402 W. Eighth St.

The library will also host two stand-alone discussions on Barbara Kingsolver’s novel “Flight Behavior.” Southwestern University Economics Professor Emily Northrop and Georgetown Assistant Library Director Sally Miculek will lead a book discussion Tuesday, April 17. The second book discussion Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m. will be led by Smith Library Center Director Carol Fonken and Georgetown Fine Arts Librarian Dana Hendrix.

On Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m. David Wolfe, director of conservation strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund, will present “Monarch Butterflies: Threats and What You Can Do to Help.”

On Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. Emily Northrop will present a talk titled “Reducing CO2 Pollution for Monarchs and Humans: A Citizen Guide for Climate Action.” Dr. Emily Northrop is Professor of Economics at Southwestern University and a climate activist with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Her presentation will review basic climate science and some of the troubling impacts of global warming for Texas and beyond. She will then delve into ways individuals, businesses, and government policy can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and conclude with alternative models of citizen engagement. Q&A will be integrated throughout the talk.