Thursday, February 8, 2018

“What Would Thoreau Do?” Sunday, February 18 at Petersham Unitarian

In addressing the issue of climate change, Marilyn Castriotta asks, “What Would Thoreau Do?” on Sunday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. as part of the First Congregational Parish Unitarian service to be held in the Davis Memorial, 3 West Street, Petersham, MA.

According to Castriotta, “Henry David Thoreau, the great American naturalist, writer, and social reformer, was born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts. Two hundred years later, his words and legacy are still very alive and relevant to the unprecedented environmental, social, and political upheaval we are experiencing in America.”

“Thoreau exercised great courage by speaking up and taking a stand for both conservation and civil liberties. What would Thoreau say – with his great wisdom and wit – and, more importantly, what would he do in response to current conditions?” Castriotta asks.

Marilyn Castriotta developed an affinity for nature growing up in Barre, Massachusetts, where she gravitated to the woods and nearby Mass Audubon sanctuary. With a Master of Science in Applied Anatomy & Physiology, her professional path began in the medical field. She then transferred her understanding of biological systems to the environmental field, where, after a decade of work, she completed a Master of Science in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Conservation Biology.

Castriotta is currently serving as TerraCorps Community Engagement Coordinator at Kestrel Land Trust in Amherst. She is a commissioner on Northampton’s Public Shade Tree Commission, and a training mentor for Climate Reality. Her mentors, Joanna Macy and Tom Wessels, inspire her integration of inner and outer landscapes.

All welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served following the service. For further information, contact (978) 544-1872.

PHOTO: Marilyn Castriotta

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