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Free Speaker Event: Jim Robbins, Feb 20
Please join us on Thursday, February 20 at 6:00pm as we welcome Jim Robbins, a science writer for the New York Times and author of the acclaimed The Man Who Planted Trees for his talk entitled: The Power of Trees And How It Can Help Save the World. Jim is the first Trees Atlanta Georgia Arbor Day Speaker, which has been made possible thanks to the City of Atlanta.
Overview of Jim’s talk:
The Power of Trees And How It Can Help Save the World
Though they surround us, and are vital to our existence, trees and forests are poorly researched and poorly understood. Jim Robbins, a science writer for the New York Times, and author of the acclaimed The Man Who Planted Trees, describes in his talk the things we do know about them, and the many things we don’t — from their ability to clean up toxic waste to the ways scientists say they connect to the cosmos. Trees heal people, are critical to insects and wildlife as medicine, and, some scientists believe, even have a nervous system that allows them to think, strategize and communicate. Most importantly he explains why trees should be seen as an “ecotechnology” to accomplish a wide range of important functions to heal broken ecosystems and adapt a changing planet.
This talk is part of Trees Atlanta’s Arbor Day program, which also includes tree plantings and youth education programs. Learn more here!
Jim Robbins, a free-lance journalist for more than thirty years, lives with his family in Helena, Montana. He has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times since 1980, and has written for numerous magazines from Condé Nast Traveler to Smithsonian. He has carried out assignments in Europe, Mongolia, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Yanomami Territory in Brazil and Venezuela, and across North America, especially the Rocky Mountain West. He is the author of four books of non-fiction, and is at work on a fifth. His writing interests include science, the environment, and the human central nervous system. He considers the fact that he has been able to freely indulge his curiosity and get paid for it one of his greatest accomplishments.
- Parking available at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center (225 Chester Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30316) or neighboring street parking
- 6:00pm – Presentation begins
- 7:00pm – Book signing
- Seats are limited & reservations are first come first served