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Groton Local began four years ago as a book discussion group under the leadership of Leo Laverdure, and will return to those roots this year.

For discussion, Oct. 17, 3-5 p.m., at Nashua River Watershed Association, 592 Main St. (Route 119), will be: What’s the Worst that Could Happen: a rational response to the climate-change debate, by author Greg Craven. This book was chosen because the science behind global warming and climate change is very complicated. How do those of us who are not climate scientists or policy wonks make sense of it all and make decisions about what, if anything, to do about it?

Craven, a high-school science teacher, presents a useful way to weigh the evidence behind the claims of parties engaged in the global warming debate, enabling readers to form their own conclusions about the science and the best courses of action to take. For more information, visit http://www.gregcraven.org/.

Starting in November, the selected book will be The Post Carbon Reader (540 pages), a selection of essays by some of the world’s leading sustainability thinkers, edited by Richard Heinberg and Daniel Lerch. If you’d like to join these reading groups, contact leo.laverdure@charter.net or at 978-448-5700. Leo has a few copies of Craven’s book available and is coordinating orders for The Post Carbon Reader.

Groton Local is a registered nonprofit organization working to reduce energy consumption, to promote local food and economy, and to ensure sustainability for future generations by becoming locally self-reliant.

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