Workshops focus on cultural changes |

Workshops focus on cultural changes

Staff reportsA Northwest Earth Institute discussion course on cultural changes that can help preserve the earth’s environment will be coming to town early next year.The free discussion group will meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. from Jan. 11 to March 8 at the Truckee River Watershed Council’s office. The Northwest Earth Institute, a nonprofit group based in Portland, Ore., sponsors courses in more than 650 communities across the West. Courses focus on the intersection of culture and ecology, advocating sustainable living and other practices that help preserve the natural world.The courses are free, but participants will need to purchase a $16 reader for the meetings.”This might be a way to bring people together who may not agree on things, and it’s not about right or wrong or about decision-making,” said Lucetta Swift, a volunteer who is organizing the courses.Swift is hoping for a group of more than 10 people to join the class.”I’m hopeful we’ll get a range of people to come,” said Swift, who was a part of one of the institute’s groups in El Dorado County.She said the classes will help “educate people to take action in support of preserving what we have.”To join the group or learn more about the courses, call Lucetta Swift at 582-1415. To learn more about the Northwest Earth Institute, go to

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