Greenbelt’s 2023 Film & Lecture Series


Greenbelt which works with local communities to protect landscapes in the 34 cities and towns in Essex County has announced its 2023 film and lecture series “Systems and Ecosystems: We are all Connected” including four interactive events starting January 18. All events are free, but registration is required.

Reading the Forested Landscape, Tom Wessels - Wed, Jan 18, 6-7 p.m. via Zoom

Tom Wessels, author of Reading the Forested Landscape, will tell us how to decipher the way land has been changed and shaped for centuries by people and nature. During this hour-long zoom presentation, he will look at participants’ photos of the local landscape to see changes in shape, signs of fire damage, distribution and types of plants, and man-made features like stone walls. (Registration required for Zoom link

Cooked: Survival by Zip Code - Film and Discussion, Dr. Marcos Luna – Wed, Feb 8, 6 p.m.

“In 1995, Chicago was hit by a record-breaking heat wave…739 people died in a week, mostly poor African American residents. ...This document connects how class, race and zip code predetermine our chances of survival during an environmental crisis.” Dr. Luna will show how his team at Salem State University uses mapping tools to identify communities vulnerable to climate change ahead of time and protect them.

Wednesday, February 8 from 6 p.m. at event co-host Lynn Museum/Lynn Art, Lynn (Free parking available)

Mycorrhizae and Trees - A Fungal Connection, Maria Pinto - Wed, March 15, 6 p.m.

Mushroom fever swept the Northeast in 2021 with serious spring and summer rain resulting in an abundance of mushrooms. Maria Pinto will dig into the fascinating world of mycorrhizal fungi and shed light on the special relationships they build with trees. An educator, author and Boston Mycological Club member, Maria was interviewed in 2020 by WBUR about mushroom hunting in the Boston area.

Wednesday, March 15, from 6 p.m. at Riverwalk Brewery, Newburyport

(Accessible by MTBA Commuter Rail)


Decolonizing Contributions by Indigenous People, Claudia Fox-Tree - Wed, March 22,6:30 p.m.

Claudia Fox-Tree, artist and educator, Arawak (Yurumein) will focus on Indigenous contributions to human understanding of the environment. How Indigenous ingenuity impacted Americans and cultures around the world.

Wednesday, March 22,6:30 p.m. at HC Media Studio 101, Haverhill

(Parking available nearby)

(To register and learn more visit )

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