Charles Dayton and Sara Evans will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, October 17th at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion on climate change and mass extinction. Evans will review The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert, a book about the increase in mass extinctions and the impending ecological collapse caused by man’s disharmony with the natural world. Dayton will speak and present slides about the impact of climate change on the ocean’s ecology, which is also discussed in The Sixth Extinction.
Charles Dayton is a retired environmental lawyer who practiced in Minneapolis
for 40 years, representing environmental groups as well as corporations. He led the fight in the 1970s to increase the Wilderness protection for the Boundary Waters Wilderness, and was named by the Minnesota Chapter of the Sierra Club as the Environmentalist of the Decade for that and other work.
Mr. Dayton spent 2 and a half months on a sailing trip in the South Pacific in the summer of 2013 on a voyage to survey the health of Coral reefs. Since his retirement from Leonard, Street and Deinard in 2003, he has also worked as a volunteer at the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA), on energy and global warming issues. In 2006, Mr. Dayton received the Distinguished Service award from the Minnesota State Bar Association, given once each year by the Environment and Natural Resources Section.
Sara Evans has lived part of every year in the NC mountains since early childhood. She was a professor of history at the University of Minnesota and is the author of several books including Born for Liberty: A History of Women in America. She and her husband Charles Dayton live in Waynesville during the spring and fall.