March 24, 2022

LIVE ONLINE! Tuesday, March 29 @ 8PM, Secret Science Club presents environmentalist Bill McKibben in conversation with author Oliver Milman on "The Insect Crisis," FREE!

Bzzzzzz! Secret Science Club presents Bill McKibben in conversation with Oliver Milman, author of The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires that Run the World

Join us live via Zoom on Tuesday, March 29 @ 8PM (Eastern Time USA) "Doors" open at 7:30PM 

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Three out of four species on Earth are insects—yet insects don’t get much love. Sure, people dote on butterflies and ladybugs. But flies? Yech. Wasps? No thank you. Talk about underappreciated

At the next Secret Science Club, environmentalist Bill McKibben and author Oliver Milman pose the question: What would happen if insects vanished from the Earth? (And just to give you a hint: If there were no flies, there’d be no chocolate, and that’s just the beginning of the end.)

Alarmingly, the prospect of an insect apocalypse is not exclusively a thought exercise. A torrent of new evidence shows that insect populations are plummeting across the world. Milman—author of The Insect Crisis—and McKibben delve into some of the amazing & essential things insects do for our planet, the consequences of losing our insect infrastructure, and what we can do to save our six-legged friends (and perhaps ourselves).

Oliver Milman is the environment correspondent at the Guardian. He covers the climate crisis, as well as issues involving biodiversity and the impacts of air and water pollution. Bill McKibben is an author, environmentalist, activist, and a contributing writer to the New Yorker.

Before & After
--Mix up our cocktail of the night, the "Sweet Nectar"… (recipe below!)
--Groove to sounds of spring
--Bring your questions for the live Q&A
--Snag a copy of Oliver Milman’s new book, The Insect Crisis: The Fall of the Tiny Empires that Run the World here or wherever you buy books.

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What’s next at Secret Science Club?
On April 12, we will be live & in-person at the Bell House in Brooklyn with primatologist & best-selling author Frans de Waal with his new book, Different. Stay tuned for details!

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Photo credits: Oliver Milman by Lyndal Stewart; Bill McKibben by Nancie Battaglia

Cocktail Recipe for the “Sweet Nectar” (created by the Secret Science Club mixology lab)
Ingredients: 2 oz Spiced Rum, 1 oz Honey Syrup**, ½ Lime (cut in pieces), and 4 kumquats (quartered) or 2 mandarins (cut in pieces)
- Muddle fruit in a cocktail shaker
- Add ice, rum, and honey syrup—and shake
- Pour the mixture unstrained into a highball glass
- Garnish with your favorite flower
**Honey Syrup Recipe
- Mix 1 part honey with 1 part hot water. Stir until dissolved. Let cool.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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