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This week's calls to action include the following events and activities. (All are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.)

Workshops focus on addressing climate change

Color Brighton Green and Pachamama Alliance will host a workshop on climate change, titled "Introduction to Drawdown," on Wednesday, January 10. The event is based on Paul Hawken's research and book "Drawdown – the Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warning."

Hawken identifies as many as 100 steps that can be taken to deal with the climate-change crisis. The workshop will identify steps many participants can begin taking immediately.

The event will be held at Brighton Memorial Library, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. Pachamama Alliance is also holding a four-session workshop on Hawken's research on Thursdays, January 4, 11, 18, and February 8. Those workshops will be held at Mercy Spirituality Center, 65 Highland Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. The sessions are free and open to the public, but donations are accepted. Registration:

Assessing the backlash to Obama

The Moving Beyond Racism Book Group will discuss "White Rage: the Unspoken Truth of our Racial Divide" by Carol Anderson on Monday, January 8. Anderson looks at the 2008 election of President Obama and how it unleashed one of the most virulent backlashes in recent American history.

The two-term election of America's first black president led to the rise of the birther movement, open disrespect of Obama by some members of Congress, and the exposure of the nation's unresolved racial tensions. Anderson contends that the election of Donald Trump, one of the birther movement's biggest proponents, and his attacks on Muslims, Mexicans, and women's rights signal a new and troubling era in American history.

The discussion will be held at Barnes and Noble, Pittsford Plaza, at 7 p.m.