International League of Conservation Writers

Writing to inspire the love of nature and a passion for its protection
The International League of Conservation Writers is a forum to bring writers together from around the world who are writing to promote wilderness, nature, conservation, or using other means to protect and restore the natural areas, habitats, animals, and plants of our planet. ILCW will present periodic writing awards to authors who excel in this field.

To apply for ILCW membership click here.

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Tidal Power—Predictable, Clean Energy

It's estimated that we could (practically) capture enough tidal energy to power all homes in the United States TWICE over – but we can only manage a tiny fraction of that right now. For a planet that is 70% water, why is this technology still so far behind other renewables? Are things about to change?

“What we are doing to the forests of the world is but a mirror reflection of what we aredoing to ourselves and to one another.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi


Patagonia will Provide for the Environment

Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, the sustainable mountain gear and sportwear company, is giving his company away to combat climate change.

In an open letter Chouinard described his plan for transferring Patagonia which could result in $100 million annually to protect the plant.

“Instead of ‘going public,” you could say we’re ‘going purpose.’ Instead of extracting value from nature and transforming it into wealth for investors, we’ll use the wealth Patagonia creates to protect the source of all wealth.”

“Here’s how it works: 100% of the company’s voting stock transfers to the Patagonia Purpose Trust, created to protect the company’s values; and 100% of the nonvoting stock had been given to the Holdfast Collective, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting the environmental crisis and defending nature. The funding will come from Patagonia: Each year, the money we make after reinvesting in the business will be distributed as a dividend to help fight the crisis.”

“It’s been nearly 50 years since we began our experiment in responsible business, and we are just getting started. If we have any hope of a thriving planet—much less a thriving business—50 years from now, it is going to take all of us doing what we can with the resources we have. This is another way we’ve found to do our part.”
“Despite its immensity, the Earth’s resources are not infinite, and it’s clear we’ve exceeded its limits. But it’s also resilient. We can save our planet if we commit to it.”

To read the full article in The Guardian, click here.

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Xtinct—New Magazine Seeks Articles

The Ian Player Foundation and Planet Savers have partnered with Sign of the Times Publishing and some of the globe’s most powerful wildlife and environmental foundations to create Xtinct Magazine – The global mouthpiece for what is left of our planet, a mouthpiece for environmental individuals, businesses and corporate sustainability, including all good works by environmental groups. The first issue debuted August 22, 2022 and Xtinct is calling for writers to submit articles for future issues.

If you are interested:

            • Articles should be around 500 words
            • Accompanied by at least 3 high resolution images
            • Declare the topic you are writing about. See Xtinct’s Editorial Synopsis here.
            • State the fee you will charge for the article or if the article is pro bono
            • Send to:

The magazine’s website is:

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Green Podcasts

Green Radio Hour with Jon Bowermaster, this podcast features Pete Lopez (Scenic Hudson) on the future of PCBs in the Hudson Valley, New York (USA).

Rewilding Earth Podcast featuring Liz Hillard discussing Wildlife Connectivity in the Pigeon River Gorge, corridor of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina and Tennessee (USA). Regarding the redesign of bridges and other barriers to accommodate wildlife.

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International Wilderness Week-- 14th to 16th of December

International Wilderness Week is a free online event to connect Wilderness enthusiasts and environmental activists from all over the world. The last event happened in 2020 and engaged over 1000 Wilderness advocates. European Wilderness Society believes anyone can participate in Wilderness dialogue as long as they are passionate about saving nature.

The topic of this year is The Future of Wilderness: opportunities and threats. We are going to discuss the moral dilemma of intervention or non-intervention in the age of climate change. Where are the limits of saving wilderness? Will intervention actually help? What will we destroy while we are trying to help?

Nowadays, humans are willing to modify and manage nature, claiming to save it. During the 3 day transcontinental online conference, we are going to debate this statement and find out different perspectives in this approach. European Wilderness Society are welcoming different Wilderness Advocates as speakers  scientists, researchers, educators, decision makers, youth and eco-activists to share their opinions on the future of Wilderness. For more information, click here.

Do you have anything to share about one of these Wilderness topics? Register now as a speaker for the Wilderness Week by filling out the registration form here.

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Commercial Captive Lion Industry Coming to End in South Africa

When the Blood Lions campaign was launched following the premier of the film in 2015, taking on the captive predator industry seemed a near impossible task. Today, we are at the cusp of seeing the closing down process begin, and all those that have held the vision and participated in the process can take credit.

Recently, some significant and welcome steps have been taken by the South Africa Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment (DFFE) to end the captive lion industry. The gazetted draft White Paper on the Conservation and Sustainable use of South Africa’s Biodiversity provides an overarching policy context for biodiversity legislation, regulation and implementation in South Africa.

"The White Paper is a substantial document. There are shortcomings, even contradictions, but in the main it heralds significant progress on many of the issues that have needed attention in our welfare and wildlife management legislation. The authors and Ministry need to be commended" - Ian Michler, Blood Lions Director.

It is a progressive though ambitious document recognising the intrinsic value of wildlife and biodiversity, recognising the importance of well-being of individual animals in the definition of sustainable use and purposing the adoption of One Health and One Welfare approaches. This document maps out a new vision for people and wildlife and many of its clauses should have direct impacts on those involved in breeding predators, canned hunting and the exploitation of wildlife in tourism facilities. 

Following the announcement in May 2021, when Minister Creecy stated that South Africa will no longer breed captive lions, keep lions in captivity, or use captive lions or their derivatives commercially, she is now in the process of appointing a Ministerial Task Team. This panel of experts will be required to identify voluntary exit options and pathways for lion breeders from the captive lion industry, and oversee the implementation and monitoring of these.

"After decades of opposition and a strong mandate from a High-Level Panel in 2020, we welcome the Government’s announcement that it will begin the process of closing down the captive lion industry. A voluntary exit route laid out and monitored by a ‘task team’ of experts seems to be a sensible way to start," says Michler.

For this Task Team, who will take the first steps towards ending the captive lion industry, Creecy is looking for people with specific expertise and experience in areas such as animal welfare, veterinary care, disease risk, traditional practices associated with lions, and labour law and trade unions with particular reference to business closure and retrenchment. 
This team of experts will be established as soon as possible and their work is due to be completed by end March 2023,

Member News

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Member Writing


At night, all the forests on this side of the world breathe shrouded by subtle shades of light.

The eyes of vigilant and roaming nocturnals sparkle with vibrant songs of wooded nightlife.

In a world of silhouettes, shadows glide with the slow flight of the moon.

Time, sleepy, stretches and yawns, gobbling constellations over the crest.

On a narrow ledge half-ways up on this vertical rock,

Eye-level with p­od-laden canopies,

Abreast the roots of copals and other natives,

Below boulders, agaves and trees reaching high,

I am graced by quietude

And the precious calm

That allows for random proximities of wing-borne beings.

In guise of stillness, the ravine is action-packed.

Daytime, hundreds of tiny birds inspect branches, leaves and flowers,

Finding everywhere the goods that power their wings

Into creating zillions of tiny whirlwinds,

Swirls in the air, unseen yet real.

How odd are cities oblivious of all this!

The tiny worm that inches its way along a leaf and suddenly plummets,

Saved by its silk,

Then swings to find a next foothold to prod...

And the dry twig that unbelievably dances,

Balanced but on the tip of a leaf and a point of the rock...

And the deep hues of the owl-song,

And those other rhythmic hums, grave, unrushed,

Born on a tree and resounding on every single leaf and rock,

Petal, thorn, feather, antennae and soft flesh,

Imbibing this blessed ravine with continuous moments of Life as it is without us.

A moment of Life such as now,

As the sun flows down unto the last sunset of the year.

In silence, a leaf falls.

It lands on a shrub.

Soon enough, on a time-scale quite different from mine,

It will reach the soil and thence, at large, shall find her essence emerging again on the canopy

As the consciousness and intelligence that has allowed for mine to write

About how sunlight streams through the pods outlining their seeds.

- beatrizpadilla, on December 31st 2014, in dedication to my grandfather Ezequiel on his 126th birthday, and to my father, Edgardo, three days before the first full year of his passing, during a Vision Quest in the Chalmita Valley, Ocuilan, central Mexico.

New Books by
ILCW members

Sanjay Gubbi

Leopard Diaries: The Rosette in India
2021, Westland Publication
Paperback, 239 pages

The leopard is perhaps one of the world’s most beautiful creatures. The spots on its body are even romantically called ‘rosettes’. It is social but solitary, inconspicuous but significant in numbers, large but ubiquitous, and does not fit any of the pigeonholes of large-cat conservation. In India, the leopard is a poster boy of the fight to preserve wildlife, but in many countries, it faces either ecological or local extinction. A worrying phenomenon, given that these cats carry out important ecosystem services that have not been fully understood yet.

In Leopard Diaries; The Rosette in India,Sanjay Gubbi, who has studied and documented the leopard for nearly a decade, gives us a close look at this fascinating creature. From detailing its food habits to throwing new light on how the young are reared, from offering suggestions on tackling leopard–human conflict to imagining the future of this arresting animal, this book is a 360-degree view of the leopard, its ecological context, its fraught relationship with the human world, and how wildlife and human beings can find a way to co-exist.

With over a billion people and more leopards than any other country in Asia, India is a fascinating test-case of humanity's ability to live with large carnivores. Through the lens of rigorous science, Sanjay Gubbi shines a revealing light on this grand experiment, showing how both big cats and conservationists must navigate an intricate landscape of obstacles, setbacks, and danger. As the only researcher I know who has experienced first-hand the terrified fury of a leopard hemmed in by people, his narrative is unique. This is a captivating and valuable contribution to the growing literature on the leopard in India.

--Luke Hunter Ph.D., Executive Director, Big Cats Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, New York

About the author
Sanjay Gubbi’s work is a scientist, conservationist and writer. His work integrates science, contemplative studies of the natural world, and society. His conservation work has been consistently of the highest quality and exhibits an infectious enthusiasm that few in the country have been able to match.

Working on leopards has been central to his research work. The complex and ambivalent world of leopards is sometimes marked by horrifying tension between the humankind and the natural world. This he writes about in a sharply observant style, lucidly and at times wittily.

Gubbi holds a doctorate in leopard ecology and conservation. Along with his scholarly research, Gubbi has also written extensively in the popular press. A self-taught conservationist, he was the winner of the Whitley Award (popularly known as the Green Oscars) in 2017. He was listed as one of ‘Tomorrow’s 25 Leaders’ by The Times of India and is the recipient of the Co-existence Award, the Carl Zeiss Conservation award and various others.

See all Books by ILCW members here

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“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
~Mahatma Gandhi



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Limited Edition Prints

World renowned Conservation Photographer Boyd Norton has selected 16 of his favorite prints that are available to make your own. Check out these amazing images from the winner of the Ansel Adams award here.

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ILCW now on Facebook  ILCW facebook

ILCW members, please check out the ILCW Facebook page and add content.

Tell us what you are working on, what changes you see in the area of conservation (good and bad) in your area, include news from you: have you recently won any awards or accolades? Have you recently published a new book or article or perhaps finished a piece of art, performance piece, photo that glorifies the natural world? This page is for you, please enjoy and generate interest in ILCW and what we do.

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 Looking for Creative People Who Appreciate Nature 

Do you have a friend or a colleague who is passionate about Nature and believes that we should protect what we have for future generations? ILCW welcomes all creative people (not just writers) who use their talent to bring awareness to the plight of our natural world. Have them apply to be an ILCW member at

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