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Wilderness in America

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.

ILCW Members Are Eligible to Use  David R. Brower Office for Conservation Writing
Come write, do research, and be near wild and
protected areas in Colorado while working in the
David R. Brower Office of Conservation Writing.

Sit at the same desk used by Dave Brower.
There is no cost for ILCW members to use the office. 
For information click  here.

“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


Anti-Poaching Success in Mali
Mali Elephants Safe for Past Year

The Mali Elephant Project (MEP), working with grassroots leaders and national government officials, reports that there was no recorded poaching of elephants during the past year. The habitat is the size of Switzerland, 8 million acres (3.24 million ha), containing elephants as well as numerous cultures and ethnic groups who have traditionally managed their lands separately.

Program director, Susan Canney, and field manager, Nomba Ganame, realized that protecting a herd that migrates across such a vast territory could only be accomplished with local support. That is why the Mali Elephant Project brought together eight ethnic groups for the first-time, and worked with them to organize an elder council that jointly manages the land for the benefit of people and elephants. The Mali Elephant Project harnesses the power of working together to achieve conservation outcomes that would be impossible for one group working in isolation to produce on their own.

In 2013, a violent insurgency swept through the elephant habitat and destabilized the entire region (making the elephants susceptible to bandits and poachers for the first time), the Mali Elephant Project was the only NGO project to remain operating in the region. In an escalating climate of fear and uncertainty, it became necessary to unite local leadership with national-level officials for greater coordination. The result of that process was an official decree issued by Mali’s President in early 2016 calling on all of Mali’s agencies to prioritize working together to save this internationally important herd.

The MEP also built the foundation for Mali’s first anti-poaching unit (APU), a bold and unique collaboration between Mali’s Ministry of Environment, the United Nations MINUSMA forces, Chengeta Wildlife, and local communities. The APU was first deployed in January 2016. The Mali Elephant Project is a project of the WILD Foundation. See more here >.

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European Wilderness Society
Visits ILCW
Verena Grubler from the European Wilderness Society (Austria) is shown with Bob Baron and Patty Maher when she stopped by the Colorado (USA) office of the International League of Conservation Writers in mid-February.

Recently, Verena Gruber from the European Wilderness Society, headquartered in Tamsweg, Austria, visited the International League of Conservation Writers at our office in Golden, Colorado. Learning more about each other’s organizations we also discussed how our two organizations can work together on future projects. Gruber is making her way across the U.S. and meeting key people in environmental and conservation positions in the U.S. government, NGOs and private foundations. Her three-month trip will last until March.

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Another City Sues Fossil Fuel Companies for Climate Change
Richmond, California became the ninth U.S. community to sue fossil fuel giants over climate change, joining cities like New York and San Francisco. A climate change adaptation study commissioned by the city found that the city’s current levees will not protect it against rising sea levels. It's water supply, sourced from runoff from the Sierra Nevada Mountains, is vulnerable to drought.

Source: Thank you to No Water No Life who has followed California drought as a Spotlight.

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China to Host WILD 11 in 2019

Vance Martin, President of the WILD Foundation, and leaders from the Global Times, People's Daily, and the China Institute of Strategy and Management participate in the January 20, 2018 announcement that China will host the 11th World Wilderness Congress in Beijing 2019.

The 11th World Wilderness Congress (WILD 11) will be held in Beijing in late 2019. As China comes to terms with the high ecological cost of rapid industrialization, people around the world are also waking up to the fact that we are in the midst of the sixth great extinction. At this singular moment in Chinese and world history, China’s commitment to strengthen international leadership for the protection of wild nature through the WILD11 process promises groundbreaking opportunities for East-West and global coordination on conservation challenges.

The first World Wilderness Congress (WWC) was hosted by South Africa in 1977. Since then the WWC has inspired and facilitated the development and implementation of practical outcomes that protect wild nature while meeting the needs of human communities. A sampling of outcomes over 40 years include initiating the process leading to the creation of the World Bank’s Global Environmental Facility (GEF); founding the International League of Conservation Photographers; creating new and strengthening existing protected nature areas; and facilitating the creation of the first transboundary conservation area between Mexico and the United States (total area of some 1.5 million hectares, over 3.5 million acres); and many more. More details are available here>

As the Chinese and international Secretariats are created, details will be formulated on both the lead-up events and the exact dates, goals and programme of WILD11 itself. Preliminary information and the channel to become involved is available at>

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Water Worries
Rain finally fell on Cape Town, South Africa on February 9 but will it be enough to alter Day Zero, May 11, when Cape Town could run out of water after a three-year drought? Residents are currently limited to using only 13 gallons (49 liters) of water per day. That is equal to a 4-minute shower. Residents have been filling containers of fresh water from a natural spring monitored by security officials to keep order. If and when Day Zero arrives the faucets in Cape Town will no longer deliver water until the rains return. On Day Zero residents will be rationed to only 6.6 gallons (25 liters) each that may be collected from one of 200 stations. Each of those 200 stations will have to accommodate 20,000 residents.

On the western coast of the US in Southern California things are dry as well. Los Angeles has had only one-third of an inch of precipitation in nearly a year. It will be official if no rain falls before February 19. The area has been in drought conditions since 2012 and Lake Casitas, a sole source of water for many communities, is at 35% of capacity.

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Nixing Trophy Hunting of Captive-Bred Lions
Humane Society International and Blood Lions® announce that U.S. pro-trophy hunting group Safari Club International (SCI) will no longer allow the promotion or auctioning of hunts involving African lions bred and shot in captivity. Recently effective on February 4, SCI will no longer accept advertising from any operator for any such hunts, or allow operators to sell hunts for lions bred in captivity at the SCI Annual Hunters’ Convention, or include any entries of captive bred lions into its record book.

Pippa Hankinson, producer of the film Blood Lions® says “lion cubs are ripped from their mothers as early as a few days old and hand reared to habituate them to people. Paying volunteers then raise these lions under the false belief that they are orphans, the same cubs are also exploited for tourist cub petting and, once older, for the ‘walking with lions’ activity. The adult lions are then sold off to trophy hunters for canned hunts or killed for the lion bone trade. This cycle of mistreatment must end.”

Other hunting organizations that have already spoken out against trophy hunting of captive-bred lions:

“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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Nancy Campbell is Britain’s New Canal Laureate for 2018

Nancy Campbell. Photo by Paul Preece, 2018
The Poetry Society and the Canal & River Trust announce the appointment of Britain’s new Canal Laureate Nancy Campbell. Campbell is an ILCW member (UK), Oxford-based poet, and kayaker. She has a keen interest in arctic, marine and water conservation, following on from her winter residency at the most northern museum in the world in Greenland in 2010, and subsequent museum residencies in both Greenland and Iceland over the last seven years. During 2018 she will “seek out and share stories” from the people and places she will encounter during her travels along the 2,000 miles of the nation’s historic canals and waterways looked after by the Canal & River Trust. Nancy begins her role as Canal Laureate this month, taking over from poet Luke Kennard (2016-17) and poet Jo Bell, who became the inaugural Canal Laureate (2013-15). Interested in helping make her poetry accessible to a mainstream audience, Nancy is keen to realise her poems through other mediums such as printmaking and film. Her initial events and collaborations will include: creating a short work about rain to be displayed by the waterways; writing a poem about an unassuming and endangered type of herring – the Twaite Shad; and a collaboration with Nottingham’s ‘Light Night’ event.

Established in 2013 by The Poetry Society and the Canal & River Trust, the Canal Laureateship aims to encourage exciting new writing about the Britain’s historic canal network. Previous Laureateships have seen poems stencilled onto canalside walls, carved into newly made lock-beams, translated into short films, and forgotten classic poetry given new life in performances, publication and animations. Canal poetry has been celebrated at venues including the Hay Festival, the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Birmingham Literature Festival, National Waterways Museum Ellesmere Port, London’s Southbank Centre and Crick Boat Show, Welshpool Poetry Festival, Market Bosworth Festival, Leeds Liverpool Biennial, and showcased in a dedicated canal edition of BBC Radio 4’s Poetry Please. The project is part of the Arts on the Waterways programme, a partnership between the Canal & River Trust, Arts Council England and Arts Council of Wales to help attract even more visitors to the waterways while surprising and delighting existing communities through innovative art projects.

To read poems by Nancy Campbell and the other New Canal Laureates, please click here.

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Gretel Ehrlich Receives 2017 Wilderness Writing Award

The 2017 Wilderness Writing Award goes to American Gretel Ehrlich who has had some incredible life experiences, including being struck by lightening, that she wrote about in A Match to the Heart. She has written about her travels and experiences and is passionately supportive of the environment. The Wilderness Writing Award is bestowed every two years to a living writer for a Lifetime Achievement of work that is meaningful and about wild nature, the environment, or the land. The award is co-sponsored by The Wild Foundation, Fulcrum Publishing, and the International League of Conservation Writers.

Ehrlich was born on a horse ranch in California and was educated at Bennington College (Vermont) and the UCLA film school (California). She began writing fulltime in 1978. Annie Dillard who praised Ehrlich’s 1985 book, The Solace of Open, said: “Wyoming has found its Whitman.” Ehrlich has written several other books including Heart Mountain; Islands, the Universe, and Home; Yellowstone: Land of Fire and Ice; John Muir, Nature’s Visionary; In the Empire of Ice: Encounters in a Changing Landscape; and Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami. Ehrlich has also written essays, short stories, and poems. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, the Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Life, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, and Audubon, among others.

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World Federation of Intercultural Journalists
Daud Abdi Daud (ILCW member, Somalia) announces the formation of the World Federation of Intercultural Journalists (WOFIJ). Their mission is to encourage excellence in the strong, independent corps of journalists worldwide who promote intercultural coverage through advocacy building and social awareness. For more information, check out their website.
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If Global Warming Not Stopped, Earth will Transition to Desert says Study
Newsweek Magazine reports that a new study by the journal Nature Climate Change maintains that more than a quarter of the Earth will experience serious drought by 2050 if the guidelines of the Paris Climate Accord are not met. To read the article click here.

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Happenings at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy
The Lewa-Borana area in Kenya is working with the Il Ngwesi, a community conservancy that adjoins Lewa on the north, in partnering on rhino protection. Il Ngwesi’s 22,000 acres added into a rhino conservation partnership could hold at least 150 black rhinos. This safer habitat for all wildlife is a more secure landscape for people and sustainable tourism opportunities. Lewa is also working to provide more opportunities for Women through the Lewa Micro-Credit Programme. They are partnering with two groups: Women’s Microfinance Initiative(WMI) and KIVA. Support for Education—through their Giving Tuesday campaign Lewa will engage 50 students to attend their first year of secondary school in 2018. The Big Give donations will facilitate 10 school groups of 50 children each to visit Lewa for a conservation experience. And Guest Numbers are up—the tourism arm of Lewa contributes at least one third to their operations. Lewa Wildlife Conservancy has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since. 2013. For more information about Lewa and all they offer, click here.

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Restoring Native Forests to Former Coal Sites
In Appalachia (USA) previous efforts to restore former coal mine sites have left large areas of unproductive land. Now, a group of nonprofits and scientists are working to restore native trees to the region. Read more.

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Trophy Hunting May Drive Extinctions
In a National Geographic article by Stephen Leahy (ILCW member, Canada), he makes the point that trophy hunting may drive extinctions as the genetically superior animals are desired by hunters for their physical robustness and the size of their horns. But in taking the herd’s genetically superior members the lesser robust males are left to sire the future progeny and may not pass on the genetic vigor needed to tough out the challenges of climate change. To read the article, click here.

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Keep Bikes Out of Wilderness
133 Conservation Groups from across America have asked Congress to block attempts to amend the Wilderness Act to allow for the use of mountain bikes in designated Wilderness Areas. For more information, read here.

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Proposed Dams May Damage Serengeti Ecosystem
The River Mara is the only permanent source of water for herds of wildlife that migrate between Kenya and Tanzania. Currently Kenya is proposing several dams on the River Mara and its tributaries that would lead to reduced water flows possibly imperiling the lives of many of the animals of the Serengeti in Tanzania. For more information, click here.

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Mission LifeForce: Criminalizing Ecocide
Mission LifeForce is a growing international movement of Earth Protectors based on a legal document, the Earth Protectors Trust Fund document.  It is like a crowdfund, a petition and a legal Trust all rolled into one, and it's extremely powerful.  In fact, it's the missing piece - making climate and ecological justice possible where nothing else has. For more information, click here.

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Mexico Creates Largest N. Am. Ocean Reserve
The Guardian reports Mexico’s president Enrique Peña Nieto decreed a protection zone around the Revillagigedo Islands (242 miles / 390 km) southwest of the Baja California peninsula. The protection will ban fishing, mining and the construction of new hotels on the islands.
For more information and to view a short film of these spectacular islands, click here.

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Blood Lions® partners with
Blood Lions, the organization that is shedding light on the canned hunting and predator breeding industry in South Africa, is partnering with, a crowdfunding philanthropy platform. “Through these online channels we have been able to highlight and expose all the issues around the predator breeding and canned hunting industries in a manner that has been vital for decision-makers in the public and government arenas worldwide,” said Nicola Gerrard, Blood Lions® Digital Media Manager. “One challenge that we continue to face is on the awareness front around animal interactions. Volunteers and tourists continue to feel that their personal interactions at these cub petting and breeding facilities is somehow different and not, in fact, exploitative and commercial in nature. To have join the campaign is another major boost to ensure these messages are driven hard. The public, our networks and partners continue to play a key role in exposing the truth behind cub petting, predator breeding and canned hunting." For more information click here.

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Wolves Return to Rome
In September wolves were spotted living near Rome, the first time in nearly 100 years. It’s ironic because the city’s namesake Romulus and Remus, his twin brother, were suckled by a she-wolf who saved them from starvation. Killing wolves in Italy was encouraged until 1971 when they were given protective status. It is believed that the wolves are feasting on wild boars that currently roam the countryside in large numbers.
Source: European Wilderness Society
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NPS report: water bottle sales ban had ‘significant’ benefits

From The Hill
An internal National Park Service (NPS) staff report concluded that an Obama administration effort to ban sales of bottled water at some parks had “significant environmental benefits.” The report was released more than a month after the NPS rescinded the policy, which had been opposed by the bottled water industry and some Republicans.

In the report prepared in May, NPS staff estimated that on an annual basis, at least 1.32 million disposable plastic water bottles, and up to 2.01 million, were not purchased due to the 2011 policy. That saved up to 111,743 pounds of plastic, 141 million tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gases and 3.4 billion British thermal units of energy, the NPS report estimated, based on the 23 Park Service units that submitted data.
The results demonstrate “the program has significant positive environmental benefits that encompass the entire life cycle” of disposable bottles, and that officials at the parks themselves support the program, the report said. In a preface to the 16-page report, the agency distanced itself from the conclusions, saying it was prepared to help leaders understand the policy and it “lacked the data necessary to ensure the report’s findings.”
Nonetheless, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) used the report to call forthe NPS to reinstate Obama’s policy.

Corporate Accountability International used the report to criticize the bottled water industry’s advocacy. “The bottled water industry has led a years-long campaign against this commonsense policy, all to protect its bottom line. The fact that Trump administration officials knew the benefits of this policy back in May but still decided to rescind it last month, sure looks to me like the bottled water industry’s lobbying dollars at work,” Lauren DeRusha Florez, associate campaign director with the group, said in a statement.

“While we will continue to encourage the use of free water bottle filling stations as appropriate, ultimately it should be up to our visitors to decide how best to keep themselves and their families hydrated during a visit to a national park, particularly during hot summer visitation periods,” Acting NPS Director Michael Reynolds said. Click here to see original.
Source: No Water No Life Weekly Drop newsletter
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Nature: one of the most under-appreciated tools for reigning in carbon
A new study shows that better global land stewardship—conserving and restoring wild habitats and practicing more sustainable farming—could get us more than one-third of the way to the Paris climate mitigation targets. Nature may not be the most sexy tool in the shed, but it has tremendous power to move the climate change needle. In principle, the authors say, natural climate solutions could remove 23.8 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent from the atmosphere each year. Read more.
Source: No Water No Life Weekly Drop Newsletter

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Featured Video

Animated Paper Wildlife -- Short Film Showcase
An ordinary desk and typical office supplies are the backdrop for this micro-universe that carries the macro-message of wildlife conservation. While humans are left out of the piece, their impact is still present in a discarded cigarette butt that sparks an imaginary forest fire and an overflowing wastebasket that pollutes a fantastical rolling-chair river. This piece is part of the filmmakers' MOME thesis project, the animation department at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, Hungary and was created for WWF Hungary.

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Member Writing

Campaign to End Poisoning of Oceans
By Carolyne Tomno (ILCW member, Kenya)

A major campaign to end the dumping of waste in our oceans is underway. For too long the ocean has been treated as bottomless dumping ground for plastic, sewage and other waste.

Chile, Oman, Sri Lanka and South Africa have joined UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign against marine litter and ocean pollution, announcing measures including plastic bag bans, new marine reserves and drives to increase recycling. The four countries announced their support during the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.

The head of the UN Environment Erik Solheim has hailed the countries for supporting clean seas. He says the countries are showing the leadership needed in order to end this abuse, and protect the marine resources on which millions depend on for their livelihoods.

The Minister of Environment for Sri Lanka, Anura Dissanayake, says the country, is taking bold action to turn the tide on plastics. We have banned plastic bags and are now working to reduce the number of plastic bottles in the country. We want to be a green and blue beacon of hope in Asia and do everything we can to keep the seas clean.

South Africa will step up its beach cleanup program and prioritize action on tyres, electronic waste, lighting and paper and packaging. This includes extended producer responsibility for plastic packaging.

Nearly 40 countries from Kenya to Canada and Indonesia to Brazil have joined the #CleanSeas campaign, which aims to counter the torrents of plastic trash that are degrading our oceans and endangering the life they sustain. The countries account for more than half of the world’s coastline.

Legislation to press companies and citizens to change their wasteful habits is often part of broader government strategies to foster responsible production and consumption – a key step in the global shift toward sustainable development.

Humans have already dumped billions of tonnes of plastic, and we are adding it to the ocean at a rate of 8 million tonnes a year. As well as endangering fish, birds and other creatures who mistake it for food or become entangled in it, plastic waste has also entered the human food chain with health consequences that are not yet fully understood. It also harms tourist destinations and provides breeding grounds for mosquitoes carrying diseases including dengue and Zika.

The #CleanSeas campaign aims to “turn the tide on plastic” by inspiring action from Governments, businesses and individuals on ocean pollution.

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Midnight at the oasis

By Rebecca Lawton ILCW member (USA)

Once oases supported human evolution. Now, our addiction to fountains, pools and palms threatens our survival

Seen from the air, the single verdant parcel of land with its straight borders and sharp edges resembles a green postage stamp pasted on a great expanse of manila envelope. Inside the boundary, a screen of trees hides a palatial estate, acres of emerald turf, a paved circular driveway, and an extensive array of tumbling, marble fountains. Outside the rectangle, a hot, rock-strewn fan of tan alluvium extends unvegetated and unwatered for half a kilometre to another such parcel, then another, then another. Toward the city centre eight kilometres away, residences cluster closer together but emulate the lush feel of the outlying estates with their surfeit of palm trees, water features and improbably green turf. continue reading

Rebecca Lawton is a fluvial geologist and former river guide who writes about water in the West. Her latest book is Steelies and Other Endangered Species: Stories on Water (2014). She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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Book Reviews

New Book by ILCW Member

Words the Turtle Taught Me

Susan Richardson (ILCW member UK) announces her fourth poetry collection, Words the Turtle Taught Me, published by Cinnamon Press. Described by writer Philip Hoare as ‘vital, glorious, salutary’, it grew out of Susan’s recent poetry residency with the Marine Conservation Society Fostering engagement with endangered ocean species, it blends poetry and prose, science and shamanism, contemporary ecological peril and ancient myth. For more information, click here>

“Susan Richardson’s work is a suspended state, caught between the us we presume to be and the species with which we share this watery, fragile planet. Cut and precise, archaic and innovative, transcendent and in-the-moment, she sees the life of the sea as a mirror of ourselves, and vice versa: always changing, always the same. This beautifully written and exquisitely illustrated compendium summons up the sea we always thought it to be, but which now hovers in the balance…Words The Turtle Taught Me comes as a vital, glorious and salutary lesson for us all.”
Philip Hoare
author ofLeviathan & The Sea Inside

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New Book

Unprecedented Crime
Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival

In 2017, the heat waves, extreme wild fires, and flooding around the world confirmed beyond doubt that climate disruption is now a full-blown emergency. We have entered Churchill’s "period of consequences", yet governments have simply watched the disasters magnify, while rushing ahead with new pipelines and annual trillions in fossil fuel subsidies.

This new book by Dr. Peter D. Carter and Elizabeth Woodworth show that governments simply cannot say they did not know. The events we are seeing today have been consistently forecast ever since the First Assessment by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was signed by all governments back in 1990, and which has been described as the best evaluation project ever designed.

Unprecedented Crime first lays out the culpability of corporations, governmental, political and religious bodies, and especially the media through their failure to report or act on the climate emergency. No emergency response has even been contemplated by wealthy high-emitting national governments. Extreme weather reporting never even hints at the need to address climate change ― even though it is producing wars and migrations among the world's poorest, those who have contributed the least to global warming.

Yet, independently of governments, scores of proven zero-carbon game changers have been coming online all over the world. These exciting technologies, described in the book, are now able to power both household electricity and energy-dense heavy industry. We already have the technical solutions to the CO2 problem. With these solutions we can act in time to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to near-zero within 20 years.

These willful crimes against life itself by negligent governments, the oblivious media and an insouciant civil society are crimes that everyday citizens can readily grasp ― and then take to the streets and to the courts to protest on behalf of their children and grand-children. This thoroughly researched and highly-documented book will show

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New Anthology

2047: Short Stories from Our Common Future

  Kimberly Christensen, ILCW member (USA), has a story in a new anthology about life thirty years from now. 2047: Short Stories from Our Common Future, edited by Tanja Rohini Bisgaard, is a short-fiction anthology of ten international authors, giving their perspectives regarding how we might—or might not—adapt to the changes around us in the year 2047. Kimberly’s story Still Waters, takes place after the extinction of the J-pod orcas, genetically-distinct marine icons that roamed the waters of the Puget Sound, and how Pythia and her wife Janie who struggle to make sense of a world filled with loss and grief. For Janie, the loss threatens to drown her in the still waters of despair. Pythia must confront her own response to their extinction, and find her way through the uncharted territory of environmental loss in a changing world. For more information about the anthology, click here.

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Mexicanos por naturaleza
(Mexicans by nature)

By Carlos Galindo-Leal
Hardcover, 206 pages
Editorial Paralelo 21 and Mexican Ministry of Culture 
Size: 28.2 cm x 22.2 cm x 2 cm

As the popular saying goes, "If you don´t know an animal, don´t touch its ears".
This book is a great opportunity to get to know Mexican biodiversity: bacteria, fungi, plants and animals all part of our natural richness which continues to amaze us. It is a trip to the heart of our natural heritage, written by one of the most prestigious scientists and science communicator of Mexico: Dr. Carlos Galindo-Leal, Director of Science Communication at the National Biodiversity Commission.

The book includes 36 independent chapters, from bacteria to whales, focused on selected groups (orders, families) of fungi, plants and animals. The table of contents is designed as a phylogenetic tree. In every chapter, taxonomic, ecological and cultural information on the group is described, particularly with relation to Mexico. Two chapters describe the main evolutionary steps that distinguish the major plant groups and animal groups. The final chapter closes with our ever present relation with nature.  Mexicanos por naturaleza is beautifully designed using photos and old scientific illustrations. 

"My conclusion is that this is a very special book for several reasons: first, although it is written by a biologist specialized in the ecology of mammals, he has made a monographic treatment of the groups of organisms (both plants and animals) included in the book; for those who work in the area of biology, this is more a practice of taxonomists than ecologists. Second, there is a fortunate mix of two obsessions of Dr. Galindo: to always include common names of the species of which he is writing about, and second, to use as many Mexican popular sayings, as possible, even if is not obvious how they relate. These two aspects, plus the writing style of Carlos, makes the readers interested in his narration, and specially makes them understand their content. If a growing number of Mexican citizens of all ages are inspired by the narrative and visual design of this book, Carlos Galindo will have reached his central objective: to attract and educate Mexican society to be knowledgeable of the nature of this privileged country."
 --Dr. José Sarukhán, Tyler Price 2017  

For more information about this book click here.

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Calls for Work and Retreats

Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest 2018 is looking for science-informed short stories (all genres including speculative, realistic, literary, experimental, hybrid forms, and more) that illustrate, explore, or illuminate the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth. One winner ($1,000 prize) and nine finalists ($50 each) will be published in an online anthology. Deadline is February 28, 2018, and full guidelines are here.

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Tallgrass Writers Guild and Outrider Press is seeking poetry and prose for their 2018 anthology focused on "the stars, "  whether "...Astronomy, celebrities and fame, constellations and myths, celestial navigation, fighters 'seeing stars' and more..."  Deadline is March 31, 2018, and full guidelines are here.

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Alluvian accepts creative nonfiction, science journalism and science narratives, cartoons and art, and/or narrative analysis of data related to sustainability, climate change, the environmental sciences, the human engagement with nature, or other topics about the environment. Authors must be an undergraduate or have graduated with an undergraduate degree within the last 18 months.

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The Fourth River has launched Tributaries, a weekly, online publication of "...the brief and the inspiring, that which sustains and takes us through unexpected courses..." Nature or placed based short prose (500 words ), one poem, or one piece of visual art can be submitted here.  Each week we will feature a new piece on the front page of web site.

Thank you to Adrienne Ross Scanlan (ILCW member, USA) for the “Calls for Works and Retreats” information. To subscribe to her newsletter, click here.

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 The Hudson: A River at Risk -- Upcoming Screenings
Jon Bowermaster, ILCW member (USA) and filmmaker has set up a series of screenings about the Hudson River and the environmental dangers it encounters. To see if there is a screening near you (or to schedule one) click here.To see the film trailer click here.

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 April 21-May 2, 2018

Weaving Words and Women: A 12-day Peruvian Adventure
ILCW member Page Lambert will take adventurous women to the high Andes of Peru next April. There will be writing, markets, incredible food, horseback riding opportunities, Inca ruins, and more. For details, click here.

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October25-28 2018

Wildlife Film Festival, Rotterdam












ILCW now on 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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Let us know if you have won an award, written a new book, or launched a creative endeavor to bring awareness to conservation. Chances are the ILCW membership is not aware of these things, so be sure and tell us. Send items

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