Wilderness in America
This is the story of four centuries of American history from the first European settlements in 1607 to the 21st century and describes a changing view of the land by the number of leaders, writers, artists, photographers, teachers and organizations. This resulted in the environmental legislation and the 110 milion acres that have been placed in wilderness status in the last half-century.
Wilerness in America trailer
This fun new video celebrates the best things about Northwest rivers. From sun, rain, to waterfalls, to wild salmon, to time with mom, it’s the rivers that make the Northwest such a special place to live
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.
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Writing to inspire the love of nature and a passion for its protection.
Now — October 3, 2015
“Following Rivers” Photography Exhibit
By conservation photographer Alison M. Jones, director of No Water No Life® at the Beacon Institute Gallery, 199 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 USA. More information.
June 1 — 6, 2015
The 8th Annual Literature and Landscape of the Horse Retreat
A unique writing adventure for anyone who yearns for nature, longs to reconnect with horses, and hungers for creative inspiration in an authentic western ranch setting. To be held at the Vee Bar Guest Ranch, Laramie, Wyoming. More information.
September 21— 26, 2015
On the River of Discovery with Women
Featuring guest Dr. Cheryl Crazy Bull.
On the Green River through Utah’s majestic canyons. All the comforts are included, and the women guides are fun, talented, professional and inspiring. And did we say they do all the cooking!
October 8—18, 2015
View Pandas in China with
To learn more about and to view pandas around China, travel with Pandas International
board member Kim Sheremeta.
ILCW Writer’s Seminar held
Recently ILCW co-founder Bob Baron and ILCW member Patty Maher held two writer’s seminars in the UK, sponsored by the Wilderness Foundation UK. An enthusiastic crowd was on hand both days at the foundation campus. As ILCW members it is important that we mentor new and aspiring writers.
Screening of Wilderness in America film in Essex, UK
Produced by Films by Fulcrum () Wilderness in America was screened mid-March in Essex. The film is about the evolution of wilderness protection in the US that led to the passing of the Wilderness Act fifty years ago and the National Wilderness Preservation System that protects 110 million acres of wilderness in 750 wilderness areas. To view a schedule of where the film will be showing or to inquire about showing the film as a fund raiser, see the website above.
Call for Writers
Zoomorphic – a new magazine focusing on wildlife and conservation is looking for submissions for its launch issue. Wanted are writers of science and conservation journalism, fiction and poetry to contribute to the site on an ongoing basis Anthologies and books will be published in the near future. To view the demo issue and for submission guidelines, go to: .
Conservation Media Seminar held in Arusha, Tanzania
In February a full-day seminar was held for journalists and journalism students by a team that included ILCW members Boyd and Barbara Norton and Bob and Charlotte Baron. Other facilitators included Rose Keating and Sam Scinta. Serengeti Watch sponsored the seminar to raise awareness of the importance of conservation and conservation efforts in Tanzania in the areas of tourism, and eco-system vitality with the hope that these journalists will then keep conservation in mind when writing stories. Kili Inc. Arusha, Tanzania produced this video that summed up the day’s activities.
Gretel Ehrlich article in April Harper’s Magazine
If you haven’t seen ILCW member Gretel Ehrlich’s article “Rotten Ice” in the current issue of Harper’s Magazine, try to get your hands on a copy. She writes beautifully about her many visits to Greenland, starting in 1993, and the consequences the rising temperatures are having on the animals, plant life, and way of life for those who live there. Once the ice was typically six to ten feet deep but had thinned considerably since global warming to only seven inches in 2004 and disappearing altogether in some areas. The changes are not limited to Greenland and will impact us all. A grim subject but well worth the reading for the information and for the beautiful way it is written.
"I was feeling far from confident".
Somalia Environmental Conservation Road
By ILCW member Daud Abdi Daud (Somalia)
It was five years ago when as a journalist/conservation writer I started to inspire my people to report our country’s environmental problems. Since that time something very important has come up through advocacy and news releases by the Somali Media for Environment, Science, Health and Agriculture (SOMESHA) which initially attracted Somali journalists, civil society organizations and the governmental institutions.
I worked to better achieve remarkable activities including, lobbying for the right to determine a Somalia Exclusive Economic Zone, (Somalia-EEZ); the formation of Somalia Climate Change Network (SCCN); after which the South Central Somalia Non State Actor Forum (SOSCENSA) and SOMESHA organized a consultation meeting with civil society representatives in which the participants developed a roadmap for achieving sustainable agricultural practices as a way to increase resilience to climate change.
I interviewed Ms. Donna Hopkins on April 22, 2013, who heads the International Contact Group of Somalia, through radio Kulmiye based in Mogadishu. At that time she described that Somalia had no internationally recognized Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The interview helped pave the way to get Somalia-EEZ regulation and later the Federal Government of Somalia responded by president H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud signing legislation on June 30, 2014. ‘So that I’ have the right to say SOMESHA is a key role model for Somalia peace and development and will be a change agent to help both the journalists who produce the news and citizens who consume it.
Starting with the state of Somalia environmental conservation, I shed light on and challenged the way Somalia peace recovery and its environmental conservation can smoothly implement UN-agencies involvement on a grass roots level, especially UNDP-Africa adaptation programme, UNEP, FAO and UNESCO, in order to open a new plan to develop and help improve the quality of journalism in Somalia by participating in a Clean Energy Forum in Mogadishu, Somalia on March 26, 2015.
Apart from my personal membership of the International League of Conservation Writers (ILCW) based in the United States of America, SOMESHA is a member of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) based in Canada, the African Federation of Environmental and Agricultural Journalists (AFEAJ) and pending member of the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ). It needs to speed up its local activities and improve the quality science, environmental and agricultural journalism in Somalia as I believe without international support we cannot a achieve much of our future plans.
Daud may be contacted via email or phone: +252616439997.
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2015 Profile in Courage Award – for Acknowledging Humans Contribute to Climate Change
Bob Inglis, U.S. Republican Congressman, is the 2015 recipient of the Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. In his twelve years as a congressman, Inglis was a strong conservative. His defining moment came when he defied party pressure to acknowledge that humans are contributing to climate change. Though he was attacked by conservative commentators and interests, and threatened with a primary challenge, Inglis did not back down. Acting on conviction, he introduced legislation proposing a revenue-neutral carbon tax and warning about the dangers of global warming. He was challenged and defeated in a primary, a rarity in the House. But he has continued to be an outspoken voice on climate. Inglis went on to launch the Energy and Enterprise Initiative, a nationwide campaign to build a conservative consensus around the reality of climate change and promote free-market solutions to the problem.
The Profile in Courage award honors men and women in public service who risk their careers by embracing unpopular positions for the greater good.
As President John F. Kennedy once said: "In the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future." America is better off for elected officials, like Bob Inglis, who are willing to stand up for that future.
Vancouver commits to run on 100% renewable energy
By ILCW member Stephen Leahy (Canada)
Previously published in The Guardian
Vancouver has become the latest city to commit to running on 100% renewable energy. The city of 600,000 on Canada’s west coast aims to use only green energy sources for electricity, and also for heating and cooling and transportation.
Cities and urban areas are responsible for 70-75% of global CO2 emissions and that’s where “real action on climate will happen” said Park Won-Soon, Mayor of Seoul, South Korea at the , the triennial sustainability summit of local governments where Vancouver made the announcement.
“We are the green tide coming together to save the world from climate change,” Park said to nearly 15,000 members of local government including more than 100 mayors.
Andrea Reimer, Vancouver’s deputy mayor told the Guardian: “There’s a compelling moral imperative but also a fantastic economic case to be a green city.” The 100% goal is likely to be set for a target year of 2030 or 2035 for heating/cooling, with transport taking until 2040 to 2050. These could happen sooner with national and provincial government support.
People and businesses want to live and work in clean and green urban areas, said Reimer, adding that whoever develops expertise in shifting to 100% renewable energy will own the 21st century.
Vancouver can achieve 100% renewable electricity in a few years but heating, cooling and transportation will take longer. The city’s ambition is to be the world’s greenest city by 2020 despite the fact has had one of “the most environmentally irresponsible national governments” for the last 10 years, she said.
Park announced that Seoul, with 11 million people and growing fast, will reduce its energy use and increase renewable generation, including rolling out 40,000 solar panels to households by 2018 and 15,000 electric vehicles. By 2030 it is hoped that CO2 emissions will be cut by 40%.
More than 50 cities have announced they are on their way to 100% renewable energy including San Diego and San Francisco in California, Sydney Australia, and Copenhagen. Some are aiming for 2020, others by 2030 or 2035.
Some, like Reykjavik, Iceland, are already there for electricity and heat. The entire country of Costa Rica was powered by renewables for 75 consecutive days this year.
“Just three years ago we’re saying 100% renewable really is possible, now many cities and regions are doing it,” Anna Leidreiter, coordinator of the - an international alliance of organisations pushing for a shift away from fossil fuels.
If large utilities or energy companies are in control it will slow down attempts to tackle climate change, Leidreiter said. “The business model for renewables is completely different, it should benefit people not corporations.”
Note: This article was updated on 14 April 2015 to clarify separate renewable energy target years for heating/cooling and transportation for Vancouver.
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Plant a tree on EARTH DAY,
APRIL 22, 2015
This event is being hosted by The Master Shift, Forest Nation, The White Feather Foundation and the Earth Day Network as well as thousands of contributing organizations from around the globe. Our goal is to plant one billion seeds/trees.
by ILCW member Rowena Paxton (UK)
I first met Sue Hart in the early eighties when my late husband, also a veterinarian, and I were living in Malawi. I worked for Sue’s partner, Brian Beck, an eminent plant scientist and it was Brian who introduced us. Sue was visiting Malawi, delivering a series of lectures on wildlife conservation and environmental education. We immediately struck up a friendship that endured and deepened as the years progressed.
A decade passed before our paths crossed again when, accompanied by my two young children, we went to the Kruger National Park. I recall so well, when the children were tucked up in bed, sitting outside listening to the night sounds hearing all about her life. Something moved inside me. It was then that I realised I was in the company of an extraordinary human being. The seeds were sown: here was a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary woman and her deep love of the ancient Continent, the red earth of Africa.
Sue understood and loved Mother Earth like no-one I have met. We enjoyed many gloriously happy times in the Kruger National Park and it was wonderful to see her delight in the antics of any creature however small. We would spend hours looking at a dung beetle vigorously rolling its ball of dung across the veld, and then move on to watching her favourite animal, the elephant feasting on the fruits of a marula tree. Every living being on the earth counted for Sue and she felt a deep kinship with Nature’s spell-binding kingdom of the wild.
Motivated by her calling to share her love of nature and its healing powers, tutored by the trees and the sky and the water, and her belief in the strength of the human spirit, Sue made it her life’s work to educate others, absorbing the simple wisdom of the world around her and sharing it through her books, films, sound recordings in the bush, newspaper articles, TV and radio programmes and poetry. The list of her accomplishments is endless. Her love was contagious and she touched the hearts and souls of many people around the world through her writings and humanitarian work. She lit the light we all carry inside us – “le feu sacre” – which enables us to realise our own potential. I was no exception and this is one of the factors that encouraged me to bring this unsung heroine’s life to the bigger picture. Her life’s path was one of adventure, of loves lost and found, heartbreaking personal tragedy, triumphs, danger and enduring relationships with special people such as the late Ian Player. Although it was not an easy one, her journey had undoubtedly been both an exceptional and fascinating one.
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Sue Hart was born in Austria in 1927; she spent her childhood in England and was educated at the Royal Veterinary College in London. She married immediately after qualifying as a vet post war and went to live in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The African continent was her home till she died in 2010.
It was not until some years later, as a single parent with two young children to bring up, that she moved to Mpumalanga and started her own full-time general country veterinary practice. She was the first woman vet in Africa – walking on to farms who had never seen a woman vet. These early adult years served as a school house teaching her tolerance towards human cruelty and ignorance and learning never to give up in the face of any challenges she would meet.
Nine years later, Sue rekindled an old friendship from her student days with Dr. Tony Harthoorn, whom she subsequently married. They moved to Kenya and were based in Nairobi. Together they researched the immobilisation of large-hooved animals and engaged in wildlife practice in the field. It was during this time when she was working as a wildlife vet that she was honoured with the name “Daktari” (Swahili for bush doctor).
Her pioneering work during this period inspired the popular TV series, “Daktari”. Sue performed ground-breaking operations on many wild animals, including the lions, cheetahs and leopards under the care of George and Joy Adamson of “Born Free” fame. The well-documented successful operation to remove the infected right eye of Ugas, one of George’s lion companions, was the first of its kind in the wild. During this time, she wrote the best seller “Life with Daktari” which was translated into six different languages.
Sue left east Africa in the mid 70’s and returned to the Lowveld where she remained until her death in 2010. This move was anew phase in her life as she no longer treated animals: she focused her energies on teacher training seminars, conservation awareness projects and ECOLINK, a NGO that she founded which worked closely with the disadvantaged rural communities in Mpumalanga.
In Sue’s own words she was not, and had never been a political activist but she made an invaluable contribution to the fight which finally brought about the end of the apartheid system in South Africa. What was remarkable about Sue was her ability to move between the natural wild world and the dominant white authoritarian society of South Africa, whilst simultaneously maintaining a third vital rapport with the subordinated indigenous people of Africa.
A documentary – “The Real Daktari” – was made on the life of Dr. Sue Hart by a German production company which was aired across Europe.