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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Donna Bryson

It’s A Black/White Thing

2014, NB Publishers

Paperback, 224 pages










Have South Africans changed in any significant way since 1994? Or are black and white simply repeating old patterns?


American-born journalist Donna Bryson found answers to these questions on the University of the Free State campus in Bloemfontein. In 2008 this sleepy city was thrust into the international spotlight by a racist video made by students from Reitz residence.


Bryson went to investigate. As she started speaking to students and university staff, including two former rectors, she realized the university was a microcosm of what was happening in the rest of the country. Since the 1990s black and white were forced to learn how to live together on campus – as elsewhere. It has not always been easy.


Now under the leadership of the university’s new rector – the charismatic Jonathan Jansen – real change is finally taking place. Most inspiring are the stories Bryson uncovers about individual transformations. From the white theology student who decides to learn Sotho to the black accountancy student who realizes she does not share her parents’ mistrust of whites.


Bryson offers a story of hope in a country desperate for good news.




Nature park planned for urban Denver (USA) neighborhood

DONNA BRYSON, Associated Press

(previously published in The Gazette)


DENVER — The uninitiated might see only the empty, miniature vodka bottles and ghostly plastic shopping bags littering a vacant lot in northeast Denver. Wildlife biologist Stacie Gilmore's trained eyes scan a pool of drainage water and pick out red-winged blackbirds hiding in the cattails.

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New Study: High Seas Represent $148 Billion Carbon Sink

STEPHEN LEAHY

(previously published in DesmogCanada)


Marine life in the high seas soak up twice as much CO2 from the atmosphere as Canada emits every year, a new study by the Global Ocean Commission revealed Tuesday.

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Experts Call for Moratorium on New Oilsands Development Until Climate, Environmental Impacts Assessed

STEPHEN LEAHY

(previously published in DeSmogCanada)


A moratorium on any new oilsands expansion is imperative given Canada’s failure to properly assess the total environmental and climate impacts Canadian and U.S. experts say in the prestigious science journal Nature.


Even with a moratorium it will be very difficult for Canada to meet its international promise to reduce CO2 emissions that are overheating the planet according to government documents as previously reported by DeSmog.


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UPCOMING EVENTS

Science & Nature Writing Workshop

Environmental journalist (and ILCW member) John Moir is teaching an interactive workshop on Science and Nature Writing at the Catamaran Writing Conference in Pebble Beach,

August 13 to 17, 2014. Details




ILCW Member to host Writers' Nature Retreats in North and South America


Page Lambert announced her 2014 schedule of writing and nature retreats–“connecting people with nature– connecting writers with words.”

August 10-16, 2014 Details


October 3-14, 2014 Details

PERU: WEAVING WORDS & WOMEN.  A 12-day immersion into the culture of Peru led by Page Lambert and Laura Tyson of True Nature Journeys


ILCW Founding Fellow Offers a Serengeti Photo Workshop

Boyd Norton is once again leading a photo tour to the Serengeti ecosystem,

February 2-14, 2015. Details


Science & Nature Writing Workshop

Environmental journalist (and ILCW member) John Moir is teaching an interactive workshop on Science and Nature Writing at the Catamaran Writing Conference in Pebble Beach,

August 13 to 17, 2014.

Spend four days honing your craft as we discuss researching, writing, pitching, and publishing compelling stories about the natural world. Discussions will be tailored to the interests of the group and include topics such as how to generate story ideas; finding the best markets for your work; preparing a successful pitch; structuring and shaping your writing to engage readers; the art of conducting insightful interviews; navigating the business side of writing; and cultivating a network of sources and support. The workshop is limited to 12 participants, each of whom will have the opportunity to read and discuss a sample of their own writing. For information, go to http://catamaranliteraryreader. com/science-and-nature-writing-with-john-moir/


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ILCW Member to host Writers' Nature Retreats in North and South America


Page Lambert announced her 2014 schedule of writing and nature retreats–“connecting people with nature– connecting writers with words.”

August 10-16, 2014







UTAH (USA): A RIVER OF OWN’S OWN: A Heroine’s Journey into the World of Story, featuring actor and playwright Ellen McLaughlin as Page’s special guest. During this 6-day Canyonlands river trip (professionally outfitted by Sheri Griffith Expeditions), you’ll float down the Colorado River, through the confluence of the Green River and beautiful Cataract Canyon. The trip culminates with a breathtaking scenic flight from Lake Powell back to Moab, Utah.  SGE provides everything—rafts, tents, sleeping bags, fresh healthy meals, etc. The fabulous women guides do all the cooking and rowing—you get to relax, enjoy the scenery, journal, and circle up each night for inspiring campfire talks under the stars. This will be Page's 17th river writing journey for women  with SGE, which were featured in Oprah’s O magazine in 2006 as “One of the top six great, all-girl getaways of the year!”  $1725US includes scenic flight. $300US deposit holds your space. The trip starts and ends in Moab, Utah. http://www.pagelambert.com/riv er2014.html

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October 3-14, 2014

PERU: WEAVING WORDS & WOMEN.  A 12-day immersion into the culture of Peru led by Page Lambert and Laura Tyson of True Nature Journeys (founder, The Women’s Wilderness Institute).  Visit the Sacred Valley, Cusco, Pisac, Ollaytantambo, and Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World.  Spend time with the women weavers of Patacancha and the young Quechua weavers at the Center for Traditional Textiles.  Experience a traditional Incan “despacho” ceremony of intention and letting go. Spend an evening learning to cook authentic Peruvian cuisine.  $3300US includes all meals, lodging, ground transportation, local guides, park passes, creative facilitation, and more.  $400 deposit due by April 1st.  “Watch the nimble fingers of the women weavers with their vibrant strands of wool. Open the pages of your journal and weave your own tapestry with words.”

http://www.pagelambert.com/per u.html

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ILCW Founding Fellow Offers a Serengeti Photo Workshop


Boyd Norton is once again leading a photo tour to the Serengeti ecosystem, February 2-14, 2015.

This is Boyd’s 30th year of travel there, leading photo tours and working on book and magazine assignments. For ILCW members who would like to sharpen their photographic and video skills, this is a good opportunity in one of the world’s premiere wildlife environments. It’s also a chance to gather material for future articles about the battle to save the Serengeti ecosystem from destructive developments proposed in recent years. As co-founder of Serengeti Watch, Boyd has led the fight to halt a planned commercial highway across Serengeti National Park. A partial victory was announced recently when the East Africa Court of Justice ruled against the Tanzanian government’s plan for the highway. Other threats remain.


Boyd’s photo trip will include visits to the famed Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park using deluxe permanent tented camps. “This is total immersion in the photography and natural history of one of the last great wildlife places on earth. We don’t rush from place to place. Instead, there’s time to observe and absorb the wonder of it all.”


The trip is timed to coincide with the calving season that takes place in the eastern short grass plains of Serengeti. Over 2 million wildebeest and zebras congregate here in the greatest land mammal migration on earth. See Boyd’s photo gallery of the Serengeti ecosystem here.


The most recent of Boyd’s 16 published books is entitled Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning and has received high praise from Jane Goodall and Richard Engel of NBC News. The book was a finalist in the 2012 Colorado Book Awards.


Complete itinerary and photos here. Further information and registration is here. The trip is limited to 14 participants.


And take a look at this video of a friendly cheetah that visited Boyd on his 2014 trip (he says this has happened from time to time in past years).

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