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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New Film from Jon Bowermaster
On April 20 Jon Bowermaster’s Oceans 8 Films will release the new film After the Spill. Five years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank in April 2010, has life returned to normal along Louisiana’s coastline? Or has it been changed forever?
When the well exploded we were putting the finishing touches on SoLa, Louisiana Water Stories, which we’d begun filming in 2008. That film captured a way of life in SoLa pre-spill that many now believe will never return.
Since the spill we have returned many times, with cameras, to interview fishermen, scientists, politicians, environmentalists, and oil-rig workers seeking answers as to how the coast of Louisiana has changed. What really happened to all that oil? What about the dispersant used to push it beneath the surface? How has the spill impacted local economies as well as human health and the health of both marine life and the Gulf itself?
Has Louisiana’s coastline been changed forever?
Voices from the spill One Year Later:
ILCW Writer’s Seminar held in UK
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 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.
Film Exposes Slick US Industry Behind Climate Denial
By ILCW member Stephen Leahy (Canada)
Originally published by the Guardian
Who remembers that climate change was a top priority early in
George W Bush’s first term as US president?
Six months later everything changed. The film shows Republican party leader John Boehner calling the idea of global warming “laughable”, said Merchants of Doubt director Robert Kenner.
Framing Climate Science as Attack on
With the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center occupying attention, , a powerful, fossil-fuel lobby group founded by the billionaire Koch Brothers, launched a decade-long, multi-pronged campaign to sow doubt about the reality of climate change.
By equating the findings of climate scientists as an attack on personal freedoms, they cleverly shifted the focus away from science to political opinion. “Creating a focus point away from what is actually going on is how magicians pull off their tricks,” said Kenner who directed the Oscar-nominated documentary .
The deception has worked well. Few Americans know 97% of scientists agree climate change is caused by human activity and is happening now.
Inspired by the 2010 book of the same name, Kenner’s film is about deception and profiles many of the charming and always smiling professional deceivers who work for the tobacco, chemical, pharmaceutical, and fossil fuel industries. The tobacco industry knowingly and successfully deceived the public for 50 years about the connection between smoking and cancer, the revealed.
In a pattern of manipulation clearly evident today in the manufactured ‘debate’ over climate change, the tobacco industry used media-friendly pseudo-experts, doctored ‘science’ studies and attacked the credibility of scientists or experts who said otherwise, Kenner said.
If you can sell tobacco you can sell anything CONTINUED
The Song of the Magpie Robin
By Zafar Futehally
Reviewed by ILCW member Cara Tejpal (India)
Flitting between genres like an overzealous sunbird in a spring garden, Zafar Futehally’s The Song of the Magpie Robin defies easy classificati on. Labelled a memoir for the sake of convenience, the book is just as much a primer to the early years of India’s conservation movement, and a treasury of natural history facts. More
March 14 — 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. For more information, click here.
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 of Influence
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!. More information
From a kid’s perspective
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
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