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Morano vs Revkin – Ready to Face Off!

While the SEJ Conference is packed with people and sessions that sound interesting, we're most looking forward to Friday night's session just pre-dinner – “And Now a Word from Our Critics.” This session, hosted by Christy George, will feature four speakers: Bill Blakemore, Dan Fagin, Marc Morano, and Andrew Revkin.

Marc Morano, as many of you may know, is a staffer for Senator Inhofe in all his current notoriety. Andrew Revkin is a long-time environment writer for the New York Times. It'll be interesting to see what Morano says, and equally interesting to see how his spin is received by the audience of environmental journalists.

The DeSmogBlog will be liveblogging from the session, reporting out on all the action. We'll also be posting a raw audio recording of the debate – so stay tuned to the site for that.

DeSmogBlog at the SEJ Conference

The DeSmogBlog team are in Burlington, Vermont this weekend, for the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) Annual Conference.

Vermont is cold and the famous foliage is fading, but we're excited about this weekend. There are some great sessions lined up, and lots of interesting journalists to meet. Plus, some of our best friends also have booths here – the CEI and the Heartland Institute, for instance.

Jim Hoggan at UWO

Continuing with his speaking tour, Jim speaks today at the University of Western Ontario, in London, ON.

Western is a great university, with a highly regarded business school that pumps a lot of Canada's top executives out into the world. That's why I'm delighted that he's bringing the DeSmogBlog message to Western – because if we're going to bring about the change we need in this world, we need the leaders of the business community on-side. I hope that the ripples from this talk, and from our work with this site, trickle out and start to make people think differently.

Brilliant Bioneers

I had the privilege this past weekend of attending the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California. If you care about our planet and the people and creatures that live upon it, and you've never heard of Bioneers, then do yourself a favour and check out this incredible event and network.

It's a three-day event that has been happening annually for 17 years now. Every morning there are plenary speakers, and the afternoons are devoted to break-out sessions and panels. One of the coolest parts of Bioneers is that after it grew too big for the Marin Center where it's held, they began holding satellite conferences all over America. This year, there were 18 satellite events, which all feature live simulcast video of the plenary speakers, and then local workshops in the afternoons.

Leo Joins the Crusade

Looks like the former heart-throb of many of my contemporaries has joined the fight against global warming. A visit to reveals that he has split his site into two sections - a .org site dedicated to his foundation, and a .com site dedicated to himself.

His foundation is focused on environmental issues – particularly the issues of “global warming, alternative and renewable energy sources, and the preservation of the planet's amazing biodiversity”. And I'm blogging about it because it features two videos, and the one on global warming is worth a watch.

It's encouraging to see celebrities choosing to leverage their “personal brands” for something worthwhile. So if you're not totally tired of global warming videos yet, head on over and check it out.

Green Festival Report Out

Blogging from the airplane, flying back to Vancouver from Washington, DC, via Montreal. The weekend in DC for the Green Festival was a great trip, and certainly worthwhile for the DeSmogBlog. We even spent an evening with one of our favorite writers, the infamous Chris Mooney, who is in the thick of writing his new book about hurricanes.


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