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Utne Reader, a national magazine that celebrates the best of the independent press by reading and reprinting from 1,500 independent magazines, newsletters, blogs, and other publications, recently announced the nomination of Earth Island Journal for an Utne Independent Press Award in the category of Environmental Coverage.

For 25 years, the Sacred Land Film Project (SLFP) has created powerful films that have successfully increased understanding of and respect for places of spiritual significance to indigenous people – places where cultural and biological diversity meet.

By drawing critically needed attention to threatened traditional lands and cultures, SLFP’s award-winning film In the Light of Reverence aided in shutting down Peabody Energy’s destructive 273-mile coal slurry pipeline from Black Mesa in Hopi/Navajo country to the Mohave Power Plant. SLFP also helped protect the sacred Zuni Salt Lake from the Salt River Project’s proposed coal stripmine. (See EIJ, Summer 2006).

Recognizing the impact of corporations on these lands, SLFP has produced a comprehensive new report exposing the enormity of the threat. The 80-page report contains six case studies on Indian Pass, Weatherman Draw, Medicine Lake, Black Mesa, Zuni Salt Lake and Cave Rock. Conclusions gleaned from these conflicts yield a number of reasonable steps that corporations and stakeholders can take to avoid conflict around sacred sites, including engagement in meaningful consultation with all interested parties and being willing to take "no" for an answer where alternatives simply do not exist.

The report, written by Lyuba Zarsky with a foreword by Winona LaDuke, is aimed at corporations, investors, foundations, and activists in the field of socially responsible investment and corporate social responsibility. For a copy of the report, visit www.sacredland.org.

In partnership with Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood (www.groots.org), the Greenbelt Movement (www.greenbeltmovement.org), and the Huairou Commission (www.huairou.org), Women’s Global Green Action Network (WGGAN) will hold a two day forum, titled "Grassroots Women: Community Building, Environment and the Social Landscape" at the 7th World Social Forum this January in Nairobi, Kenya. The forum will highlight the connections between social and environmental justice through the experiences, work, and best practices of grassroots women. To learn more about this event, visit www.wsf2007.org.

Peter Brastow of Nature in the City was recently named "Best Local Land Lover" in the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s annual "Best of the Bay" poll. Nature in the City, which joined EII in 2005, is San Francisco’s first organization wholly dedicated to ecological conservation, restoration, and stewardship of the Franciscan bioregion.

   

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