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Dr. Dickson Despommier

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Dr. Mark Moffett

Alexis Ringwald

Paul Roberts

Summer/Fall 2009 Newsletter

Explore Green™ is wrapping up 2009 exactly as it began—bringing the best of the world of the environment and exploration to a worldwide audience. This team is unsurpassed in their accomplishments and their abilities to communicate critical and engaging issues to the public. We are very proud of our roster and, in this newsletter, you will learn more about some of the prestigious awards they are receiving.

Many of our experts have been traveling the world, speaking at major conferences, universities and trade groups. As 2010 approaches, the demand only gets greater. We hope you enjoy staying updated on the adventures of our team and we hope to speak to you soon about appearances you are planning.

On the Air with Dr. Nadkarni

Tree Queen Nalini Nadkarni has been a staple on the NPR airwaves. She has been interviewed on her Sustainable Prison project that partners with Washington State prisons to have inmates develop ecological projects, the survival of the endangered Oregon Spotted Frog, and humans relationship with trees across religions in this holiday season.

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Click here to listen to her "Trees Unite Humans" interview

Palmer Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Nature Films

Veteran wildlife film producer and film educator, Chris Palmer, will give readers both the thrill of nature films and the dark side of the craft in his new book, Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom. Due to reach book stores in May 2010, Palmer's book delves into the tragic deaths of TV host Steve Irwin and filmmaker Timothy Treadwell. He also comments on the growing film audience who craves the indirect experience of wild nature and the new breed of skilled, ethical filmmakers whose work enlightens as well as entertains.

Jean-Michel Cousteau, Tremendous Entertainment Forge DVD Alliance

In a deal negotiated by Explore Green™, Jean-Michel Cousteau and his Ocean Futures Society has inked a deal with Minneapolis-based Tremendous Entertainment to license more than 50 short film segments for children that will be placed in selected Target and Sam’s Club stores. The educational DVDs, titled “Jean-Michel Cousteau for Kids” expands Tremendous Entertainment’s popular natural history inventory for families.

Bowermaster Goes South to Win Award

Another Explore Green™ client captured an award at the Blue Ocean Film Festival. Adventurer Jon Bowermaster won Best Film on Ocean Issues with his documentary, Terra Antarctica. The film follows Bowermaster and his team as they travel by kayak along the southern ice cap to see the effects of climate change for themselves.

Jon’s latest film, “SoLa: Lousiana Water Stories,” was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America. The film looks at life on the bayou and the increasingly adverse effects of pollutants creating the Dead Zone in the Gulf. Click here to watch video...

Princess Anne Bestows Award to Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka

The renowned Whitley Fund for Nature chose Explore Green™’s Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka to receive its top award, the Whitley Gold Award for 2009, in a juried competition of worldwide conservationists. The award, along with a ££60,000 donation to her Conservation Through Public Health organization in Uganda, was presented by HRH The Princess Royal Anne at the event in London. Dr. Gladys has been honored throughout the world for her work to save the threatened mountain gorillas of Africa.
Gladys’ work in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda was also featured on PBS’ Fronline program Nov. 17th in a episode www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/uganda901/

Cousteau, OFS Big Winner at Film Festival

“Call of the Killer Whale,” a two-hour PBS documentary on the connection between orcas and humans won Best Broadcast Program or Series at the first ever Blue Ocean Film Festival held in Savannah, GA. Celine and Fabien Cousteau accepted the award for their multi-award-winning father, Jean-Michel, who will add the trophy to his vast collection that includes an Emmy and a Peabody Award.

Dr. Laurie Marker Honored with 2009 Life Achievement Award

Explore Green™’s Dr. Laurie Marker, founder and executive director of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, was awarded the 2009 Life Achievement Award at the International Wildlife Film Festival held in Missoula, MT. In her acceptance speech, Laurie warned that the world’s fastest land animal could be extinct within 20 years if current challenges to their survival are not addressed. Her message was carried across the country in three interviews with ABC’s Good Morning America and Nightline http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=8073266&page=1 and on MSNBC’s 100 Heartbeats special hosted by Jeff Corwin.
Laurie visited our headquarters in St. Louis where CCF was the beneficiary of a sold-out fundraiser.

Viesturs Summits Everest for Seventh Time Without Oxygen

Famed mountaineer Ed Viesturs reached the summit of Mt Everest for the 7th  time as part of an expedition sponsored by Eddie Bauer. With little rest, Ed came home to the United States and took NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Seattle Seahawks Coach Jim Mora to the peak of Mt. Rainier in Washington State. 

Amy Stewart Climbs the Charts with New Book

The baroness of botanicals, Explore Green™’s Amy Stewart, has a hit on her hands with her new book, Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln’s Mother & Other Botanical Atrocities. At last look, the chilling description of killer plants was Number Eight on The New York Times Bestseller List. Amy is currently on a national tour to promote the book. To see Amy talk about her book, click here.

Advantage Capital Partners Fund Award-Winning, Green Company

Explore Green™’s Scott Zajac and his Advantage Capital Partners have reaped rewards beyond a good investment in green companies. Virent Energy Systems, an Advantage funding recipient, has won two top prizes. The Wisconsin-based maker of advanced biofuel technology has been named a Technology Pioneer 2009 by the World Economic Forum for “accomplishments as innovators whose technologies have a deep impact on business and society.” Virent also received the U.S. EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award. The honor by an independent panel of technical experts convened by the American Chemical Society cites Virent’s BioForming process that economically transforms plant sugars into green gasoline. It is the first company to be honored in the award’s 14-year history for the clean manufacturing of liquid transportation fuels from biomass.

Fabien & Celine Cousteau Make Waves

Fabien and Celine Cousteau have been busy around the world at speaking engagements, film festivals and award ceremonies. The brother-sister team graced the cover of South Magazine promoting the Blue Ocean Film Festival. Fabien was also profiled as an explorer and dedicated contributor to ecological projects in New York City in the popular Gotham Magazine. He was the featured speaker in Rotterdam, Netherlands for World Ocean Day and in Amsterdam, Holland for a water conference. He participated in the York Lecture Series at Auburn University in Alabama.
Celine opened an Ocean Discovery Center in Sidney, British Columbia, received the 2009 Woman of Achievement Award in an address to Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., presented a discussion on sharks at the Science Museum of Virginia, lectured in Luxembourg and researched fisheries industries in Chile.

Kilham to Scribe Health Blogs for Fox

Medicine Hunter Chris Kilham has signed on with Fox News to write regular health blogs called “Get Hooked on Natural Cures.” His first blog covered a personal experience in Kathmandu in Nepal.


Berenbaum Weaves Tale of Mythical Insects

Explore Green™’s Dr. May Berenbaum has come out with yet another highly-praised book that informs us about the comical world of bugs. The Earwig’s Tale: A Modern Bestiary of Multi-Legged Legends, is being called “chatty and highly readable.” The New Scientist says, “Berenbaum squashes urban myths about bugs and provides a wry look at their interactions and is consistently funny.” According to The National Post, it’s “a must read for anyone who has wondered whether mutant insects with six-foot wingspans could take over the Earth.”

Lee’s Latest Book Shows Our Environment as the Battlefield of Conflict

In “Climate Change and Armed Conflict: Hot and Cold Wars,” Explore Green™’s Dr. James Lee discusses how our changing weather affects the increasingly desperate needs for food and fuel. The book has been dubbed “a great interest for those who are concerned with climate change and environmental security, peace and conflict, and international relations.”

Wade Davis Finds Humanity’s Own Way

A book based on his popular 2009 Massey Lecture, renowned ethnobotanist and indigenous explorer Dr. Wade Davis takes us into the realm of centuries-old knowledge and vision of traditional cultures that are rapidly disappearing from out plant. “The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matter in the Modern World,” David explains the relevance of world cultures today. “Wade Davis is our very own Massey shaman, breathing life into fragile worlds that are rapidly growing extinct, worlds that mark the very boundaries of human imagination,” reviewers write. “Davis shows us how indigenous people so richly inhabit our world.”


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