Oakland, CA (June 12, 2015) – James Fahn, a longtime environmental reporter focused on developing countries and the executive director of the Earth Journalism Network, will speak at international environmental consulting firm Marstel-Day’s Wildlife Conservation Awareness Campaign event Wednesday, June 17. Fahn will discuss the topic of reporting on biodiversity and conservation at noon Pacific Time (3 p.m. Eastern Time) in a presentation that will be livestreamed via the Marstel-Day website.
Fahn, who received the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Global 500 Award for his environmental reporting, teaches international environmental reporting as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Earth Journalism Network (EJN) supports a global community of more than 5,000 reporters that cover environmental topics. A project of the international nonprofit Internews, EJN has trained local environmental journalists to more effectively cover issues such as climate change, biodiversity, water, environmental health, and oceans and coastal resources. EJN supports environmental journalists in developing countries through workshops, training materials, support for production and distribution, and small grants, according to the EJN website.
Fahn’s remarks will be livestreamed from Marstel-Day’s Oakland, CA office and simultaneously broadcast to Marstel-Day’s regional offices and its Fredericksburg, VA headquarters. Instructions for watching the livestream will be posted on marstel-day.com the morning of the presentation on June 17. The public is invited to register to watch the broadcast at the firm’s headquarters at 513 Prince Edward Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“James brings a unique perspective as a journalist focusing on environmental issues in the developing world, where many populations are highly vulnerable,” said Marstel-Day President and CEO Rebecca R. Rubin. “His organization, Earth Journalism Network, trains reporters in order to help surmount the myriad challenges of environmental reporting and improve the quality of reporting about the environment and climate change.”
Rubin created Marstel-Day’s Wildlife Conservation Awareness Campaign (WCAC) speaker series to highlight major wildlife conservation issues and to present ways that individuals and organizations can help.
Fahn has worked extensively in Thailand, where he served as a reporter and editor for The Nation, an English-language daily newspaper based in Bangkok. He cofounded the Thai Society of Environmental Journalists and has written for the New York Times, Newsweek, The Economist, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Jakarta Post, SciDev.net, Nature.com, the Huffington Post, and the Columbia Journalism Review. Fahn’s 2003 book, A Land on Fire, recounts issues and scandals he unearthed while working the environmental beat in Southeast Asia, and he was pinned by Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn for his service to Thailand. He also worked for the Ford Foundation as a program associate in the field of environment and development.
Videos of previous Marstel-Day WCAC events are posted on marstel-day.com. Speakers in the series have included senior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service official Brian Arroyo identifying ways that the illegal wildlife trade threatens endangered species; Dr. Mamie Parker celebrating efforts to reconnect children to nature; Discover Nature Apps cofounder Evan Hirsche on smartphone technology as a way for Americans to appreciate and interact with public lands; all-star drummer Rich Redmond’s high-energy performing and philosophy for success coupled with his view of ways that individuals can serve the planet; and Marcus Eriksen of the 5 Gyres Institute on how plastics pollute the oceans and kill wildlife.