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Environmental journalist Kennedy Warne to give campus, community presentations

Editor's Note: To arrange for an interview with environmental journalist, editor and photographer Kennedy Warne, contact Dr. Paul Kaldjian at kaldjian@uwec.edu.

RELEASED: Nov. 16, 2011

Kennedy Warne
Kennedy Warne (Photo by Frans Lanting)
Kennedy Warne with book
Kennedy Warne (Contributed photo)

EAU CLAIRE — An environmental journalist and photographer who co-founded New Zealand Geographic magazine will give three presentations in the Eau Claire area this month.

Kennedy Warne, author of the book "Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea," will give presentations Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Warne also will lead a discussion Nov. 22 in downtown Eau Claire.

A writer for National Geographic, Smithsonian and several prestigious travel publications, Warne writes mostly about natural history subjects and specializes in underwater assignments. His work for National Geographic has taken him from the sea ice of the Gulf of St. Lawrence to the mangrove swamps of Bangladesh. He recently was in Arabia researching a story about the marine life of the region.

Warne will give the following presentations in Eau Claire:

  • Nov. 17 — "The true price of that shrimp cocktail, or mangrove forests: Where first world appetites meet third world livelihoods," 7-8 p.m., Room 101, Hibbard Hall, UW-Eau Claire. Warne will discuss how industrial shrimp farming and widespread coastal development are threatening mangrove forests and the people who rely on them. The talk will be part of Geography Awareness Week events.

  • Nov. 18 — "Reefs, fjords, shoals, mangroves and deltas: Environmental journalism is for shrimps," 4 p.m., Room 281, Phillips Science Hall, UW-Eau Claire. Kennedy will speak on the art of writing for National Geographic and other prominent publications as an environmental journalist. His talk will be part of UW-Eau Claire's Geography Awareness Week events.

  • Nov. 22 — "The true price of that shrimp cocktail, or mangrove forests: Where first world appetites meet third world livelihoods," 7-9 p.m., The Acoustic Café, 505 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire. Warne will discuss how the Western appetite for cheap seafood is destroying mangrove forests around the world, wiping out habitats and stripping their inhabitants of their cultural heritage, livelihoods and homes. He will discuss how industrial shrimp farming and coastal development are threatening these unique forests and the people who rely on them.

Information about Kennedy Warne and his book can be found online.

For details about Kennedy Warne's Eau Claire presentations or to arrange for an interview with Warne, contact Dr. Paul Kaldjian at kaldjian@uwec.edu.

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