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Environmental Journalist and Activist Emily Hunter to Present Convocation

February 20, 2012

Emily Hunter, an advocacy journalist who has reported from the front lines of the environmental movement, will deliver Carleton College’s convocation address on Friday, February 24. Hunter’s presentation, “Revolutionizing the Revolution,” will explore the history of the environmental movement as context for explaining where it is today and showcasing the rise of a new generation of activists. Hunter is also the author of The Next Warriors: 22 Young Women and Men Who Are Saving the Planet. A booksigning will follow Hunter's presentation and copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event at a 15% discount. Convocation is held from 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel, and it is free and open to the public.

Hunter’s first book, The Next Eco-Warriors: 22 Young Women and Men Who Are Saving the Planet (Conari Press, 2011), profiles the growing global community of young environmental activists. She describes how young activists are on the front lines of the movement, trying every creative tactic they can think of to safeguard their planet. As an eco-correspondent for MTV News Canada, Hunter has co-produced four television documentaries on topics ranging from the Alberta tar sands to the protests surrounding the G-20 summit of major economies in Toronto in 2010. She has also reported from the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and serves as an eco-blogger for Toronto-based This Magazine.

A native of Vancouver, Hunter was born into the environmental movement; her parents, Robert and Bobbi Hunter, co-founded the international NGO Greenpeace in 1971. Hunter has worked with a number of environmental organizations in her career as a journalist-advocate. She sailed around the world with Sea Shepherd, an organization that confronts illegal activities in defense of marine wildlife. Hunter has also worked as the Canada coordinator for 350.org, a California-based group that works to build a grassroots movement in support of action against climate change. She maintains a blog at www.ecohuntress.wordpress.com.

For more information about this event, including disability accommodations, contact the Carleton College Office of College Relations at (507) 222-4308. Copies of The Next Warriors are currently available for purchase at a 15% discount at the Carleton Bookstore, located in the Sayles Hill Campus Center. The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located on First Street between College and Winona Streets in Northfield.

Written by Jacob Cohn '13