The Reed Award recognizes writers who excel in literary writing and offer exceptional insight into the South’s natural treasures as well as its environmental challenges. The Reed Award is presented each year to recognize outstanding writing on Southern environment in two categories: The Book Category for nonfiction works (not self-published), and the Journalism Category, for publications, magazines, and online writing published at a recognized institution, such as a news agency, university, or nonprofit organization.
During the ceremony, a celebration will be held in the honor of the winners. Virginia’s Festival of the Bookat 4 p.m.On March 18, 2022. Michael MannAmerican geophysicist and climatologist, and director of Earth System Science Center. Pennsylvania State UniversityThis year’s featured speaker is, His most recent book is The New Climate WarThe article discusses how fossil fuel corporations have waged a 30-year campaign of deflecting blame, responsibility, and delay action regarding climate change and offers a battle strategy for how we can save the planet.
The event is open to all and is free of charge. It will take place at the CODE Building at 225 West Water Street, in the downtown mall. Charlottesville. The Reed Award presentation can be broadcast online for those who cannot attend in person. You can register for both digital and in-person events at the following link.
This year’s Book Award Winner Catherine Coleman Flowers
Flowers grew in Lowndes County, AlabamaBecause of its racist, violent history, it’s been called “Bloody Lowndes”. It was once the epicenter of the movement for voting rights. But today, it’s Ground Zero to a new movement, Flowers’s life’s work. It’s a struggle to protect human dignity by ensuring basic sanitation, which is something most Americans take as a given. Many people, particularly the poorest in rural areas, don’t have access to affordable ways to dispose of waste from their toilets. They live in sewage.
This is America’s dirty secret, Flowers says. In WasteShe shares the inspiring story of her transformation from country girl into student civil rights organizer to environmental justice champion to MacArthur Fellow. It is clear that sanitation is becoming too important to ignore as climate changes bring sewage to more backyards.
Winner of the Journalism Award for this Year: Alexis Okeowo
Okeowo works as a staff writer The New YorkerWho has reported on conflicts, human rights, culture across the globe AfricaBoth from and. Mexicoand the American South. In “The Wastewater Crisis in the Black Belt – The Heavy Toll” New YorkerOkeowo examines the fact many rural American households don’t have safe sewage systems. Their piece focuses on AlabamaCommunities living in poverty are often located in areas with unusual geology that have caused a public health catastrophe.
About the Reed Award
The SELC established the Reed Environmental Writing Award in 1994 in order to raise public awareness about the South’s natural treasures. It also aims to encourage and recognize the best writers to tell stories about the South’s environment. The award’s founder trustee is SELC. Phil ReedA talented attorney and environmental leader, who believed in the power of writing to transform hearts and minds.
The Reed Award winners were selected by a distinguished panel. Paul BolsterAuthor of Saving the Georgia Coast: A Political History Of The Coastal Marshlands Protection Act, Tony BartelmeThis is The Post and Courier in CharlestonFor his in-depth reporting, please visit: South Carolina coastal environment; Margaret RenklAuthor of Late Migrations: A Natural History Of Love and Loss; Megan Mayhew BergmanThe award was presented to, who won in the journalism category for his series “Climate Changed”, a series about southern attitudes to climate change published by The Guardian; Earl SwiftAuthor of Chesapeake Requiem – A Year with the Watermen Vanishing Tangier Island Edward O. Wilson, the “father” of biodiversity; Janisse Ray, a naturalist, writer, and activist who was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame; science writer Deborah Cramerwhose work has been honored by the Society of Environmental Journalists (SEM) and the National Academy of Sciences; as well as J. Drew LanhamAuthor of The Home Place: Memoirs a Colored Man‘A Love Affair with Nature
Southern Environmental Law Center
The Southern Environmental Law Center is a powerful defender of the environment based in the South. The SELC has a long history of tackling environmental issues in court, government, and communities to protect the air, water and climate of our region. The non-profit organization is nonpartisan and has 170 staff members, including 90 lawyers. It is headquartered in Charlottesville, Va., with offices located in Asheville Atlanta, Birmingham, Chapel Hill, Charleston, Nashville, Richmond, Washington, D.C. southernenvironment.org
SOURCE Southern Environmental Law Center