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Western Regional Advocacy Training on Population and the Environment
This June, the Sierra Club Global Population and Environment Program in collaboration with the International Women's Health Coalition will be hosting an advocacy training in San Francisco, CA. On June 12th and 13th, environmentalists and reproductive health advocates will gather to learn about population, consumption, climate change, and reproductive justice issues of local and global significance.

Attendees will also receive training in leadership and advocacy skills, including practical tips on how to mobilize communities and influence decision makers when advocating for these important intersectional issues. Transportation, lodging, and food will be covered for all participants outside the Bay Area. Transportation and food will be covered for Bay Area participants.

Interested youth and adults from all backgrounds and levels of experience are encouraged to apply. Please return the application to Kim Lovell at kimberly.lovell@sierraclub.org by May 14th, 2010 at 12pm PST. 

International Study Tour to EthiopiaEthiopia
The Global Population and Environment Program is currently accepting applications for our July 2010 study tour to Ethiopia. Ethiopian women have on average 5.3 births (TFR) and less than 6 per cent of births are delivered by skilled attendants. Ethiopia has made significant gains in girls' enrollment in primary and secondary school and in raising the average age at marriage, but has among the highest levels of unmet need for contraception in Africa.

Increasing population growth has accelerated land degradation as forests are converted to farms, more people seek firewood, and more families are forced to use unsustainable methods to eke out a living on marginal lands. Ethiopia's widespread forests are disappearing and may be eradicated entirely by 2030.

Click here to find out more about being a study tour participant. Sierra Club's Global Population and Environment Program will cover the cost of airfare and in-country ground transportation, hotel lodging and meals. Students are encouraged to apply. Please submit applications to Sandeep Bathala at sandeep.bathala@sierraclub.org by Sunday, May 17, 2010.

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