Island Press is pleased to be co-sponsoring the 2104 Chico Vive conference at American University in DC this weekend. The conference brings together grassroots activists, NGOs, students, engaged scholars, applied scientists, policymakers, journalists, and others to discuss the development of the global grassroots environmental movement in the 25 years since environmental martyr Chico Mendes' death. As an introduction to issue, this week's Foreword Friday offering is the beginning of environmental reporter Andrew Revkin's The Burning Season: The Murder of Chico Mendes and the Fight for the Amazon Rain Forest. In this selection, Revkin ponders the historical importance of Mendes' murder and takes his reader into the tense December days surrounding his death. If you enjoy this excerpt, keep in mind that the full e-book is $4.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, and your local indie bookstore now through April 30th.