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New Leaders Initiative

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On October 17th, Earth Island’s annual Brower Youth Awards (BYA) returns to the historic, elegant Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. BYA is North America’s top prize for bold, innovative environmental leaders ages 13-22! 2017 Award Recipients will be announced shortly – check the Brower Youth Awards web site to learn about their accomplishments.

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Earth Island Institute’s Project Support Program provides an opportunity for committed individuals and groups with a good idea to launch a project with us, or to gain sponsorship for an existing project.

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Earth Island Journal

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Award-winning environmental reporting, commentary, and analysis

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In This Issue

Heavy Metal
The debate about how to reduce use of lead ammunition is heating up in Oregon.

An Unraveling Web
Along the California coast, a race to save marine mammals from a life-threatening toxin.

De-Junking Paradise
A province of Vanuatu is turning to local, organic food in an effort to stave off diet-related illness.

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Restoration Initiatives

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Funds dynamic community based restoration programs in Southern California focused on protecting and enhancing wetlands and watersheds.

Also home to Earth Island’s Streets Alive!, including the Utility Box Project.

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More than 70 projects working around the world to protect our environment.

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Green Schoolyards America joins Earth Island Sponsorship

Have you ever considered the environmental impact of thousands of acres of hot barren asphalt on children’s urban schoolyards across the country, or what their everyday learning experience is like with a traditional, paved schoolyard?

It’s drastically different than the impact of a Living School Grounds, that landscape architect Sharon Danks of Green Schoolyards America and her colleagues around the world are building to bring nature back to cities and suburbs by transforming barren asphalt and ordinary grass into vibrant environments for learning and play.

"Living school grounds are richly layered outdoor environments that strengthen local ecological systems while providing place-based, hands-on learning resources for children and youth of all ages. They are child-centered places that foster empathy, exploration, adventure and a wide range of play and social opportunities, while enhancing health and well-being and engaging the community.”

Experience the rich before and after transformations they’ve created by partnerships with school districts, public agencies, architects and engineers to develop city- and state-wide initiatives here.

Earth Island Updates

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Lawsuit Challenges California’s Mismanagement of Wildlife Trapping Program

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