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Stop Destructive Logging Bills

This summer Congressional Republicans introduced two destructive logging bills – HR 2647 has passed the House and S 1691 is now pending before the Senate. These bills would suspend environmental laws to dramatically increase clearcutting of ecologically-rich post-fire habitat and old forests. The bill's sponsors argue that commercial "thinning" of forests help prevent wildfires and thus save forests. But that's a lie. Forest biodiversity and wildlife benefit from fires. Call California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer or your own state senators and urge them to oppose S 1691. Go here for more details and to take action.

Thursday August 20, 2015

Brower Youth Awards Are Coming Soon!

Earth Island Institute's New Leaders Initiative will present the 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards – the top prize for young environmental leaders in North America – on October 20, just two months from today! Get your tickets for the special Opening Reception at the "early-bird" rate, available here through the end of August. Or RSVP for the FREE BYA Awards Ceremony here. You can also support Earth Island's New Leaders Initiative in presenting this annual event, honoring bold, young leaders by joining the 2015 BYA Host Committee.

Thursday August 20, 2015

Introducing Sonar

EII's International Marine Mammal Project has launched a new campaign, Sonar that is pioneering human understanding of who dolphins and whales really are. Sonar is the most progressive cetacean campaign in the world today. Read through its collection of compelling science and stories, and follow Sonar's research and advocacy efforts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thursday August 20, 2015

SF Farm to Fork Event

Dana Frasz, founder and director of EII's Food Shift will be speaking at Farm to Fork Expo in San Francisco on Sunday, August 29. The Expo for sustainable food and farming advocates as well as food lovers will also feature a performance by AshEl Eldridge, founder and director of EII's Urban Farmacy. Stop by the Food Shift table in the event's Exhibitor Section, which is free to the public. Tickets for the conference & after party – which will feature musical performances and drink specials – can be purchased here. We hope to see you there!

Thursday August 20, 2015

Energy Efficiency in Ukraine

Join EII's Center for Safe Energy at Earth Island's office in the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA, for a brown bag lunch on Tuesday, August 25 to learn about the successes and challenges of building a more energy efficient Ukraine from three young green energy activists from the Ukrainian nonprofit, Ecoclub. Details here.

Thursday August 20, 2015

Soil Not Oil Conference

Several Earth Island Institute projects will be presenting workshops at the Soil Not Oil Coalition conference on in Richmond, CA, on September 4 and 5. Urban Farmacy's AshEL Eldridge and EcoVillage Farm Learning Center's Shyaam Shabaka will host workshops on Friday, September 4, and Linda Delair and Anna Owen of Hempstead Project HEART will conduct their workshop on Saturday, September 5. Author and Earth Island Journal columnist, Anna Lappé will be speaking at plenary panel on Friday. Conference details here.

Thursday August 20, 2015

New Website for Plastic Pollution Coalition

EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition is re-launching its website and magazine, Plastic Free Times. The global coalition will continue to report breaking news about how plastics are polluting land, sea, animals and our own bodies; act as a watchdog against corporate interests and policymakers, track important research, and celebrate innovation and much more.

Thursday August 20, 2015

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite web-only stories from the last two weeks:

Most Popular: A Very Different Kind of GMO is Headed to Supermarket Shelves. Reporter Paul Koberstein explains that little is known about the environmental and public health impacts of these new crops coming are way that are created using a technology called RNAi

Editors' Pick: Rhino Calves Orphaned by Poaching Suffer PTSD. Photojournalists couple Steve and Ann Toon write about how South African conservationists are increasing efforts to rescue and rehabilitate orphans.

Thursday August 20, 2015

A Conversation with Writer Susan Casey

Join Earth Island's International Marine Mammal Project for a conversation with The New York Times bestselling writer, Susan Casey, at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA on September 9. Casey traveled with IMMP's dolphin team members to both Taiji and the Solomon Islands and featured their campaign work in her new book on dolphins, Voices in the Ocean. To meet with Casey at the pre-event reception, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The main event is free to the public but you do need to RSVP as the seats fill up fast. Details here.

Thursday August 20, 2015

Offsetting Emissions, Saving Forests

In July, a well-known farmer?s street market in Mexico City, El Bonito Tianguis, signed on to the Carbon Neutral Planet program developed by EII project Viva Sierra Gorda and its partners. The market's organizers have committed to offsetting the miles travelled by the 45 farmers who offer their produce to city-dwellers, and encourage their clientele to offset their travel miles as well. Together the farmers were emitting up to 20 tons of carbon every time they trucked to the market and back. Check out the program's carbon emissions calculators for travel, events, and household energy use.

Thursday August 6, 2015

Victory: California Bans Bobcat Trapping

In a major victory for wildlife advocates, this week the California Fish and Game Commission voted to end the trapping of bobcats, becoming the first state in the nation to do so. Bobcats are being increasingly targeted by trappers due to growing demand for their pelts in the international fur market. A single bobcat pelt can sell for up to $1,000. Prior to the comission's vote, EII's Project Coyote hand delivered a petition with nearly 30,000 signatures supporting the ban. "The commission's vote is historic. It will help protect California's native bobcats and it shows California's national leadership in wildlife protection," says project director Camilla Fox.

Thursday August 6, 2015

Help Save Armenia’s Brown Bears

The Armenian Environmental Network recently launched a campaign to get the Armenian government take action against the illegal trapping of brown bears. Although bear trapping and hunting is illegal in the country, the bruins are often caught and displayed in cages in restaurants, hotels and other privately-owned facilities throughout Armenia. Bear cubs too, are sold or given away as gifts. There are about 60 bears currently in captivity in the country. Support the Earth Island project's efforts to save Armenia's brown bear population. Sign this petition.

Thursday August 6, 2015

A Reprieve for Borneo Sharks

EII's Shark Stewards, which is currently working in Borneo to save Malaysia's sharks, has scored an important victory: the local government has announced it will not serve shark fin soup at official functions. The project, which is a member of the Sabah Shark Protection Alliance, is working to create marine protected areas in Malaysia and to stop trafficking in shark fins.

Thursday August 6, 2015

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite web-only stories from the last two weeks:

Most Popular: Tick Populations Booming. Reporter John Soltes writes about how our warming world is helping ticks spread farther north, harming dogs and humans.

Editors' Pick: Tempest in a Green Bin. Journal editor Jason Mark explains how the uproar over increased compost and recycling fees in Oakland, CA illustrates the challenges of achieving a zero-waste goal.

Thursday August 6, 2015

Keep Single-Use Plastic Bottles Out of Parks

The bottled water industry has long been selling water in single-use plastic bottles at the concession stands in our national parks. But in 2012, free water stations were installed at Grand Canyon National Park. Since then, more than 20 other national parks have done the same. Now the bottled water industry is fighting back by pushing a small, last-minute amendment to a House spending bill that prohibits parks from eliminating the sale of water in disposable plastic bottles. Join EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition in telling Congress that it can't force visitors to buy their drinking water. Sign this petition today.

Thursday August 6, 2015

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