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The latest campaign updates from Earth Island’s global network of environmental projects.

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Standing Rock Brown Bag Lunch

Please join Toby McLeod, director of EII's Sacred Land Film Project, for a report on his recent trip to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Bring your lunch to Earth Island's conference room on the fourth floor of the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley on Tuesday, December 13 for photos and discussion beginning at 12 p.m. You'll also hear from Maureen Nandini Mitra, editor of Earth Island Journal, who contributed reporting to the Journal's recent cover story on the native resistance movement and climate change.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Check out the Journal’s New Issue

The Winter 2017 issue of Earth Island Journal leads with an in-depth report that looks at the ongoing struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock in the broader context of Native Americans' and First Nations' battles against resource extraction and colonialism. The issue also includes a feature from South Africa on how rhinos are becoming a liability to private game reserves; a hopeful companion piece about the majority-women, unarmed, Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit; and an interview with iconic chef and slow food activist Alice Waters in which she talks about how food can be a gateway to environmentalism. Subscribe to the Journal or buy a copy at the newsstands. Help us produce more deeply reported stories like these by making a donation to our Green Journalism Fund today!

Thursday December 8, 2016

Oakland Food Policy Council Holiday Happy Hour

Despite some challenges, 2016 has brought major food justice victories to Oakland. EII's Oakland Food Policy Council convinced the Oakland Unified School District to apply Good Food Purchasing standards in Oakland schools, and also helped pass a local soda tax in November. Learn more about the power you have to create an equitable food system and celebrate OFPC's recent wins by joining the project for its holiday happy hour at Oakland's SomaR Bar on Monday, December 12 at 6 p.m.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Shark Party in San Francisco

Shark Stewards is holding an ocean celebration on December 15 at Sports Basement Presidio in San Francisco. Have a drink, learn about Shark Stewards' conservation work, and enjoy an exhibit of underwater photographs by Shark Stewards director David McGuire. Do some holiday shopping at Sports Basement and receive 15 percent off your purchase — 10 percent of sales will go to the Earth Island project through the Basementeer program. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Support Creative Environmental Leaders

Help us support creative and energetic leaders who are building a more effective environmental movement. Please read Earth Island's year-end update, check out project highlights from 2016, and make a year-end, tax-deductible contribution today.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Support Real Food Real Stories

Join EII's Real Food Real Stories this Saturday, December 10 at the Bryant Street Sports Basement in San Francisco to receive 20 percent off your purchase when you become a Basementeer for free. Sports Basement will donate 10 percent of sales revenue to RFRS, which will go towards the project's year-end fundraising goal of $15,000. RFRS will be at the Bryant Street location from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with Numi Tea and 18 Rabbits snacks, but the sale lasts all day. Hope to see you there!

Thursday December 8, 2016

Understanding Our Wild Neighbors

As part of its Coyote Friendly Communities Program, Project Coyote provides presentations across the San Francisco Bay Area to raise public awareness about coyotes, their role in the ecosystem, and how to reduce negative encounters between coyotes and humans. The Earth Island project's work was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this week. Learn more about peaceful coexistence with coyotes by attending Project Coyote's free public forum on December 12 in Corte Madera, CA.

Thursday December 8, 2016

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: Plastic Bottles and Cave Divers Aid in Quest to Document an Elusive, Subterranean Critter. Wildlife biologist Betsy Howell writes about the Georgia blind salamander, a subterranean species that could be an indicator for the health of the Floridian aquifer but about which little is known.

Editors' Pick: An Immodest Proposal: Make America Beautiful Again. Earth Island Institute board member John de Graaf outlines a path forward for progressives following Donald Trump’s election victory. He argues that it’s time for a large-scale focus on the restoration of America’s damaged ecology.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Burrowing Owls Gain Protections in Florida

In November, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission upgraded the status of the Florida burrowing owl to “threatened” on the state's Endangered and Threatened Species List. Prior to the ruling, South Florida Audubon Society testified on behalf of EII's Urban Bird Foundation in support of the upgrade and presented a pledge of support and collaboration to the commissioners. Urban Bird Foundation is looking forward to continuing burrowing owl conservation efforts in Florida. Learn more about the decision.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Enjoy Italian Food with Food Shift

Please join Earth Island's Food Shift on Sunday December 11 for the Italian Street Food Festival in West Berkeley from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Festival-goers will enjoy authentic Italian food and live music, and all proceeds will benefit Food Shift's work to reduce waste and nourish the community. Join the event on Facebook, share news about the event with friends, and buy your tickets now. Also, don't miss Food Shift director Dana Franz's recent interview on NPR.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Activist of the Year

George Wuerthner, director of Earth Island's new Public Lands Media project, recently received the Activist of the Year award from the Fund for Wild Nature. Wuerthner has published 38 books on natural history and wildlands conservation. As a writer and ecologist, his new project will provide ecologically informed insights into public lands issues including wildfire ecology, forest ecology, park and wilderness protection, and energy issues. Email him to learn more about his work.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Are You Ready for a Power Shift?

Join EII's California Student Sustainability Coalition and young climate and social justice leaders from all over the West Coast from November 11 to 13 for a weekend of workshops, trainings, and movement-building at the Power Shift Convergence in Berkeley, CA. Don't wait – register today! In a critical year for our democracy and our climate, Power Shift 2016 will be a space to train young climate leaders, help amplify the voice and power of local communities, and leverage that power to help the climate justice movement win at the national level. Find out more about Power Shift 2016.

Thursday November 10, 2016

Benefit for Project Coyote

Project Coyote is hosting a holiday benefit party in Mill Valley, CA on December 15 in celebration of native carnivores, compassionate conservation, and community coexistence.The event will feature the work of honored guests Dan Flores, bestselling author of Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History, and Daniel Dietrich, award-winning wildlifephotographer. Attendees will view a trailer of Project Coyote's upcoming documentary film exposing wildlife-killing contests; learn about the Earth Island Project's work on behalf of native carnivores; and enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres and wine. Proceeds will support Project Coyote's work. Additional information and tickets.

Thursday November 10, 2016

Plastics BAN

Curious about the worst plastic products sold in California?Earth Island's Plastic Pollution Coalition is excited to share a new resource: The Plastics BAN (Better Alternatives Now) List – launched by 5 Gyres Institute, Clean Production Action, Surfrider Foundation, and UPSTREAM – identifies the most harmful plastic products on the market in the Golden State and suggests readily-available alternatives.The top 15 plastic offenders include food wrappers and containers, plastic bottle caps, and plastic bags. Read the full report.

Thursday November 10, 2016

Homecoming Celebration with RFRS

Join Real Food Real Stories on December 1 at 6:30 p.m. for the Earth Island project's first annual homecoming celebration. RFRS storytellers, partners, and community members will come togetherfor a warm, interactive evening to reconnect and celebrate in a private San Francisco home. The party will launch RFRS's year-end fundraiser (which officially starts on #GivingTuesday). Guests will gather around a seasonal meal, enjoy ugly but perfect produce on the grill, and partake in s'mores around the fire pit. More information and tickets.

Thursday November 10, 2016

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