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Check out the Journal’s Spring Issue

The Spring 2017 issue of Earth Island Journal is out on newsstands and online. The issue leads with an explanatory feature on gene drive — a revolutionary tool in the field of biotechnology that could help eradicate diseases and save species but which is also fraught with ecological and moral quandaries. Other articles include a report on Native communities that are turning into America 's first climate refugees; an intriguing feature on how cemeteries offer safe havens for many rare plant and animal species; a hopeful story about our changing relationship with American beavers; and the musings of a freshwater mussel groupie. 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 March 16, 2017

Population Education for Youth

Join Transition Earth at the 9th annual Environmental Youth Forum in San Rafael, California on March 8. The Earth Island project will be engaging with youth and educators at its table. Project director Suzanne York will also be leading a short discussion with students after a screening of the documentary FOOTPRINT, which explores the impact of population growth and consumption inequality on the world we live in. More information and registration details.

Thursday March 16, 2017

Celebrate Our Oceans

Celebrate our oceans and create ocean solutions with Earth Island's Shark Stewards at the 14th annual Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco, March 9 to 12. The festival will include film screenings, a beach clean-up, and several panel discussions on issues that affect our oceans. Shark Stewards director David McGuire will lead a panel on sharks, sanctuaries and ecotourism on Saturday, March 11. All films will be screened at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason. Tickets and more information.

Thursday March 16, 2017

Apply for Brower Youth Awards

Earth Island's Brower Youth Awards is now accepting applications for its 2017 awardees! The annual awards are given to six young people based in North America, ages 13 to 22, who show outstanding leadership in their involvement with high impact, replicable, and relevant environmental projects. Now in its 18th year, the prize includes a $3,000 cash award, a professionally produced short film about the winner, and a week-long leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area that culminates in a public awards ceremony. Learn more and apply.

Thursday March 16, 2017

KIDS for the BAY Seeks Camp Leaders

Do you, or someone you know, love teaching children and spending time outdoors? KIDS for the BAY is looking for Summer Camp Leaders and Summer Camp Assistant Leaders to join their team. Please pass these opportunities along to anyone you think would be interested. Summer camp registration is also open! The Earth Island project offers one-week day camp sessions with a variety of themes for Adventurers ages 5 to 7, Explorers ages 8 to 10, and Leaders-in-Training ages 11 to 14. Learn more and register today.

Thursday March 16, 2017

Making Soup for the Alameda Food Bank

Starting in March, Food Shift 's culinary training and employment program will be producing homemade soups for Alameda Food Bank clients using rescued produce. Learn more about how you can help bring the Oakland, California-based Food Shift Kitchen to life. The Earth Island project is also looking for a social media volunteer to support, help develop and create new content for its various online platforms and is still accepting applications for a part-time administrative and operations coordinator. To stay tuned, sign up for the project 's newsletter.

Thursday March 16, 2017

Hawaii Should Ban Styrofoam

Hawaii is continually ranked among the most beautiful places in the world, but locals know that their beaches and fragile ecosystems face increasing threats from plastic pollution. According to the Hawaii State Department of Transportation, plastic bags and polystyrene or “Styrofoam” are the top two contributors to the waste stream. EII 's Plastic Pollution Coalition strongly believes that Hawaii should ban the use of Styrofoam.

Thursday March 16, 2017

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: New Zealand Fishing Industry Accused of Driving World 's Rarest Dolphin to Extinction. Reporter Christopher Pala writes an in-depth feature about how an industry, which calls itself a "world leader" in sustainable fishing, illegally discards a third of its catch and harms endangered cetaceans.

Editors' Pick: DuPont and Chemours Settle Teflon Toxin Lawsuit for Up to $921M. Reporter Sharon Kelly explains the details of the deal that provides financial succor to 3,500 Ohio Valley residents who claim they were sickened by exposure to contaminated drinking water.

Thursday March 16, 2017

Help Stop Georgia Coyote Killing Contest

In a letter sent to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) this month, 18 scientists affiliated with Project Coyote condemned the agency-sanctioned "Georgia Coyote Challenge."As the scientists write, "This purported management tool is nothing more than a wildlife killing contest, tempting participants to kill coyotes for a chance to win a lifetime hunting license." The scientists also pointed to the DNR's contradictory position on organized coyote killing programs, citing the Georgia Deer Management Plan, which states "coyote bounties [are] viewed as an ineffective tool." Take action to help stop the Georgia Coyote Challenge, join Project Coyote's E-Team for timely updates, and watch the Earth Island project's new film trailer about wildlife killing contests.

Thursday March 16, 2017

Real Food Real Stories Is Hiring

Would you like to help EII's Real Food Real Stories connect eaters to the stories that humanize our food movement? Do you want to help inspire cultural and social change for a connected, healthy, and just food system? Are you a collaborator with experience in management, strategy, and development? If so, you might be the perfect deputy program director for RFRS! Take a look at the job description today, or share it with friends and family who are seeking new opportunities.

Thursday March 16, 2017

Reduce Microfiber Plastic Pollution

Did you know that every time you wash synthetic fabrics in a washing machine, millions of microfibers are released into the water? Plastic microfibers are too small to be filtered out by waste treatment plants, so they end up in our waterways and oceans, where they wreak havoc on marine animals and the environment. Want to learn more about what you can do to reduce this type of plastic pollution? Read Plastic Pollution Coalition's guide 15 Ways to Stop Microfiber Pollution Now. Learn more about the many ways in which plastic pollution affects the environment and us at the EII project's website.   

Thursday March 16, 2017

Apply for Brower Youth Awards

Earth Island's Brower Youth Awards is now accepting applications for its 2017 awardees! The annual awards are given to six young people based in North America, ages 13 to 22, who show outstanding leadership in their involvement with high impact, replicable, and relevant environmental projects. Now in its 18th year, the prize includes a $3,000 cash award, a professionally produced short film about the winner, and a weeklong leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area that culminates in a public awards ceremony. Learn more and apply.

Thursday March 16, 2017

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: Strawberries, Spinach Top Dirty Dozen List of Produce Containing Pesticides. Journal editor Maureen Nandini Mitra discusses a new report about the fruits and vegetables most contaminated by pesticides, including strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, and celery.  

Editors' Pick: Natural Burial Industry Is Greening End-of-Life Options. Reporter Hannah Chenoweth explores how new burial options — from artificial underwater reefs to eco-friendly woodland cemeteries — are helping to reduce postmortem pollution.

Thursday March 16, 2017

The Chilkat Challenge Triathlon

EII's Alaska Clean Water Advocacy (ACWA) is hosting the first Chilkat Challenge Triathalon, a 40-mile paddle/cycle/run along Southeast Alaska's Chilkat River on July 16. The triathlon is poised to become one of the great races of the last frontier. But it will be more than just a test of skill, strength, and stamina in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. ACWA is sponsoring the raceto raise awareness of the importance of protecting the Chilkat River and the fish, eagles, bears, and people of the Chilkat Valley who have depended on the river's wild salmon runs for more than a thousand years. Learn more about how to enter the race, become a sponsor, or donate outdoor gear.

Thursday February 16, 2017

Apply for the Brower Youth Awards

Earth Island's Brower Youth Awards is now accepting applications for its 2017 awardees! The annual awards are given to six young people based in North America, ages 13 to 22, who show outstanding leadership in their involvement with high impact, replicable, and relevant environmental projects. Now in its 18th year, the prize includes a $3,000 cash award, a professionally produced short film about the winner, and a week-long leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area that culminates in a public awards ceremony. Learn more and apply.

Thursday February 16, 2017

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