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Something Wild

Earth Island's "Something Wild" dinner on Saturday, June 11 will celebrate  three decades of innovative achievements and share the Institute's plans to continue growing environmental leadership. The evening event at the David Brower Center in Berkeley will draw on the inspiration of EII founder David Brower, who so often drew upon his "wildness within." Guests will enjoy delicious food, hear from members of the Earth Island team, and gain insight from a brief talk by guest of honor, Joanna Macy, a treasured veteran of the environmental community. Details and tickets.

Thursday May 12, 2016

Apply for the Brower Youth Awards

The Brower Youth Awards 2016 deadline is Monday May 16th! Don't miss this chance for your environmental project and leadership to be recognized. The annual awards are given to six young people based in North America, ages 13 to 22, who show outstanding environmental leadership. Now in its 17th year, the BYA 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 award ceremony. Learn more and apply. And mark your calendars for October 18 to join us for the award ceremony!

Thursday May 12, 2016

Tell The EPA To Stop Poisoning Wildlife

The US EPA is re-registering several dangerous second-generation rodenticides – the very worst of the worst – this year. In 2014, the EPA pulled these same products from consumer shelves due to the "unacceptable risk" they pose to non-target wildlife. A public comment period on the re-registration ends on June 10. Please join EII's Raptors Are the Solution in taking a stand against these dangerous products. Take a few minutes to tell the EPA you want to see these "one feeding kills" type poisons banned completely because they continue to poison wildlife, pets, and children. Comment on four different rodenticides – brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum, and difethialone. (You have to comment separately for each rodenticide.)

Thursday May 12, 2016

Supperclub with Keba Konte

Join EII's Real Food Real Stories on May 26 for an unforgettable supperclub with Keba Konte, founder of Red Bay Coffee, at his brand new warehouse in Oakland's Fruitvale district. Meet fellow coffee enthusiasts and learn more about how Konte became one of the first black coffee roasters in the country and is now committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive coffee culture. Jazz records will be deejayed by chef and author Bryant Terry, winner of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award. An East Bay chef will curate a story-inspired meal. More information and tickets here.

Thursday May 12, 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: One in Five of World's Plant Species at Risk of Extinction. Journalist Damian Carrington reports on how risks to global flora are putting food and medicine supplies at risk.

Editors' Pick: The Fall and Resurrection of the Vosso Salmon. Author Kevin Bailey weaves a compelling narrative about the collapse of Norway's Vosso salmon fishery and examines how biologists are racing to revive the "king of fish."

Thursday May 12, 2016

Book Launch with Barbara Boxer

Join Earth Island's International Marine Mammal Project and Senator Barbara Boxer for a book launch event at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley on Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m. IMMP is partnering with Hachette Books and the Brower Center for this event, which will celebrate Senator Boxer's new book and honor her environmental achievements. Learn more and reserve your tickets before they run out! This is a FREE event, but guests are encouraged to donate $30 or more to IMMP to receive a copy of Senator Boxer's new hardback book, The Art of Tough, which she will sign for you personally. Email Mary Jo Rice with any questions.

Thursday May 12, 2016

Don’t Miss the Mermaid Festival

It's almost time to get your mermaid on! Join Earth Islands's All One Ocean on June 12 for the Mermaid Festival at the Mill Valley Community Center in Marin County, California. The festival, which will begin at 1 p.m., will include an art show, face painting, and swimming with live mermaids! If you're interested in volunteering at the event, email Tracy. See you there!

Thursday May 12, 2016

Victory for Wildlife

In a major victory for wildlife, California's Mendocino County has agreed to immediately suspend its contract with Wildlife Services – the USDA body that runs the county's predator control program – pending a full environmental review of the program. The precedent-setting agreement settles a lawsuit brought against the county by Earth Island's Project Coyote, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and other allies. As reported on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle: "In Mendocino County, federal wildlife specialists working under a $144,000 contract used traps, snares, poison and other devices to kill hundreds of coyotes, mountain lions, bears, bobcats and other wildlife last year, according to the plaintiffs in the case." Read more about Project Coyote's victory here.

Thursday April 28, 2016

The Toxic Truth About Teflon Pans

Ever wondered if that chemical coating on your nonstick pan was safe for your health? Tune in to Terra Verde, KPFA radio's weekly environmental affairs program, on Friday, April 29, to learn more about the toxic chemicals that are used to make the nonstick and waterproof products we use everyday. Dr. Arlene Blum of the Green Policy Institute and Melanie Benesh, legislative attorney with the Environmental Working Group, will talk with show host and Earth Island Journal editor Maureen Nandini Mitra about the health impacts of a family of chemicals known as PFCs that are used in these products, as well as efforts to reform the inadequate laws regulating chemical use in this country.

Thursday April 28, 2016

10,000 Acres and Counting

Since 2008, Urban Bird Foundation has been working to protect burrowing owls and wildlife habitat in the places we call home. Thanks to its supporters, over the last eight years the Earth Island project has responded to 5,200 calls for assistance and has helped to restore more than 10,000 acres of habitat. With your support, Urban Bird Foundation will continue to protect burrowing owls and integrate accessible wildlife habitat into our local environments. Whether large or small, these protected areas serve as important wildlife corridors that benefit human and wildlife communities alike, including burrowing owls! Learn more and watch Urban Bird Foundation's latest video here.

Thursday April 28, 2016

Support Food Shift During East Bay Gives

On Tuesday, May 3, Food Shift will be participating in East Bay Gives, a 24-hour fundraising event during which the East Bay Community Foundation will amplify the impact of donations to participating charities. If Food Shift receives the most individual donations of $20 or more during the 4 p.m. hour or the 7 p.m. hour, the EII project will get thousands of dollars in additional funding! Donations to Food Shift will provide critical funds for the launch of Alameda Kitchen, and support strategic work on the transportation, storage, and distribution gaps that limit food recovery in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Thursday April 28, 2016

Don’t Miss the Mermaid Festival

It will soon be time to get your mermaid on! Join EII's All One Ocean on June 12 for the Mermaid Festival at the Mill Valley Community Center. The festival, which will begin at 1 p.m., will include an art show, face painting, and swimming with live mermaids! If you're interested in volunteering at the event, email Tracy. See you there!

Thursday April 28, 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: The Plight of Swaziland's Pangolins. Regular Journal contributor Ray Mwareya examines how growing demand for pangolins in Asia is putting the little-known mammal at grave risk in Swaziland.

Editors' Pick: The War Against Iceland's Highlands. Writer Gabriel Dunsmith discusses a series of dam proposals that threaten Iceland's isolated and ecologically sensitive Highland's region, one of the largest areas in Europe never to be settled by humans.

Thursday April 28, 2016

Help Nature in the City Win Grants

Nature in the City is in the running for two different grant awards and you can help them win! Vote here to help the EII project take home the San Francisco Parks Alliance "People's Choice" Action Grant for its work to expand butterfly habitat in the city's Green Hairstreak Corridor – all are eligible to vote! The project is also a top contender for a grant from San Francisco Supervisor Norman Yee's District 7 Participatory Budgeting Program. If you are over the age of 16 and live in SF's District 7, vote for the "Connecting Youth to Nature in the City's Green Hairstreak Corridor" project here by April 22.

Thursday April 14, 2016

Bay Localize Turns 10!

Bay Localize has been building equitable and resilient communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond for 10 years now, and it's celebration time! Join the EII project for a delicious buffet brunch on April 23, complete with a House Kombucha mimosa bar. The event at Sweets Ballroom in Oakland will include live entertainment, workshops, and hands on resilience building projects. Bay Localize will also be making a big reveal for the first time with event guests. The first 50 people to buy tickets to this family affair in the next five days will be eligible to win amazing prizes. Get your tickets now!

Thursday April 14, 2016

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