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Visit the SF Green Festival

The San Francisco Green Festival will be held at Fort Mason this weekend (November 14 to 16). Enjoy the widest array of sustainable products, innovative green speakers, and activities for the entire family! As a sponsor for this year's Green Festival we invite you to attend at a special rate. Get your 50% off your tickets by clicking on this link and entering the Code: EARTHISLAND14. Check out the festival event guide and visit Earth Island at our booth #585 in the Festival Pier pavilion!

Thursday November 13, 2014

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: Berkeley Bellwether: What the Soda Tax in this City Means for the Country. Journal’s new columnist Anna Lappé explains how the face of Berkeley vs. Big Soda is the face of mainstream America.

Editors’ Pick: The Hangover: Mourning After the 2014 Election. Journal editor Jason Mark breaks down what the midterm election results mean for the environment and for the US environmental movement

Thursday November 13, 2014

Help Food Shift Assess Impact

EII's Food Shift launched public awareness ads in BART trains and stations in September to highlight the connection between food waste and water waste. Have you seen our ads? Please take a moment to take our short survey so we can assess the impact of the ads. Looking for holiday plans? You're invited to the FARMcurious Holiday Party on December 6 in Oakland! All proceeds will go to Food Shift.

Thursday November 13, 2014

Student Sustainability Convergence

EII’s California Student Sustainability Coalition is hosting its fall convergence – “Act Collectively, Transition Together: Systems for Justice” – this weekend (November 14 to 16) at the University of California, Davis. The event will feature inspiring guest speakers, student and community led workshops, breakout sessions exploring sustainability, ecology, economy, and equity, as well as delicious local cuisine. Learn more and register today!

Thursday November 13, 2014

Help Us Choose Our Next Cover

Who do you prefer – Larry or Mandy? Take this poll and help us choose the cover for Earth Island Journal’s Winter issue, which is going to lead with a special feature on the radical movement demanding chimpanzees, dolphins, whales, and elephants be recognized as nonhuman persons.

Thursday October 30, 2014

New Book Tracks Logging in Borneo

Please join EII’s The Borneo Project in Berkeley on November 16 to celebrate the release of Money Logging, a new book by Lukas Straumann that investigates the massive destruction of the Borneo rainforest by Malaysian loggers. Straumann will be there to sign books, answer questions, and speak about the network of criminals who have earned billions through illegal timber sales and corruption in Borneo and their connection in California. The launch party will start at 3 p.m. at University Press Books and is free to attend. Learn more on The Borneo Project’s Facebook page and RSVP today!

Thursday October 30, 2014

Women Bringing H2Ope to their Communities

Global Women's Water Initiative, EII’s newest project, invites you to meet with grassroots women leaders, Godliver Businge of Uganda and Rose Wamalwa of Kenya, who will share inspiring stories about how women in their home countries are transforming from “Water Bearers” to “Water Providers” and entrepreneurs. The free event, on November 13 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California, has limited seating, so please RSVP here.

Thursday October 30, 2014

Mushroom Hunt in the Sierra Gordas

EII’s Viva Sierra Gorda is currently hosting California Bay Area mycologist Alan Rockefeller at the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. Rockefeller, who specializes in the mountain cloud forests of Mexico, has found an amazing diversity of mushrooms in the reserve, including more than 90 edible species. He will be hosting a mushroom hunt this weekend in collaboration with Sierra Gorda Ecotours and another one in July 2015. Visit Viva Sierra Gorda’s Facebook page to learn more.

Thursday October 30, 2014

Citizens Oppose Idaho Wolf-Hunting Contest

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has received nearly 40,000 comments opposing the group Idaho for Wildlife's request for a special recreation permit to host a “predator derby” in central Idaho every January for five years.The derby would involve contestants killing wolves, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, and other predators. EII's Project Coyote has challenged the permit request. The BLM is expected to issue a decision by next week. Project Coyote is on the brink of winning the battle to ban this practice in California, with a final vote by the California Fish and Game Commission expected on December 3. For more on this issue, please view this message from executive director Camilla Fox.

Thursday October 30, 2014

Celebrate Rhythms of Resilience

San Francisco-based arts collective Audiopharmacy will be headlining Bay Localize’s fall fundraiser – Reel Rhythms of Resilience– in Oakland on November 14. Don't miss the opportunity to celebrate with the Indigenous hip hop ensemble, which will also be releasing its "State of the Heart" live album at the gala. Listen, dance, take in the interactive, multi-disciplinary live arts-audio-visual experience and support the Earth Island project as it shares stories of resilience, environmental justice, and community self-determination through film and music. Event and ticket details here.

Thursday October 30, 2014

A Grand Success

Earth Island’s 15th Annual Brower Youth Awards ceremony, honoring six young environmental leaders from across North America, was a grand success. The inspiring October 21 event drew an audience of 1,000 guests. Watch the video profiles of this year’s winners and help us to meet our $15,000 matching gift offer by making a donation in support of BYA by Tuesday, November 4.

Thursday October 30, 2014

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: Protecting the “Last Ocean.” Winnie Bird reports on ongoing efforts by delegates from 24 countries and the EU to create two massive marine preserves in the Antarctic.

Editors’ Pick: Deep Undercover: Police Officer in UK Fathered a Child with an Activist as Part of an Investigation. Journal contributing editor Adam Federman writes how a court settlement in this case appears to be an attempt to evade questions about the ethics of police infiltration.

Thursday October 30, 2014

Feeding Thousands With Surplus Food

EII’s Food Shift recently cohosted Zero Food Waste Forum and Feeding the 5,000 – two high-profile events that were milestones in the national movement to end food waste and hunger. The project recovered 1,000 pounds of surplus food to serve at the Zero Food Waste Forum and fed hundreds of attendees, demonstrating first-hand the incredible abundance of food in the Bay Area and its ability to feed those in need. Sign up for the Food Shift’s email newsletter to learn more. Support Food Shift’s work by texting SHIFT to 41444 and making a donation.

Thursday October 30, 2014

Visit the SF Green Festival

The San Francisco Green Festival will be held at Fort Mason from November 14 to 16. Enjoy the widest array of sustainable products, innovative green speakers, and activities for the entire family! Check out the festival schedule and don't forget to purchase your tickets online and save $5!

Thursday October 30, 2014

Predatory-Friendly Workshop

EII's Project Coyote is excited to partner with Marin-based Fibershed in offering a predator friendly workshop at The Third Annual Fibershed Wool & Fine Fiber Symposium on November 15 in Point Reyes Station, CA. Come learn about Marin County's unique Livestock & Wildlife Protection Program and about innovative nonlethal predator deterrents. Local artisans and farmers will be selling their freshly farmed, locally grown and made creations. Event details and ticket information here.

Thursday October 16, 2014

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