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Outdoor Walking Concert at the Albany Bulb

Sweet voices and outsider art will come together at the Albany Bulb, the former landfill on San Francisco Bay, on November 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Join Love the Bulb — part of Earth Island's California Institute for Community, Art and Nature — and several choirs from Albany High School that will explore themes of love and loss through a cappella performances set amidst the Bulb's rubble and wildflowers. This is an informal strolling concert that will help us explore possibilities for future music at the Bulb. The event is free, but registration through Eventbrite is required. And join the Love the Bulb mailing list by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday October 26, 2017

Plant Trees in Richmond

Richmond Trees' 2017-2018 planting season is underway! The Earth Island project kicked-off the season by planting 40 trees during the City of Richmond's October 21 Arbor Day Celebration in Unity Park. The next planting days are November 12, December 10, and January 7. Additional dates are posted online. And don't forget about tree care events, which take place the third Sunday of the month all year long. Richmond Trees loves to see both familiar faces and new ones at tree planting and tree care events. Email with any questions, and hope to see you at the next tree event!

Thursday October 26, 2017

West Hollywood Votes for Coexistence

On October 17, the West Hollywood, CA City Council voted unanimously to implement a coyote management plan for the city that will help educate the community on the role of coyotes in an urban environment. EII's Project Coyote offered to support West Hollywood with its Coyote Friendly Communities program and model plan, which has been adopted by the California cities of Calabasas and Montebello. Project Coyote Executive Director Camilla Fox's work was also recently featured in SPEAK magazine, a new Southern California publication.

Thursday October 26, 2017

Get Ready for the Chilkat Challenge Triathlon

Alaska Clean Water Advocacy's second Annual Chilkat Challenge Triathlon will be held on July 1, 2018 alongside the beautiful Chilkat River in southeast Alaska. Those joining the Earth Island project for the race will paddle 8 miles through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, cycle 20 miles along the Chilkat River, and run for 8.5 miles to the finish line at Chilkat State Park. Registration opens November 1. Watch a video of last year's race and register for the 2018 triathlon.

Thursday October 26, 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: Governments Need to Take A Hard Stand Against Illegal Fishing Industry. Reporters Michael Sainato and Chelsea Skojec discuss recent Timor Leste shark hunts by a China-based company, and the need for independent fishery monitoring by NGOs.

Editors' Pick: 9-Year-Old Calls on Kids to Speak Up for Parks. Reporter Julia Travers writes about Robbie Bond, an elementary school student who wants to inspire America's youth to save public lands.

Thursday October 26, 2017

Join Us at the Brower Youth Awards on Tuesday

The 18th Annual Brower Youth Awards ceremony is Tuesday, October 17! Join Earth Island in honoring the next generation of environmental leaders at San Francisco's beautiful Herbst Theater. This year's theme is "Radical Hope," an expression of the optimism and inspiration we take away from celebrating the BYA winners every year. RSVP for FREE tickets to the awards ceremony and purchase tickets to the special Opening Reception. Learn more and get your tickets today.

Thursday October 12, 2017

It’s #NotWhaleFood

EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition supports #NotWhaleFood, a new campaign and call to action to protect whales, dolphins, and other marine species from the 13 million tons of plastic that enter our oceans every year. The campaign, led by Whale and Dolphin Conservation, educates the public about the role of whales and dolphins in marine ecosystems and urges easy swaps to avoid single-use plastic. Learn more.

Thursday October 12, 2017

EII Welcomes Mississippi Farm to School Network

Earth Island Institute welcomes The Mississippi Farm to School Network to its fiscal sponsorship program. The Mississippi Farm to School Network works to connect farmers with schools, bringing farm-fresh products to cafeterias, improving student health and well being, and strengthening the local agricultural economy. The project serves as the Mississippi Core Partner for the National Farm to School Network. Learn more.

Thursday October 12, 2017

Pushing to Re-Legalize Hemp in Wisconsin

Hempstead Project Heart's (HPH) campaign to re-legalize hemp production in Wisconsin is gearing up for the October 18 SB119 vote by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Tourism, and Small Business. The Earth Island project participated in a public hearing on the bill earlier this week, along with hemp experts from across the country and countless Wisconsin residents testifying in support of it. If you live in Wisconsin, lend your support to SB119 by writing your representative. Earlier this month, HPH held a "hempcrete" demonstration in Green County, Wisconsin to showcase sustainable hemp-based building methods. Read more.

Thursday October 12, 2017

Cheers to 25 Years of Environmental Education

October 2017 marks 25 years of KIDS for the BAY delivering cutting edge environmental education programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. More than 80,000 elementary school students and 3,300 classroom teachers have received KIDS for the BAY's hands-on, place-based environmental education programs in classrooms and through field trips to local creek, bay, and ocean habitats. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Earth Island project has launched the Stories of Impact video project, which tells personal stories of people significantly impacted by the organization's work. KIDS for the BAY is thankful to be a part of the Earth Island community, and looks forward to the next 25 years of environmental education and action!

Thursday October 12, 2017

“Info Before the Get Go” Webinar

Earth Island's Seeding Sovereignty presents the youth led and hosted "Info Before the Get Go!" webinar series. The series continues on October 18 at 1 p.m. Mountain Time with a webinar on eminent domain. Join Lauren Howland and Andreanne Catt along with guest presenters by registering in advance, or join the Facebook Live broadcast. Any questions? Please contact Andreanne.

Thursday October 12, 2017

Fighting to Protect Taiwan’s Wetlands

EII's SAVE International is appealing to a public ethics commission to help Taiwan's Jiading and Yong-An wetlands get the protection they deserve. These two sites provide critical habitat to endangered black-faced spoonbills and other birds, and therefore qualify as "Wetlands of National Importance" under Taiwan's Wetland Protection Act. Officials in the Kaohsiung City Government (KCG), however, have resisted this designation, as it would block their plans to build a road through Jiading Wetland and a gas-fired power plant on Yong-An Wetland. KCG recently removed protection from two-thirds of Yong-An Wetland, after withholding announcements of public meetings and after at least one public official condoned threats against pro-wetland activists and their families. Visit SAVE's campaign page for more information.

Thursday October 12, 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: Reflections on Houston in a Time of Contradiction. Reporter Samantha Harvey reflects on environmental injustices in Houston, and discusses the need to fight for a more equitable future.

Editors' Pick: A Tale of Two Wild Sisters. Writer Megan Claase delves into the story of two African wild dog siblings, and reminds us of the challenges wild predators face in an anthropocentric world.

Thursday October 12, 2017

Get Your BYA Tickets Today

The 18th Annual Brower Youth Awards ceremony is less than three weeks away! Come celebrate the next generation of environmental leaders with Earth Island Institute on October 17 at San Francisco's beautiful Herbst Theater. This year's theme is "Radical Hope," an expression of the optimism and inspiration we take away from celebrating the BYA winners every year. RSVP for FREE tickets to the awards ceremony and purchase tickets to the special Opening Reception. Learn more and get your tickets today.

Thursday September 28, 2017

135+ Organizations Demand a Just Harvey Relief Effort

EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition has joined organizations across the country in a joint statement demanding that recovery funds for Hurricane Harvey flow to frontline communities, not to the oil, gas, and petrochemical companies that compounded Harvey's impacts by exposing communities and first responders to toxic pollutants. Add your organization's name to the statement here.

Thursday September 28, 2017

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