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IMMP Joins Opposition to Beaufort Sea Oil Drilling

Earth Island's International Marine Mammal Project has joined 30 other groups in submitting a public comment in opposition to the US Department of Interior's proposed offshore oil and gas lease sale in Alaska's Beaufort Sea in 2019. The comment asks that the department heed science, law, and American public opinion and abandon the proposal, noting that the Arctic Ocean is too sensitive, irreplaceable, and risky a place to drill. Read the full public comment.

Thursday May 31, 2018

Over 1,100 Volunteer Hours Worked at Food Shift This Year

Thank you to the wonderful volunteers who donate their time to make Food Shift's work possible. So far, 1,100 volunteer hours have been logged with the Earth Island project this year. Volunteering with Food Shift is a great way to connect to your Bay Area community, learn new skills, and get a delicious free lunch! If you are interested in volunteering, visit the Food Shift volunteer page or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with questions.

Thursday May 31, 2018

Adventures with KIDS for the BAY

"Code green!" Dominic and Eileen exclaimed excitedly from opposite corners of a rocky shoreline area of the San Francisco Bay. This was the agreed upon code for having found something amazing in nature. The first graders from Caliber Beta Academy in Richmond, CA were astonished to discover green shore crabs, acorn barnacles, and sea squirts at their local Berkeley Marina during a trip with Earth Island's KIDS for the BAY. "This was my first time picking up a crab and it was so cool!" shared Princess. KIDS for the BAY Field Trips are in full swing this spring and student scientists are busy exploring local creek, bay, and ocean habitats. "I want to be at the Marina doing this every day!" exclaimed third grader Zoe, perfectly capturing the feeling of every inspired environmentalist experiencing a day full of discovery in the outdoors. Learn more about KIDS for the BAY.

Thursday May 31, 2018

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: Orca Tokitae's Totem Pole Journey. Reporter Paula MacKay writes about the Lummi Nation's campaign to free a once-wild orca from Miami's seaquarium.

Editors' Pick: Brief Eulogies for the Animals We Have Lost. Author Daniel Hudon pays tribute to the curlews, moths, and toads that are no more in an excerpt from his book Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals: An Extinction Reader.

Thursday May 31, 2018

Another Gift to the Oil Industry

Despite the unprecedented damage to the Gulf caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Trump administration has proposed weakening offshore drilling safety regulations that were implemented in the spill's aftermath. Specifically, the administration wants to reduce oversight and monitoring of safety equipment, like blowout preventer systems. Earth Island Advocates urges you to voice your opposition to this reckless proposal and submit a comment by July 10, 2018.

Thursday May 17, 2018

Cutting Out Plastic is Good for Health

The chemicals used in the manufacture of many plastics are known to mimic estrogen activity, and there is strong scientific evidence linking exposure to these "environmental estrogens" to breast cancer. A new pilot study, ReThink Plastic, has demonstrated that changing certain behaviors — like reducing use of plastic in food preparation and storage — can reduce exposure to the toxic chemicals in plastic. EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition and Child Health and Development Studies served as co-investigators for the pilot study, which was funded by California's Breast Cancer Research Fund.

Thursday May 17, 2018

Photography with Conservation Kids

Two groups of young adults recently joined EII's Conservation Kids to connect with our environment through the use of photography. Eleven students from Casa Grande High School and 15 Junior Naturalists from Audubon Canyon Ranch's Bouverie Preserve spent the day learning about conservation photography, mastering the use of professional cameras provided by Conservation Kids, and photographing our natural world. They generated more than 5,000 images, the best of which are available on the Conservation Kids website for viewing and purchase. View their work, and make a donation to Conservation Kids.

Thursday May 17, 2018

Connecting Children and Nature

Please join Earth Island's Green Schoolyards America on May 24 for "Connecting Children and Nature in Cities and Schools: Learning from Brazil," a special, free event in the Presidio in San Francisco in honor of International School Grounds Month! Laís Fleury, director of the Alana Institute in Rio de Janeiro and coordinator of the Children and Nature program in Brazil, will provide insights into her own approach to fostering child development by promoting children's contact with nature in an urban context. The presentation will be followed by a discussion about how to help children engage with the natural world on our school grounds and in our cities. There will be a networking reception at 4:00 p.m., followed by the presentation at 4:30 p.m. Learn more and RSVP.

Thursday May 17, 2018

Register for the Chilkat Challenge Triathlon

The second Annual Chilkat Challenge Triathlon — hosted by Earth Island's Alaska Clean Water Advocacy (ACWA) to raise awareness of the importance of protecting the Chilkat River and the fish, eagles, bears, and people of the Chilkat Valley — will be held July 1 in Haines, Alaska. The Chilkat Challenge is a 40-mile paddle/bike/run for solo competitors and teams in and along the Chilkat River and the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. Learn more and register, or contact ACWA's Gershon Cohen with questions.

Thursday May 17, 2018

Food Shift Is Hiring

Food Shift is looking for someone with business, management and food industry experience to join its team as Program Manager. The ideal candidate would be passionate about Food Shift's mission, the power of food, and the potential for social enterprise to impact communities and the environment. The Program Manager is responsible for program operations and building a community of support to successfully achieve the Earth Island project's goals in a way that is in line with Food Shift's mission and contributes to organizational sustainability. Please read the full job description here and share widely.

Thursday May 17, 2018

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: Wolves Are Losing Ground to Industrial Logging in Southeast Alaska. Writer Faith Rudebusch discusses how clear-cuts are reducing both security and prey for a struggling wolf sub-species on Alaska's Prince of Wales Island.

Editors' Pick: Catch and Release Is No Fun for the Fish. Former angler Steve Cope reflects on his changing relationship with sport fishing.

Thursday May 17, 2018

Beach Cleanup

Love the Bulb, a project of Earth Island's California Institute for Community, Art and Nature, is excited to co-sponsor Zach Pine's Hands Across the Sand art and beach cleanup event at Albany Beach on May 19. Join Love the Bulb at 11 a.m. to make and play with sand globes, clean the beach, and be a part of the dozens of synchronized "Hands Across the Sand" gatherings taking place across the globe that day. Learn more and watch a video from last year's event. Love the Bulb will be there fog, rain, or shine!

Thursday May 17, 2018

Exploring Watershed Habitats

Fifth-graders from Glassbrook Elementary School in Hayward, CA recently participated in a unique environmental action project that gave them special access to beautiful private Bay Area oak woodland and grassland habitat. Biologists guided student scientists in planting valley oak acorns to improve the health of the watershed and taught the children how to use binoculars to investigate a Red-tailed Hawk nest. The field trip was the result of two years of dedicated planning and a partnership between EII's KIDS for the BAY, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Avila and Associates, and AECOM. Kids for the Bay's Watershed Action Program provides unique opportunities like this one for youth to explore and improve special watershed habitats. Learn more about KIDS for the BAY's Programs for Schools.

Thursday April 19, 2018

Help Us Protect Earth from Trump

Faced with an administration that challenges the health of our society and planet on a nearly daily basis, we at Earth Island continue to believe that our strength lies in connecting with grassroots individuals and communities who are working to protect our Earth. We are bolstered by the knowledge that the amazing men, women, and young persons who make up Earth Island's nearly 80 projects are out there striving tirelessly to achieve their goals. Your support is crucial in helping us expand the scope of our work and the number of projects we help develop. When you make a tax-deductible contribution to Earth Island Institute, you provide vital support to an entire network of committed individuals and their solutions-focused projects. Read EII Director of Operations Susan Kamprath's letter to learn more about our work and make a donation today! Thank you for your ongoing support.

Thursday April 19, 2018

Mexican Music in Nature

Join the Son de la Bahia Collective in a participatory live music and dance event featuring son jarocho folk music from Veracruz, Mexico on April 29 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will gather amidst the wild, rubbly, and art-filled spaces of the Albany Bulb, the old construction debris landfill on San Francisco Bay. Bring a picnic and enjoy spectacular bay views, wildflowers, and family-friendly company with Love the Bulb, a project of Earth Island's California Institute for Community, Art and Nature. Details and registration on Eventbrite.

Thursday April 19, 2018

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