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The latest campaign updates from Earth Island’s global network of environmental projects.

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Catered Meals from Food Shift

Food Shift Kitchen's food is good for the environment, and for the taste buds! The kitchen creates diverse and delicious menus from ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted, while providing jobs for those with barriers to employment. Revenue from the Earth Island project's catering services supports our ongoing job training and food recovery programs — it's a win-win! See Food Shift's catering page to book or learn more.

Thursday March 22, 2018

Earth Day at the Brower Center

Earth Island invites you to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. The Center, along with Citizens Climate Lobby and Our Children's Trust will be hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour. The daylong event will include three film-viewing sessions drawn from a collection of films from the 16th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival.  Get details here and buy your at Eventbrite.

Thursday March 22, 2018

Tell Starbucks to Break Free From Plastic

Every minute the equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic ends up in the ocean. Yet #Starbucks has no plan to reduce its tons and tons of plastic trash. It continues to serve billions of its iconic white paper cups that are extremely difficult to recycle because of the plastic lining, along with masses of single-use plastic lids, its signature green straws, and cutlery. In 2008, Starbucks said it would serve a 100 percent recyclable paper cup and increase reusables to 25 percent by 2015. To date, it hasn't done either. Join EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition and the hundreds of thousands of people who are already a part of this historical initiative to hold Starbucks accountable. Sign here.

Thursday March 8, 2018

Change Starts With One: Ralph Nader

Earth Island Institute staff and friends were treated to an inspiring talk about Trumpsters, the environment, and breaking through power by former presidential candidate Ralph Nader at an event moderated by EII Executive Director Dave Phillips at the David Brower Center on Tuesday, March 6. Elaborating on ideas presented in his new book Breaking Through Power, the veteran consumer advocate spoke about the legacy of Earth Island founder Dave Brower, and ways each of us can take action and work together to derail the power corporations have over politics, labor, media, the environment. "All change starts with one person," he said at the event co-sponsored by EII and the David Brower Center, and encouraged  us to stop being "bystanders" and "hand-wringers" and take action to build a better world.

Thursday March 8, 2018

Check Out the Journal’s Spring Issue

The Spring 2018 issue of Earth Island Journal is now out on newsstands and online. The issue leads with a deeply-reported feature from the Democratic Republic of Congo that explores whether a pioneering bonobo rehabilitation project can serve as a blueprint for community-driven conservation in Central Africa. Other articles include, a compelling story about the Winnemem Wintu tribe's efforts to bring back the winter run Chinook salmon to California's McCloud River; a touching essay about the toll climate change is taking on penguins in the Patagonian desert; and a timely piece about budding efforts to create a comprehensive map of the ocean floor and what this project could mean for deep sea ecosystems. 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 8, 2018

Finding Nature in Unexpected Places

"I didn't even know there was a creek here and I come here all the time!" Anastasia, a fifth grade student from Ford Elementary School in Richmond, said when she visited Wildcat Creek in Davis Park with her classmates recently. She was there to study creek-side plants, test the water quality, and clean-up trash around the creek as part of her school's Watershed Action Program with EII's KIDS for the BAY. This program strives to create a connection between students and nature in their local watersheds. Partner teachers also learn how to use the local environment to teach Next Generation Science Standards and help develop the next generation of inspired environmentalists. Action starts with connection! Learn more about KIDS for the BAY School Programs here.

Thursday March 8, 2018

New Leaders Essay Contest

Earth Island's New Leaders Initiative is hosting a high school essay contest for youth. Respond to the question "What does environmental leadership mean to you?" in no more than 500 words. Submit your essay to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by March 15.

Thursday March 8, 2018

Join Shark Stewards at the Ocean Film Festival

Join EII's Shark Stewards at the 15th annual International Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco, which kicks off with a launch party this evening at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason. The festival runs through Sunday, March 11. On Saturday, Shark Stewards Director David McGuire will be moderating a panel of Citizen Science. The project is also hosting dive films at the Roxie theater on Sunday, including one of its own film series based in Borneo. Additionally, Shark Stewards will be holding its monthly beach survey, cigarette butt count, and clean up at Aquatic Park, San Francisco at at 08:30 a.m. on Sunday, with a focus on encouraging local businesses to reduce plastic straw waste. Learn more here.

Thursday March 8, 2018

Albuquerque Council Condemns Coyote Killing Contest

On March 5, the Albuquerque City Council voted unanimously in support of a resolution condemning coyote killing contests and calling on the New Mexico legislature to ban the kill-fests entirely. Project Coyote Science Advisory Board member and wildlife biologist Dave Parsons and others provided powerful testimony at the hearing. Momentum is building across the country to ban wildlife killing contests that award prizes for killing wild animals as part of a contest, derby, or tournament—see here and here. Monday's vote in Albuquerque sends a strong message that the time is now to stop this barbarity once and for all. Join the Earth Island project's E-Team to stay informed and get involved.

Thursday March 8, 2018

Oppose Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan

President Trump and Secretary of Interior Zinke are proposing to open up the vast majority of the outer continental shelf to oil and gas leasing. This is a dangerous plan that puts our oceans, marine life, and coastal communities at risk while the fossil fuel industry benefits. Earth Island Advocates urges you to voice your opposition by submitting a written comment. Comments are due at midnight (EST) tomorrow, March 9.

Thursday March 8, 2018

Create with Nature at the Albany Bulb

Celebrate the International Day of Forests amidst the verdant groves of the Albany Bulb in Albany, CA on Sunday, March 18, and create your own art in nature! Our "art supplies" will be fallen leaves, fronds, cones, and seedpods. Zach Pine, whose socially-engaged environmental art has delighted participants all over the Bay Area, will facilitate some lightly-guided activities inspired by the many kinds of trees at the Bulb. The event is co-sponsored by Love the Bulb, a project of Earth Island's California Institute for Community, Art and Nature, and the Samavesha Community Program. There’s no fee but participation is limited to 20 people. Advance registration is required.

Thursday March 8, 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: Washing Away. Robert Beringer writes about Chesapeake Bay islands that are disappearing due to a combination of rising seas and sinking land.

Editors' Pick: Natural Pest Control Method Taking Flight. Amy Lewis reports on how farmers from Israel to California are embracing barn owls over toxic rodenticides

Thursday March 8, 2018

A Night at the Theatre for the Borneo Project

Join The Borneo Project for a reading of TIME SENSITIVE, a daring play by Amy Sass, on April 18 in Oakland, CA. Explore the impact of our perception of time on the decisions we make personally, professionally, and politically. Examine the dilemmas, paralysis, and opportunities we face in a world of technologically accelerated communication, increased connectivity, and dwindling resources. Early bird tickets on sale now. Sales will benefit the Earth Island project.

Thursday March 8, 2018

Comment on the Clean Power Plan Repeal

President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt are threatening repeal of the Clean Power Plan, the United States' hallmark carbon emissions regulation. We cannot afford to go backwards on climate policy. Earth Island Advocates is preparing testimony for a February 28 EPA listening session in San Francisco, as well as a comment letter in opposition to the proposed repeal. Registration for the listening session is now closed, but you can voice your opposition to the Clean Power Plan repeal by submitting a written comment. Comments are due by April 26.

Thursday February 22, 2018

Keep Up with Oakland’s Soda Tax

Keep Up with Oakland's Soda Tax

Want to keep up with what's happening with Oakland's Soda Tax? EII's Oakland Food Policy Council is on it! OFPC has created a new website to increase transparency around and community accessibility to Oakland's civic engagement process, and to advance opportunities for effective and equitable implementation of Measure HH, aka the Oakland Soda Tax. Check out the new site, bookmark it, and share it widely. Keep an eye out for ongoing soda tax meeting announcements, revenue updates, and information about how you can get involved.

Thursday February 22, 2018

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