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World Population Day Reception

Please join EII's Transition Earth and Sierra Club's Global Population and Environment staff for an informal World Population Day reception on July 11 at the new Sierra Club headquarters in downtown Oakland.Celebrate the work being done on gender equity, global health, and conservation, and learn more about how one health clinic in Borneo is successfully combining healthcare with environmental protection. Please email Transition Earth director Suzanne York to RSVP.  To learn more about the importance of linking conservation and health projects, take part in a special webinar, Integrated Development: Learning from Population-Health-Environment, sponsored by Sierra Club. The webinar will begin at 11 a.m. Pacific Time on July 11. RSVP here.

Thursday July 7, 2016

RATS in Sacramento

In June, Raptors Are the Solution filled the California state capitol with eye-catching posters as part of its Rat Poison is Wildlife Poison campaign. RATS installed 11 posters throughout downtown Sacramento. The posters feature a Cooper's hawk, a burrowing owl, a bobcat, and a mountain lion, and all carry the same message – that rat poison infiltrates the food web and poisons more than rats. The EII project hopes to take these ads to Los Angeles and to the San Francisco Bay Area next, and thanks the Temper of the Times Foundation and supporters for funding the campaign.

Thursday July 7, 2016

Numi Foundation Joins Earth Island

Numi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Numi Organic Tea, is honored to join Earth Island Institute's network of projects.Numi Foundation is wrapping up efforts to provide clean, safe drinking water to 3,500 villagers in rural Madagascar, and to the 6,000 people living on India's largest organic, fair trade tea estate. In the fall, the foundation will circle back to its curriculum program in Oakland, where it offers experiential gardening, arts, and social studies curricula to low-income K-8 public schools. Read more about Numi Foundation's programs.

Thursday July 7, 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: Oakland City Council Votes to Ban Coal Exports in Big Win for Local Advocates. Journal associate editor Zoe Loftus-Farren writes about the Oakland City Council's 7 to 0 vote to block plans to export coal through the city, which residents argued would have further degraded air quality in West Oakland communities.

Editors' Pick: Illegal Mining, Logging, and Coca Cultivation Are Ravaging Colombia's National Parks. Author James Bargent reports on how insurgent groups and criminalized paramilitary gangs are destroying Colombia's national parks, and discusses a new peace deal with FARC that offers hope of a reprieve.

Thursday July 7, 2016

Best in the Bay

KIDS for the BAY's Summer Camp was just voted BEST in the Bay 2016 by Parents' Press readers! KIDS for the BAY campers enjoy hands-on outdoor science activities while exploring ocean habitats,hiking in redwood forests, kayaking on the bay, going on overnight camping adventures, and more! Follow the EII project's Facebook page to see campers in action this summer. There are limited spaces left in our Summer Camp sessions, so sign your kids up today!

Thursday June 23, 2016

RATS on T-Shirts

Are you good at design? Help Earth Island's Raptors Are The Solution design a new T-Shirt! RATS is partnering on a T-shirt fundraiser with FLOAT, a company that collaborates on apparel campaigns with nonprofits. The T-shirt design must include or somehow depict the slogan "Raptors Are The Solution," and must use no more than three colors. The rights for the design will be turned over to FLOAT. The winner will receive one of the T-shirts and a RATS baseball cap! Deadline for submissions is August 1 and the winner will be chosen on August 8. Email your designs to RATS. Learn more, and email with any questions.

Thursday June 23, 2016

Big Wins for Sharks

California's ban on the possession and sale of shark fins survived its third legal challenge when the US Supreme Court denied review of an appeal in the case last month. Earth Island's Shark Stewards helped write a brief filed in the case.  In other good news, last week Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed a law banning the sale of shark fins, making Rhode Island the 11th state to ban the harmful trade. Since Shark Stewards began its work in 2005, the US shark fin trade has dropped by more than half. Learn more about the project's ongoing work to save sharks and restore ocean health.

Thursday June 23, 2016

The Thousand Leaf Project

EII's Armenian Environmental Network is excited to announce the launch of The Thousand Leaf Project, a collaboration between AENand the American University of Armenia's Acopian Center for the Environment. The citizen science website aims to address the lack of accessible information on edible plants and mushrooms used by Armenians and keep traditional knowledge of Armenia's edible plants alive. Armenian communities across Armenia and the world are encouraged to collect and submit information, stories, photos, and recipes for the project. The website also provides information on sustainable harvesting methods that allow plants to continue to reproduce. Learn more about the project.

Thursday June 23, 2016

Project Coyote Sues Monterey County

Earlier this month, EII's Project Coyote joined a coalition of animal protection and conservation organizations to file suit against Monterey County for its decision to renew its contract with USDA Wildlife Services, an agency responsible for killing millions of wild animals each year. As Project Coyote highlights in its Notes from the Field blog and in the Huffington Post, wildlife managers' willful disregard of science and propensity to choose killing over conservation doesn't just undermine established law, but also violates the public trust. Please support Project Coyote in its work to defend sound science and promote a culture that values coexistence over killing.

Thursday June 23, 2016

Food Shift’s Silent Auction

Earth Island's Food Shift is hosting an online silent auction for the soon-to-launch Alameda Kitchen this week. The auction features exciting prizes, including cooking classes, A's baseball tickets, dinners for two, and of course, imperfect produce! Check out the full list of auction items and place your bid to support Food Shift's work to reduce waste, increase access to food, and provide jobs for individuals transitioning out of homelessness. The auction will close at 7:45pm on Friday, June 24. Final bid winners will be announced at the Alameda Kitchen launch party, though you don't need to be present to win. Thank you for your support!

Thursday June 23, 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: Tackling Lake Erie's Toxic Algae Blooms. Reporter Sally Barber writes about joint US-Canada efforts to reduce Lake Erie's summer phosphorous levels, which can be harmful for both humans and aquatic life.

Editors' Pick: Defending Mongolia's Growing National Park System. Gary Cook, director of Earth Island's Baikal Watch project, writes about a visit with Mongolian national park director Tumursukh Jal, who has the challenging job of managing one of the largest protected areas in northern Asia.

Thursday June 23, 2016

Check Out Earth Island Journal’s Summer Issue

The Summer 2016 issue of Earth Island Journal is out! This special issue celebrating our national parks is filled with stories and reflections about our parks and wilderness areas and what mean for us. Articles include, a thoughtful essay on the challenge of finding time to get out and enjoy America's wild spaces; a lively story on how P-22, LA's resident mountain lion the city's and biggest wildlife celebrity, is challenging us to prove that humans and wildlife can coexist; and a reflection on the evolution of the National Park Service's relations with Native Americans. Subscribe to the Journal or buy a copy at the newsstands. Help us produce more special issues like this by making a donation to our Green Journalism Fund today!

Thursday June 9, 2016

Violence on the Land

EII's Women's Earth Alliance is excited to announce the launch of its new report and toolkit, "Violence on the Land, Violence on our Bodies: Building an Indigenous Response to Environmental Violence." Developed in partnership with Native Youth Sexual Health Network, this report exposes the devastating impact extractive industries like fracking are having on the health and safety of Indigenous women, and highlights the voices of those who are working to resist this violence. WEA invites you to take action to end environmental violence. Learn more about how you can take a stand.

Thursday June 9, 2016

Earth Island Mixer

Earth Island Institute is hosting a mixer on June 21 to celebrate its two new projects —Numi Foundation and Wild Oyster Project. Linda Hunter of the Wild Oyster Project will share why she is bringing native oysters back to the San Francisco Bay, and Numi Foundation's Darian Rodriguez Heyman will discuss the foundation's clean water projects around the world. Join Earth Island at 4:30 p.m. in the EII office at the David Brower Center to meet these bold leaders and learn about their cutting-edge environmental work. The event is open to the public.

Thursday June 9, 2016

Alameda Kitchen Party

After a year of planning, fundraising, and hiring, it's time to celebrate the launch of Food Shift's Alameda Kitchen. The Earth Island project is hosting a party on June 24 to celebrate this achievement with its supporters, advisors, partners, and special guest Robert Egger, founder and president of DC Central Kitchen. Food Shift is also looking for volunteers to help with the party — if you do two shifts, you get into the party for free! Additional information and tickets.

Thursday June 9, 2016

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