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RSVP Now for the Annual BYA

Join Earth Island Institute on Tuesday, October 20 for the 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards – the top prize for young environmental leaders in North America. EII is thrilled to present this annual event honoring bold, young leaders in the newly restored Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Support EII's work to grow environmental leadership by joining the 2015 BYA Host Committee or by purchasing a ticket for the special Opening Reception. You can also RSVP for the free BYA Awards Ceremony here. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Thursday August 6, 2015

Keep Single-Use Plastic Bottles Out of Parks

The bottled water industry has long been selling water in single-use plastic bottles at the concession stands in our national parks. But in 2012, free water stations were installed at the Grand Canyon National Park, and since then, more than 20 other national parks have done the same. Now the bottled water industry is fighting back by pushing a small, last-minute amendment to a House spending bill that prohibits parks from eliminating the sale of water in disposable plastic bottles. Join EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition in telling Congress that it can't force visitors to buy their drinking water. Sign this petition today.

Thursday July 23, 2015

Logging Won’t Stop Wildfires

Chad Hanson, director of EII's John Muir Project has co-authored an op-ed in The New York Times today criticizing a measure passed by House Republicans (as well as another similar bill before the Senate) that "all but gives away public forests to logging companies." The op-ed also highlights the ecological importance of forest fires and explains how increasing logging isn't going to stop wildfires.

Thursday July 23, 2015

Film on Zero Waste

Join Earth Island at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA on August 6 for a special screening of Racing to Zero, an upbeat documentary that tracks San Francisco's efforts to achieve zero waste by 2020 and presents new solutions to the global garbage problem. Meet with the filmmakers and the Earth Island community at the pre-screening reception, which will include hearty appetizers, drinks, and reserved seating for the 7 p.m. film — all for only $25. Ticketing details here.

Thursday July 23, 2015

Peter Coyote Speaks for Wildlife

Sometimes we need a strong voice to speak up for the wild. In June, actor, conservationist, Zen Buddhist priest and Project Coyote Advisory Board member Peter Coyote penned a powerful op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle calling out the federal government's USDA Wildlife Services program for the needless killing of more 1 million coyotes since 2000. Coyote calls for predator-friendly ranching practices. Learn about what EII's Project Coyote is doing to address this federally subsidized war on wildlife here.

Thursday July 23, 2015

RSVP Now for the 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards

Join Earth Island Institute on Tuesday, October 20 for the 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards - the top prize for young environmental leaders in North America. EII is thrilled to present this annual event honoring bold, young leaders in the newly restored Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Support EII's work to grow environmental leadership by joining the 2015 BYA Host Committee or by purchasing a ticket for the special Opening Reception. You can also RSVP for the free BYA Awards Ceremony here. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Thursday July 23, 2015

Saving Sharks in Borneo

EII's Shark Stewards is returning to Malaysian Borneo to take part in a national campaign to stop trafficking of shark fins and help create marine protected areas. As a member of the Sabah Shark Alliance, Shark Stewards will also help organize a national week of action by divers and businesses to save sabah sharks, manta rays and coral reef ecosystems in the region. Project director David McGuire will be diving with sharks and reporting about his experiences online on the National Geographic's Ocean Views site.

Thursday July 23, 2015

Art Show on Water

EII's Wholly H2O is proud to be an exhibition sponsor for the show Water, Water, Water? opening on Saturday, July 25 at the Expressions Art Gallery in Berkeley, CA. Wholly H2O director Dr. Elizabeth Dougherty's artwork, Del Monte: Industrial Water, will be on display at the show and she will be speaking briefly at the opening reception. The show will be up through October 25.

Thursday July 23, 2015

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: Congress Poised to Revise Law Regulating Chemicals Used in Commercial Products. Reporter Elizabeth Grossman looks into whether the bills seeking to amend the Toxic Substances Control Act will really protect Americans.

Editors' Pick: SeaWorld Spy Attended 2014 Orca Conference. Journal contributing editor Adam Federman reveals how the covert work of a SeaWorld employee accused of infiltrating the animal rights group PETA extended far beyond any single organization.

Thursday July 23, 2015

Join Shark Stewards for a Global Day of Action for Sharks in San Francisco

Join EII's Shark Stewards this weekend for a global day of action for sharks. Shark Stewards is urging the United Parcel Service to stop shipping shark fins as cargo, and is also collaborating with the Aquarium of the Bay to help pass the New Jersey shark fin ban currently under consideration in the legislature. Meet Shark Stewards at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 11 on the steps across from the San Francisco Ferry Terminal at 1 Embarcadero. Make a sign, wear your shark costume, and help spread the message that sharks count! Learn more here.

Thursday July 9, 2015

Earth Island Journal Is on the Road with Neil Young

This week, Earth Island Journal hit the road with Neil Young and Promise of the Real on their tour in support of their provocative new album The Monsanto Years. Neil invited EIJ to coordinate the "News You Can Trust" booth at his concerts, featuring the Journal's hard-hitting reporting and that of fellow independent media colleagues The Nation, Mother Jones, Yes!, and Permaculture Magazine. To join Earth Island Journal at a show, purchase a ticket here!

  • July 9 in Red Rocks, CO
  • July 11 in Lincoln, NE
  • July 13 in Cincinnati, OH
  • July 14 in Clarkston, MI
  • July 16 in Camden, NJ
  • July 17 in Bethel, NY
  • July 19 in Essex Junction, VT
  • July 21 in Wantagh, NY
  • July 22 in Mansfield, MA

You can also follow updates from the road on Earth Island Journal's website, Facebook, and Twitter. Thank you, Neil Young and Promise of the Real!

Thursday July 9, 2015

Greenwash Action Is Offering Green Building Advocacy Webinars

EII project Greenwash Action has partnered with the International Living Future Institute to offer a suite of online trainings for green building advocates. These webinars will help lay the foundation for local advocacy efforts by exploring three hot topics in green building advocacy: certified wood and green building certification programs; chemicals of concern; and life cycle assessment and environmental product declarations. The webinars will take place on July 21, 23, and 28, respectively. Each one-hour webinar will be co-hosted and presented by Greenwash Action's Jason Grant and International Living Future Institute's Stacia Miller. Learn more and register here.

Thursday July 9, 2015

Help Project Coyote End Bobcat Trapping in California

EII's Project Coyote is working with allies to convince the California Fish and Game Commission to pass a complete ban on bobcat trapping and make California the first state in the country with an outright ban. This cruel trapping practice is fueled by the international fur trade, which supplies markets in Europe and Asia. The commission is poised to vote on the ban on August 5, and is currently accepting public comments on the proposal. Please add your voice to the more than 10,000 people urging a statewide ban, even if you don't live in California. Sign and share Project Coyote's petition here, or take action here.

Thursday July 9, 2015

Join All One Ocean for Bay Area Beach Cleanup

EII's All One Ocean is hosting a beach cleanup on July 18 at Horseshoe Cove in Sausalito. Bring your own gloves, grabbers, rakes and buckets, and meet All One Ocean at the Presidio Yacht Club at 10 a.m. for this fun day at the beach. Read more here, or contact Katie Strong at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information. See you there!

Thursday July 9, 2015

RSVP Now for Earth Island’s 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards

Join Earth Island Institute on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 for the 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards - the top prize for young environmental leaders in North America! EII is thrilled to present this annual event honoring bold, young leaders in the newly restored Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Support EII's work to grow environmental leadership by joining the 2015 BYA Host Committee or by purchasing a ticket for the special Opening Reception. You can also RSVP for the free BYA Awards Ceremony here. Earth Island looks forward to seeing you in October!

Thursday July 9, 2015

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