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Exposing Rogue Federal Agency

Earth Island’s Project Coyote has been working with media outlets to raise public awareness about the USDA’s Wildlife Services, a rogue agency whose predator control program uses taxpayer funds to kills more than 100,000 native carnivores each year. Wildlife Services’ dirty deeds were featured in recent editions of High Country News and Harper’s Magazine. Project Coyote’s science advisory board member Dr. Rick Hopkins and Ranching With Wildlife coordinator Keli Hendricks also appeared on KZYX, Mendocino County Public Broadcasting, to discuss the agency’s predator control program. Listen to their talk here.

Thursday March 31, 2016

Support Malaysia’s Sharks

In February, EII’s Shark Stewards helped launch a shark conservation campaign in Malaysia with the newly formed Sabah Shark Protection Association. Public figures and celebrities joined conservationists in support of the “breaking the bowl” campaign, which aims to end consumption of shark fin soup. Since then, the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents has responded by urging a boycott on restaurants selling shark fin soup. In more good news, Malaysian Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun is set to declare three marine parks as shark sanctuaries by mid-2016. Please sign and share this Shark Shepherd petition to support the minister in his efforts to create shark sanctuaries.

Thursday March 31, 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: ‘New Conservationists’ Push for Logging to Prevent Wildfires. Regular Journal contributor Josh Schlossberg examines whether the “new conservation” movement may be allied with the timber and biomass industries.

Editors’ Pick: Is Whale Shark Ecotourism Really Eco-Friendly? Reporter Josh Gabbatiss writes that whale sharks tours, popular among tourists, are raising concerns about impacts on the world’s largest fish.

Thursday March 31, 2016

Bay Localize Turns 10!

Bay Localize has been building equitable and resilient communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond for 10 years now, and it’s celebration time! Join the EII project for a delicious buffet brunch on April 23, complete with a House Kombucha mimosa bar. The event at the Sweets Ballroom in Oakland will include live entertainment, workshops, and children’s activities. Bay Localize will also be making a big reveal, which will be shared for the first time with event guests. This is a family affair, so please bring your loved ones. Buy tickets today and learn about sponsorship opportunities here.

Thursday March 17, 2016

The Secret Life of Mountain Lions

WildFutures founder and director Sharon Negri has produced a short film, The Secret Life of Mountain Lions, that debunks long-held perceptions of cougars as anti-social animals. The video includes extraordinary footage of a female mountain lion and her kittens in the wild. Viewers witness the compassionate nature of these remarkable animals and see behaviors that surprised even biologists! WildFutures hopes you will share, post, tweet, and blog about this stunning film. Read more about the video here. To learn more about mountain lions, please also join the Earth Island project for a webinar with researcher Mark Elbroch on March 22.

Thursday March 17, 2016

Vote to Help Food Shift win $5,000!

EII’s Food Shift is a finalist in TakePart's Re-Visionaries contest, which highlights people making a difference in their communities and offers a chance to win $5,000. Voting is open to the public — whichever project gets the most votes by midnight on March 22 takes the prize! You can vote for Food Shift founder and director Dana Franz once a day until voting closes — VOTE HERE simply by clicking on Dana's face. Please spread the word about the contest and share Food Shift’s Facebook event page.

Thursday March 17, 2016

Help Ban Rat Poison in California

California’s wildlife need your help! Although several dangerous rat poisons were taken off consumer shelves in 2014, pest control companies are still allowed to use them, and consumers can still use other rodenticides. All of these poisons continue to kill hawks, owls, bobcats, mountain lions, and other animals that prey on rodents. A bill currently under consideration in the California State Legislature would ban all of these dangerous poisons. EII’s Raptors Are The Solution needs your help to urge California legislators to pass AB 2596. Please sign this petition to let your legislators know that you support the ban. 

Thursday March 17, 2016

Root Down Farm

EII’s Real Food Real Stories is heading to Pescadero, CA on March 26 to spend the day with Dede Boies at Root Down Farm. Boies is a young, impact-driven farmer who raises heritage-breed chickens, pigs, and turkeys that help regenerate the soil. The day includes a farm tour, a scenic hike and a delicious sandwich picnic from Pescadero Country Store. If you didn't get to meet Boies at RFRS’s November Supperclub, you won’t want to miss this special event! Learn more and buy tickets here.

Thursday March 17, 2016

Stop Rim Fire Logging Now

It’s been three years since the Sierra Nevada Rim Fire, and the natural rejuvenation of the forest ecosystem is in full swing. But this ecosystem is still at risk. The Forest Service, pressured by the biomass logging industry, is now planning to approve thousands of additional acres for biomass cutting in the region. This action would harm rare and imperiled species and watersheds, in the Stanislaus National Forest, and would also spew thousands of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Join EII’s John Muir Project in stopping this plan! Call (209-532-3671 ext. 232) or email Stanislaus National Forest supervisor Jeanne Higgins today and tell her no more logging in the Rim Fire area! More information here.

Thursday March 17, 2016

Support Bold Journalism

If you haven’t yet, have a look at the Spring 2016 issue of Earth Island Journal. Earth Island provides the quarterly magazine online for free as part of its commitment to public education on environmental issues. But this type of bold, investigative reporting takes a committed effort by a team of professional journalists, editors, designers, and web masters. If you value the Journal’s brand of advocacy journalism, please join Earth Island Institute as a member, or subscribe to the print or digital editions of the Journal. And if you believe that this type of independent reporting is all too rare in today's corporate controlled media landscape, please make a tax-deductible contribution to our Green Journalism Fund here.

Thursday March 17, 2016

Apply for the Brower Youth Awards

The Brower Youth Awards is now accepting applications for its 2016 awardees!

The annual awards are given to six young people based in North America, ages 13 to 22, who show outstanding leadership in their involvement with high impact, replicable, and relevant environmental projects. Now in its 17th year, the BYA prize includes a $3,000 cash award, a professionally produced short film about the winner, and a week-long leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area that culminates in a public award ceremony. Learn more and apply here.

Thursday March 17, 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: Switching Cosmetics Can Help Teens Reduce Exposure to Hormone- Disrupting Chemicals. Regular Journal contributor Elizabeth Grossman discusses how using off-the-shelf personal care products labeled free of harmful chemicals can lead to a big drop in exposure levels.

Editors’ Pick: British Columbia Government Using ‘Judas’ Wolf in Unethical Hunt, Say Wildlife Advocates. Reporter Elizabeth Claire Alberts writes that wildlife officials may be using collared wolves to track and kill pack members time and time again in British Columbia.

Thursday March 17, 2016

Apply for the Brower Youth Awards

The Brower Youth Awards is now accepting applications for its 2016 awardees!

The annual awards are given to six young people based in North America, ages 13 to 22, who show outstanding leadership in their involvement with high impact, replicable, and relevant environmental projects. Now in its 17th year, the Brower Youth Awards prize includes a $3,000 cash award, a professionally produced short film about the winner, and a week-long leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area that culminates in a public award ceremony. Learn more and apply here.

Thursday March 3, 2016

Real Food Real Stories Picnic

There are just a few days left to get your ticket to the March 6 Real Food Real Stories Picnic with Rebecca Burgess of Fibershed! Learn more about fiber's connection to the local food system over a picnic, live music, and storytelling by Burgess, who has emerged as a pioneer in the sustainable textile movement. EII’s Real Food Real Stories is hosting this powerful gathering at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden in a stunning outdoor amphitheater surrounded by redwoods. Additional details and tickets here.

Thursday March 3, 2016

Don’t Miss Earth Island Journal’s Latest Issue

The Spring 2016 issue of Earth Island Journal, which hit newsstands this week, leads with a powerful feature about how World War II-era radioactive waste dumped in North St. Louis County, Missouri might be connected to the high number of cancers in the area. Other stories in the issue include a thoughtful piece ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown that highlights continuing public resistance to the Japanese government’s effort to reboot its nuclear energy program; a feature on the transition of the Rocky Flats nuclear site into a wilderness refuge; and a thought-provoking article about whether it is ethical, or even effective, to kill one protected species to help another. Subscribe to the Journal or buy a copy at the newsstands. Help us produce more in-depth stories like these by making a donation to our Green Journalism Fund today!

Thursday March 3, 2016

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