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

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Action Needed Today to Protect Our Forests!

The Congress has proposed a provision in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill that would categorically exclude 3,000-acre logging projects on Federal Forest Land from environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act. This proposal is bad for forests, bad for the climate, and won't protect communities from wildfires. If the bill — which will be voted on by midnight tomorrow — passes, areas as large as three times the size of Golden Gate Park could be clear cut without proper analysis of impacts to the environment or public scrutiny! EII's John Muir Project urges you to call Democrat Party leaders — Senator Chuck Schumer (202 224-6542) and Representative Nancy Pelosi (202 225-4965) — and your local senators today and tell them to strip this provision from the Omnibus Bill or to vote against this bill in its entirety. Find contact information for your senators here.

Thursday March 22, 2018

Turmeric Tales and Dinner

Join EII's Real Food Real Stories in San Francisco on March 28 for an intimate conversation with Sana Javeri Kadri, founder of the queer, woman-of-color owned Diaspora Co. a single-origin turmeric company. The curated evening will take place at WeWork SoMa, where we will gather over a shared meal provided by sweetgreen and listen to Sana's fascinating journey into finding the world's best turmeric while supporting a global, equitable and sustainable agricultural system. For tickets and more details on the event go here.

Thursday March 22, 2018

Cultivate Oregon Sues USDA

Earth Island's Cultivate Oregon, along with Center for Environmental Health, Center for Food Safety, and International Center for Technology Assessment, filed a complaint yesterday, March 21, in the Northern District of California the US Department of Agriculture over its withdrawal of the widely-supported Organic Livestock and Poultry Practice Rule. The lawsuit seeks immediate implementation of the rule and its improved livestock care standards. The plaintiffs are being represented on a pro bono basis by Center for Food Safety.

Thursday March 22, 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:

Editors' Pick: The Rocky Road to Wolf Recovery. Biologist and writer Paula MacKay delves into the challenges these apex predators face as they try to reestablish themselves in the North Cascades.

Thursday March 22, 2018

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

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