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

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Earth Island Projects Head to UN Oceans Conference

Two Earth Island projects are heading to New York in June for the United Nations Oceans Conference, which aims seek solutions to reverse the decline in ocean health. Shark Stewards is advocating for the UN to address illegal fish bombing, a destructive fishing method that kills non-target fish and destroys coral reefs. Learn more about the campaign, take the Stop Fish Bombing! pledge, and follow the project on social media June 5 to 9 to get live updates. Plastic Pollution Coalition will also be participating in the conference, where it will initiate an education campaign in support of a new framework convention around single-use plastic production. As part of that effort, PPC will be co-hosting an event with the German government to discuss solutions to the global plastic pollution problem.

Thursday May 11, 2017

Last Chance for BYA Applications

Earth Island's Brower Youth Awards is still accepting applications for its 2017 awardees, but the deadline is just four days away! 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 18th year, the award includes a $3,000 cash prize, a professionally produced short film about the winner, and a weeklong leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area that culminates in a public awards ceremony. Learn more and apply by May 15.

Thursday May 11, 2017

Run with Richmond Trees

Richmond Trees' third annual Run for the Trees team is coming together on May 27 for the Nieto Trails Race. The Earth Island project is calling all friends, supporters, runners, and walkers — of all ages and levels — to join the Richmond Trees team at the race in Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. We encourage team members to use this as an opportunity to fundraise for Richmond Trees and get your friends and family to sponsor you! It's a great way for people to support you and your fitness goals while helping raise money to plant more trees in Richmond, CA. We're looking for participants to raise $250.00 each. If you would like to be on the team, but prefer not to raise funds, that's fine too — Richmond Trees would still love to have you participate! Additional information.

Thursday May 11, 2017

Congrats to Plant to Plate Program Graduates

West County DIGS' Plant to Plate Apprenticeship Program is a collaborative Richmond, CA project designed to develop job skills and foster career opportunities for the city's youth. Building on the widespread success of the farm-to-table culinary movement, the Plant to Plate program enables young people to apprentice with Richmond-based experts in both food production and preparation. Guided by Arnon Oren, master chef and owner of Oren's Kitchen, and Kelli Barram, a Master Gardener and educator, participants have learned about the entire food cycle, from planting to farming to professional food preparation. The first group of apprentices will graduate from the Earth Island project's 14-week program on May 20. Read more about the program.

Thursday May 11, 2017

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: In Peru, Learning from the Nasca. Author Kathryn Huber explores parallels between the demise of the ancient Nasca culture and contemporary environmental challenges.

Editors' Pick: Injured Birds of Prey Find a Caring Home in Kenya. Reporter Kari Mutu writes about how one of Kenya's only raptor rehabilitation centers is lending a helping hand to owls and eagles while raising awareness about oft-overlooked species.

Thursday May 11, 2017

Volunteer with the Food Shift Kitchen

The Food Shift Kitchen is producing about 200 pounds of nutritious prepared food every week in Alameda, CA with the help of four kitchen apprentices and several community volunteers. With just a few more volunteers, Food Shift could process and share even more delicious food with the East Bay community. Read about Food Shift's work in the Alameda Sun and join the EII project for a three-hour volunteer commitment. Shifts are available Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and vegetarian lunch is provided! Learn more and sign up. Food Shift is also looking for committed social media and administrative volunteers who are passionate about food justice and eager to get involved in the East Bay food community. Email Aya for more information.

Thursday May 11, 2017

Time Is Running Out for BYA Applications

Earth Island's Brower Youth Awards is still accepting applications for its 2017 awardees, but the deadline is drawing near! 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 18th year, the award includes a $3,000 cash prize, a professionally produced short film about the winner, and a weeklong leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area that culminates in a public awards ceremony. Learn more and apply by May 15.

Thursday April 27, 2017

Vegan Earth Day in Berkeley

Join Earth Island Institute at Berkeley Vegan Earth Day this Sunday, April 30. This fun event brings the vegan and environmental communities together to celebrate their parallel vision for a sustainable future. Dozens of vendors have signed up to share their delicious sustainable foods, eco-friendly products, and epic activism. Sit in on educational and earth-friendly talks from experts, activists, and more! This family friendly celebration begins at 10 a.m. at the David Brewer Center in downtown Berkeley. Entry is free for children under 13 accompanied by a paying adult. Learn more and buy your ticket today.

Thursday April 27, 2017

Food Justice in Oakland

This spring, EII's Oakland Food Policy Council is expanding the conversation around food justice at the Your Roots are Showing: Stories on Food, Culture and Ancestry storytelling seminar on May 10 in Oakland. This dynamic evening event aims to raise awareness about four women of color, all prominent chefs in Oakland's food movement, and foster a space for marginalized communities to strategize on acts of solidarity around food equity in Oakland. Speakers will share ancestral recipes and personal accounts of cultural identity and food access. The event is free, however, a $10 donation is encouraged. Reserve your spot today!

Thursday April 27, 2017

Volunteer with the Food Shift Kitchen

The Food Shift Kitchen is producing about 200 pounds of nutritious prepared food every week with the help of four kitchen apprentices and several community volunteers. With just a few more volunteers, Food Shift could process and share even more delicious food with the local community in Alameda. Read about the Food Shift's work in the Alameda Sun and join the EII project for a three-hour volunteer commitment. Shifts are available Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and lunch is provided! Learn more and sign up.

Thursday April 27, 2017

Help Ban Wildlife Trade in Nevada

Senate Bill 194, introduced by Shark Stewards and The Humane Society of the United States to ban the trade and traffic of endangered and exotic wildlife in Nevada, has passed the Nevada state senate. The bill now heads to an assembly committee. If passed, the bill would ban the trade of shark fins, ray gills, elephant ivory, rhino horn, pangolin, giraffes, and big cats. Las Vegas is the largest point source consumer of shark fin in the US, and Shark Stewards is generating public and partner support for the state bill. If you're a Nevada resident, please contact your representative and express support for the bill. Members of the general public can provide support by signing an online petition. Get involved today.

Thursday April 27, 2017

Plant Trees in San Pablo

Richmond Trees and the Watershed Project will be planting trees this Sunday, April 30 at Wanless Park in San Pablo, CA. The Earth Island project will be planting from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will have water and snacks for everyone who joins. This is a family-friendly event and all are welcome. Please wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle, any tools that you like to use, and gloves if you have them. Learn more here. We hope to see you there!

Thursday April 27, 2017

Live Storytelling with Central Valley Farmer

Join Real Food Real Stories and certified-organic Avalos Organic Farm founder and owner Efren Avalos for a thoughtfully curated picnic in Oakland on May 16. The intimate event will be filled with live-storytelling and include a light meal from the world's first produce-only restaurant, Core Kitchen. Participate in a discussion with Efren, who will share his story as a fifth-generation farmer who immigrated to the US at 17, and hear about his experience owning and operating a farm in the current political climate. Tickets are $15-$40. Learn more and get your ticket today.

Thursday April 27, 2017

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: When Rivers Hold Legal Rights. Writer Shannon Biggs discusses recent decisions in New Zealand and India to recognize personhood for ecosystems.

Editors' Pick: Of Turkey Tails, Samoans, and How Culture Imbues Food. Author Michael Carolan writes about how Big Food finds markets for less desirable animal parts in the Pacific Islands, a practice that has implications for both culture and health.

Thursday April 27, 2017

Spring Wildlife Expo

Join EII's Project Coyote at the Wildlife Conservation Network Spring Expo in San Rafael, CA this Saturday, April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The expo offers a unique opportunity for wildlife lovers to come together and hear from conservation heroes from around the world. Swing by Project Coyote's table, meet some of the team, and pick up free literature and some swag. More information.

Thursday April 27, 2017

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