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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: The Comeback of the Atlantic Great White Shark. Author Dustin Wicksell describes how great white sharks have enjoyed both rising population numbers and improved public perception in the US Atlantic coast region.

Editors' Pick: How Green Are Oregon's Forest Management Practices?  Regular Journal contributor Elizabeth Grossman reviews a new documentary, Behind the Emerald Curtain, which examines Oregon's lax regulation of logging on private land.

Thursday November 5, 2015

Embrace the Power of Networking

EII's Children in Nature Collaborative is co-sponsoring a webinar on Wednesday, October 28 about how a network approach to work can generate new energy, connect people strategically, increase access to diverse perspectives, and facilitate knowledge sharing. The webinar will be conducted by June Holley, author of the Network Weaver Handbook, a Guide to Transformational Networks. Register here to learn how networking can fundamentally transform your work.

Thursday October 22, 2015

Food Shift’s New Kitchen Project

EII's Food Shift is launching a kitchen project to transform wasted food into affordable and nutritious meals. The new project will utilize the kitchen at the Alameda Point Collaborative, a housing community for formerly homeless individuals and families. The project will also provide job training and employment for community residents. Food Shift has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the project with the goal of raising $30,000 in 30 days. The project has already raised nearly $15,000 in 14 days. Donate here to help Food Shift meet its goal!

Thursday October 22, 2015

Celebrate Sharktober

EII's Shark Stewards has been busy this Sharktober. Earlier this month, tourists witnessed a great white shark preying on a seal near Alcatraz Island. The event, captured on video, is believed to be the first recorded predation by a great white shark in the San Francisco Bay, and is a sign of improved health within the bay ecosystem. In anticipation of the Dolphin Club's October Escape from Alcatraz triathlon, Shark Stewards founder David McGuire helped lead a swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco to demonstrate that the bay waters were safe. Join Shark Stewards at one of the many Sharktober events in the Bay Area this month, and support the project's work by sponsoring a swimmer in the annual Swim for Sharks event on November 1.

Thursday October 22, 2015

Towards an Equitable Climate Agreement

The Climate Equity Reference Project, a project of EII's EcoEquity and the Stockholm Environment Institute, is having a real impact at the pre-Paris climate talks through it's work to analyze climate action pledges of individual nations. The project's analysis was used in the recent Civil Society Equity Review of INDCs report, which found that we are not on track to keep warming below the stated 2┬░C goal, and that there is a disparity between the ambitious plans submitted by developing countries and the far less ambitious plans offered by developed countries. Over the next two months EcoEquity will continue to work for an equitable and effective climate agreement in Paris.

Thursday October 22, 2015

Landmark Environmental Ruling in Serengeti Highway Legal Case

EII's Serengeti Watch is excited to announce a landmark environmental decision by the East African Court of Justice. The decision, announced this summer, made it clear that if Tanzania decides to resurrect the destructive Serengeti Highway project – that would cut through the northern part of the park – it would face a daunting legal challenge. The decision also affirms that the Court has jurisdiction over East African Community member states on shared environmental issues. Serengeti Watch provided support for the legal challenge to the highway project. Read more about this landmark decision here.

Thursday October 22, 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: AWE: Diary. Author Brooke Williams reflects on the moments of wonder we experience in nature that shift our focus from our individual selves to the great, and potentially powerful, collective.

Editors' Pick: Climate, Cows, and the California Golden Trout. Lifelong angler Michael Carl describes how the headwater streams of the endemic California golden trout, which are already impacted by overgrazing, now face another serious threat from climate change.

Thursday October 22, 2015

Talking About Inequality

In honor of its 150th anniversary, The Nation magazine and The Commonwealth Club will be presenting "Less Equal than Ever" – a conversation about our country's inequality crisis – with Van Jones, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Robert Reich, and Ai-jen Poo, at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco on November 17. Join the conversation on this crucial issue that Earth Island Journal's media partner has long been sounding the alarm on. Details and ticketing information here.

Thursday October 22, 2015

Brower Youth Awards Promise to Inspire

Earth Island Institute's 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards is less than two weeks away! Join us on Tuesday, October 20, to honor and celebrate six young environmental leaders for their outstanding efforts to promote ecological sustainability and social justice. RSVP today for the FREE Awards Ceremony, or get your tickets for the special Opening Reception here. Help us spread the word about BYA by sharing this event page link.

Thursday October 8, 2015

Climate Problem: Too Small to Solve

Tom Athanasiou, executive director of EII project EcoEquity, will be speaking at TEDx San Francisco on October 29. The conceit of the talk is from Eisenhower, who once told an interviewer that: "Whenever I can't solve a problem, I make it bigger." Athanasiou will argue that the climate problem is too small to solve on its own. Ticket details here.

Thursday October 8, 2015

Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival

Planet Earth Arts, an initiative of EII's Sustainable World Coalition, is presenting The Water Plays, an evening of six short, powerfulone-act plays that explore WATER as the essence and source of all life, which is now threatened with pollution, scarcity and acidification. The performances will be held at the Berkeley Repertory Theater on Monday, October 12, and at Stanford University on Wednesday, October 14. SF Weekly called the recent round of Planet Earth plays "Amazing…a talented display of beauty, rage, physical comedy and striking use of language." For details and ticketing formation, go here.

Thursday October 8, 2015

Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature

Join EII at the 2015 Bioneers Conference from October 16 to 18 in San Rafael, California, and participate in conversations about restorative justice, climate mitigation, Indigenous knowledge and so much more! Former Brower Youth Awards winners, Junior Walk and Lynea Shuck will speak at the event, and this year's BYA winners will share strategies for young activists at a Friday, October 16, workshop; longtime Earth Island Journal editor, Jason Mark will be on a panel Friday afternoon as well. See the full schedule here. Get $50 off 3-day passes with the discount code: EARTHISLAND15 Register here.

Thursday October 8, 2015

On the Road Again With Neil Young

Earth Island Journal is on the road with Neil Young and Promise of the Real right now as the musicians traverse the West Coast on their "Rebel Content Tour" in support of their provocative new album The Monsanto Years. Come hang out with EIJ and fellow independent media colleagues The Nation, Mother Jones, Yes!, Permaculture Magazine, and The Funny Times at the "News You Can Trust" booth at the concerts, which run through October 17 on or near university campuses. Forthcoming stops include: Santa Barbara, CA, Las Vegas, NV, San Diego, Los Angeles, and our home town, Berkeley, CA. Show and ticket info here.

Thursday October 8, 2015

New Beach Clean Up Stations

After several years of collaboration with Golden Gate National Recreation Area/National Park Service, EII's All One Ocean has three new Bay Area Beach Clean Up Stations. Two of these Stations are in Tennessee Valley and one is at Muir Beach. The Tennessee Valley Trailhead Station is the project's first-ever watershed BCUS. The Tennessee Valley Watershed drains into Tennessee Valley Beach.

Thursday October 8, 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: Environmental Activists Continue to Face Interrogations at US-Canada Border. Journal contributing editor Adam Federman reports on how members of Deep Green Resistance were denied entry to Canada on the way to a Chris Hedges' lecture.

Editors' Pick: The Truth Behind That "Crappy" Cup of Coffee. Reporter Elizabeth Claire Alberts writes about how civet cats are caged and force-fed in Indonesia to feed the world's growing demand for kopi luwak.

Thursday October 8, 2015

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