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Get your Brower Youth Awards Tickets

Join Earth Island Institute for the 18th Annual Brower Youth Awards on October 17. Come celebrate the next generation of environmental leaders at San Francisco's beautiful Herbst Theater. This year's theme is "Radical Hope," an expression of the optimism and inspiration we take away from celebrating the BYA winners every year. Tickets to the awards ceremony are free. The public is also invited to meet the BYA winners at a special opening reception preceding the awards ceremony. Early bird rates for the reception are available through July 27. Learn more and get your ticket today.

Thursday July 20, 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: Advocates Plan Solar Installation Along Keystone XL Route. Reporter Ron Johnson discusses how environmental groups hope to use solar panels to block Keystone XL's path through Nebraska and promote renewable energy.

Editors' Pick: Putting the Climate Necessity Defense in Front of Juries. Attorney Ted Hamilton makes the case that judges are cutting democracy out of political trials by denying climate activists the right to present their cases to a jury.

Thursday July 20, 2017

Order Your Next Meal from Food Shift

Food Shift is now selling delicious meals made from rescued produce in the Food Shift Kitchen. In partnership with the online platform Josephine, the Earth Island project invites you to pre-order meals for pick-up on July 27 in Alameda, CA. What's on the menu? Traditional New Orleans comfort food: creamy red beans with smoked portabella, hearty greens, and rice. Soups and pasta sauces will also be available for those looking to make a quick summer meal. Read more about the menu and place your order today.

Thursday July 20, 2017

Dangerous Predator-Killing Devices

Last week, EII's Project Coyote and several other conservation groups jointly petitioned the USDA to stop using M-44 cyanide devices in Wyoming. The petition follows the deaths of several family dogs and the hospitalization of a teenager caused by the predator-killing devices. The USDA's Wildlife Services program agreed to remove M-44's from all public lands in Idaho following the filing of a similar petition in that state. Read more about the petition on the Project Coyote website and in Outside Magazine.

Thursday July 20, 2017

Earth Island Partners with Jack Johnson

Earth Island Institute is teaming up with Jack Johnson's social action network All At Once, which helps connect people with non-profits. From July 8 through August 8, The Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation will match every dollar Earth Island Institute raises, up to a total of $2,500! Donate online or contact Kim Picone for additional information.

Thursday July 6, 2017

Get your Brower Youth Awards Tickets Today

Join Earth Island Institute for the 18th Annual Brower Youth Awards on October 17. Come celebrate the next generation of environmental leaders at San Francisco's beautiful Herbst Theater. This year's theme for the awards is "Radical Hope," an expression of the optimism and inspiration we take away from celebrating the BYA winners every year. Tickets to the awards ceremony are free. The public is also invited to meet the BYA winners at a special opening reception preceding the awards ceremony. Early bird rates for the reception are available through July 12. Learn more and get your ticket today.

Thursday July 6, 2017

Promoting Women’s Water Entrepreneurship in Uganda

Congratulations to Uganda Women's Water Initiative, a sister office to Earth Island's Global Women's Water Initiative! The project will be featured in an international campaign by Aveda and Global Green Grants to promote women's entrepreneurship in water and sanitation in Gomba, Uganda! Stay tuned for the video and blog series about the campaign!

Thursday July 6, 2017

Help Your Local School Reduce Food Waste

It's not uncommon for schools to throw away good food, even when many of their students don't have enough good food to eat. In partnership with the Oakland Unified School District and the public agency StopWaste, Food Shift established a food collection and donation program for Oakland, CA schools. The Earth Island project also helped develop a guide to capture best practices and templates for replication of the food recovery program. Please share the guide with any parents or school professionals you know who might want to start a similar program.

Thursday July 6, 2017

Congressional Wildfire Science Briefing

Earth Island's John Muir Project (JPM) recently organized an educational wildfire science briefing for members of Congress. At the briefing, four scientists, including JMP's Chad Hanson, presented the facts regarding the importance of wildfires to forest ecosystems; the soaring costs of fire suppression; the harm and hubris of increasing "thinning" (aka, logging) to combat fire; and scientifically proven approaches to protecting homes and communities. A forest policy expert then discussed how current legislation fails to incorporate the bulk of this scientific evidence into policy. A video of the briefing is available online — please take some time out of your day to watch! Email Rachel Fazio for the PowerPoint slides used in the presentation or for additional information.

Thursday July 6, 2017

Ethical Traveler Podcast Coming Soon

The Ethical Traveler Podcast is in production! This September, Earth Island's Ethical Traveler will launch this exciting new project, which will feature stories, interviews, travel news, world music, and a lively array of guests. Are you collaborating with local or Indigenous communities, or working in the fields of conservation, animal welfare, or the arts? Email Jeff Greenwald if you think you might be a good fit for an interview or profile on the podcast.

Thursday July 6, 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: Conservation Groups Sue Over Wildlife-Killing Program in California. Project Coyote's Caleigh Lynn Hall writes about a recent suit against the US Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program over its outdated wildlife-killing plan for Northern California.

Editors' Pick: How a Recycling Headache Offered an Opportunity to Help the Homeless. Reporter David Guion discusses a North Carolina nonprofit that turns plastic bags into bedrolls for those in need.

Thursday July 6, 2017

Rim Fire Area Threatened by Logging

The Rim Fire area in California's Stanislaus National Forest is home to rare spotted owls, great grey owls, and black-backed woodpeckers; and full of flowers, shrubs, and naturally regenerating trees. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), however, has approved a $28 million grant to log much of the remaining burned forest habitat, remove understory vegetation, and apply herbicides. The department is relying on an inadequate and outdated environmental analysis to support the decision. Help EII's John Muir Project protect this important habitat. Submit a comment to HCD by Monday June 26 and let the department know that it needs to start fresh with a new environmental analysis before damaging this vibrant landscape. Learn more about how to comment.

Thursday June 22, 2017

Join Ethical Traveler in Cuba

This October, despite the regressive policies announced by the White House, EII's Ethical Traveler will send its sixth legal "people-to-people" delegation to Cuba. Participants will sidestep crowded Havana and focus on Eastern Cuba's lively visual arts, music, and culture. They'll meet with artists, visit community projects, and experience first hand how art and music have helped define Cuba's culture. Artists and writers are encouraged to join — each day will include time for painting, drawing, journaling, and/or photography. Learn more

Thursday June 22, 2017

Project Coyote Challenges Wildlife Killing Plan

Yesterday, EII's Project Coyote and several other conservation groups sued the USDA's Wildlife Services program over its outdated wildlife-killing plan for Northern California. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires Wildlife Services to rigorously examine the environmental effects of killing wildlife and to consider alternatives that rely on proven nonlethal methods to avoid wildlife conflicts. But the wildlife-killing program's environmental analysis for Northern California is more than 20 years old. According to the complaint, Wildlife Services must use recent information to analyze the impacts of its wildlife-killing program on the environment and California's unique wild places. Read the complaint.

Thursday June 22, 2017

Storytelling with Organic Produce Distributor

On Monday, June 26, join Real Food Real Stories for its fourth and final gathering of the year at Airbnb's beautiful HQ in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood. Participants will hear from Bu Nygrens and Karen Salinger, co-owners of Veritable Vegetable, the nation's oldest distributor of organic produce. The evening will include dinner and drinks sponsored by Airbnb, followed by an intimate discussion with the co-owner's about how they increased access to organic produce by supporting organic farmers and contributing to an equitable food system. Learn more and get your ticket today.

Thursday June 22, 2017

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