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The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite stories from the last two weeks:

Most Popular: The End for Elephants? In the Journal’s Spring 2015 cover story, Tristan McConnell profiles a notorious former poacher, conservationists, and law enforcement officials in an in-depth investigation of the poaching crisis in Africa.

Editors’ Pick: In the Marrow of Our Bones. Journal columnist Anna Lappé examines our evolving understanding about how chemicals, even those previously presumed safe, can harm us. 

Thursday June 11, 2015

The San Francisco Green Film Festival Is Here!

Earth Island Institute and Earth Island Journal are excited to be partnering with the San Francisco Green Film Festival, which kicks off tonight, Thursday May 28, with an opening night reception and premiere of the film Bikes vs. Cars. The festival will continue through June 3 with 60 new documentaries that will spark your environmental imagination. For more information and to view the full screening calendar, visit the SFGFF website.

Thursday May 28, 2015

Don’t Miss the SF Green Film Festival Screening of ‘Just Eat It’ at the David Brower Center

Join Earth Island Journal and EII’s Food Shift for the Bay Area premiere of Just Eat It, a documentary that explores the issue of food waste through the lens of a couple that survives on salvaged food for full year. Following the film, Earth Island’s associate director Kevin Connelly will moderate a panel produced by students at the Student Environmental Resource Center at UC Berkeley. The panel will feature Ruben E. Canedo, coordinating chair of the UC Berkeley Food Security Committee and co-chair of the UC System Global Food Initiative Food Access and Security Committee; Dana Gunders, staff scientist with NRDC’s Food and Sustainable Agriculture program; and Dana Frasz, founder and director of Food Shift. Check out the trailer and purchase tickets for this fun night here!

Thursday May 28, 2015

Save the Date for the 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards

Earth Island Institute's Brower Youth Awards is the most prestigious award in North America for emerging environmental leaders. Join us in honoring this year's six BYA winners as we celebrate their passion, leadership, and commitment to improving our shared environment. Our 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards returns to the newly restored Herbst Theatre in San Francisco on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. RSVP for the FREE and inspiring awards ceremony, and act now to get your early bird rate tickets to our festive opening reception, where you'll meet the evening's honorees and enjoy organic fare with the Earth Island community. We also invite you to join our BYA Host Committee to provide special support to the honorees and our year-round youth leadership programs.

Thursday May 28, 2015

Don’t Miss Earth Island Journal’s Adam Federman on Living on Earth

Last week, EIJ contributing editor Adam Federman appeared on the National Public Radio news program Living on Earth to discuss his recent investigative story exposing that the FBI violated its own rules while spying on Keystone XL opponents. Several other US news outlets, including The New York Times and Democracy Now! also picked up the article, which was produced in partnership with The Guardian. Please become a Journal subscriber today. By making a donation to our Green Journalism Fund, you’ll help ensure that Federman and other Journal reporters keep doing essential fact-finding on environmental issues. 

Thursday May 28, 2015

Mark Your Calendars for June “What About Hemp” Events

EII’s Hempstead Project Heart is partnering with the California Grange to host two “What About Hemp” events in northern California this June. Both events will include a screening of the award-winning documentary Bringing it Home: Industrial hemp, healthy houses, and a greener future for America, as well as a hemp clothing fashion show hosted by EnviroTextiles. The events will also feature a question and answer session with advocates for the legalization of industrial hemp. Mark your calendars for the June 5 event in Grass Valley or the June 7 event in Sacramento, and learn more here.

Thursday May 28, 2015

Join Us to Celebrate the Release of The Borneo Project’s Latest Film

EII’s Borneo Project is excited to release Commerce or Corruption?, the second in a series of six short films highlighting the efforts of indigenous communities in Malaysian Borneo to stop the construction of 12 destructive mega-dams. Commerce or Corruption? exposes the close ties between local politicians and private construction companies that stand to make a lot of money if the dams are built. The Borneo Project will be screening the film on Sunday May 31 in Berkeley. Learn more about the screening party and fundraiser hereemail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Thursday May 28, 2015

Limited Space Still Available for Summer Camp for Social Change

Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp, an EII project, is gearing up for its seventh annual life-changing leadership camp for teens who want to change the world! Campers age 12 to 17 select a specific social justice issue to focus on during their week at camp, where they develop concrete advocacy skills, learn more about the intersections between different social justice issues, and make like-minded friends. After a week, they will leave camp with an action plan to make a difference when they go home. Youth from across the country will attend camps in California, Oregon, and upstate New York in July and August. Learn more and register here!

Thursday May 28, 2015

All One Ocean Educates Students in Hawaii

EII project All One Ocean partnered up with the National Park Service and National Geographic for the Biodiversity University segment at BioBlitz last week. At the event, which took place in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, All One Ocean educated more than 400 students with entertaining rounds of “Tower of Life,” and innovative game that teaches players about the amazing marine biodiversity in Hawai’i and the interconnected nature of the oceans. Learn more about BioBlitz 2015 and check out photos here!

Thursday May 28, 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: Kinder Morgan Paid Pennsylvania Police Department to ‘Deter Protests.’ Journal contributing editor Adam Federman exposes that Kinder Morgan paid a local police department to patrol a controversial pipeline upgrade, an arrangement the ACLU calls “flat out unconstitutional.”

Editors’ Pick: Why Edward Abbey Still Matters. Ben A. Minteer explores the life and writing of Edward Abbey, finding that in the age of humans, there is much to learn from Abbey and his view that just because we can manipulate the wild doesn’t mean we should.

Thursday May 28, 2015

Earth Island Journal Exposes FBI Wrongdoing

This week EIJ exposed that the FBI violated its own rules while spying on Keystone XL pipeline opponents in a blockbuster story reported by Journal contributing editor Adam Federman. On Wednesday, Federman appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss the article, which was produced in partnership with The Guardian. The story was also picked up by several major US news outlets including The New York Times. Investigative reporting like this takes time and money. Please become a Journal subscriber today. Your financial support will allow us to continue to shine a spotlight on law enforcement overreach. By making a donation to our Green Journalism Fund, you’ll help ensure that Federman and other Journal reporters keep doing essential fact-finding on environmental issues.  

Thursday May 14, 2015

Get Ready for the San Francisco Green Film Festival!

Earth Island Institute and Earth Island Journal are proud to be partnering once again with the San Francisco Green Film Festival. Celebrating its fifth year, the festival will screen 60 films throughout the Bay Area from May 28 to June 3. This year’s lineup of inspiring movies includes best feature winner Bikes vs. Cars, best short winner Beyond Recognition, and the SF premiere of The Cove filmmaker Louie Psihoyos’s Racing to Extinction. On June 2, you can also join EII at the David Brower Center in Berkeley for the Journal-sponsored screening of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Movie. To get more details and view the full screening calendar, visit the SFGFF website. We'll see you at the movies!

Thursday May 14, 2015

GWWI Shortlisted for the 2015 Humanitarian Water and Food Award

EII’s Global Women's Water Initiative has been shortlisted for the 2015 Humanitarian Water and Food Award (WAF). GWWI is among just 12 organizations from around the world to be shortlisted. Finalists will be invited to the 2015 award event in Milan this June. Based in Copenhagen, WAF promotes global best practices in water and food security initiatives.

Thursday May 14, 2015

Black-Faced Spoonbill Numbers Are Up

The results of the 2015 international black-faced spoonbill census are out. The annual census, performed in January, found an all-time high of 3,272 black-faced spoonbills, a 20 percent increase from 2014. SAVE International’s diligent work with local partners in Taiwan has secured protections for the spoonbill’s major wintering grounds there. Taiwan remains the largest wintering ground of this coastal Asian bird, accommodating 62 percent of the population. SAVE International will continue work to protect the spoonbill through its research collaboration with UC Berkeley and on-the-ground efforts in Taiwan.

Thursday May 14, 2015

Shark Stewards Participates in Kids Ocean Day

On May 8, EII’s Shark Stewards joined over 700 students on Kids Ocean Day as part of the Shark Watch citizen science education and conservation program. Sponsored by the California Coastal Commission and the San Francisco Marine Science Institute, the event included a beach cleanup with youth from underserved schools at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Afterwards, participants drew a giant leopard shark in the sand. You can learn more about our fun day at the beach here!

Thursday May 14, 2015

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