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Help Ban Rat Poison in California

California’s wildlife need your help! Although several dangerous rat poisons were taken off consumer shelves in 2014, pest control companies are still allowed to use them, and consumers can still use other rodenticides. All of these poisons continue to kill hawks, owls, bobcats, mountain lions, and other animals that prey on rodents. A bill currently under consideration in the California State Legislature would ban all of these dangerous poisons. EII’s Raptors Are The Solution needs your help to urge California legislators to pass AB 2596. Please sign this petition to let your legislators know that you support the ban. 

Thursday March 17, 2016

Root Down Farm

EII’s Real Food Real Stories is heading to Pescadero, CA on March 26 to spend the day with Dede Boies at Root Down Farm. Boies is a young, impact-driven farmer who raises heritage-breed chickens, pigs, and turkeys that help regenerate the soil. The day includes a farm tour, a scenic hike and a delicious sandwich picnic from Pescadero Country Store. If you didn't get to meet Boies at RFRS’s November Supperclub, you won’t want to miss this special event! Learn more and buy tickets here.

Thursday March 17, 2016

Stop Rim Fire Logging Now

It’s been three years since the Sierra Nevada Rim Fire, and the natural rejuvenation of the forest ecosystem is in full swing. But this ecosystem is still at risk. The Forest Service, pressured by the biomass logging industry, is now planning to approve thousands of additional acres for biomass cutting in the region. This action would harm rare and imperiled species and watersheds, in the Stanislaus National Forest, and would also spew thousands of tons of carbon into the atmosphere. Join EII’s John Muir Project in stopping this plan! Call (209-532-3671 ext. 232) or email Stanislaus National Forest supervisor Jeanne Higgins today and tell her no more logging in the Rim Fire area! More information here.

Thursday March 17, 2016

Support Bold Journalism

If you haven’t yet, have a look at the Spring 2016 issue of Earth Island Journal. Earth Island provides the quarterly magazine online for free as part of its commitment to public education on environmental issues. But this type of bold, investigative reporting takes a committed effort by a team of professional journalists, editors, designers, and web masters. If you value the Journal’s brand of advocacy journalism, please join Earth Island Institute as a member, or subscribe to the print or digital editions of the Journal. And if you believe that this type of independent reporting is all too rare in today's corporate controlled media landscape, please make a tax-deductible contribution to our Green Journalism Fund here.

Thursday March 17, 2016

Apply for the Brower Youth Awards

The Brower Youth Awards is now accepting applications for its 2016 awardees!

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 17th year, the BYA prize includes a $3,000 cash award, a professionally produced short film about the winner, and a week-long leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area that culminates in a public award ceremony. Learn more and apply here.

Thursday March 17, 2016

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: Switching Cosmetics Can Help Teens Reduce Exposure to Hormone- Disrupting Chemicals. Regular Journal contributor Elizabeth Grossman discusses how using off-the-shelf personal care products labeled free of harmful chemicals can lead to a big drop in exposure levels.

Editors’ Pick: British Columbia Government Using ‘Judas’ Wolf in Unethical Hunt, Say Wildlife Advocates. Reporter Elizabeth Claire Alberts writes that wildlife officials may be using collared wolves to track and kill pack members time and time again in British Columbia.

Thursday March 17, 2016

Apply for the Brower Youth Awards

The Brower Youth Awards is now accepting applications for its 2016 awardees!

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 17th year, the Brower Youth Awards prize includes a $3,000 cash award, a professionally produced short film about the winner, and a week-long leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area that culminates in a public award ceremony. Learn more and apply here.

Thursday March 3, 2016

Real Food Real Stories Picnic

There are just a few days left to get your ticket to the March 6 Real Food Real Stories Picnic with Rebecca Burgess of Fibershed! Learn more about fiber's connection to the local food system over a picnic, live music, and storytelling by Burgess, who has emerged as a pioneer in the sustainable textile movement. EII’s Real Food Real Stories is hosting this powerful gathering at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden in a stunning outdoor amphitheater surrounded by redwoods. Additional details and tickets here.

Thursday March 3, 2016

Don’t Miss Earth Island Journal’s Latest Issue

The Spring 2016 issue of Earth Island Journal, which hit newsstands this week, leads with a powerful feature about how World War II-era radioactive waste dumped in North St. Louis County, Missouri might be connected to the high number of cancers in the area. Other stories in the issue include a thoughtful piece ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown that highlights continuing public resistance to the Japanese government’s effort to reboot its nuclear energy program; a feature on the transition of the Rocky Flats nuclear site into a wilderness refuge; and a thought-provoking article about whether it is ethical, or even effective, to kill one protected species to help another. Subscribe to the Journal or buy a copy at the newsstands. Help us produce more in-depth stories like these by making a donation to our Green Journalism Fund today!

Thursday March 3, 2016

Coexisting with Native Carnivores

Come hear Project Coyote founder and executive director Camilla Fox speak at the Oakland Zoo on March 18 about why native carnivores matter and how they keep ecosystems healthy. America’s war against predators is costly, brutal, and ineffective. Learn about national programs aimed at stopping the mistreatment and mismanagement of carnivores through education, science, and advocacy. All proceeds benefit Earth Island’s Project Coyote. No registration is necessary – tickets are available at the event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Additional details here.

Thursday March 3, 2016

Earth Island Institute Mixer!

Earth Island Institute invites you to a mixer on Tuesday, March 15, to meet the people behind EII’s newest project Cultivate Oregon, which promotes natural agro-biodiversity in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the new managing director of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, which mobilizes national campaigns to ban microbeads, plastic bags, and more. Enjoy refreshments with these inspiring change-makers, make some new friends, and learn how you can become involved with their efforts. The celebration will be held at Earth Island’s office in the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Learn more about this and other EII events here.

Thursday March 3, 2016

Rescuing Food

Santa Clara County will be hosting its first Food Rescue Forum on March 24! The forum, which is largely the result of Food Shift’s influential 2015 report on food waste in the county, will take place at San Jose State University from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Earth Island project will help guide the conversation at the forum. And on April 3, Food Shift founder and director Dana Frasz will be presenting Just Eat It, a film about food waste, at the Food and Farm Festival in San Francisco. The screening begins at 4:00 p.m. Learn more and purchase tickets here.  

Thursday March 3, 2016

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: Fighting for the Fishing Cat. Reporter Slok Gyawali discusses how conservationists working to save the endangered fishing cat in Nepal struggle to compete for attention and funds with the iconic tiger.

Editors’ Pick: Yellowstone: A Wild Place of Perpetual Discovery. Writer John Soltes describes an awe-inspiring winter trip to Yellowstone to see the national park’s world-famous and ever-debated gray wolves.

Thursday March 3, 2016

San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival

Join Earth Island Institute and projects All One Oceans and Shark Stewards at the 13th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco from March 10 to 13.The festival, at the Cowell Theater in Fort Mason Center, is the premier venue in North America for ocean-related films, and includes films covering everything from marine science and industry to ocean sports and adventure. All One Ocean will be tabling at the event on March 11, and Earth Island and Shark Stewards will be tabling during the morning and early afternoon programs, which feature films about whales and sharks, on March 12. Learn more and get tickets here.

Thursday March 3, 2016

Journal Awarded Impact Award

Earth Island Journal has been awarded a 2016 Impact Award for “Teflon’s Toxic Legacy,” an in-depth feature that appeared in the magazine’s Winter 2016 issue. The award, presented by The Media Consortium, recognizes articles that have had a significant impact on public awareness about an issue. In “Teflon’s Toxic Legacy,” reporter Sharon Kelly used internal company documents and emails to expose how for years DuPont scientists and senior staff knew, or at least suspected, that a chemical DuPont was using to make Teflon was making people seriously sick. Kelly’s article broke new ground on this long-developing story, and has increased public awareness about DuPont’s deceit.

Thursday February 18, 2016

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