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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: Can Canada Lead on Climate Change? Journal contributing editor Adam Federman looks at activists’ efforts to pressure Canadian leaders to take a stronger stand on tar sands development and climate change.

Editors’ Pick: From California to São Paulo, Challenging Agribusiness’s Water Monopoly First time Journal contributor Aaron Cantú examines water shortages in Brazil’s São Paulo and the allocation of water toward sugarcane for ethanol production.

Thursday April 16, 2015

Conservation Award for Project Coyote Director

A woman warrior for wildlife! Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of EII’s Project Coyote, has been named the “2014 Conservationist of the Year” by the John Muir Association. This prestigious award is given to "those who have excelled in environmental protection, or made significant contributions to the advancement of conservation." Fox will be presented with the award at the John Muir Birthday—Earth Day Celebration on April 18 in Martinez, CA. Fox’s work on behalf of wildlife was recently featured in several media outlets including Fem Worldview and Biophilic Cities.

Thursday April 2, 2015

Deconstructing the BP Disaster

Join Earth Island Journal on April 15 for a film screening and discussion marking the fifth anniversary of the BP Gulf of Mexico disaster. We’ll be screening the documentary film The Great Invisible, which tells the story of the devastating disaster and its aftermath. After the film there will be a discussion with three veteran journalists who have covered the oil and gas industry and the BP blowout. Support the Journal – come to our Pre-Film Reception! Reception tickets include reserved preferred seating for the film, an opportunity to engage with Earth Island Journal editors and writers, vegetarian food & beverages, and a year’s subscription to the Journal. Event and ticket details here.

Thursday April 2, 2015

Earth Day at the Brower Center

Earth Island Institute has teamed up with the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA, to celebrate the 45th annual Earth Day. Join us on Saturday, April 18, for a fun-filled afternoon of community learning opportunities, family art activities, hands-on workshops, live music, and delicious organic food. Read the full schedule of activities and RSVP for the event here.

Thursday April 2, 2015

Planet Earth Arts Play Festival

In celebration of Earth Day 2015, Planet Earth Arts, an initiative of EII’s Sustainable World Coalition, will present Planet Earth New Play Festival. The festival will include five free performances at Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley starting April 22. SF Weekly called this powerful, evening of bold staged reading by the Bay Area’s finest actors an, “Amazing...a talented display of beauty, rage, physical comedy and striking use of language.” Details here.

Thursday April 2, 2015

Apply for the Brower Youth Awards

The Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Leadership is now accepting applications for its 2015 awards! Young people between the ages of 13 and 22 (as of July 1, 2015) living in North America are eligible to apply. The awards are given to six young people who show outstanding leadership with high-impact, replicable and relevant environmental projects. Now in its sixteenth year, the prize includes a $3,000 cash prize, a short film produced by an Emmy award-winning crew, and a weeklong leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area culminating in a public award ceremony. To learn more and apply, go here.

Thursday April 2, 2015

The Best of Earth Island Journal

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

Most Popular: Can Lions on a Leash Help Save Endangered Big Cats? Reporter Christopher Clarke explains how a leading tourism operator in Zambia is planning to suspend its “lion walks,” sparking new debate.

Editors' Pick: On the Frontlines of Thailand’s “Blood Wood” War. Reporter and photojournalist team Ann and Steve Toon go deep into the forests of Southeast Asia to reveal how criminal syndicates are poaching valuable rosewood trees, and in the process doing great harm to the forest.

Thursday April 2, 2015

Workshop for Women in Public Service

Gemma Bulos, executive director of EII’s Global Women's Water Initiative, will be speaking at the opening ceremony of the Women in Public Service Project Institute at Mills College in Oakland, CA on April 13, alongside representatives from UN Women and Peace Corp. This 10-day learning institute will offer training and mentoring to women delegates from around the globe who are working to ensure equitable and sustainable access to clean water and sanitation. To RSVP for the event, go here.

Thursday April 2, 2015

Speak Out Against Forest Clear-cutting

The USDA Forest Service will be hosting a discussion on March 25 about its King Fire Project, which includes plans to log more than 15,000 acres of rare and biodiverse burned forest habitat within the Eldorado National Forest. EII’s John Muir Project urges local residents to come to the meeting and let the Forest Service know that clear-cutting is not restoration and that it is time to protect this rich habitat that includes rare animals like the black-backed woodpecker and the California spotted owl. The meeting will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Best Western Placerville Inn. For more information about the King Fire Project and on how you can help, contact Rachel Fazio at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call or 530-273-9290.

Thursday March 19, 2015

Help Ban Coyote-Killing Contests in Nevada

Since its success in getting wildlife killing contests banned in California, EII’s Project Coyote has been pushing for the same in other states. The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners will vote March 20 on a petition to ban coyote-killing contests. Take action and encourage the commissioners to accept this petition. You do not have to be a Nevada resident to express your opinion. Meanwhile, the New Mexico Senate recently voted 27 to 13 in favor of a bill banning coyote-killing contests in the state. The bill has also garnered support from the editorial board of the Albuquerque Journal. To stay apprised on these issues, join Project Coyote's E-team.

Thursday March 19, 2015

Earth Day at the Brower Center

Earth Island Institute has teamed up with the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA, to celebrate the 45th annual Earth Day. Join us on Saturday, April 18, for a fun-filled afternoon of community learning opportunities, family art activities, hands-on workshops, live music, and delicious organic food in the Brower Center and on Allston Way. Read the full schedule of activities and RSVP for the event here.

Thursday March 19, 2015

The BP Disaster 5 Years Later

Join Earth Island Journal for a film screening and discussion marking the fifth anniversary of the BP Gulf of Mexico disaster. On Wednesday, April 15, we’ll be screening the documentary film The Great Invisible, which tells the story of the disaster and its aftermath. After the film there will be a discussion with three veteran journalists who have covered the oil and gas industry and the BP blowout. Tickets here.

Thursday March 19, 2015

Run for the Ocean

Join EII’s All One Ocean for its second annual “Run for the Beach” at the beautiful Crissy Field in San Francisco on March 21. Proceeds from the event – which includes a 5K run, a beach cleanup, yoga sessions, live music, and delicious food – will benefit All One Ocean and provide additional support for plastic pollution awareness initiatives in San Francisco. Space is limited, so please register in advance.

Thursday March 19, 2015

Apply for the Brower Youth Awards

The Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Leadership is now accepting applications for its 2015 awards! Young people between the ages of 13 and 22 (as of July 1, 2015) living in North America are eligible to apply. The awards are given to six young people who show outstanding leadership with high-impact, replicable and relevant environmental projects. Now in its sixteenth year, the prize includes a $3,000 cash prize, a short film produced by an Emmy award-winning crew, and a week long leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area culminating in a public award ceremony. To learn more and apply, go here.

Thursday March 19, 2015

Women of H2ope Award

Save the Date! On April 22, EII’s Global Women's Water Initiative (GWWI) will be hosting its first ever Women of H2ope Award ceremony in San Francisco. The award honors women water champions who are changing the course of water management and use in Africa. This year’s honorees are Hajra Mukasa, GWWI’s Uganda regional coordinator, and Jan Hartsough, GWWI cofounder and director of Crabgrass. More details soon.

Thursday March 19, 2015

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