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Food Waste Averted

EII’s Food Shift recovered more than 650 pounds of food from the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies conference in Oakland in June! Read their blog to learn about how we worked together with conference staff and caterers to make sure this good food went to feeding hungry people instead of garbage cans. Food Shift was also recently featured in an article on Grist.org that discusses the project’s journey, vision, and recent milestones in transforming the food recovery sector.

Thursday July 17, 2014

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 few weeks:

Most Popular: Brazil Spends Billions on “Green” World Cup, But Does Little to Protect Environmentalists. Journal contributing editor Zoe Loftus-Farren reflects on the World Cup host’s dubious distinction of having the highest number of murders of environmental activists.

Editors’ Pick: A Ramble Through the Woods Can Help Beat Stress-Related Health Issues. Reporter Kendra Pierre-Louis writes that the Japanese concept of Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing,” is now supported by a growing body of scientific research.

Thursday July 17, 2014

New CEO at PPC

Plastic Pollution Coalition cofounder Dianna Cohen has been named the EII project’s new CEO. PPC now consists of over 380 organizations and businesses worldwide working towards a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact. Cohen looks forward to hearing ideas and suggestions from the PPC community as it charts its course ahead. To learn more about PPC and to join as a member, please go here.

Thursday July 17, 2014

Get Your Tickets for BYA 2014!

Join the Earth Island family on October 21 in San Francisco for a festive evening celebrating bold, young environmental leadership! Get all the event details for the 15th Annual Brower Youth Awards and consider joining the 15th Anniversary Host Committee or featuring your green business as a BYA Sponsor! Visit the BYA website to learn more about awards and the amazing community of past winners.

Thursday July 17, 2014

Save the Date for BYA 2014

Join us on October 21 in San Francisco for Earth Island’s 15th Annual Brower Youth Awards. Get all the event details for this festive evening celebrating bold, young environmental leadership, and consider joining the Host Committee or featuring your green business as a BYA Sponsor! Learn more about the Brower Youth Awards and its amazing community of past winners.

Thursday July 3, 2014

From Poacher to Protector

Snow leopard poaching in the Argut region of Russia’s Altlai Republic is virtually non-existent today, thanks in part to new initiatives promoted by EII’s The Altai Project. Read the inspiring story of  Mergen Markov, a local man who turned a generations-long family lifestyle of poaching into a newfound passion for protecting these remarkable big cats.

Thursday July 3, 2014

Help Save the Rim Fire Burn Area

The habitat created by the 2013 Rim fire, known as "complex early seral forest" is as biodiverse as an old-growth forest, and is even rarer and more threatened — so much so that 250 scientists have written a letter to Congress urging it to protect this burn area. Part of the burn area that’s in Stanislaus National Forest is on the chopping block. More than 45,000 acres of this ecologically vital post-fire habitat is scheduled to be essentially clearcut later this year. But it’s not too late to protect this area. Please sign this petition urging President Obama to protect this habitat by designating the burn area in the Stanislaus National Forest as a National Monument. For more information contact EII’s John Muir Project director Dr Chad Hanson.

Thursday July 3, 2014

Spoonbills Under Threat in Taiwan

Jiading Wetland, home to 10 percent of the world's black-faced spoonbill population, has come under attack in recent months as Taiwanese officials pursue plans to construct a road through this sensitive habitat. EII’s SAVE International has actively protested the plan, commenting on various draft EIS' and enlisting UC Berkeley graduate students to propose alternatives that would increase economic development while protecting this valuable habitat. Local support for the road, which is being touted as an economic stimulator, has made the battle particularly fierce. SAVE is working to communicate its alternative strategies directly to community members. A new youth group, Youth Alliance of Saving Jiading Wetland has been formed to protest the road. A public hearing will be held on July 14 to address the concerns raised by SAVE.

Thursday July 3, 2014

CA Counties Urged to End Wildlife Services’ Contract

EII’s Project Coyote and a coalition of conservation groups have sent letters to the Humboldt and Mendocino counties asking them to end their contracts with the USDA's Wildlife Services. This federal agency indiscriminately kills tens of thousands of native wild animals in California every year, including coyotes, bears, foxes, and mountain lions. The letters make the case that the counties' animal damage control programs operate without adequate environmental review as required under the California Environmental Quality Act and violate the Public Trust Doctrine. They also urge the counties to adopt a non-lethal animal damage control program, similar to the one used successfully in Marin County for 14 years. Learn more about the Wildlife Services’ predator control program here.

Thursday July 3, 2014

RATS on the Freeway!

If you’re heading north on California’s Highway 101 this summer, beginning late July, look out for RATS billboards near Willits and Ukiah. Each of the four billboard, carrying messages about the impact of rat poisons on raptors and other animals, will reach between 28,000 and 40,000 people. RATS ads will also be back up in BART stations and on the backs of MUNI buses. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this neat EII project’s crowdfunder, and to Temper of the Times and the Rose Foundation, for supporting this effort.

Thursday July 3, 2014

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 few weeks: Most Popular: Proposed Federal Legislation Could Weaken Secret Legal Settlements. Reporter Sharon Kelly writes about how the Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2014 would effectively end gag orders (by companies settling lawsuits) when public health or safety is at stake. Editors’ Pick: National Aquarium Considering Ending Its Captive Dolphin Exhibit. Journal intern Hanna Morris reports that the National Aquarium’s rethink of the merits of exhibiting captive dolphins could tip the scale against the captive whale and dolphin industry.

Thursday July 3, 2014

Oakland Leadership Training

Join EII’s Generation Waking Up and a diverse network of students, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, and young changemakers from across the West Coast for an exciting leadership training for young people, ages 16 to 30, in Oakland, CA, starting July 24. The four-day training has been designed for youth committed to transforming our world at the intersections of environmental sustainability, social justice, and human thriving. Learn more and apply for the training here

Thursday July 3, 2014

Support AEN’s GlobalGiving Campaign

EII’s Armenian Environmental Network (AEN) has launched a campaign “#WarOnWaste” on GlobalGiving.org to promote waste management awareness in Armenia. The campaign will produce and disseminate public service announcements and ads that will educate Armenians about ways to reduce their "eco-footprint" by reducing, reusing, and recycling. AEN will also organize trash cleanups and distribute reusable shopping bags throughout the country, empowering Armenians to become the solution to the waste problem. AEN needs to raise $5,000 by June 30. Please donate generously and help spread the word!

Thursday June 19, 2014

Speaking Out for Big Predators

Camilla Fox, founder and director of EII’s Project Coyote will be one of the featured speakers at Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014, a gathering of conservationists across the United States at Arch Park in Gardiner, MT on June 28 and 29. The event – which provides an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate wolves and other predators, and demand for wildlife management reform – will include education booths, activities for children, music, food, and film screenings. Project Coyote’s film, Coexisting with Wildlife: The Marin Livestock and Wildlife Protection Program is among the films shown at the event, which is free and open to the public. Details here.

Thursday June 19, 2014

Jack Johnson Rocks for Earth Island

Earth Island Institute has teamed up with musician and activist, Jack Johnson on his 2014 “From Here To Now To You” tour and All At Once, a social action network that promotes sustainable local food systems and plastic-free initiatives. Visit us at our table at Jack’s concert at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA on August 26! The Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation will match donations contributed to us at the show or directly to Earth Island through September 1. Make a tax-deductible contribution right now and Jack will double your gift, up to a total of $2,500. Thanks Jack!

Thursday June 19, 2014

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