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The latest campaign updates from Earth Island’s global network of environmental projects.

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Bay Localize Turns 10!

Bay Localize has been building equitable and resilient communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond for 10 years now, and it's celebration time! Join the EII project for a delicious buffet brunch on April 23, complete with a House Kombucha mimosa bar. The event at Sweets Ballroom in Oakland will include live entertainment, workshops, and hands on resilience building projects. Bay Localize will also be making a big reveal for the first time with event guests. The first 50 people to buy tickets to this family affair in the next five days will be eligible to win amazing prizes. Get your tickets now!

Thursday April 14, 2016

Bid in IMMP’s Auction and Win Great Prizes

EII's International Marine Mammal Project has launched an online auction fundraiser featuring cool vacation packages and unique gift items from around the globe. Browse and bid on private one-of-a-kind artwork, stunning jewelry, workshops with award-winning artists, vacations in Bali, New Zealand, Hawaii, and much more! All proceeds support the campaigns to protect dolphins and whales from abuse, exploitation, and slaughter. Start your bidding here, and please spread the word to your networks!

Thursday April 14, 2016

Standing on Sacred Ground Films Broadcasting Now

EII's Sacred Land Film Project is thrilled to report that Standing on Sacred Ground, a four-part documentary series on indigenous struggles over sacred sites, is being broadcast nationally on PBS's World Channel, the First Nations Experience network (FNX) and San Francisco Bay Area stations KQED and KCSM throughout April and May, including special broadcasts on Earth Day. Watch the series trailer here. Find broadcast details here, or check out your local listings for more information.

Thursday April 14, 2016

Learn to Build Effective and Sustainable Networks

EII's Children in Nature Collaborative is co-sponsoring a "Network Building for Social Change: Network Basics" webinar on April 28 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. This webinar is for leaders interested in a practical approach to developing more effective and sustainable networks through learning, integrating, and implementing network leadership strategies. It includes access to research articles, webinar slides and recordings, and action steps to share with others. The webinar will be led by June Holley, an independent consultant who is developing a national support system for social change networks. Registration details here.

Thursday April 14, 2016

Dance Cries Out for Whales & Dolphins

Planet Earth Arts, an initiative of EII's Sustainable World Coalition, presents the West Coast Premiere of a powerful new dance theater work that celebrates whales, dolphins, and porpoises, and cries out against their captivity and slaughter. In The Sacrifice of Giants, acclaimed choreographer-dancer Camille Hanson and her collaborator, filmmaker-photographer JC Arévalo, beautifully blend dance, video, and photography on behalf of protecting our life-giving oceans and their inhabitants. Don't miss the free Earth Day weekend performance on Sunday, April 24 at Stanford University. Watch the video trailer here and buy your tickets today!

Thursday April 14, 2016

Food Shift is Hiring!

Food Shift is looking for a Production Chef & Program Manager to manage the daily kitchen operations and training program of the Alameda Kitchen. The ideal candidate is a dynamic chef with a passion for working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, experience training others in cooking, and strong managerial skills. Find the complete job description here and help spread the word about this exciting opportunity! Join Food Shift Founder & Director Dana Frasz at The True Cost of American Food Conference this Friday, April 15. Email Megan Mubaraki if you are interested in attending.

Thursday April 14, 2016

San Francisco Green Film Festival Opens Tonight

Earth Island Institute and Earth Island Journal are proud to be partnering once again with the San Francisco Green Film Festival. The annual festival will screen 70 films throughout the Bay Area from April 14 to April 20. On April 16, Earth Island associate director Kevin Connelly will host a conversation following the screening of a River Between Us at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. And on April 19, you can join EII at the David Brower Center in Berkeley for the screening of Ice and the Sky. View the full festival calendar here.

Thursday April 14, 2016

Poisoned Gulf Coast Town Hall

EII's ALERT project director Riki Ott will be co-emceeing a special live-stream town hall meeting on April 20 – the sixth memorial of the BP Gulf oil disaster – from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Central Time. This special event will focus on the controversial use of toxic dispersants following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the ongoing human health consequences of resulting chemical exposures. The event will also mark the launch of an international awareness campaign for populations at risk of oil-chemical exposures from industrial operations. Join the town hall online, or in person at the Coastal Response Center, 7385 Highway 188, Coden, Alabama.

Thursday April 14, 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: Toxic Teflon Chemical, C8, Found In Tap Water in Several States. Journal contributor Sharon Kelly reports that not only does C8, a chemical once used to manufacture Teflon continue to pollute our groundwater in many places, but the chemicals that have replaced it are also potentially hazardous.

Editors' Pick: A Few Square Feet of Scotland. Author Kenneth Stevens weaves a lovely essay about how it's possible to give back to nature.

Thursday April 14, 2016

Take the 4Rs Pledge!

This April 22, celebrate Earth Day with Earth Island's Plastic Pollution Coalition by taking the 4Rs Pledge to refuse to use disposable plastic and, reuse, reduce, and recycle all other plastic products. Pay attention to the entire life cycle of items you bring into your life, from source to manufacturing to distribution to disposal. Learn more and take action here.

Thursday April 14, 2016

Women’s Reproductive Rights and Climate Change

Transition Earth director Suzanne York will be speaking about the links between reproductive health and climate change at an Earth Day forum in Hayward, CA on April 23. Come hear about the various ways the EII project and other groups are addressing reproductive health, women's rights, and environmental justice issues, and learn more about what we can all do to empower women and protect the planet. Learn more and RSVP here.

Thursday April 14, 2016

Baram Mega Dam Project Defeated!

Earlier this month, in a monumental win for indigenous rights and environmental protection, the Sarawak state government withdrew from the destructive Baram mega dam project in Malaysian Borneo. Earth Island’s The Borneo Project has supported community-led campaigns against the dam for the past four years. Join The Borneo Project on April 21 to celebrate this victory, as well as the release of the project’s latest film, which showcases next steps to securing long-term land rights and protecting the Bornean Rainforest. The celebration and screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Impact Hub in the David Brower Center in Berkeley. Learn more and RSVP here.

Thursday March 31, 2016

Get Your Tickets 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. Now in its sixth year, the festival will screen 70 films throughout the Bay Area from April 14 to April 20. This year’s lineup of inspiring movies includes best feature winner Catching the Sun, which looks at the workers, entrepreneurs, and activists at the forefront of the emerging solar-powered world, and a collection of short films highlighting the people protecting our wild spaces and the landscapes that inspire them. On April 16, Earth Island Associate Director Kevin Connelly will host a conversation following the screening of A River Between Us at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. And on April 19, you can join EII at the David Brower Center in Berkeley for the screening of Ice and the Sky. View the full screening calendar here.

Thursday March 31, 2016

Tracking the Coal Pipeline

This week, EII’s CoalSwarm, together with the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, released the second annual report that estimates that taken together, all the proposed coal plants worldwide would cost nearly a trillion dollars to build. The report reveals that, while the coal industry continues to push for more coal-fired power plants, in reality, coal plants are increasingly sitting idle in all of the world’s four largest markets, and global coal consumption is declining drastically. Read more about the report, which is based on CoalSwarm's Global Coal Plant Tracker and is available in English and Chinese, here.

Thursday March 31, 2016

Victory for the Spoonbills in Taiwan

In January, a Taiwanese court ordered the Kaohsiung city government to withdraw its proposal to build a road that would bisect Jiading Wetlands, an important winter home for the critically endangered black-faced spoonbill.This is a big victory for SAVE International – the Earth Island project and its collaborators in Taiwan and at the University of California, Berkeley have fought this proposal for several years. But the fight isn’t over yet. In March, Kaohsiung City appealed the court’s decision, and unfortunately, the number of spoonbills in Jiading dropped this year, presumably due to construction activities. Learn more about SAVE International’s work to protect spoonbills here.

Thursday March 31, 2016

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