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Stop Shark Fishing in Malaysia

Shark Stewards is teaming up with underwater artist Ben Von Wong on the Shark Shepherd campaign to increase international support for a ban on shark and ray fishing in Malaysia. The campaign includes an underwater photo shoot with sharks and a film, as well as an online petition in support of a proposal to create shark sanctuaries in Malaysia. The petition has received more than 5,000 signatures in the first three three days. The Earth Island project is also hosting a screening of the Shark Shepherd film at the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival in Fort Mason on March 12. Buy tickets here.

Thursday January 21, 2016

All One Ocean at TEDxMarin

Join EII’s All One Ocean at the fourth annual TEDxMarin New Year Community Gathering and Innovator Showcase next week. The vibrant gathering will foster connection and collaboration within the Marin TED community – no talks will be presented. AOO will be tabling at the event, which is being held on Thursday, January 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Sausalito, CA. Ticket sales will help support AOO’s work. Learn more here.

Thursday January 21, 2016

Memorial for Douglas Tompkins

Tompkins Conservation is hosting a memorial for conservationist and entrepreneur Douglas Tompkins on January 31 at Herbst Pavilion in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. The event is open to the public. Doors will open at noon, and the seated program will begin at 2 p.m. Read EII board member Ken Brower’s feature recalling the North Face founder’s incredible environmental legacy in Earth Island Journal, and learn more about the event here.

Thursday January 21, 2016

Merchants of Doubt Screening

Join Earth Island Journal and the David Brower Center on February 24 for a screening of Merchants of Doubt, a documentary that lifts the curtain on pundits-for-hire paid by large corporations to cast doubt on scientific studies and spread confusion about a range of public threats, from toxic chemicals to climate change. The 7 p.m. screening at the David Brower Center in Berkeley will be followed by a conversation on money in politics between Journal editor Maureen Nandini Mitra and MapLight’s Pamela Behrsin. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Thursday January 21, 2016

Remembering Sylvia McLaughlin

Earth Island mourns the passing of Sylvia McLaughlin, one of the last surviving founders of Save The Bay, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the San Francisco Bay. McLaughlin, along with two friends, formed the Save San Francisco Bay Association – now Save The Bay – in 1961 in response to a plan by the City of Berkeley to fill 2,000 acres of the bay. She continued to advocate for the Bay even in her nineties. McLaughlin died on January 19 at the age of 99. A public memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 2 at 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley.

Thursday January 21, 2016

Celebrating David Brower

Last night Earth Island Institute cohosted a celebration of David Brower: The making of the Environmental Movement, Tom Turner’s biography of our founder. The event included a conversation between Turner and EII co-Executive Director John Knox on Brower’s leadership within the environmental movement and reflections about Brower by many of his friends and allies. Thank you to all Earth Island members and Brower fans who came out last night and helped make the event a great success!

Thursday January 21, 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: FDA’s Ban of 3 Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging Comes Too Late, Say Critics. Reporter Sharon Kelly writes about the FDA’s ban on three hazardous grease-resistant chemicals and how the chemical industry has already replaced these compounds with new ones that have received little scientific scrutiny.   

Editors’ Pick: Different Destinies at Stake in Oregon. Writer Brook Williams reflects on the ideology of the men behind the siege of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters.

Thursday January 21, 2016

Celebrating David Brower

Please join Earth Island Institute on January 20 for an evening celebrating David Brower: The Making of the Environmental Movement, Tom Turner's biography of David Brower. Turner's book, released in the fall, is the first comprehensive biography of one of the environmental movement's most complex and legendary figures. The evening will begin with a talk by Turner, followed by a book signing and reception with food and drink. The free event, which is co-presented by The David Brower Center, UC Press, Earth Island Institute, Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club, and Sierra Club's San Francisco Bay Chapter, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at The David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. RSVP here.  

Thursday January 7, 2016

Stop the “Bundy Militia”

The "Bundy Militia" – a group of disgruntled ranchers, loggers, and miners – is occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, using terrorist tactics to coerce the US Government to relinquish control of the area. Apparently, the government subsidies the ranchers currently receive are simply not enough. Unfortunately, numerous members of Congress are listening to the militants' demands, including Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Rand Paul (R-KY), to name a few. Earth Island's John Muir Project is working to draw attention the extremists' misguided actions and goals. Please call your Senators and Representatives and let them know that any legislation supporting the Bundy Militia's radical cause should be unequivocally rejected!

Thursday January 7, 2016

Here’s to Another Year of Growing Environmental Leadership

If you haven't already, take a look at EII Executive Director John Knox's 2015 year-end update to the Earth Island community, and Journal Editor Maureen Nandini Mitra's roundup of the most important environmental stories of 2015. As the new year gets underway, help provide grassroots environmental leaders with the tools and resources to protect our shared planet by making a tax-deductible donation to Earth Island today.

Thursday January 7, 2016

A Successful 2015 for Food Shift

Food Shift was busy in 2015. Among other accomplishments, the Earth Island project set up a food recovery and waste tracking program at Andronico's Community Markets that rescued 50,000 pounds of high quality surplus food, wrote a report for the Bay Area's Santa Clara County outlining existing food recovery programs in the county and suggesting opportunities for improvement, and raised over $33,000 via a crowdfunding campaign to help launch the Alameda Kitchen, a new project that will reduce food waste, feed vulnerable populations, and create jobs in Alameda, CA. To learn more about what Food Shift accomplished in 2015, and what to look forward to in 2016, read more here.

Thursday January 7, 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: Obama Will Look for 'Every Opportunity' to Push Climate Plans in 2016, Experts Say. Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian, a media partner of the Journal, writes that the president is likely to focus on the environment in his final year in office, and that Congress can do little to stop him.

Editors' Pick: 'It's Almost Impossible to Ethically Justify the Use of Animals in Research.' Reporter Dayton Martindale interviews ecofeminist Lori Gruen about the National Institutes of Health's decision to retire the last of its lab chimpanzees to sanctuaries.

Thursday January 7, 2016

Help Stop Destructive Logging

Republicans in Congress are threatening to hold two spending bills hostage unless they include provisions that would weaken environmental laws and permit destructive logging. Earth Island’s John Muir Project has launched a campaign to keep these logging provisions – which would threaten wildlife and exacerbate climate change – out of the spending bills. The deadline to pass the appropriations bills and keep the federal government open for business is December 11. Please call your Senators right away and urge them to oppose HR 2647 and S 1691. Learn more here.

Thursday December 3, 2015

Check out Earth Island Journal’s Winter 2016 Issue

Check out Earth Island Journal’s Latest Issue

The Winter 2016 issue of Earth Island Journal leads with a provocative story about the new tactics animal advocates are employing to thwart big game hunters. Other stories and features in the issue include a compelling, in-depth article on DuPont’s duplicitous concealment of information that a chemical it was using to produce Teflon was likely making people sick; a deep analysis of what success would mean at the COP21 climate talks happening now in Paris; and a thoughtful piece on all that is lost when a language dies. Subscribe 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 December 3, 2015

Mexico Adopts Carbon Credit Program

Just days before COP21 began in Paris, the Mexican environment ministry confirmed the adoption of Viva Sierra Gorda’s carbon credit project as the country’s first conservation-based Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA). Earth Island’s Viva Sierra Gorda developed the Carbon Neutral Planet website to provide a local protocol for carbon offsets. Payments made through this offsetting system benefit rural landowners in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve who remove cattle from forests, as well as ranchers who are holistic managers of healthy soils, livestock, and community. The NAMA will be registered within the UN climate change framework in 2016.

Thursday December 3, 2015

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