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Green Prize for Youth

EII’s New Leaders Initiative is administering The Goddard Prize for Environmental Conservancy, named in honor of John Goddard, an ambitious adventure seeker and environmental conservation champion who passed away in May 2013. The Goddard Prize will be awarded several times a year to enterprising young people who are pursuing environmental ideas and projects and who are looking for funding to bring their ideas to the next level. Awards will range between $500 to $2,500. To apply, go here. If you have any questions, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday March 19, 2015

The Journal’s Spring 2015 Issue is Out

The Spring 2015 issue of Earth Island Journal leads with an eye-opening exposé about how shady developers threaten to put at risk the natural and scenic values the Grand Canyon. This edition includes: a tour of LA Underground that reminds us that behind the beauty and glamour, the city and county of Los Angeles actually function as a gigantic oil field and processing facility… an inspiring photo essay about how women are coming to dominate the ranks of organic farmers in the US… and a conversation with “Her Deepness” legendary oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle. 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 March 5, 2015

Standing on Sacred Ground on Public Television!

Standing on Sacred Ground, a documentary film series produced by EII's Sacred Land Film Project, will be available on public television stations nationwide starting in April. The four-part series, which exposes threats to Indigenous peoples' health, livelihood, and cultural survival in the US and around the world, will be available for public television stations to schedule as early as April 1, in time for broadcast around Earth Day on April 22. For more information, go here.

Thursday March 5, 2015

Project Coyote Challenges USDA in Court

EII's Project Coyote and allies filed a lawsuit against US Department of Agriculture last month for its failure to fully analyze and disclose the impact of its Wildlife Services program in Idaho, which kills thousands of wolves, coyotes, foxes, cougars, birds and other wild animals each year at taxpayer expense. The multimillion-dollar federal program, whose work primarily benefits the agriculture industry, relies on an array of lethal methods including poisoning, trapping, and aerial gunning. As a result of pressure from conservation groups, the public, and Congress, an investigation is underway by the Office of the Inspector General, the results of which are slated to be revealed in the coming months.

Thursday March 5, 2015

Another Green Prize for Young Leaders

EII's New Leaders Initiative is administering The Goddard Prize for Environmental Conservancy, named in honor of John Goddard, an ambitious adventure seeker and environmental conservation champion who passed away in May 2013. The Goddard Prize will be awarded several times a year to enterprising young people who are pursuing environmental ideas and projects and who are looking for funding to bring their ideas to the next level. Awards will range between $500 to $2,500. To apply, go here. If you have any questions, please email Ruth at the New Leaders Initiative.

Thursday March 5, 2015

Youth Artwork on Local Food Systems

Award-winning multimedia artist and photographer Douglas Gayeton recently held a workshop for young photographers in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in collaboration with EII's Viva Sierra Gorda. The workshop was part of the Gayeton's Lexicon of Sustainability “Project Localize” food literacy initiative, which aims to show teachers and students how to identify and promote sustainable economic, cultural, and social progress in their communities via images and storytelling. The informational artwork being created by the youth will be exhibited later this year. Viva Sierra Gorda invites you to view these first hand. Contact the project to learn more.

Thursday March 5, 2015

Teaching Journalists About Conservation

Last month, EII's Serengeti Watch conducted the first of a series of “Conservation Media” seminars for mediapersons and journalism students in Arusha, Tanzania. The day-long seminar was aimed at building a large network of conservation journalists – writers, photojournalists, video and television producers – who can help convey to the Tanzanian public the importance of preserving and protecting the nation's wildlife and its habitats. Building on the success of this seminar Serengeti Watch plans on conducting more such seminars in Tanzania in the future. Watch this video covering the highlights of the program.

Thursday March 5, 2015

Protecting the Wild

There has been some criticism recently of the conservation value of parks and wilderness, as well as of their long-term effectiveness. On Wednesday, March 11, a group of wilderness advocates – including authors Terry Tempest Williams and Ken Brower, Michael Kellett of New National Parks campaign, and George Wuerthner from the Foundation for Deep Ecology – will present a response to these critiques in a panel discussion at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. The discussion will focus on the major ideas contained in a new Island Press publication, Protecting the Wild: The Foundation for Conservation. The event is free to attend. Details here.

Thursday March 5, 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: Heard about the FBI Tracking of Keystone XL Activists? It's Worse than You Thought. Journal contributing editor Adam Federman reports on how the energy industry is now firmly hitched to the national security state.

Editors' Pick: North Carolina Wants Feds to End Red Wolf Rewilding Program. Reporter John Soltes writes about how the state wants to end the USFWS reintroduction project for the endangered species, which has fewer than 100 individuals left in the wild.

Thursday March 5, 2015

Need For Wildland Fires

Chad Hanson, the director of EII's John Muir Project, will be presenting a lecture on “The Ecological Benefits of Large, Intense Wildland Fires” on Tuesday, March 10, at Sierra College in Grass Valley, CA, as part of the Sierra College Science Speakers Series. The event is free and open to the public, so if you are in the Gold Country please stop by! Event details here.

Thursday March 5, 2015

Brower Youth Awards is Accepting Applications

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) based in North America are eligible to apply. The awards are given to six young people each year who show outstanding leadership in their involvement with high impact, replicable and relevant environmental projects. Now in its sixteenth year, Earth Island's annual BYA prize includes a $3,000 cash prize, a professionally produced short film from 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 February 19, 2015

Owl Wise Leader Awards

On February 27, EII's Raptors Are The Solution will present its first “Owl Wise Leader” or O.W.L. awards to three Marin County businesses —Bolinas Bay Hardware & Mercantile, Bolinas Market and General Store, and Stinson Beach Market — for pulling all rat poisons off their shelves due to the harm it causes to children, pets, and wildlife. Every year, thousands of pets and wildlife become ill or die from ingesting poisoned rodents or bait. Rat poison has infested the food web, and is harming owls, hawks, mountain lions, bobcats, and endangered species like the Pacific fisher. Although some poisons have been removed from consumer shelves, many remain, and exterminators still use them widely. Go here for more information, or to nominate a business for the award.

Thursday February 19, 2015

In Search of a Rare Tree

In January David McGuire, director of EII's Shark Stewards, took a break from the underwater world and trekked into the high rainforest of Laos with a scientific team from National Geographic to locate and document the endangered Chinese swamp cypress tree and associated wildlife. These trees are the redwoods of Asia, growing over 150 feet tall and nine feet in diameter. The team discovered remnant populations of this important tree, which is all but extinct in rest of its range in South China and Vietnam. A video and images will be online soon, in the meantime you can read about the trip here.

Thursday February 19, 2015

Spring Concert with Arielle

Join EII's International Marine Mammal Project for a special spring concert with chanteuse and dolphin lover, Arielle at 5:30 p.m. on March 4 at Earth Island's conference room at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. Arielle will be singing from her studio in Los Angeles and will share her music with us via the magic of Skype. Adam Peri will join her on the keyboards. There will be wine, beverages, and some nice goodies to eat. Feel free to bring along friends, but please RSVP and let IMMP know who is coming so that they can provide enough food and drink.

Thursday February 19, 2015

Women Leaders in Fellowship Shortlist

EII's Global Women's Water Initiative is proud to announce that its team members Hajra Mukasa and Godliver Businge, who have set up a sister office in Uganda called the Uganda Women's Water Initiative, have been selected as semi-finalists for the prestigious Echoing Green Fellowship. Echoing Green identifies and funds the best emerging social entrepreneurs around the globe. Gemma Bulos, GWWI's executive director is an Echoing Green Fellow herself. She was awarded the fellowship in 2007 for her Philippines-based program. A Single Drop for Safe Water. The ripple continues.

Thursday February 19, 2015

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