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OFPC Gears Up To Resist Trump

As Donald Trump prepares to take office tomorrow, the Oakland Food Policy Council is organizing resistance to help protect the Oakland community and build power. The Earth Island project is beginning by coordinating Oakland’s participation in the Sanctuary Restaurants project, a national campaign to convince restaurants to identify themselves as safe places that have zero-tolerance policies for sexism, racism, and xenophobia. By joining the project, restaurants agree to contact Restaurant Opportunities Center United for rapid response support to protect workers from harassment, immigration raids, or other issues that may come up during the Trump Administration. OFPC is asking local residents to join the effort by contacting restaurant owners about the project, and using Sanctuary Restaurants as gathering sites for ongoing organizing efforts.

Thursday January 19, 2017

Ethical Traveler Reception

Earth Island's Ethical Traveler invites responsible travelers to its annual reception to honor the winners of the 2017 "Ethical Destinations Awards." The reception will be held at Book Passage bookstore in Corte Madera, CA on Sunday, January 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will enjoy snacks and drinks while they learn about the most ethical travel destinations for 2017 and find the books, maps, and other materials they need to plan a trip! Please note that this invitational event is not listed on Book Passage's public calendar. The Ethical Traveler team hopes to see you there!

Thursday January 19, 2017

Volunteer with Richmond Trees

Did you make a New Year's resolution to do meaningful volunteer work? Do you believe in "think globally, act locally"? Are you looking for a way to get involved in your community? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," please join Richmond Trees on Saturday, January 28 for its next tree planting! The event begins at 9 a.m. in Burg Park in Richmond, CA. Come a little early and enjoy coffee and refreshments. Tools will be provided, so just bring some water, work gloves, and a desire to have fun with neighbors. Additional details.

Thursday January 19, 2017

Women and the Environment

Please join Suzanne York of EII's Transition Earth for a talk with the Women's Environmental Network on Tuesday, January 24 at the SF Environment office in San Francisco. She will address how empowering women and girls is not only central to improving their lives, but also essential for effective and long-lasting community development and conservation. Learn how supporting women's rights and linking multiple sectors can better address the complex connections between humans, their health, and the environment. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. Learn more and register.

Thursday January 19, 2017

Food Shift Is Hiring

EII's Food Shift seeks a part-time production chef & culinary educator for its newly launched Alameda Kitchen program, and is looking for someone with experience and passion for building community through cooking and education. The Alameda Kitchen is reducing waste in our food system, nourishing the local community in Alameda County, and providing jobs and training for people with barriers to employment. In addition to playing a critical role in teaching the program's on-the-job trainees, the chef & educator will also support Food Shift's larger vision of building a self-sustaining social enterprise. Please share this exciting opportunity with any culinary professionals you may know!

Thursday January 19, 2017

SAVE International Visits Hong Kong and Mainland China

SAVE International sent three people to a conference in Hong Kong in December to present its latest research on the endangered black-faced spoonbill. The SAVE delegation visited the renowned Mai Po Nature Reserve, winter home to hundreds of spoonbills. Last spring, the EII project worked with UC Berkeley on plans to mitigate rampant development in China's Xinghua Bay. This site attracts enough of the rare spoonbills to qualify as a Wetland of International Importance but has no formal protection. The three SAVE delegates visited Xinghua Bay during the trip and were dismayed to see development already underway. SAVE has formed a new alliance with Chinese wild bird specialists to protect the spoonbill's remaining habitat in the country.

Thursday January 19, 2017

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: Death of Silicon Valley Grey Foxes Point to Urgent Need for Wildlife Corridors. Reporter Tom Molanphy discusses how DNA bottlenecks and inbreeding have likely made isolated populations of these small carnivores more susceptible to disease.

Editors' Pick: The Maasai, Wildebeest, and a Warming Serengeti. Writer Emma Hutchinson explains why climate change may pose a threat to both pastoralist communities and wildlife in East Africa.

Thursday January 19, 2017

Register for Summer Camp Today

KIDS for the BAY's summer camp registration is now OPEN! The Earth Island project offers weeklong day camp sessions with a variety of themes for Adventurers ages 5-7, Explorers ages 8-10, and Leaders-in-Training ages 11-14. Campers will enjoy hiking in redwood forests, kayaking on the bay, creating nature art, studying aquatic invertebrates, overnight camping trips, and more in nature locations across the San Francisco Bay Area! Drop-off and pick-up locations are in the Berkeley area. Camps are led by year-round KIDS for the BAY staff. Learn more and register today.

Thursday January 19, 2017

Brown Bag with As You Sow’s Andy Behar

In a world where money talks, we need to learn how to use the power of our pocketbooks to influence policy and protect the Earth. Earth Island invites you to join Andrew Behar, CEO of the shareholder advocacy group As You Sow and author of the timely new book The Shareholder Action Guide: Unleash Your Hidden Powers to Hold Corporations Accountable, for a brown bag discussion on January 18 about how empowered investors can unite to fight the Trump agenda; why shareholder advocacy is easier than you think; and how we can easily find out what our money is doing. The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Earth Island conference room at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. Learn more and RSVP.

Thursday January 5, 2017

Women and the Environment

Please join Suzanne York of EII's Transition Earth for a talk with the Women's Environmental Network on January 24 at the SF Environment office in San Francisco. She will address how empowering women and girls is not only central to improving their lives, but also essential for effective and long-lasting community development and conservation. Learn how supporting women's rights and linking multiple sectors can better address the complex connections between humans, their health, and the environment. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. Learn more and register.

Thursday January 5, 2017

Berkeley’s Standing Rock

The site of the oldest and largest Ohlone village on the shores of San Francisco Bay is also the proposed site for a five-story West Berkeley apartment and retail complex. A growing chorus of Ohlone descendants and Berkeley residents, along with EII's Sacred Land Film Project, are calling instead for a two-acre memorial park to honor Ohlone history and culture. They need your help! Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the project are due by February 9. There are also two opportunities for public comment: The Landmarks Preservation Commission will receive public comments TONIGHT, January 5 at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. The Zoning Adjustments Board will receive comments on January 12 at 7 p.m. at the Council Chambers in Berkeley. Read more about the proposal and how you can help.

Thursday January 5, 2017

Shark Stewards in China

Shark Stewards is kicking off the new year with the launch of two new chapters in China, one in Beijing and the second in Hong Kong. These chapters, led by Chinese partners, will provide outreach and education to youth and the general public to help reduce demand for shark fins and stop overfishing of sharks. Back in Oakland, Shark Stewards will hold its first outreach event of 2017 at the Chabot Space and Science Center on January 6. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Learn more.

Thursday January 5, 2017

Napa County Wildlife Rescue

Urban Bird Foundation has joined the American Canyon Clarke Ranch Master Plan process and proposed Napa County's first brick and mortar wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center at the 24-acre ranch. Along with establishment of the rescue center, the mixed-use proposal advocates maintenance of current open space to preserve the ecological value of the property and aims to enhance conservation, wildlife protection, and environmental education. Napa is currently the only North Bay Area county that does not have a brick and mortar wildlife rehabilitation facility. Read more about the Clarke Ranch project and the Earth Island project's proposal.

Thursday January 5, 2017

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: Climate Change Threatens Food Security in Western Nepal, Say Advocates. Kathmandu-based reporter Slok Gyawali discusses how extreme drought is stressing one of the Nepal's most food insecure regions.

Editors' Pick: Celebrating a Half-Century of Environmental Discovery in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Author Richard Blaustein reviews Hubbard Brook: The Story of a Forest Ecosystem, delving into many of the pivotal experiments that have been conducted at the ecological research hub and looking ahead to the research that's yet to come.

Thursday January 5, 2017

Premiere Screening of A Plastic Ocean

Join Earth Island's Plastic Pollution Coalition on January 17 for a premiere screening of A Plastic Ocean, a new feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. PPC will be hosting a panel discussion and Q&A following the screening. The panel and audience will discuss realistic solutions to plastic pollution and the need for respect and inclusivity in the international environmental movement. The event will be held at the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, CA and will begin at 6 p.m. Learn more and buy tickets.

Thursday January 5, 2017

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