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Earth Day Festivities

Join Earth Island Institute this Saturday, April 18, for Earth Day at the Brower Center in Downtown Berkeley, CA! Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of community learning opportunities, family art activities, and delicious organic food — all focused on protecting and honoring the planet we call home. You won’t want to miss the live artmaking projects or the creative reuse and garden tool fix-it workshops! There will also be live music throughout the day, with an impressive lineup that includes Country Joe McDonald, and Gayle Lynn and the Hired Hands. The festivities will take place from 12pm-6pm in the Brower Center and on Allston Way. Get additional details and RSVP here!

Thursday April 16, 2015

Planet Earth New Play Festival

In celebration of Earth Day 2015, Planet Earth Arts, an initiative of EII’s Sustainable World Coalition, will present Planet Earth New Play Festival. The festival will include five free performances at Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley starting April 22. SF Weekly called this powerful evening of bold staged readings by the Bay Area’s finest actors, “Amazing...a talented display of beauty, rage, physical comedy and striking use of language.” Details here.

Thursday April 16, 2015

Earth Day Summit Webcast

On April 22, tune into the Earth Day Summit webcast, a free online event. The 9-hour live Summit will feature indigenous ceremony, performance videos, inspiring short films, and conversations with luminaries including Barbara Marx Hubbard, Andrew Harvey, Chief Phil Lane Jr., Charles Eisenstein, and many more. The Summit webcast is co-produced by EII’s Sustainable World Coalition and can be attended via phone or web. Learn more and register here.

Thursday April 16, 2015

Help Support EII’s Diverse Community of Environmental Leaders

Help Support EII’s Diverse Community of Environmental Leaders

Earth Island projects have impact around the globe, advancing the causes of wildlife protection, climate change mitigation, environmental education, indigenous rights, and community resilience, among many more. At the core of our efforts to nurture this work is the Project Support Program, which provides assistance to grassroots groups with everything from administration, to capacity building, to peer support. Read Project Support Director Susan Kamprath’s letter to supporters to learn more about how we empower our diverse community of passionate individuals to make a difference for a sustainable future. And please make a tax-deductible donation to help Earth Island Institute continue to provide grassroots environmental leaders with the tools they need to protect our shared planet.

Thursday April 16, 2015

Women of H2Ope Award Ceremony

Join EII’s Global Women's Water Initiative on Wednesday, April 22 for its first ever Women of H2Ope award ceremony. The award honors women who are changing the course of water management and use in Africa. This year’s honorees are Hajra Mukasa, GWWI’s Uganda team leader, and Jan Hartsough, GWWI cofounder and director of Crabgrass. The event will be held at Galvanize in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. RSVP here.

Thursday April 16, 2015

Victory for Wildlife in Mendocino!

In response to legal pressure from EII’s Project Coyote and allies, Mendocino County, CA officials recently agreed to suspend the renewal of the county’s contract with the notorious federal wildlife-killing program known as USDA Wildlife Services. As part of the settlement agreement, Camilla Fox, Project Coyote’s founder and executive director, will present nonlethal options to the Mendocino Board of Supervisors on May 5, and will emphasize the success of a nonlethal approach in Marin County. Since 1996, Wildlife Services has shot, poisoned, and strangled by snare more than 27 million native animals, including more than three million animals in 2014 alone.

Thursday April 16, 2015

Federal Government Upholds State Shark Fin Bans

EII’s Shark Stewards enjoyed a big victory earlier this month when NOAA upheld the language of the California Shark Fin Ban along with bans in eight other states where Shark Stewards has worked to ban the fin trade. NOAA had previously suggested that federal fisheries laws might preempt these state bans. In another victory, the Texas House of Representatives passed a bill this week to ban the shark fin trade, and the proposal will now head to the Texas Senate.

Thursday April 16, 2015

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: Can Canada Lead on Climate Change? Journal contributing editor Adam Federman looks at activists’ efforts to pressure Canadian leaders to take a stronger stand on tar sands development and climate change.

Editors’ Pick: From California to São Paulo, Challenging Agribusiness’s Water Monopoly First time Journal contributor Aaron Cantú examines water shortages in Brazil’s São Paulo and the allocation of water toward sugarcane for ethanol production.

Thursday April 16, 2015

Conservation Award for Project Coyote Director

A woman warrior for wildlife! Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of EII’s Project Coyote, has been named the “2014 Conservationist of the Year” by the John Muir Association. This prestigious award is given to "those who have excelled in environmental protection, or made significant contributions to the advancement of conservation." Fox will be presented with the award at the John Muir Birthday—Earth Day Celebration on April 18 in Martinez, CA. Fox’s work on behalf of wildlife was recently featured in several media outlets including Fem Worldview and Biophilic Cities.

Thursday April 2, 2015

Deconstructing the BP Disaster

Join Earth Island Journal on April 15 for a film screening and discussion marking the fifth anniversary of the BP Gulf of Mexico disaster. We’ll be screening the documentary film The Great Invisible, which tells the story of the devastating disaster and its aftermath. After the film there will be a discussion with three veteran journalists who have covered the oil and gas industry and the BP blowout. Support the Journal – come to our Pre-Film Reception! Reception tickets include reserved preferred seating for the film, an opportunity to engage with Earth Island Journal editors and writers, vegetarian food & beverages, and a year’s subscription to the Journal. Event and ticket details here.

Thursday April 2, 2015

Earth Day at the Brower Center

Earth Island Institute has teamed up with the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA, to celebrate the 45th annual Earth Day. Join us on Saturday, April 18, for a fun-filled afternoon of community learning opportunities, family art activities, hands-on workshops, live music, and delicious organic food. Read the full schedule of activities and RSVP for the event here.

Thursday April 2, 2015

Planet Earth Arts Play Festival

In celebration of Earth Day 2015, Planet Earth Arts, an initiative of EII’s Sustainable World Coalition, will present Planet Earth New Play Festival. The festival will include five free performances at Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley starting April 22. SF Weekly called this powerful, evening of bold staged reading by the Bay Area’s finest actors an, “Amazing...a talented display of beauty, rage, physical comedy and striking use of language.” Details here.

Thursday April 2, 2015

Apply for the Brower Youth Awards

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) living in North America are eligible to apply. The awards are given to six young people who show outstanding leadership with high-impact, replicable and relevant environmental projects. Now in its sixteenth year, the prize includes a $3,000 cash prize, a short film produced by an Emmy award-winning crew, and a weeklong leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area culminating in a public award ceremony. To learn more and apply, go here.

Thursday April 2, 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: Can Lions on a Leash Help Save Endangered Big Cats? Reporter Christopher Clarke explains how a leading tourism operator in Zambia is planning to suspend its “lion walks,” sparking new debate.

Editors' Pick: On the Frontlines of Thailand’s “Blood Wood” War. Reporter and photojournalist team Ann and Steve Toon go deep into the forests of Southeast Asia to reveal how criminal syndicates are poaching valuable rosewood trees, and in the process doing great harm to the forest.

Thursday April 2, 2015

Workshop for Women in Public Service

Gemma Bulos, executive director of EII’s Global Women's Water Initiative, will be speaking at the opening ceremony of the Women in Public Service Project Institute at Mills College in Oakland, CA on April 13, alongside representatives from UN Women and Peace Corp. This 10-day learning institute will offer training and mentoring to women delegates from around the globe who are working to ensure equitable and sustainable access to clean water and sanitation. To RSVP for the event, go here.

Thursday April 2, 2015

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