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

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Get Your BYA Tickets Today

Tickets are available for the 17th Annual Brower Youth Awards! Come celebrate our next generation of environmental leaders on October 18 at San Francisco's beautiful, historic Herbst Theater. Tickets are free! There are many others ways to get involved and support Earth Island's New Leaders' Initiative as well. You can get tickets to meet the BYA winners at the special Opening Reception preceding the awards ceremony. (The early bird ticket rate for the reception is available through August 31.) Earth Island is still welcoming 2016 BYA Host Committee members if you are interested in providing an additional level of support, and sponsorship opportunities remain available for forward-thinking, sustainable-minded entrepreneurs.

Thursday August 4, 2016

Malaysia Protects Sharks

In May, Malaysia established the biggest marine protected area in the country, a 1 million hectare marine park that will also serve as a shark sanctuary. Earth Island's Shark Stewards played an instrumental in efforts to establish the park, and is now working with the government to develop a marine management and enforcement plan. Shark Stewards Director David McGuire will also be participating in a Swim for Sharks on August 14. Supported by the group Night Train Swimmers, he will swim across the San Francisco Bay to raise awareness for sharks and to raise funds to support Shark Steward's education and conservation programs. Learn more and support the swim.

Thursday August 4, 2016

Project Coyote’s New Virtual Home

EII's Project Coyote is excited to share its new and improved website featuring more timely content, nearly 100 additional videos, a timeline of key accomplishments, an improved resources page, and the original Project Coyote blog, Notes From the Field. The new site highlights Project Coyote's work on behalf of North America's native carnivores, with a special section that informs visitors about the history, habits, and challenges facing wolves, bears, mountain lions, bobcats, and of course our native Song Dogs, the Coyote. Join the project's E-Team to get involved!

Thursday August 4, 2016

Garage Sale for The Borneo Project

A neighborhood in Berkeley is coming together to host a mid-summer garage sale to benefit EII's The Borneo Project. The sale will take place on Saturday August 20 from 10am-2pm, at Beverly Place near Hopkins – follow the posted signed to the exact address. All proceeds from the sale will benefit The Borneo Project.

Thursday August 4, 2016

Filmmaker David Vassar at the Brower Center

Join Earth Island and the David Brower Center on August 25 for an intimate film night with Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning filmmaker David Vassar. The evening will include a screening of A Walking in the Park with David Vassar – an epic film retrospective through American's national parks – as well as a presentation by Vassar and a VIP meet and greet reception. Celebrate the National Park Service centennial by joining the Brower Center for this special evening. Additional information and tickets.

Thursday August 4, 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: American Farmers Are Struggling to Feed the Country's Appetite for Organic Food. Reporter Leah Messinger examines why only 1 percent of cropland is dedicated to organic farming, despite growing consumer demand for organic food. 

Editors' Pick: "If Animals Matter Morally, Then We Cannot Treat Them As Commodities." Fifteen-year-old Aazan Amhad, the Journal's youngest contributor, interviews controversial animal rights activist Gary Francione about his "abolitionist approach" towards animal rights.

Thursday August 4, 2016

Save the Snag Forest

The Forest Service is finalizing its ill-conceived Rim Fire "reforestation" plan for California's Stanislaus National Forest, which will determine whether it will maintain the unlogged burned areas of the forest or clearcut them to fuel the local biomass industry. Learn more and take action with Earth Island's John Muir Project. Email Deputy Regional Forester Barnie Gyant and Regional Forester Randy Moore by July 27, and tell them that the remaining snag forest within the Rim Fire area should be valued and preserved as wildlife habitat. This is our last chance to tell the Forest Service to preserve the remaining snag forest habitat in the Rim Fire area!

Thursday July 21, 2016

Call for Kitchen Supplies

Food Shift recently launched the Alameda Kitchen, a new initiative that will transform surplus food into nutritious products for the community while providing employment for the formerly homeless in Alameda County, CA. Now, the Earth Island project is in need of kitchen supplies! Key items include a commercial dehydrator, stock chiller, and tilting kettle. Here's the full list. If you are able to donate an item, donate money for supplies, or have connections in the restaurant or corporate sponsorship world, please email Hanna.

Thursday July 21, 2016

Book Club Launch

Real Food Real Stories is launching a book club series to deepen knowledge of the changes necessary within our food system. In addition to live storytelling gatherings, the EII project is now sharing written stories from inspiring changemakers with our RFRS community. The first book club gathering will take place on Monday, August 8, at 6 p.m. at The Perennial restaurant in San Francisco. We will be discussing radical farmer Joel Salatin's book, Folks, This Ain't Normal, over light snacks provided by the restaurant. The discussion will be based on the book, but join in if you are simply interested in discussing issues related to farming, food, and sustainability. Sign up today.

Thursday July 21, 2016

Fundraising Masters

Want to hone your fundraising skills? Don't miss the Nonprofit Fundraising Masters series, hosted by Darian Heyman, director of EII's Numi Foundation. Raise more money for your cause with tips from some of the world's most successful fundraisers on July 27 in Silicon Valley, and on October 19 in San Francisco. The series will feature Greenpeace Executive Director Annie Leonard, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune, and author Beth Kanter, among other speakers. Register now, and save $20 using the code: "EII"

Thursday July 21, 2016

Responding to Oil Spills

ALERT has responded to a call from a multi-state coalition asking for technical assistance with comments to the EPA regarding the 2014 BP Whiting refinery oil spill, which released more than 1,600 gallons of oil into Lake Michigan. EPA's proposed settlement for the spill enables business-as-usual by this repeat offender. EII's ALERT has developed a model for future spill settlements, requesting maximum fines and independent citizens' oversight. The model also calls for environmental monitoring, as currently exists in Prince William Sound in Alaska, and as promised by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. ALERT's comments can be tailored for other spills of conventional or unconventional oil.

Thursday July 21, 2016

Earth Island Lunch

Please join Earth Island Institute and former Brower Youth Award winner Marcus Grignon for a brown bag lunch on Monday, August 8 at the Earth Island office in downtown Berkeley. Grignon, who now serves as campaign manager for Hempstead Project Heart's new Native Hemp Initiative, will discuss the ancestral wisdom of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and how knowledge of regenerative agriculture is being applied today. The presentation, which will begin at 12 p.m., will also highlight the early hemp economy in the US and stress the importance of Industrial Hemp cultivation to sustainable agriculture and a thriving green economy. Additional information

Thursday July 21, 2016

Congress for Conservation Biology

This week, Project Coyote's Executive Director Camilla Fox and members of its Science Advisory Board (SAB) attended the North American Congress for Conservation Biology Conference in Wisconsin. SAB members presented talks on decisions that undermine wildlife conservation and the Public Trust Doctrine; overhunting, overfishing, and the annihilation of megafauna; and what canines teach us about lethal control and unregulated killing of a territorial species. Learn more by visiting Project Coyote's Science and Stewardship program page.

Thursday July 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: Tidal Power Project Makes Waves in Canada. Author Kevin Bailey writes about why a plan to install giant turbines in Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy has both fisherman and environmentalists worried.

Editors' Pick: The Young and the Restless. Author and biologist Jessica Groenendijk tells the story of Isla and Dedo, two endnagered giant otters growing up in Peru's Manu National Park.

Thursday July 21, 2016

GWWI’s Gemma Bulos on Sea Change Radio

Gemma Bulos, executive director of EII's Global Women's Water Initiative, appeared with Alex Wise on Sea Change Radio, a nationally syndicated weekly radio show and podcast covering the shift to social, environmental, and economic sustainability. On the episode, titled "Turning a Drop Into a Wave," Bulos discusses how GWWI builds capacity among women, the connection between water access and girls' education, and the story of how she arrived at this work. Listen to the podcast now.

Thursday July 7, 2016

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