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Waterfalls or Mountains?

Which do you prefer – waterfalls or mountains? Help us choose the cover for Earth Island Journal’s Autumn issue, which is going to be a special expanded edition in celebration of wilderness.

Read Journal editor Jason Mark’s op-ed about what wilderness means to us 50 years after the passage of the historic Wilderness Act. If you are not already a subscriber, become one today to get this special issue.

Thursday July 31, 2014

A Life-Changing Journey

Every year, EII’s The Altai Project runs several citizen-scientist expeditions in Russia’s Altai Mountains to support conservation of Altai Republic’s most endangered species such as snow leopards, argali mountain sheep, steppe eagles, and saker falcons. Amy Rhodeswe, a 2013 Wild Altai tour participant, recently shared some thoughts about how life-changing this journey was for her. Check out what she has to say!

Thursday July 31, 2014

Building Alliances for Sharks

EII’s Shark Stewards is organizing a Pan Pacific Shark Alliance meeting with its partners in Asia to help create shark sanctuaries in the region. It is currently working in Malaysia’s Sabah province with the groups Forever Sabah, and SCUBA ZOO. Project staff also visited the Prey Nup region in southern Cambodia recently to assist the Prey Nup Conservation Project with protecting old growth mangrove forests, which are critical habitat for rays and other aquatic species. Read about these efforts here.

Thursday July 31, 2014

Country Joe for Earth Island

Join Earth Island on Friday August 22 for an evening of great music with Country Joe McDonald and special guest, Bob Reid. McDonald was the co-founder of the psychedelic rock band Country Joe & the Fish, whose performance at Woodstock is legendary. McDonald has been a long-time, tireless advocate for animals and the environment. His music spans a broad range of style and content, and we are thrilled to present this benefit concert for Earth Island is the intimate setting of the David Brower Center’s Goldman Theater. Get your tickets today!

Thursday July 31, 2014

A Victory and More Work

EII's Project Coyote and the Animal Legal Defense Fund have successfully shut down the annual JMK Coyote Hunting Contest in Oregon’s Harney County. The contest organizer, Duane Freilino, recently settled the two groups’ lawsuit against him by agreeing never to host another hunting contest in Oregon. Project Coyote is now leading an effort to ban wildlife-killing contests in California. Join the project and its supporters at the next CA Fish and Game Commission meeting in San Diego on August 6 to support this proposed ban. More information here.

Thursday July 31, 2014

Win 2 Tickets to Jack Johnson Concert

It's a great time to make a donation to Earth Island Institute. For the next few weeks, we are getting donations matched by musician and activist Jack Johnson! Make a tax-deductible contribution right now and Jack will double your gift, up to a total of $2,500. For every $50 you donate, your name will be entered to win TWO TICKETS to Jack's sold out show at the Greek Theater in Berkeley on August 26. The lucky winner will be notified on August 19. Your (and Jack's) donation will benefit our Restoration Initiatives program, which works to restore coastal wetlands.

Thursday July 31, 2014

Good Press for Beach Boxes

EII’s All One Ocean’s 13th Beach Clean Up Station was written up about in the Marin Independent Journal. Check out the report here!

Thursday July 31, 2014

New Positions at Food Shift

EII’s Food Shift is looking for a volunteer webmaster and a creative manager to join its team! Working with Food Shift is an opportunity to be creative, wear many hats, and be a part of a fun team working to build a movement to end food waste. More information about both positions here.

Thursday July 31, 2014

Get Your Tickets for BYA 2014!

Join the Earth Island family on October 21 in San Francisco for a festive evening celebrating bold, young environmental leadership! Get all the event details for the 15th Annual Brower Youth Awards and consider joining the 15th Anniversary Host Committee or featuring your green business as a BYA Sponsor! Visit the BYA website to learn more about awards and the amazing community of past winners.

Thursday July 31, 2014

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 few weeks:

Most Popular: Radar Station on Tiny Indian Island Could Harm Rare Hornbill Population. Reporter Prathap Nair writes about conservationists’ fears that India’s new government is ignoring environmental concerns in its rush to clear projects.

Editors’ Pick: All Together Now! Reporter Bjorn Philip Beer attends a People’s Climate March meeting and comes away sure that the September demonstration in New York will have a large and diverse turnout.

Thursday July 31, 2014

New Youth Garden in Yerevan

EII’s Armenian Environmental Network staff and a group of volunteers, ages 17 to 18, broke ground and sowed the first seeds of the season at the new Youth Garden in the Yerevan Botanical Garden in Armenia’s capital city, Yerevan, in early July. Afterward, the group enjoyed a picnic lunch and a tour of the rest of the grounds. AEN aims to offer urban youth an opportunity to be closer to nature through active participation in cultivating food crops, which they will then be encouraged to enjoy with their families at harvest time.

Thursday July 17, 2014

Plans Advance for Road Through Critical Spoonbill Habitat

Taiwanese officials today approved the flawed environmental impact assessment of a proposed road that would cut through the Jiading Wetland, a sensitive black-faced spoonbill habitat in southwestern Taiwan, despite intense pressure from EII’s SAVE International and local environmental groups. The wetland was recently identified as the winter habitat for more than 200 endangered black-faced spoonbills (nearly 8 percent of the world population). As per to the Ramsar Convention, this qualifies it for classification as a “wetland of international importance.” SAVE International will continue to protest the road's construction, but it needs your help to continue the fight! Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to sign their petition.

Thursday July 17, 2014

Climate Wise Woman Wins Award

Ursula Rakova of EII’s Climate Wise Women will receive the 2014 Equator Initiative Prize on behalf of her organization, Tulele Peisa, at a ceremony in New York to be held in conjunction with the United Nations General Assembly in September. Tulele Peisa is being recognized for its work in helping relocate the people of Carteret Islands, which are predicted to be completely underwater by as early as 2020, to mainland Papua New Guinea.

Thursday July 17, 2014

Active Hope Workshop

Amidst climate change, economic upheaval, social injustice, and ongoing wars, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and hopeless. How do we face the mess we are going through without going crazy? Longtime activist and international trainer, Joanna Macy, will be holding a one-day workshop on September 13 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA, that will offer perspectives and practices for growing creativity, courage and solidarity for those working to preserve life on Earth. The cost is $35, including lunch. For details and to RSVP email Sharon Negri @ .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by August 1.

Thursday July 17, 2014

Music Tonight for Bay Localize

EII’s Bay Localize is excited to be the featured beneficiary of Party Corps' 11th Music for Good event in at the Red Poppy Art House at 7 p.m. this evening, featuring Bay Area artists Future Twin, Feral Fauna, and Derek of Owl Paws. The evening will include a curated conversation between Bay Localize and the performing artists about the project’s efforts to inspire and support residents in building equitable, resilient communities. Enjoy a musical evening and support Bay Localize’s important work. Ticket and event details here.

Thursday July 17, 2014

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