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Team Lunches at the Food Shift Kitchen

Enjoy your next team or corporate lunch at The Food Shift Kitchen in Alameda, CA! Food Shift will prepare a vegetarian meal made from rescued ingredients and give you and your team a tour of the kitchen. By eating at the kitchen you will be supporting Food Shift's work to reduce food waste, feed the hungry, and employ people with barriers to employment. To learn more, email Food Shift at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). The Earth Island project is also looking for enthusiastic, hard-working volunteers. Check out open opportunities, and don't hesitate to reach out if you believe in this work and feel as though you have something to offer the team.

Thursday June 8, 2017

Submit Public Comments on NAFTA Priorities

The US Trade Representative is currently accepting public comments on how it should renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Unless the public weighs in strongly, corporate greed will trump any public benefits from the deal. Please join Earth Island's California Trade Justice Coalition (CTJC) in demanding that any NAFTA replacement prioritizes the needs of working families, healthy communities, and the earth. Submit your comments demanding a fair and green NAFTA by Monday, June 12! And sign CTJC's petition demanding an agreement that truly benefits working people and the planet.

Thursday June 8, 2017

Demand a Fair, Green NAFTA

Last week, the Trump administration gave formal notice to Congress that it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). So far, there’s no sign that Trump plans to get rid of NAFTA's trade court, which lets corporations challenge hard-won consumer, worker, and environmental protections. Nor has he committed to strong, enforceable labor and environmental protections. Earth Island’s California Trade Justice Coalition is challenging the Trump administration to put people and the environment first in its upcoming NAFTA negotiations. Read more and sign CTJC’s petition demanding a fair and green NAFTA today.

Thursday May 25, 2017

Help ÉnergieRich Raise Funds

ÉnergieRich is holding a June 6 fundraiser in Santa Barbara, California to support a summer trip to Burkina Faso with students from UC Santa Barbara and Stanford University. While in Burkina Faso, the Earth Island project will test a solar egg incubator prototype designed by students to increase poultry farming productivity; launch a program for local assembly of the egg incubator and solar panels; establish a new center for clean energy and technology innovation; and establish a framework for long-term research to track the results of its work. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Louise Lowry Davis Center. Additional details

Thursday May 25, 2017

Challenging Traditional Predator Management

As part of its Science and Stewardship program, Project Coyote’s Science and Advisory Board members are challenging traditional predator management at the state and federal levels. A special feature on predator control in the Journal of Mammalogy — organized by advisory board member Dr. Bradley Bergstrom and with contributions by members Dr. Adrian Treves and Dr. John Vucetich — compiles evidence of the greater efficacy and social acceptability of nonlethal deterrents to livestock depredation by large carnivores, as well as the possible harm to ecosystems resulting from lethal control of these predators. Read more on the Earth Island project’s website.

Thursday May 25, 2017

Lend a Hand at the Food Shift Kitchen

With the help of four kitchen apprentices and several community volunteers, the Food Shift Kitchen in Alameda is producing about 200 pounds of food per week! The nutritious results are delivered to the City Team Oakland dining hall, which provides nutritious meals to those struggling with hunger. With just a few more volunteers, Food Shift could process and share even more delicious food. Read more about the Food Shift Kitchen and join the Earth Island project for a three-hour volunteer shift. Shifts are available Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and vegetarian lunch is provided. Learn more and sign up.

Thursday May 25, 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: In Memoriam: Well-Known Yellowstone White Wolf Dies Unnatural Death. Reporter John Soltes shares the story of a Yellowstone wolf who was illegally shot in April. The alpha female, who he believes he saw earlier this year, deserved a wild end to her wild life, he writes.

Editors' Pick: Hampered by Lack of Resources, Peruvian Officials Struggle to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade. Reporter Jurriaan van Eerten discusses the challenging task of combatting Peru’s pervasive illegal plant and animal trade.

Thursday May 25, 2017

Our Projects at the UN Oceans Conference

Two Earth Island projects are heading to New York in June for the United Nations Oceans Conference, a solutions-focused event that aims to help reverse the decline in ocean health. Shark Stewards is advocating for the UN to address illegal fish bombing, a destructive fishing method that kills non-target fish and destroys coral reefs. Learn more about the campaign, take the Stop Fish Bombing! pledge, and follow the project on social media June 5 to 9 to get live updates. Plastic Pollution Coalition will also be participating in the conference, where it will initiate an education campaign in support of a new framework convention around single-use plastic production. As part of that effort, PPC will be co-hosting an event with the German government to discuss solutions to the global plastic pollution problem.

Thursday May 25, 2017

Run with Richmond Trees

Richmond Trees' third annual Run for the Trees team is coming together on May 27 for the Nieto Trails Race. The Earth Island project is calling all friends, supporters, runners, and walkers — of all ages and levels — to join the Richmond Trees team at the race in Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. We encourage team members to use this as an opportunity to fundraise for Richmond Trees and get friends and family to sponsor them. It's a great way for people to support you and your fitness goals while helping raise money to plant more trees in Richmond, CA. We're looking for participants to raise $250.00 each. If you would like to be on the team, but prefer not to raise funds, that's fine too — Richmond Trees would still love to have you participate! Additional information.

Thursday May 25, 2017

Earth Island Projects Head to UN Oceans Conference

Two Earth Island projects are heading to New York in June for the United Nations Oceans Conference, which aims seek solutions to reverse the decline in ocean health. Shark Stewards is advocating for the UN to address illegal fish bombing, a destructive fishing method that kills non-target fish and destroys coral reefs. Learn more about the campaign, take the Stop Fish Bombing! pledge, and follow the project on social media June 5 to 9 to get live updates. Plastic Pollution Coalition will also be participating in the conference, where it will initiate an education campaign in support of a new framework convention around single-use plastic production. As part of that effort, PPC will be co-hosting an event with the German government to discuss solutions to the global plastic pollution problem.

Thursday May 11, 2017

Last Chance for BYA Applications

Earth Island's Brower Youth Awards is still accepting applications for its 2017 awardees, but the deadline is just four days away! The annual awards are given to six young people based in North America, ages 13 to 22, who show outstanding leadership in their involvement with high impact, replicable, and relevant environmental projects. Now in its 18th year, the award includes a $3,000 cash prize, a professionally produced short film about the winner, and a weeklong leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area that culminates in a public awards ceremony. Learn more and apply by May 15.

Thursday May 11, 2017

Run with Richmond Trees

Richmond Trees' third annual Run for the Trees team is coming together on May 27 for the Nieto Trails Race. The Earth Island project is calling all friends, supporters, runners, and walkers — of all ages and levels — to join the Richmond Trees team at the race in Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. We encourage team members to use this as an opportunity to fundraise for Richmond Trees and get your friends and family to sponsor you! It's a great way for people to support you and your fitness goals while helping raise money to plant more trees in Richmond, CA. We're looking for participants to raise $250.00 each. If you would like to be on the team, but prefer not to raise funds, that's fine too — Richmond Trees would still love to have you participate! Additional information.

Thursday May 11, 2017

Congrats to Plant to Plate Program Graduates

West County DIGS' Plant to Plate Apprenticeship Program is a collaborative Richmond, CA project designed to develop job skills and foster career opportunities for the city's youth. Building on the widespread success of the farm-to-table culinary movement, the Plant to Plate program enables young people to apprentice with Richmond-based experts in both food production and preparation. Guided by Arnon Oren, master chef and owner of Oren's Kitchen, and Kelli Barram, a Master Gardener and educator, participants have learned about the entire food cycle, from planting to farming to professional food preparation. The first group of apprentices will graduate from the Earth Island project's 14-week program on May 20. Read more about the program.

Thursday May 11, 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: In Peru, Learning from the Nasca. Author Kathryn Huber explores parallels between the demise of the ancient Nasca culture and contemporary environmental challenges.

Editors' Pick: Injured Birds of Prey Find a Caring Home in Kenya. Reporter Kari Mutu writes about how one of Kenya's only raptor rehabilitation centers is lending a helping hand to owls and eagles while raising awareness about oft-overlooked species.

Thursday May 11, 2017

Volunteer with the Food Shift Kitchen

The Food Shift Kitchen is producing about 200 pounds of nutritious prepared food every week in Alameda, CA with the help of four kitchen apprentices and several community volunteers. With just a few more volunteers, Food Shift could process and share even more delicious food with the East Bay community. Read about Food Shift's work in the Alameda Sun and join the EII project for a three-hour volunteer commitment. Shifts are available Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and vegetarian lunch is provided! Learn more and sign up. Food Shift is also looking for committed social media and administrative volunteers who are passionate about food justice and eager to get involved in the East Bay food community. Email Aya for more information.

Thursday May 11, 2017

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