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Earth Island at UN Climate Talks

This week marks the start of COP23, the latest round of global climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany. An Earth Island Institute delegation of grassroots leaders from Eco Equity, Climate Wise Women, Transition Earth, and Environmental Finance Center West is participating in talks, stressing the importance of women's leadership and equity in implementation of the Paris Agreement, and drawing attention to the connections between climate change and population growth. Eco Equity and partner-organization Civil Society Review also released a report at the conference, "Equity and the Ambition Ratchet," explaining that we are not on track to keep global temperature rise well below 2°C — the goal outlined in the Paris Agreement — and emphasizing the urgent need for action.

Thursday November 9, 2017

Protect Pacific Marine National Monuments

EII's Shark Stewards is collecting public comments to protect Marine National Monuments in the Pacific Ocean, two of which — Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended shrinking in a recent memo to President Trump. The remote, lightly inhabited, and nearly pristine islands and atolls were first designated national monuments under President George W. Bush. President Obama later expanded their size to create some of the largest and most biologically important protected ecosystems in the Pacific. These last few remaining wilderness areas in this region are now in the crosshairs of the current administration. Learn more and take action to protect the monuments today.

Thursday November 9, 2017

Check Out the Ethical Traveler Podcast

EII's Ethical Traveler is thrilled to announce the launch of its new podcast series that features incredible storytelling, great world music, and interviews with some fascinating travelers. The first four episodes highlight the work of three different Earth Island projects. The success of the podcasts depends on the audience, so please give a listen, subscribe, and share with friends!

Thursday November 9, 2017

Congratulations to Sharon Danks

Please join us in congratulating Sharon Danks, executive director of Earth Island's Green Schoolyards America, who was recently named an Ashoka Fellow! Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs selected for their innovative solutions to social problems and their potential to change patterns across society. Danks's work inspires and enables communities to enrich their school grounds and use them to improve children's wellbeing, learning, and play while contributing to the ecological health and resilience of their cities. Ashoka has published a profile of Sharon's work and has also run an article about her work in Forbes.

Thursday November 9, 2017

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. In the US, it often goes unnoticed when Indigenous women go missing and are murdered. At the same time, fossil fuel pipelines bring violence to women and our Earth. EII's Seeding Sovereignty commissioned Indigenous youth artist Jackie Fawn to create a piece (pictured) to honor missing and murdered Indigenous women and to steward the transition to sovereign earth-based energy. Learn more about Seeding Sovereignty's work.

Thursday November 9, 2017

North Bay Fire Relief Benefit Dinner

Join Earth Island's Food Shift on December 11 for an all-inclusive benefit dinner to support North Bay fire relief efforts. All proceeds from this night of food, drinks, and community at C'era Una Volta in Alameda, CA will be donated to Ceres Community Project and Undocufund, two groups that are working directly to support the most vulnerable populations affected by the recent California fires. Guests will enjoy a vegetarian meal made from recovered produced at The Food Shift Kitchen, classic Italian desserts from C'era Una Volta, and drinks donated by Donkey and Goat Winery and Shanty Shack Brewing, as well as live acoustic music. Get tickets by November 15 for the early bird price of $30!

Thursday November 9, 2017

WTO Upholds Dolphin Safe Tuna Label

In October, the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of the US, agreeing that its strong standards for the Dolphin Safe Tuna label are in compliance with WTO free trade regulations. Earth Island's International Marine Mammal Project, which established the popular label, celebrates the decision. The ruling reverses several prior decisions saying that Dolphin Safe tuna labeling regulations unfairly discriminated against Mexico by restricting access to US markets. Learn more about Dolphin Safe tuna.

Thursday November 9, 2017

Get Your Hands Dirty With Richmond Trees

Earth Island's Richmond Trees will be planting trees in Richmond, CA on Sunday, November 12. The Earth Island project will meet volunteers at Burg Park at 30th and Clinton Ave at 9:00 a.m. and then disperse to different locations throughout the city. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Please bring your water bottle, work gloves, and your favorite tools if you have them, but don't worry if you don't — Richmond Trees has plenty to share! Learn more.

Thursday November 9, 2017

Climate Wise Women in Sierra

Ugandan farmer and Climate Wise Woman Constance Okollet was featured prominently in Sierra magazine's November-December issue. In the magazine's editorial, Jason Mark wrote that she "exemplifies the Sierra Club's ideal of citizen advocacy" and reporter Wendy Becktold highlighted her leadership on climate adaptation work in a feature story. Okollet is joining Earth Island's Climate Wise Women delegation at COP23 in Germany. She is also serving as a special representative on Ireland's official COP delegation.

Thursday November 9, 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: Tyson Foods Linked to Largest Toxic Dead Zone in US History. Reporter Shana Gallagher writes that America's largest meat producer must clean up its act and incentivize improvements in livestock feed production.

Editors' Pick: Body, Home, and the Wild. Writer Maya Kosla reflects on the Northern California wildfires and how to rise from the ashes after the fire has passed.

Thursday November 9, 2017

RFRS Radio Hour

Did you miss the Real Food Real Stories Benefit StorySlam? Do you want to take the stories shared by Dilsa Lugo of Los Cilantros, Nik Sharma of A Brown Table and A Brown Kitchen, and Pim Techamuanvivit of Kin Khao Thai Eatery, during this special event on the go with you? Tune into the Real Food Radio Hour to hear (or download podcasts of) live recordings of these amazing, inspiring stories! Listen here.

Thursday November 9, 2017

North Bay Fire Relief Benefit Dinner

Join Earth Island's Food Shift on December 11 for an all-inclusive benefit dinner to support North Bay fire relief efforts. All proceeds from this night of food, drinks, and community at C'era Una Volta in Alameda, CA will be donated to organizations directly supporting victims of the California wildfires. Purchase your tickets today. And if you're looking for a caterer, consider Food Shift. The Food Shift Kitchen provides catering services for local companies, organizations, and events. Menus are created with recovered produce that would otherwise be wasted due to cosmetic imperfections. By eating with the Food Shift Kitchen, you are helping reduce waste, feed communities, and provide employment opportunities in the kitchen. Contact for bookings

Thursday October 26, 2017

Thank You for Joining Us at BYA

The 18th annual Brower Youth Awards ceremony in San Francisco was a terrific event! Thank you to the judges, volunteers, Earth Island staff and board members, teachers, students, and everyone else who joined Earth Island for the evening. And of course, thank you to our seven amazing 2017 winners. Videos from the evening will be posted to the BYA website soon. If you would like to help us continue to support young environmental leaders, please consider making a gift to support EII's New Leaders Initiative.

Thursday October 26, 2017

Mountain Lion Film Now in Spanish

EII's WildFutures recently released its six-minute film, The Secret Life Of Mountain Lions, in Spanish! The short documentary, which has been viewed more than 300,000 times, was selected last year for National Geographic's Short Film Showcase. The inspiring film tells the story of a mother mountain lion and her kittens through extraordinary footage captured by motion-triggered cameras in the Wyoming wilderness. Five of six subspecies of mountain lions live in Latin America, but very little is known about their populations. WildFutures produced La Vida Secreta de los Pumas to reach new audiences and spread awareness about the importance of these remarkable and often misunderstood cats.

Thursday October 26, 2017

Berkeley BioBlitz this Sunday

Join EII's Wholly H20 for a fun half-day citizen science BioBlitz on Sunday, October 29, at Lake Anza and Wildcat Gorge Trail in Berkeley, CA. A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Get ready to enjoy being a citizen scientist through simple observation and photo documentation. Observations will be added to the "Richmond CA Watershed" iNaturalist project, which is gathering information about Wildcat Creek watershed. Learn more and register today.

Thursday October 26, 2017

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