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Burrowing Owls Need Your Help

Help save burrowing owls! Earth Island's Urban Bird Foundation has launched a Save Burrowing Owls T-shirt Campaign with Bonfire Funds to support critical conservation efforts. Proceeds from T-shirts sold between October 10 and October 30 will directly support Urban Bird's burrowing owl protection work, emergency rescues, habitat restoration and conservation, and educational programs. Show your support for this incredibly unique species that is endangered in Canada, threatened in Mexico, and a bird of conservation concern in the United States. Get your T-shirt today!

Thursday October 13, 2016

Ban Toxic Oil Dispersants

Earlier this year, the EPA punted the final decision on proposed rules to restrict the use of toxic chemical dispersants during oil spill "cleanups" to the next administration. In response, ALERT launched a CREDO Mobilize Campaign, gathering nearly 61,000 signatures demanding EPA action. On Monday, Newsweek released a story about the devastating human health effects of dispersant use following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Sensing an opportunity to secure more signatures, CREDO invited a follow up posting of the petition! The EPA must act now to ban these dispersants. Please share the petition with your networks to help EII's ALERT reach its new goal of 100,000 signatures.

Thursday October 13, 2016

Race to Zero Waste

Join EII's All One Ocean for the second annual Race to Zero Waste at San Francisco's Crissy Field on Saturday, October 15. This waste-free extravaganza to benefit AOO will feature a 5K fun run/walk, a beach cleanup, a zero-waste cooking demo, music, a raffle, and much more. All One Ocean will also host talks with zero waste expert Gary Liss and representatives from SF-based company Imperfect Produce. Oh, and of course, there will be mermaids! All One Ocean might also throw in a "splash mob" and a silent disco. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Additional details.

Thursday October 13, 2016

Sharktober Is Here

There's a lot to celebrate this Sharktober. Earlier this month, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species passed all pending petitions for Appendix II listings of sharks and rays, including the Mobula ray petition supported by Shark Stewards and its Malaysian allies. The Appendix II list includes species for which trade must be controlled in order to ensure they thrive. Meanwhile, Sharktober continues with several fun events, including Sharktoberfest at the Greater Farallon Islands National Marine Sanctuary Visitors Center on Saturday, October 15, and a shark activist event at Mandalay Resort in Las Vegas with LUSH Cosmetics on October 22. Join the EII project in celebrating and saving sharks. Additional details

Thursday October 13, 2016

Congrats to Alameda Kitchen Graduates

On October 5, Food Shift graduated its first culinary training class from the Alameda Kitchen. Staff were inspired by the tenacity and compassion class members brought to their work, and the Earth Island project is conducting a post-program evaluation before launching the second class. As part of the program's growth, Food Shift is also hiring a new production chef and kitchen supervisor. Help the project find the right applicant by spreading the word, and keep an eye on the Food Shift blog for updates and reports regarding the evaluation.

Thursday October 13, 2016

Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival

Planet Earth Arts, an initiative of EII's Sustainable World Coalition, will present its third annual Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival on Monday, October 17 at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. A collaboration with PlayGround, the San Francisco Bay Area's leading new play incubator, the festival will feature six new original plays on the theme Breaking the Spell: Awakening to the Dream of the Earth. SF Weekly described this powerful evening of bold staged readings by the Bay Area's finest actors as "Amazing... a talented display of beauty, rage, physical comedy and striking use of language." The festival will begin at 8 p.m. Additional details and tickets

Thursday October 13, 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: Civil War Spurs Spike in Solar Energy Use in Yemen. Madgi Mansoor reports from Yemen, describing how residents in the country's war-torn capital are switching to alternative energy amid power cuts and rising fuel prices.

Editors' Pick: Can California Finally Ditch Single-Use Plastic Bags? Journal associate editor Zoe Loftus-Farren examines Proposition 67, a California ballot measure to ban single-use plastic shopping bags that has faced fierce opposition from the plastics industry.

Thursday October 13, 2016

Get Your BYA Tickets Today

Join Earth Island in celebrating the leaders of tomorrow at the New Leaders Initiative's 17th annual Brower Youth Awards - the premier award honoring bold young leaders! RSVP for Free tickets to the awards ceremony and purchase tickets to the special Opening Reception at the early bird rate. Come celebrate our next generation of environmental leaders at San Francisco's beautiful, historic Herbst Theater on October 18.

Thursday September 29, 2016

Celebrate Sharktober

Celebrate Sharktober with Shark Stewards! Join the Earth Island project for fun events across the San Francisco Bay Area next month, including sharktoberfest at the California Academy of Sciences, a talk at the Bay Model in Sausalito, a film night at the University of San Francisco, and much more. Additional details.

Thursday September 29, 2016

The Secret Life of Mountain Lions

WildFutures' 2016 video The Secret Life of Mountain Lions was recently accepted into National Geographic's Short Film Showcase. The film is now available on the National Geographic website for viewing, as is an interview with film producer and EII project director Sharon Negri on her ongoing work to protect mountain lions. The Secret Life of Mountain Lions has also been accepted into the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival and will be featured in New York's South Fork Natural History Museum for the next three years as part of an exhibit on wild cats around the world. More than 82,000 people have viewed the short film on social media since its March release.

Thursday September 29, 2016

Environmental Education in the SF Bay Area

Registration for KIDS for the BAY's 2016-2017 school year programs is now open. The Earth Island project offers a variety of school-based environmental programs, including San Francisco Bay estuary classroom workshops, exciting field trips to aquatic ecosystems, and environmental action projects that allow teachers and students to help solve problems in their local communities. Learn more.

Thursday September 29, 2016

Vegan Supperclub

Join EII's Real Food Real Stories and beloved television chef and vegan food advocate Miyoko Schinner of Miyoko's Kitchen for an intimate supper in San Francisco on October 13. This curated evening will take place in a high-rise home with panoramic views of the city. Guests will gather around a plant-based meal inspired by Schinner's award-winning vegan cheese, enjoy live music, and learn about Schinner's lifelong mission to share a compassionate, plant-based diet. Learn more and get your tickets today.

Thursday September 29, 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: Another Port Proposal for San Francisco Bay Sparks Opposition. Veteran reporter Jean Tepperman exposes how city council members met in secret to craft a plan for a deep-water port and cement processing plant along the Vallejo waterfront.

Editors' Pick: Long Journey to a More Righteous Shore. Writer and producer Jessica Abbe reports from the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, where the Members' Assembly passed a resolution declaring that sacred lands of Indigenous peoples should be “No-Go Areas” for destructive industrial activities.

Thursday September 29, 2016

Support Bold Journalism

If you haven't yet, please take a moment to read Earth Island Journal editor Maureen Nandini Mitra's letter to the Earth Island community and make a tax deductible donation to support impactful reporting on the environment.

Thursday September 29, 2016

Rooted in Resilience is Hiring!

Rooted in Resilience (formerly Bay Localize) co-founder Kirsten Andrews-Schwind is transitioning out of her position after 10 years of amazing leadership. The EII project hopes to hire a Resilient Communities Initiative Coordinator as her replacement by mid-December and is looking for strong facilitators with fundraising experience. Rooted in Resilience is fundamentally changing the way that resilience planning happens. Apply today to be part of the action! This position may be especially well suited for a former executive director looking for a fun, new position. Please find the full job announcement online and distribute this opportunity widely to your networks.

Thursday September 29, 2016

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