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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

World Population Day Reception

Please join EII's Transition Earth and Sierra Club's Global Population and Environment staff for an informal World Population Day reception on July 11 at the new Sierra Club headquarters in downtown Oakland.Celebrate the work being done on gender equity, global health, and conservation, and learn more about how one health clinic in Borneo is successfully combining healthcare with environmental protection. Please email Transition Earth director Suzanne York to RSVP.  To learn more about the importance of linking conservation and health projects, take part in a special webinar, Integrated Development: Learning from Population-Health-Environment, sponsored by Sierra Club. The webinar will begin at 11 a.m. Pacific Time on July 11. RSVP here.

Thursday July 7, 2016

RATS in Sacramento

In June, Raptors Are the Solution filled the California state capitol with eye-catching posters as part of its Rat Poison is Wildlife Poison campaign. RATS installed 11 posters throughout downtown Sacramento. The posters feature a Cooper's hawk, a burrowing owl, a bobcat, and a mountain lion, and all carry the same message – that rat poison infiltrates the food web and poisons more than rats. The EII project hopes to take these ads to Los Angeles and to the San Francisco Bay Area next, and thanks the Temper of the Times Foundation and supporters for funding the campaign.

Thursday July 7, 2016

Numi Foundation Joins Earth Island

Numi Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Numi Organic Tea, is honored to join Earth Island Institute's network of projects.Numi Foundation is wrapping up efforts to provide clean, safe drinking water to 3,500 villagers in rural Madagascar, and to the 6,000 people living on India's largest organic, fair trade tea estate. In the fall, the foundation will circle back to its curriculum program in Oakland, where it offers experiential gardening, arts, and social studies curricula to low-income K-8 public schools. Read more about Numi Foundation's programs.

Thursday July 7, 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: Oakland City Council Votes to Ban Coal Exports in Big Win for Local Advocates. Journal associate editor Zoe Loftus-Farren writes about the Oakland City Council's 7 to 0 vote to block plans to export coal through the city, which residents argued would have further degraded air quality in West Oakland communities.

Editors' Pick: Illegal Mining, Logging, and Coca Cultivation Are Ravaging Colombia's National Parks. Author James Bargent reports on how insurgent groups and criminalized paramilitary gangs are destroying Colombia's national parks, and discusses a new peace deal with FARC that offers hope of a reprieve.

Thursday July 7, 2016

Best in the Bay

KIDS for the BAY's Summer Camp was just voted BEST in the Bay 2016 by Parents' Press readers! KIDS for the BAY campers enjoy hands-on outdoor science activities while exploring ocean habitats,hiking in redwood forests, kayaking on the bay, going on overnight camping adventures, and more! Follow the EII project's Facebook page to see campers in action this summer. There are limited spaces left in our Summer Camp sessions, so sign your kids up today!

Thursday June 23, 2016

RATS on T-Shirts

Are you good at design? Help Earth Island's Raptors Are The Solution design a new T-Shirt! RATS is partnering on a T-shirt fundraiser with FLOAT, a company that collaborates on apparel campaigns with nonprofits. The T-shirt design must include or somehow depict the slogan "Raptors Are The Solution," and must use no more than three colors. The rights for the design will be turned over to FLOAT. The winner will receive one of the T-shirts and a RATS baseball cap! Deadline for submissions is August 1 and the winner will be chosen on August 8. Email your designs to RATS. Learn more, and email with any questions.

Thursday June 23, 2016

Big Wins for Sharks

California's ban on the possession and sale of shark fins survived its third legal challenge when the US Supreme Court denied review of an appeal in the case last month. Earth Island's Shark Stewards helped write a brief filed in the case.  In other good news, last week Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed a law banning the sale of shark fins, making Rhode Island the 11th state to ban the harmful trade. Since Shark Stewards began its work in 2005, the US shark fin trade has dropped by more than half. Learn more about the project's ongoing work to save sharks and restore ocean health.

Thursday June 23, 2016

The Thousand Leaf Project

EII's Armenian Environmental Network is excited to announce the launch of The Thousand Leaf Project, a collaboration between AENand the American University of Armenia's Acopian Center for the Environment. The citizen science website aims to address the lack of accessible information on edible plants and mushrooms used by Armenians and keep traditional knowledge of Armenia's edible plants alive. Armenian communities across Armenia and the world are encouraged to collect and submit information, stories, photos, and recipes for the project. The website also provides information on sustainable harvesting methods that allow plants to continue to reproduce. Learn more about the project.

Thursday June 23, 2016

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