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Tell NY Governor to Walk the Talk on Climate

Join the largest climate rally ever directed at New York Governor Cuomo in Albany, NY on April 23! On the day after Earth Day thousands of New Yorkers will be coming together to call on the governor to halt all fracking infrastructure projects, move swiftly and justly to 100 percent renewable energy, and make corporate polluters pay. Earth Island's Seeding Sovereignty has been working with communities from across that state that are being impacted by fracking. Despite banning fracking, Governor Cuomo continues to support a massive build-out of fracking infrastrucutre that harms these communities and the climate. It's time for Governor Cuomo to walk the talk on climate! Learn more at cuomowalkthetalk.org.

Thursday April 5, 2018

Living Schoolyard’s 2018 Activity Guide

Green Schoolyards America and its partner, the International School Grounds Alliance, have just released an expanded edition of their Activity Guides set which describes how to engage PreK-12 students in hands-on outdoors learning, play, ecology, health, and community. The set includes 235 activity ideas written by 187 organizations across the US and the world. It also includes background information on the green schoolyards movement, the importance of taking students outside, and how the Earth Island project is working to shift the norm in schoolyard design and use. The PDFs are FREE! Please download and share this amazing resource.

Thursday April 5, 2018

Run for Trees in Richmond

Richmond Trees is seeking runners and walkers of all ages to join it for its fourth annual RUN FOR THE TREES team in the Nitro Trail race at Pt. Pinole on May 19, 2018.  Like it did during the event last year, the Earth Island project is partnering with Brazen Racing, which will be generously donating $5 for every team member. So you can help us out just by joining the team. Registration for the race is open now and there's an early bird discount. Details here.

Thursday April 5, 2018

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: How the Global Warming Information Mode Scrambles Ecological Understanding. Author Timothy Morton explains why data dumps inhibit a more genuine way of handling ecological knowledge.

Editors' Pick: The Pentagon's Scary Plan to Militarize Ocean Life. High-schooler Maia Danks writes about the US military's plans to use ocean critters, including transgenic ones, as underwater spies.

Thursday April 5, 2018

Join Us at the Berkeley Bay Festival

Join Earth Island and our projects at the FREE Berkeley Bay Festival on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shorebird Park in the Berkeley Marina. Enjoy hands-on educational activities and learn about organizations helping to protect the Bay and its wildlife. There will be a variety of live music for all ages throughout the day, sailboat rides, Dragon Boat paddles, as well as an assortment of food vendors. Kids activities include building with recycled materials in the Adventure Playground. EII's Shark Stewards will be unveiling its Marine Protected Area informational kiosk at the marina as part of the festival. All ages are welcome. To get there, take the AC Transit 81 bus, walk, bike, or carpool!

Thursday April 5, 2018

Celebrate Earth Day With Us!

Earth Island invites you to celebrate Berkeley Earth Day at the David Brower Center on April 22. The event will bring the Bay Area environmental community together to celebrate our vision for a sustainable future. Get inspired and connect with eco-minded comrades, learn how you can further reduce your impact on the planet and have fun doing it! This event features dozens of vendors sharing their delicious sustainable foods, eco-friendly products, and the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on tour. Get details here and buy your tickets at Eventbrite.

Thursday April 5, 2018

Join Us at the Berkeley Bay Festival

Join Earth Island and our projects at the Free Berkeley Bay Festival on Saturday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Shorebird Park in the Berkeley Marina. Enjoy hands-on educational activities and learn about organizations helping to protect the Bay and its wildlife. There will be variety of live music for all ages throughout the day, sailboat rides, Dragon Boat paddles, as well as an assortment of food vendors. Kids activities include build with recycled materials in the Adventure Playground. All ages are welcome. To get there, take the AC Transit 81 bus, walk, bike, or carpool!

Thursday March 22, 2018

Action Needed Today to Protect Our Forests!

The Congress has proposed a provision in the Omnibus Appropriations Bill that would categorically exclude 3,000-acre logging projects on Federal Forest Land from environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act. This proposal is bad for forests, bad for the climate, and won't protect communities from wildfires. If the bill — which will be voted on by midnight tomorrow — passes, areas as large as three times the size of Golden Gate Park could be clear cut without proper analysis of impacts to the environment or public scrutiny! EII's John Muir Project urges you to call Democrat Party leaders — Senator Chuck Schumer (202 224-6542) and Representative Nancy Pelosi (202 225-4965) — and your local senators today and tell them to strip this provision from the Omnibus Bill or to vote against this bill in its entirety. Find contact information for your senators here.

Thursday March 22, 2018

Turmeric Tales and Dinner

Join EII's Real Food Real Stories in San Francisco on March 28 for an intimate conversation with Sana Javeri Kadri, founder of the queer, woman-of-color owned Diaspora Co. a single-origin turmeric company. The curated evening will take place at WeWork SoMa, where we will gather over a shared meal provided by sweetgreen and listen to Sana's fascinating journey into finding the world's best turmeric while supporting a global, equitable and sustainable agricultural system. For tickets and more details on the event go here.

Thursday March 22, 2018

Cultivate Oregon Sues USDA

Earth Island's Cultivate Oregon, along with Center for Environmental Health, Center for Food Safety, and International Center for Technology Assessment, filed a complaint yesterday, March 21, in the Northern District of California the US Department of Agriculture over its withdrawal of the widely-supported Organic Livestock and Poultry Practice Rule. The lawsuit seeks immediate implementation of the rule and its improved livestock care standards. The plaintiffs are being represented on a pro bono basis by Center for Food Safety.

Thursday March 22, 2018

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:

Editors' Pick: The Rocky Road to Wolf Recovery. Biologist and writer Paula MacKay delves into the challenges these apex predators face as they try to reestablish themselves in the North Cascades.

Thursday March 22, 2018

Catered Meals from Food Shift

Food Shift Kitchen's food is good for the environment, and for the taste buds! The kitchen creates diverse and delicious menus from ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted, while providing jobs for those with barriers to employment. Revenue from the Earth Island project's catering services supports our ongoing job training and food recovery programs — it's a win-win! See Food Shift's catering page to book or learn more.

Thursday March 22, 2018

Earth Day at the Brower Center

Earth Island invites you to celebrate Earth Day on April 22 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. The Center, along with Citizens Climate Lobby and Our Children's Trust will be hosting the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour. The daylong event will include three film-viewing sessions drawn from a collection of films from the 16th annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival.  Get details here and buy your at Eventbrite.

Thursday March 22, 2018

Tell Starbucks to Break Free From Plastic

Every minute the equivalent of one garbage truck full of plastic ends up in the ocean. Yet #Starbucks has no plan to reduce its tons and tons of plastic trash. It continues to serve billions of its iconic white paper cups that are extremely difficult to recycle because of the plastic lining, along with masses of single-use plastic lids, its signature green straws, and cutlery. In 2008, Starbucks said it would serve a 100 percent recyclable paper cup and increase reusables to 25 percent by 2015. To date, it hasn't done either. Join EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition and the hundreds of thousands of people who are already a part of this historical initiative to hold Starbucks accountable. Sign here.

Thursday March 8, 2018

Change Starts With One: Ralph Nader

Earth Island Institute staff and friends were treated to an inspiring talk about Trumpsters, the environment, and breaking through power by former presidential candidate Ralph Nader at an event moderated by EII Executive Director Dave Phillips at the David Brower Center on Tuesday, March 6. Elaborating on ideas presented in his new book Breaking Through Power, the veteran consumer advocate spoke about the legacy of Earth Island founder Dave Brower, and ways each of us can take action and work together to derail the power corporations have over politics, labor, media, the environment. "All change starts with one person," he said at the event co-sponsored by EII and the David Brower Center, and encouraged  us to stop being "bystanders" and "hand-wringers" and take action to build a better world.

Thursday March 8, 2018

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