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Get your Brower Youth Awards Tickets Today

Join Earth Island Institute for the 18th Annual Brower Youth Awards on October 17. Come celebrate the next generation of environmental leaders at San Francisco's beautiful Herbst Theater. This year's theme for the awards is "Radical Hope," an expression of the optimism and inspiration we take away from celebrating the BYA winners every year. Tickets to the awards ceremony are free. The public is also invited to meet the BYA winners at a special opening reception preceding the awards ceremony. Early bird rates for the reception are available through July 12. Learn more and get your ticket today.

Thursday July 6, 2017

Promoting Women’s Water Entrepreneurship in Uganda

Congratulations to Uganda Women's Water Initiative, a sister office to Earth Island's Global Women's Water Initiative! The project will be featured in an international campaign by Aveda and Global Green Grants to promote women's entrepreneurship in water and sanitation in Gomba, Uganda! Stay tuned for the video and blog series about the campaign!

Thursday July 6, 2017

Help Your Local School Reduce Food Waste

It's not uncommon for schools to throw away good food, even when many of their students don't have enough good food to eat. In partnership with the Oakland Unified School District and the public agency StopWaste, Food Shift established a food collection and donation program for Oakland, CA schools. The Earth Island project also helped develop a guide to capture best practices and templates for replication of the food recovery program. Please share the guide with any parents or school professionals you know who might want to start a similar program.

Thursday July 6, 2017

Congressional Wildfire Science Briefing

Earth Island's John Muir Project (JPM) recently organized an educational wildfire science briefing for members of Congress. At the briefing, four scientists, including JMP's Chad Hanson, presented the facts regarding the importance of wildfires to forest ecosystems; the soaring costs of fire suppression; the harm and hubris of increasing "thinning" (aka, logging) to combat fire; and scientifically proven approaches to protecting homes and communities. A forest policy expert then discussed how current legislation fails to incorporate the bulk of this scientific evidence into policy. A video of the briefing is available online — please take some time out of your day to watch! Email Rachel Fazio for the PowerPoint slides used in the presentation or for additional information.

Thursday July 6, 2017

Ethical Traveler Podcast Coming Soon

The Ethical Traveler Podcast is in production! This September, Earth Island's Ethical Traveler will launch this exciting new project, which will feature stories, interviews, travel news, world music, and a lively array of guests. Are you collaborating with local or Indigenous communities, or working in the fields of conservation, animal welfare, or the arts? Email Jeff Greenwald if you think you might be a good fit for an interview or profile on the podcast.

Thursday July 6, 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: Conservation Groups Sue Over Wildlife-Killing Program in California. Project Coyote's Caleigh Lynn Hall writes about a recent suit against the US Department of Agriculture's Wildlife Services program over its outdated wildlife-killing plan for Northern California.

Editors' Pick: How a Recycling Headache Offered an Opportunity to Help the Homeless. Reporter David Guion discusses a North Carolina nonprofit that turns plastic bags into bedrolls for those in need.

Thursday July 6, 2017

Rim Fire Area Threatened by Logging

The Rim Fire area in California's Stanislaus National Forest is home to rare spotted owls, great grey owls, and black-backed woodpeckers; and full of flowers, shrubs, and naturally regenerating trees. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), however, has approved a $28 million grant to log much of the remaining burned forest habitat, remove understory vegetation, and apply herbicides. The department is relying on an inadequate and outdated environmental analysis to support the decision. Help EII's John Muir Project protect this important habitat. Submit a comment to HCD by Monday June 26 and let the department know that it needs to start fresh with a new environmental analysis before damaging this vibrant landscape. Learn more about how to comment.

Thursday June 22, 2017

Join Ethical Traveler in Cuba

This October, despite the regressive policies announced by the White House, EII's Ethical Traveler will send its sixth legal "people-to-people" delegation to Cuba. Participants will sidestep crowded Havana and focus on Eastern Cuba's lively visual arts, music, and culture. They'll meet with artists, visit community projects, and experience first hand how art and music have helped define Cuba's culture. Artists and writers are encouraged to join — each day will include time for painting, drawing, journaling, and/or photography. Learn more

Thursday June 22, 2017

Project Coyote Challenges Wildlife Killing Plan

Yesterday, EII's Project Coyote and several other conservation groups sued the USDA's Wildlife Services program over its outdated wildlife-killing plan for Northern California. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires Wildlife Services to rigorously examine the environmental effects of killing wildlife and to consider alternatives that rely on proven nonlethal methods to avoid wildlife conflicts. But the wildlife-killing program's environmental analysis for Northern California is more than 20 years old. According to the complaint, Wildlife Services must use recent information to analyze the impacts of its wildlife-killing program on the environment and California's unique wild places. Read the complaint.

Thursday June 22, 2017

Storytelling with Organic Produce Distributor

On Monday, June 26, join Real Food Real Stories for its fourth and final gathering of the year at Airbnb's beautiful HQ in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood. Participants will hear from Bu Nygrens and Karen Salinger, co-owners of Veritable Vegetable, the nation's oldest distributor of organic produce. The evening will include dinner and drinks sponsored by Airbnb, followed by an intimate discussion with the co-owner's about how they increased access to organic produce by supporting organic farmers and contributing to an equitable food system. Learn more and get your ticket today.

Thursday June 22, 2017

Break Free From Plastic Demonstration

Attendees of an American Chemistry Council-sponsored conference in Newport, Rhode Island may have expected morning coffee and bagels when they arrived earlier this week. Instead, they were met by a 20-foot banner that read #BreakFreeFromPlastic. During the conference, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) sounded the same alarms about plastic pollution in his keynote address. The demonstration was led by Earth Island's Plastic Pollution Coalition along with other US members of the global Break Free From Plastic movement, a rapidly-growing collaboration of more than 800 nonprofit organizations united around the need for dramatic decreases in the production of single-use plastic. Learn more about the campaign.

Thursday June 22, 2017

Support a Swimmer, Save a Shark

At the United Nations Oceans Conference in New York earlier this month, Shark Stewards helped secure volunteer commitments from eight countries to stop illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. The Earth Island project also helped increase marine protections in the Coral Triangle, an area in the Pacific Ocean known for its staggering biodiversity. Shark Stewards is now asking the public to take the pledge to stop the destructive practice of dynamite fishing, and is organizing a crowdrise Swim for Sharks event around Malaysia's Pom Pom Island, home to the project's research station. Support a swimmer and help Shark Stewards restore reefs and save sharks!

Thursday June 22, 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: Renewable Energy Projects Are Uplifting Maasai Women. Reporter Christabel Ligami discusses how solar panels and clean cookstove programs are reducing emissions and electrifying remote parts of Kenya and Tanzania.

Editors' Pick: Adventures in Canyonlands. Reporter Josh Schlossberg writes about a trip to Utah that brought car troubles, unexpected conversations on nuclear power, and a new perspective on life in the desert.

Thursday June 22, 2017

Don’t Miss SF OysterFest

Join the Wild Oyster Project at the 18th Annual OysterFest Music Festival in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on July 1 to learn about the Earth Island project's work restoring native oysters to San Francisco Bay. Trying your first oyster? Record the moment at the Wild Oyster Project's "My First Oyster Booth." Learn how to shuck oysters without cutting your fingers off at the "Oyster Shucking Exhibit." Let Guinness ambassadors teach you about beer and oyster pairings, and try malt scotch from an oyster shell at the Balvenie booth. And don't forget to eat lots of oysters: The Wild Oyster Project will be collecting all oyster shells from the event to create oyster reefs for local restoration efforts. See you there!

Thursday June 22, 2017

Food Shift is Hiring-062217

Food Shift is hiring a full-time Associate to help with administration, operations, and development! This is a key role for Food Shift's growing team, and the Earth Island project is looking for someone with a passion for its mission to reduce waste and increase access to nutritious food. Apply today — Food Shift is looking to hire someone as soon as possible.

Thursday June 22, 2017

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