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Celebrating David Brower

Please join Earth Island Institute on January 20 for an evening celebrating David Brower: The Making of the Environmental Movement, Tom Turner's biography of David Brower. Turner's book, released in the fall, is the first comprehensive biography of one of the environmental movement's most complex and legendary figures. The evening will begin with a talk by Turner, followed by a book signing and reception with food and drink. The free event, which is co-presented by The David Brower Center, UC Press, Earth Island Institute, Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club, and Sierra Club's San Francisco Bay Chapter, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at The David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. RSVP here.  

Thursday January 7, 2016

Stop the “Bundy Militia”

The "Bundy Militia" – a group of disgruntled ranchers, loggers, and miners – is occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, using terrorist tactics to coerce the US Government to relinquish control of the area. Apparently, the government subsidies the ranchers currently receive are simply not enough. Unfortunately, numerous members of Congress are listening to the militants' demands, including Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Rand Paul (R-KY), to name a few. Earth Island's John Muir Project is working to draw attention the extremists' misguided actions and goals. Please call your Senators and Representatives and let them know that any legislation supporting the Bundy Militia's radical cause should be unequivocally rejected!

Thursday January 7, 2016

Here’s to Another Year of Growing Environmental Leadership

If you haven't already, take a look at EII Executive Director John Knox's 2015 year-end update to the Earth Island community, and Journal Editor Maureen Nandini Mitra's roundup of the most important environmental stories of 2015. As the new year gets underway, help provide grassroots environmental leaders with the tools and resources to protect our shared planet by making a tax-deductible donation to Earth Island today.

Thursday January 7, 2016

A Successful 2015 for Food Shift

Food Shift was busy in 2015. Among other accomplishments, the Earth Island project set up a food recovery and waste tracking program at Andronico's Community Markets that rescued 50,000 pounds of high quality surplus food, wrote a report for the Bay Area's Santa Clara County outlining existing food recovery programs in the county and suggesting opportunities for improvement, and raised over $33,000 via a crowdfunding campaign to help launch the Alameda Kitchen, a new project that will reduce food waste, feed vulnerable populations, and create jobs in Alameda, CA. To learn more about what Food Shift accomplished in 2015, and what to look forward to in 2016, read more here.

Thursday January 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: Obama Will Look for 'Every Opportunity' to Push Climate Plans in 2016, Experts Say. Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian, a media partner of the Journal, writes that the president is likely to focus on the environment in his final year in office, and that Congress can do little to stop him.

Editors' Pick: 'It's Almost Impossible to Ethically Justify the Use of Animals in Research.' Reporter Dayton Martindale interviews ecofeminist Lori Gruen about the National Institutes of Health's decision to retire the last of its lab chimpanzees to sanctuaries.

Thursday January 7, 2016

Help Stop Destructive Logging

Republicans in Congress are threatening to hold two spending bills hostage unless they include provisions that would weaken environmental laws and permit destructive logging. Earth Island’s John Muir Project has launched a campaign to keep these logging provisions – which would threaten wildlife and exacerbate climate change – out of the spending bills. The deadline to pass the appropriations bills and keep the federal government open for business is December 11. Please call your Senators right away and urge them to oppose HR 2647 and S 1691. Learn more here.

Thursday December 3, 2015

Check out Earth Island Journal’s Winter 2016 Issue

Check out Earth Island Journal’s Latest Issue

The Winter 2016 issue of Earth Island Journal leads with a provocative story about the new tactics animal advocates are employing to thwart big game hunters. Other stories and features in the issue include a compelling, in-depth article on DuPont’s duplicitous concealment of information that a chemical it was using to produce Teflon was likely making people sick; a deep analysis of what success would mean at the COP21 climate talks happening now in Paris; and a thoughtful piece on all that is lost when a language dies. Subscribe or buy a copy at the newsstands. Help us produce more in-depth stories like these by making a donation to our Green Journalism Fund today!

Thursday December 3, 2015

Mexico Adopts Carbon Credit Program

Just days before COP21 began in Paris, the Mexican environment ministry confirmed the adoption of Viva Sierra Gorda’s carbon credit project as the country’s first conservation-based Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA). Earth Island’s Viva Sierra Gorda developed the Carbon Neutral Planet website to provide a local protocol for carbon offsets. Payments made through this offsetting system benefit rural landowners in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve who remove cattle from forests, as well as ranchers who are holistic managers of healthy soils, livestock, and community. The NAMA will be registered within the UN climate change framework in 2016.

Thursday December 3, 2015

Introducing Masa pa’ la Raza

EII’s Bay Localize is excited to announce the incubation of a new cooperative catering and food education organization, Masa pa’ la Raza, which serves the community with organic, home-cooked food, and fresh juices and teas that nourish the movement for healthy communities. The cooperative provides food for community events throughout the Bay Area, as well as tamales by donation. Consider Masa pa’ la Raza when catering your next big event, or order tamales in bulk for a lunch meeting at the office. A portion of all proceeds from these orders will go to Bay Localize.

Thursday December 3, 2015

Help Fund Real Food Real Stories

Join EII’s Real Food Real Stories as a founding donor during the new project’s very first fundraising campaign, which runs through December 23. RFRS believes that slowing down, making face-to-face connections, and building relationships with those who feed us are the foundations to rebuilding resilient, healthy food systems. Your tax-deductible donation will support 15-plus changemakers in food to become storytellers and inspire eaters in 2016. Those donating $20 or more will receive a copy of the latest issue of Earth Island Journal, which includes a piece on the backstory of RFRS. Those donating $50 or more will receive a copy of the project’s first recipe booklet. Donate now and help RFRS reach its goal!

Thursday December 3, 2015

PLAN Plastic-Free Campus Manual

A cooperative network of students has just published the PLAN Plastic-Free Campus Manual, a free guide on achieving zero-waste goals on college campuses. The manual was produced by the Post-Landfill Action Network with support from Earth Island’s Plastic Pollution Coalition. It contains guidance, tools, and best practices for students to rid their campuses of disposable single-use plastics, and tips for conducting campus plastic audits, navigating regulations, and finding alternatives to plastic. Post-Landfill Action Network was founded by 2013 Brower Youth Award winner Alex Freid. Download the manual here.

Thursday December 3, 2015

Atlai Project and Center for Safe Energy Merge

The Atlai Project and the Center for Safe Energy, both projects of Earth Island Institute, are pleased to announce that they will be merging in 2016. Jennifer Castner, who currently serves as director of the Atlai Project, will lead the new organization that will be built on shared values, geographic focus, and advocacy methods. Learn more about the merger here!

Thursday December 3, 2015

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: FDA’s Approval of GE Salmon Based on Bad Science, Say Consumer Advocates. Journal associate editor Zoe Loftus-Farren examines the implications of the FDA’s first-ever approval of a genetically engineered animal for human consumption.

Editors’ Pick: Delay in Dungeness Crab Fishing Season Offers a Big Climate Lesson. Reporter Laura Moser explores a toxic algal bloom that is poisoning sea life in the Pacific.

Thursday December 3, 2015

Earth Island’s Year of Growing Environmental Leadership

Read Earth Island Institute’s 2015 year-end update and join us in providing ‪grassroots ‪environmental leaders with the tools to protect our shared planet by making a tax-deductible donation here. For your gift of $100 or more, you may choose to receive a copy of the new ‪‎biography of Earth Island’s founder, David Brower: The Making of the Environmental Movement.

Thursday December 3, 2015

Take the ‘No Straw’ Pledge

EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition has launched a "No Straw" pledge campaign to get people to stop using single-use plastic straws. By now, more than six million people have seen the disturbing viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose. The video has been raising awareness of the dangers of disposable plastics worldwide. Take the pledge, and buy the "SEE Turtle?" campaign T-shirt to help stop plastic pollution.

Thursday November 19, 2015

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