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Join the Plastic Pollution Coalition in the #MyBag Campaign

EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition is encouraging social media users to contribute to the #MyBag campaign by posting selfies showing off their favorite reusable bags. The campaign is helping to raise awareness about the petrochemical industry-financed referendum that is delaying implementation of California's plastic bag ban. Since June 30, chef Alice Waters, musicians Bonnie Raitt and Steve Earle, activist Sandra Fluke, explorer David DeRothschild, and more than 600 others have posted and shared their photos, reaching more than 2.2 million people so far. Join the campaign on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest @ #MyBag, #Resolve2Refuse, and #PlasticPollutes.

Thursday July 9, 2015

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite stories from the last two weeks:

Most Popular: After the Frack: Habitat Fragmentation. Journal contributor Lana Straub examines the long-term impacts of fracking-related habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation on flora and fauna.

Editors' Pick: In Putin's Russia, Environmentalists Face Stiff Repression. Jennifer Castner, director of EII's The Altai Project, exposes the Russian government's repression of environmental organizations, including the requirement that activists working in the unique Altai ecosystem register as foreign agents.

Thursday July 9, 2015

Earth Island Journal Is Joining Neil Young on Tour!

Earth Island Journal will be hitting the road in July along with Neil Young and Promise of the Real as they tour the nation in support of their provocative new album The Monsanto Years. Neil invited EIJ to coordinate the "News You Can Trust" booth at his concerts, featuring the Journal’s hard-hitting reporting and that of fellow independent media colleagues The Nation, Mother Jones, Yes!, and Permaculture Magazine. Join Earth Island Journal at one of the shows:

  • July 8 and 9 in Red Rocks, CO
  • July 11 in Lincoln, NE
  • July 13 in Cincinnati, OH
  • July 14 in Clarkston, MI
  • July 16 in Camden, NJ
  • July 17 in Bethel, NY
  • July 19 in Essex Junction, VT
  • July 21 in Wantagh, NY
  • July 22 in Mansfield, MA

Follow updates from the road on Earth Island Journal's website, Facebook, and Twitter. Thank you, Neil Young and Promise of the Real!

Thursday June 25, 2015

Sacred Land Film Project Hosting Powerful Program on Indigenous Resilience

EII’s Sacred Land Film Project is hosting a two-part program exploring Indigenous perspectives on environmental and social resilience on July 7 and July 8. The first evening will focus on the critical role sacred places play in supporting biodiversity. Anne-Marie Sayers (Mutsun Ohlone), director of Costanoan Indian Research, and Corrina Gould (Chochenyo Ohlone), co-organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, will share their work from the front lines. Get your ticket here. The second evening will consider diverse cultural definitions of security. Following a screening of selections from Sacred Land Film Project’s landmark film series Standing On Sacred Ground, Caleen Sisk, spiritual leader and tribal chief of the Winnemem Wintu, and Toby McLeod, project director of Sacred Land Film Project, will explore the Winnemem Wintu’s fight against the enlargement of the Shasta Dam. Purchase a ticket here.

Thursday June 25, 2015

Texas Becomes the Tenth State to Ban the Shark Fin Trade

This week Texas became the Tenth US state to ban the trade of shark fins. Shark Stewards and The Humane Society of the United States initially submitted legislation to ban the shark fin trade in 2013, which was shelved by the Senate sponsor. Resubmitted in 2015 with support from The Humane Society, Oceana, Shark Stewards, and Racing Extinction, this time the bill passed. Shark Stewards is currently supporting similar bills in Rhode Island and New Jersey, and needs your letters of support.

Thursday June 25, 2015

Sign Up Now for Rooted in Community’s Youth Summit in Detroit

Don’t miss Rooted in Community’s 17th annual Youth Leadership Summit this summer, July 15-19. The summit, which will be held in Detroit, will help cultivate grassroots leadership through skill building, co-learning, creative arts, and direct action. Rooted in Community, an EII project, is excited to channel and amplify youth power for existing efforts in justice, healing, and unity, and to partner with the Boggs Center, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, and Greening of Detroit for this year’s event. Learn more and register here!

Thursday June 25, 2015

RATS Back On BART!

On June 1, EII’s Raptors Are the Solution (RATS) launched its new outreach campaign on Bay Area Rapid Transit to educate Bay Area residents about the dangers that rat poison poses to raptors and other wildlife. With support from the Schwemm Family Foundation, the campaign features the original “Faces of Rat Poison” poster along with two new designs depicting hawks with prey. RATS is very grateful to photographers Dave Harper, Lee Aurich, Richard Badger, Jerry Ting, Mary Malec, and Brian Rusnica for donating their photos to the campaign. Please support RATS to help fund this important work.

Thursday June 25, 2015

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite stories from the last two weeks:

Most Popular: War Games Set to Begin Today in the Pristine Gulf of Alaska. Journal contributor Sonia Luokkala covers the Navy’s training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska, as well as protests by local communities concerned about the impacts on wildlife and fisheries. 

Editors’ Pick: In Ecology Encyclical, Pope Points to Science, Faith in Call for Bold Action. Bill Patenaude explains why Pope Francis’s statement on ecology is a game-changer when it comes to mobilizing Catholics toward environmental action.

Thursday June 25, 2015

Join Nature in the City for a Q+A following the film The Yes Men Are Revolting

Join EII’s Nature in the City for a hilarious film about the notorious activist-prankster-artists who are infamous for taking on corporate bad guys with ingenious schemes. Their new film, The Yes Men Are Revolting, takes on the daunting issue of climate change. You won’t want to miss this entertaining and hopeful movie, which will be playing on June 28 at 3:30 p.m. at Presidio Theatre in San Francisco. Bring friends for a Q&A with Amber Hasselbring, executive director of Nature in the City, directly following the matinee. Get your ticket here.

Thursday June 25, 2015

Camilla Fox To Lead Panel Discussion About Wildlife Killing Contests

On August 8, 2015, Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of EII’s Project Coyote, will lead a panel discussion about wildlife killing contests at the Speak for Wolves Conference in West Yellowstone, MT. The conference is a gathering of concerned citizens, scientists, activists, and policy makers determined to shift the paradigm of predator management in North America. The three-day family-friendly event will include presentations, live music, film screenings, and educational activities for children. Learn more about the conference here.

Thursday June 25, 2015

Join Viva Sierra Gorda for a Mushroom Tour in Mexico

Beginning on August 6, EII’s Viva Sierra Gorda will be hosting a four-day mushroom hunt in the beautiful Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. Participants will discover the unique fungi of the region and enjoy panoramic views in the most ecodiverse protected area in Mexico. Alan Rockefeller, an Oakland-based mycologist who specializes in the mushrooms of Mexico’s cloud forests and spent four months in the Sierra Gorda forests in 2014, will lead the tour. Learn more here!

Thursday June 11, 2015

The Journal’s Summer 2015 Issue Is Out!

The Summer 2015 issue of Earth Island Journal leads with a compelling story from Kenya about the poaching crisis in Africa and how gangsters are using poachers to make a killing in the ivory trade. This edition also includes an in-depth report from Thailand that traces how ivory moves from Africa to Asia; an eye-opening piece by Journal editor Jason Mark on the black market for ivory in the United States; and an inspiring feature from Indonesia on the potential of small-scale seaweed production to lift coastal populations out of poverty. 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 June 11, 2015

Dont Miss GWWIs Gemma Bulos on Beyond the Headlines

On June 21, Gemma Bulos, executive director of EII’s Global Women's Water Initiative, will appear on the Emmy award-winning TV program Beyond the Headlines, hosted by ABC7-KGO anchor Cheryl Jennings. Bulos will be talking about women, water, and the world, and about GWWI’s work in East Africa. Tune in to ABC7/KGO at 4:30 pm PDT on June 21!

Thursday June 11, 2015

Mendocino County Board of Supervisors to Vote on Wildlife Services Contract

On June 16, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors will likely vote on whether to suspend, cancel, or renew its contract with Wildlife Services. Following Project Coyote’s precedent-setting lawsuit last year, the county agreed to consider nonlethal predator control methods before renewing the contract. The lawsuit was covered in a feature in the San Francisco Chronicle. Please donate today to help Project Coyote continue to expose Wildlife Services’ war on wildlife and to assist communities in moving from killing to coexistence with proven non-lethal strategies. Your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $12,000 thanks to a generous supporter!

Thursday June 11, 2015

Save the Date for the 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards

Please join Earth Island Institute on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 for our 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards — the top prize for young environmental leaders in North America! We are thrilled to present our annual event honoring bold, young leaders in the newly restored Herbst Theatre in San Francisco. Support our work to grow environmental leadership by joining our 2015 BYA Host Committee or by purchasing a ticket for our special opening reception. You can also RSVP for the free BYA Awards Ceremony here. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Thursday June 11, 2015

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