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Stop the Raising of the Shasta Dam

The US Senate is considering legislation proposed by Senator Diane Feinstein that could raise the height of California's Shasta Dam for the benefit of Big Ag and Big Oil. Raising the dam would drown most of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe's remaining sacred sites and traditional homelands, and decimate endangered salmon populations. EII's Sacred Land Film Project is working with the Winnemem Wintu tribe to stop this legislation. You can help by signing Chief Caleen Sisk's petition — the goal is to get 100,000 signatures! Please also write letters to Senator Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer expressing your opposition to the dam proposal.

Thursday November 19, 2015

Congratulations to All One Ocean

EII's All One Ocean won the $5,000 Community Award at the 2015 San Francisco Green Festival! AOO would like to thank everyone who voted for the project online and at the festival. AOO will use the money to keep trash off of our beaches, so keep an eye out for new beach clean up stations near you.

Thursday November 19, 2015

Wildlife Killing Contests

Every year thousands of coyotes, bobcats, foxes, prairie dogs and other unprotected wild animals are killed in state-sanctioned"wildlife killing contests." Project Coyote is working on a film that exposes the cruelty of these mass killing derbies and tournaments and inspires action to stop the senseless slaughter of our native wildlife. The Earth Island project needs to raise $50,000 to produce and promote the film and for it's larger campaign against wildlife killing contests. Four generous donors have initiated a matching gift campaign for this effort. Together, they will match up to $25,000 in donations. Please donate here to help Project Coyote reach its $25,000 matching goal!

Thursday November 19, 2015

The Sustainable World Sourcebook

The Sustainable World Coalition has received a grant to donate copies of its award-winning Sustainable World Sourcebook to deserving organizations. The EII project is looking for organizations that will put these books into the hands of employees, members, clients, and donors, perhaps as a unique holiday gift. The graphic-rich, magazine-style sourcebook is a one-of-a-kind resource on the major global issues of our time, the most promising real-world solutions, and what we can do personally and collectively to make a difference. For more information, contact SWC's director of operations, Steve Motenko, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday November 19, 2015

The Millennial Quest

Earth Island's Generation Waking Up, in partnership with the Animas Valley Institute, has launched the Millennial Quest to support a new generation of young visionary leaders, changemakers, and social entrepreneurs. In today's world, we have largely forgotten the deeper purpose of adolescence and young adulthood, and the practice of soul initiation. The Millennial Quest program will illuminate for the contemporary world the process of soul initiation that helps engender true adults who eventually become true elders. Learn more about the program here.

Thursday November 19, 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: Paris: The End of the Beginning. In a sneak peek of the Journal's Winter issue, Tom Athanasiou, director of EII's EcoEquity, considers what success or failure will mean at the Paris climate talks, and makes the case that justice and ambition must be front-and-center in the upcoming climate agreement.

Editors' Pick: No, SeaWorld Is Not Phasing Out Orca Shows. Regular Journal contributor Laura Bridgeman explains that, despite misleading news headlines, SeaWorld is simply reworking, rather than eliminating, its controversial orca shows.

Thursday November 19, 2015

On Giving Tuesday, Gift Earth Island Journal

December 1, the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving, is #GivingTuesday — a global day dedicated to celebrating generosity and giving. #GivingTuesday kicks off the year-end giving season and celebrates charitable activities that support community-based, non-profit organizations. In this spirit, we invite you to gift an Earth Island Journal subscription to a friend, colleague, or loved one. With subscriptions to our award-winning, investigative magazine priced at only $10 for a full-year, the Journal makes for a great and affordable gift and offers you the double benefit of supporting independent news and analysis about the most pressing environmental issues facing our one planet.

Thursday November 19, 2015

Reverse the Shasta Dam Bill

Christopher McLeod, director of EII's Sacred Land Film Project, joined a coalition of  Indigenous and environmental leaders to send a letter to Senator Barbera Boxer, urging her to exclude a provision from the California Emergency Drought Relief Act that would enlarge the Shasta Dam. "For too long dams have been used to solve our water problems with no consdieration given to their community and environmental impacts," the letter states, adding that "raising the dam will harm the Winnemem Wintu people who have already been harmed by the dam." Learn more about the effort here and take action to stop the raising of the dam here.

Thursday November 5, 2015

Storytelling Supper Club

Join EII's Real Food Real Stories for an unforgettable evening of live storytelling with Joann Lo, co-director of the Food Chain Workers Alliance on November 19 in San Francisco. Joann will share the inspiring story of her journey from being the daughter of Taiwanese immigrants to becoming an organizer for workers in the food industry, while guests enjoy a beautiful vegetarian meal prepared by Miss Ollie's Restaurant. Real Food Real Stories is partnering with Anna Lappé of Real Food Media for this Supper Club gathering. Purchase tickets here.

Thursday November 5, 2015

Thank you from BYA

A big "Thank You!" to everyone who bought raffle tickets in support of Brower Youth Awards! We are excited to announce the 2015 BYA raffle prize-winners. The $75 raffle prize, a 2-night rental of Straus Home Ranch, went to Mark Iberri. The $50 prize, 2 round-trip flights to anywhere in the United States, including Hawai‘i and Alaska, went to Heather Clapp. And the $25 raffle prize, 2 round-trip flights to anywhere in the continental United States, went to Amanda Carter. Brower Youth Awards was a big winner as well. Thanks to our 2015 hosts, sponsors, foundation partners, reception guests, raffle ticket purchasers, and donors – BYA raised over $134,000 for it's various youth leadership development programs.

Thursday November 5, 2015

Vote for All One Ocean

All One Ocean is a finalist for The Green Festival Community Award. Help them win the $5,000 grant by casting your vote online. Vote here by November 12 to help this EII project keep trash off our beaches! If you attend the annual San Francisco Green Festival Expo on November 13, 14, and 15, you can cast your vote there. If you want to join in the festival fun, visit the All One Ocean website for a discount code to get $5 off your ticket. All One Ocean will receive $5 for each ticket purchased with this code.

Thursday November 5, 2015

Project Coyote’s Gala

Actor-activist Peter Coyote and California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird will be special guests at Project Coyote's gala fundraiser."Rewilding Our Hearts & Minds." The event will be hosted at a private home on Saturday, November 14 in Pebble Beach, CA. Enjoy fine wine and food, take part in a silent auction, and help this EII project continue its predator management reform work across North America. Buy tickets here, or call (415) 945-3232 to learn more.

Thursday November 5, 2015

Support Food Shift’s New Kitchen Project

EII's Food Shift is launching the Alameda Kitchen project to transform otherwise-wasted food into affordable and nutritious meals, and also provide job training and employment to formerly homeless individuals. Food Shift has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the project. With 10 days to go on the campaign, the project is 90 percent funded. Donate here to help Food Shift meet its goal of raising $30,000 for the project.

Thursday November 5, 2015

#SharkWatch

Following heightened shark activity along the Bay Area coastline in October, EII's Shark Stewards has set up a #SharkWatch system on Twitter. The system allows surfers, kayakers, swimmers, and other observers to alert people when they spot a shark and thus help avoid dangerous encounters with the marine animal. Shark Stewards has also partnered with the California Academy of Science to launch a citizen science SharkWatch database on iNaturalist, where citizens can record shark sightings along the coast. Data provided through the app will help improve understanding of shark range, movement, and distribution in the San Francisco Bay and adjoining Pacific waters.

Thursday November 5, 2015

Congratulations to GWWI’s Gemma Bulos

Gemma Bulos, director of EII's Global Women's Water Initiative, has been awarded the 2015 Echoing Green Edwin Cohen Award for Community Stewardship. This award is presented annually to one of the nearly 700 Echoing Green Fellows in recognition of their remarkable stewardship. Echoing Green has provided $40 million in start-up funding to promising social entrepreneurs working in 70 countries. Congratulations Gemma!

Thursday November 5, 2015

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