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Poisoned Gulf Coast Town Hall

EII's ALERT project director Riki Ott will be co-emceeing a special live-stream town hall meeting on April 20 – the sixth memorial of the BP Gulf oil disaster – from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Central Time. This special event will focus on the controversial use of toxic dispersants following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the ongoing human health consequences of resulting chemical exposures. The event will also mark the launch of an international awareness campaign for populations at risk of oil-chemical exposures from industrial operations. Join the town hall online, or in person at the Coastal Response Center, 7385 Highway 188, Coden, Alabama.

Thursday April 14, 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: Toxic Teflon Chemical, C8, Found In Tap Water in Several States. Journal contributor Sharon Kelly reports that not only does C8, a chemical once used to manufacture Teflon continue to pollute our groundwater in many places, but the chemicals that have replaced it are also potentially hazardous.

Editors' Pick: A Few Square Feet of Scotland. Author Kenneth Stevens weaves a lovely essay about how it's possible to give back to nature.

Thursday April 14, 2016

Take the 4Rs Pledge!

This April 22, celebrate Earth Day with Earth Island's Plastic Pollution Coalition by taking the 4Rs Pledge to refuse to use disposable plastic and, reuse, reduce, and recycle all other plastic products. Pay attention to the entire life cycle of items you bring into your life, from source to manufacturing to distribution to disposal. Learn more and take action here.

Thursday April 14, 2016

Women’s Reproductive Rights and Climate Change

Transition Earth director Suzanne York will be speaking about the links between reproductive health and climate change at an Earth Day forum in Hayward, CA on April 23. Come hear about the various ways the EII project and other groups are addressing reproductive health, women's rights, and environmental justice issues, and learn more about what we can all do to empower women and protect the planet. Learn more and RSVP here.

Thursday April 14, 2016

Baram Mega Dam Project Defeated!

Earlier this month, in a monumental win for indigenous rights and environmental protection, the Sarawak state government withdrew from the destructive Baram mega dam project in Malaysian Borneo. Earth Island’s The Borneo Project has supported community-led campaigns against the dam for the past four years. Join The Borneo Project on April 21 to celebrate this victory, as well as the release of the project’s latest film, which showcases next steps to securing long-term land rights and protecting the Bornean Rainforest. The celebration and screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Impact Hub in the David Brower Center in Berkeley. Learn more and RSVP here.

Thursday March 31, 2016

Get Your Tickets for the San Francisco Green Film Festival!

Earth Island Institute and Earth Island Journal are proud to be partnering once again with the San Francisco Green Film Festival. Now in its sixth year, the festival will screen 70 films throughout the Bay Area from April 14 to April 20. This year’s lineup of inspiring movies includes best feature winner Catching the Sun, which looks at the workers, entrepreneurs, and activists at the forefront of the emerging solar-powered world, and a collection of short films highlighting the people protecting our wild spaces and the landscapes that inspire them. On April 16, Earth Island Associate Director Kevin Connelly will host a conversation following the screening of A River Between Us at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco. And on April 19, you can join EII at the David Brower Center in Berkeley for the screening of Ice and the Sky. View the full screening calendar here.

Thursday March 31, 2016

Tracking the Coal Pipeline

This week, EII’s CoalSwarm, together with the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, released the second annual report that estimates that taken together, all the proposed coal plants worldwide would cost nearly a trillion dollars to build. The report reveals that, while the coal industry continues to push for more coal-fired power plants, in reality, coal plants are increasingly sitting idle in all of the world’s four largest markets, and global coal consumption is declining drastically. Read more about the report, which is based on CoalSwarm's Global Coal Plant Tracker and is available in English and Chinese, here.

Thursday March 31, 2016

Victory for the Spoonbills in Taiwan

In January, a Taiwanese court ordered the Kaohsiung city government to withdraw its proposal to build a road that would bisect Jiading Wetlands, an important winter home for the critically endangered black-faced spoonbill.This is a big victory for SAVE International – the Earth Island project and its collaborators in Taiwan and at the University of California, Berkeley have fought this proposal for several years. But the fight isn’t over yet. In March, Kaohsiung City appealed the court’s decision, and unfortunately, the number of spoonbills in Jiading dropped this year, presumably due to construction activities. Learn more about SAVE International’s work to protect spoonbills here.

Thursday March 31, 2016

Dance Cries Out for Whales & Dolphins

Planet Earth Arts, an initiative of EII’s Sustainable World Coalition, presents the West Coast Premiere of a powerful new dance theater work that celebrates whales, dolphins, and porpoises, and cries out against their captivity and slaughter. In The Sacrifice of Giants, acclaimed choreographer-dancer Camille Hanson and her collaborator, filmmaker-photographer JC Arévalo, beautifully blend dance, video, and photography on behalf of protecting our life-giving oceans and their inhabitants. Don’t miss the special free Earth Day weekend performance on Sunday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m. at Stanford University’s Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Watch the video trailer here. Learn more and buy your tickets today!

Thursday March 31, 2016

Exposing Rogue Federal Agency

Earth Island’s Project Coyote has been working with media outlets to raise public awareness about the USDA’s Wildlife Services, a rogue agency whose predator control program uses taxpayer funds to kills more than 100,000 native carnivores each year. Wildlife Services’ dirty deeds were featured in recent editions of High Country News and Harper’s Magazine. Project Coyote’s science advisory board member Dr. Rick Hopkins and Ranching With Wildlife coordinator Keli Hendricks also appeared on KZYX, Mendocino County Public Broadcasting, to discuss the agency’s predator control program. Listen to their talk here.

Thursday March 31, 2016

Support Malaysia’s Sharks

In February, EII’s Shark Stewards helped launch a shark conservation campaign in Malaysia with the newly formed Sabah Shark Protection Association. Public figures and celebrities joined conservationists in support of the “breaking the bowl” campaign, which aims to end consumption of shark fin soup. Since then, the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents has responded by urging a boycott on restaurants selling shark fin soup. In more good news, Malaysian Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun is set to declare three marine parks as shark sanctuaries by mid-2016. Please sign and share this Shark Shepherd petition to support the minister in his efforts to create shark sanctuaries.

Thursday March 31, 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: ‘New Conservationists’ Push for Logging to Prevent Wildfires. Regular Journal contributor Josh Schlossberg examines whether the “new conservation” movement may be allied with the timber and biomass industries.

Editors’ Pick: Is Whale Shark Ecotourism Really Eco-Friendly? Reporter Josh Gabbatiss writes that whale sharks tours, popular among tourists, are raising concerns about impacts on the world’s largest fish.

Thursday March 31, 2016

Bay Localize Turns 10!

Bay Localize has been building equitable and resilient communities in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond for 10 years now, and it’s celebration time! Join the EII project for a delicious buffet brunch on April 23, complete with a House Kombucha mimosa bar. The event at the Sweets Ballroom in Oakland will include live entertainment, workshops, and children’s activities. Bay Localize will also be making a big reveal, which will be shared for the first time with event guests. This is a family affair, so please bring your loved ones. Buy tickets today and learn about sponsorship opportunities here.

Thursday March 17, 2016

The Secret Life of Mountain Lions

WildFutures founder and director Sharon Negri has produced a short film, The Secret Life of Mountain Lions, that debunks long-held perceptions of cougars as anti-social animals. The video includes extraordinary footage of a female mountain lion and her kittens in the wild. Viewers witness the compassionate nature of these remarkable animals and see behaviors that surprised even biologists! WildFutures hopes you will share, post, tweet, and blog about this stunning film. Read more about the video here. To learn more about mountain lions, please also join the Earth Island project for a webinar with researcher Mark Elbroch on March 22.

Thursday March 17, 2016

Vote to Help Food Shift win $5,000!

EII’s Food Shift is a finalist in TakePart's Re-Visionaries contest, which highlights people making a difference in their communities and offers a chance to win $5,000. Voting is open to the public — whichever project gets the most votes by midnight on March 22 takes the prize! You can vote for Food Shift founder and director Dana Franz once a day until voting closes — VOTE HERE simply by clicking on Dana's face. Please spread the word about the contest and share Food Shift’s Facebook event page.

Thursday March 17, 2016

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