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Spoonbills Under Threat in Taiwan

Jiading Wetland, home to 10 percent of the world's black-faced spoonbill population, has come under attack in recent months as Taiwanese officials pursue plans to construct a road through this sensitive habitat. EII’s SAVE International has actively protested the plan, commenting on various draft EIS' and enlisting UC Berkeley graduate students to propose alternatives that would increase economic development while protecting this valuable habitat. Local support for the road, which is being touted as an economic stimulator, has made the battle particularly fierce. SAVE is working to communicate its alternative strategies directly to community members. A new youth group, Youth Alliance of Saving Jiading Wetland has been formed to protest the road. A public hearing will be held on July 14 to address the concerns raised by SAVE.

Thursday July 3, 2014

CA Counties Urged to End Wildlife Services’ Contract

EII’s Project Coyote and a coalition of conservation groups have sent letters to the Humboldt and Mendocino counties asking them to end their contracts with the USDA's Wildlife Services. This federal agency indiscriminately kills tens of thousands of native wild animals in California every year, including coyotes, bears, foxes, and mountain lions. The letters make the case that the counties' animal damage control programs operate without adequate environmental review as required under the California Environmental Quality Act and violate the Public Trust Doctrine. They also urge the counties to adopt a non-lethal animal damage control program, similar to the one used successfully in Marin County for 14 years. Learn more about the Wildlife Services’ predator control program here.

Thursday July 3, 2014

RATS on the Freeway!

If you’re heading north on California’s Highway 101 this summer, beginning late July, look out for RATS billboards near Willits and Ukiah. Each of the four billboard, carrying messages about the impact of rat poisons on raptors and other animals, will reach between 28,000 and 40,000 people. RATS ads will also be back up in BART stations and on the backs of MUNI buses. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this neat EII project’s crowdfunder, and to Temper of the Times and the Rose Foundation, for supporting this effort.

Thursday July 3, 2014

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 few weeks: Most Popular: Proposed Federal Legislation Could Weaken Secret Legal Settlements. Reporter Sharon Kelly writes about how the Sunshine in Litigation Act of 2014 would effectively end gag orders (by companies settling lawsuits) when public health or safety is at stake. Editors’ Pick: National Aquarium Considering Ending Its Captive Dolphin Exhibit. Journal intern Hanna Morris reports that the National Aquarium’s rethink of the merits of exhibiting captive dolphins could tip the scale against the captive whale and dolphin industry.

Thursday July 3, 2014

Oakland Leadership Training

Join EII’s Generation Waking Up and a diverse network of students, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, and young changemakers from across the West Coast for an exciting leadership training for young people, ages 16 to 30, in Oakland, CA, starting July 24. The four-day training has been designed for youth committed to transforming our world at the intersections of environmental sustainability, social justice, and human thriving. Learn more and apply for the training here

Thursday July 3, 2014

Support AEN’s GlobalGiving Campaign

EII’s Armenian Environmental Network (AEN) has launched a campaign “#WarOnWaste” on GlobalGiving.org to promote waste management awareness in Armenia. The campaign will produce and disseminate public service announcements and ads that will educate Armenians about ways to reduce their "eco-footprint" by reducing, reusing, and recycling. AEN will also organize trash cleanups and distribute reusable shopping bags throughout the country, empowering Armenians to become the solution to the waste problem. AEN needs to raise $5,000 by June 30. Please donate generously and help spread the word!

Thursday June 19, 2014

Speaking Out for Big Predators

Camilla Fox, founder and director of EII’s Project Coyote will be one of the featured speakers at Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014, a gathering of conservationists across the United States at Arch Park in Gardiner, MT on June 28 and 29. The event – which provides an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate wolves and other predators, and demand for wildlife management reform – will include education booths, activities for children, music, food, and film screenings. Project Coyote’s film, Coexisting with Wildlife: The Marin Livestock and Wildlife Protection Program is among the films shown at the event, which is free and open to the public. Details here.

Thursday June 19, 2014

Jack Johnson Rocks for Earth Island

Earth Island Institute has teamed up with musician and activist, Jack Johnson on his 2014 “From Here To Now To You” tour and All At Once, a social action network that promotes sustainable local food systems and plastic-free initiatives. Visit us at our table at Jack’s concert at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA on August 26! The Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation will match donations contributed to us at the show or directly to Earth Island through September 1. Make a tax-deductible contribution right now and Jack will double your gift, up to a total of $2,500. Thanks Jack!

Thursday June 19, 2014

Celebrate Food Shift’s Successes

Good news abounds at EII’s Food Shift! The project has been selected as one of the winners in the recent BART Blue Sky Contest, thanks to all of you who voted (look for the ads on the BART) and has been named one of the 2014 grantees of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund. Food Shift has also made it to the 2014 GOOD 100, a list of innovators who are doing good in their communities. Honorees will celebrate that recognition along with other do-gooders in the California Bay Area on Thursday, June 26 at the Impact Hub Bay Area in San Francisco. Join in and cheer them on! Visit the Food Shift website for more details, events, and upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Thursday June 19, 2014

Spare a Dollar for Change?

Earth Island Institute is a featured nonprofit on the Dollar Per Month charitable foundation’s website through the month of June. As a Dollar Per Month member, you can choose where your donations go by voting on one of three charities. No charity loses! The winning charity receives 50 percent of the donations, the second charity receives 30 percent, and the third, 20 percent. Sign up and cast your vote for Earth Island every day till June 30.

Thursday June 19, 2014

Hawaiians Take on GMOs

Political intrigue, citizens’ uprising, and the crossing of bridges never before thought possible – the story of Hawai‘i’s struggle against the GMO industry is befitting a Hollywood thriller. As ground zero for genetically engineered crops research, Hawai‘i is the place to watch over the next six months as the campaign for the 2014 elections and a biotech industry lawsuit against Kaua‘i play out. Join GMO expert Jeffrey Smith, farmers, mothers, and community leaders on Wednesday, June 25 for “Hawaiians Take On Monsanto & GMOs,” an exclusive video conversation organized by Pachamama Alliance that will focus on how Hawaiians are advancing the next chapter of this epic civil and rights of nature struggle.

Thursday June 19, 2014

Planting Day

Learn about the Green Hairstreak butterfly and get to know some of the devoted neighborhood butterfly site stewards at EII’s Nature in the City’s Green Hairstreak Volunteer Day in San Francisco on Saturday, June 21, starting 10 a.m. The event will be held at the Green Hairstreak Corridor site at 14th Ave & Quintara St. Activities will include seed collection and habitat restoration. We can't wait to see you!

Thursday June 19, 2014

Food, Corporations and Democracy

Earth Island Journal is part of What The Fork!?! Corporations and Democracy, a new collaborative effort by The Media Consortium that includes an extensive series of radio segments, investigative features, and data-based reports on corporate control of our democracy and our dinner plates. Read the stories and take action at wtfcorporations.com. Follow #wtfcorps and #BigAg on Twitter and Facebook.

Thursday June 19, 2014

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 few weeks:

Most Popular: 70 Years On, Seabirds Continue to Warn about Plastic Pollution in the Oceans. Reporter Elizabeth Claire Alberts writes that the plight of the flesh-footed shearwater in Australia illustrates how widespread the problem of plastic pollution has become.

Editors’ Pick: Feeding Hawai‘i. Journal managing editor Maureen Nandini Mitra explores whether small, biodiverse farms could help the Aloha State transition to growing enough food to feed itself.

Thursday June 19, 2014

Help Stop Logging in the Sierra

EII’s John Muir Project director, Dr. Chad Hanson’s spring visit to the Rim fire in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains confirmed what scientists now know: Fire-burned areas are the most biodiverse and wildlife-rich ecosystems in Western forests. Listen to Hanson talk about his findings here and read his Earth Island Journal report on how the forest is coming back to life. Despite this good news, the US Forest Service is planning a massive logging project that would destroy over 40,000 acresof rare habitat. Please email Susan Skalski, Supervisor, Stanislaus National Forest by June 14 and urge her to withdraw the logging proposal and protect the snag forest habitat created by the Rim fire.

Thursday June 5, 2014

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