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A NAFTA Town Hall

President Trump has declared he wants to renegotiate NAFTA this year, blaming Mexico for the evisceration of the American middle class. But we know the enemy isn't Mexico: It is the multinational corporations that NAFTA was negotiated to benefit in the first place. Join EII’s California Trade Justice Coalition in Oakland on April 20 for a discussion of the devastating impacts NAFTA has had on workers, migrants, and the environment. Together, we will hear from grassroots leaders fighting for fair trade and economic justice and learn how we can take action to make sure NAFTA renegotiations truly benefit working people and environmental health. Learn more and RSVP.  

Thursday April 13, 2017

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: Walmart Exposed for Selling Dolphin-Deadly Tuna in Costa Rica. Earth Island’s International Marine Mammal Project reveals that Walmart is sourcing its Suli brand tuna from Mexican fishing fleets that harass and kill marine mammals.

Editors' Pick: In Photos: Blue Carbon Around the World. Reporter Winifred Bird uses beautiful images to explore how conservation groups are linking coastal restoration to the climate change movement.

Thursday April 13, 2017

Help Ban Dangerous Pesticides in California

A coyote was recently found dead in San Francisco with four different rat poisons in its body. Its death, caused by massive internal bleeding, reminds us how urgently we must fight to ban deadly poisons. Two Earth Island projects, Raptors Are the Solution (RATS) and Project Coyote, are currently pressing for the passage of AB 1687 in California to expand prohibitions on certain dangerous pesticides statewide. The bill comes up for hearing on Tuesday, April 4. Please call California Assemblyman Bill Quirk, chair of the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, at (916) 319-3965 and express your strong support for AB 1687. Call other committee members as well. Learn more about what you can do to help pass this important bill and save California wildlife.

Thursday March 30, 2017

New Leaders Initiative is Hiring

Do you have a passion for youth leadership? Are you committed to social and environmental change? Do you have experience in program design? If so, Earth Island Institute may have the job for you! EII is hiring a director for its New Leaders Initiative, a program that honors, supports, and sustains exceptional youth environmental leaders around the world. The director will lead and grow the 17-year old program, including the annual Brower Youth Awards. Learn more about this exciting opportunity and apply today.

Thursday March 30, 2017

Organize a Beach Cleanup for Earth Day

Earth Day is coming up fast. To celebrate, All One Ocean is launching its inaugural Beach Clean Up Challenge! If you organize a cleanup at your favorite beach and raise at least $500 for the Earth Island project, you'll be entered to win a pair of tickets to a sold-out Jack Johnson concert at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley on July 26! Email All One Ocean for more information.

Thursday March 30, 2017

Get Your Tickets for the SF Green Film Festival

Earth Island Journal is proud to be a media partner of the annual San Francisco Green Film Festival, scheduled for April 20 to 26. This year's lineup includes a powerful movie about Standing Rock; a documentary about the new wave of colonialism hitting Africa; and an impressionistic film about the nuclear age. On April 24, Earth Island Journal Associate Editor Zoe Loftus-Farren will host a conversation following the screening Theater of Life - a moving documentary about life, food, and waste - at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. View the full screening calendar and get your tickets today.

Thursday March 30, 2017

A NAFTA Town Hall

President Trump has declared he wants to renegotiate NAFTA this year, blaming Mexico for the evisceration of the American middle class. But we know the enemy isn't Mexico: It is the multinational corporations that NAFTA was negotiated to benefit in the first place. Join EII's California Trade Justice Coalition in Oakland on April 20 for a discussion of the devastating impacts NAFTA has had on workers, migrants, and the environment. Together, we will hear from grassroots leaders fighting for fair trade and economic justice and learn how we can take action to make sure NAFTA renegotiations truly benefit working people and environmental health. Learn more and RSVP.  

Thursday March 30, 2017

Sanctuary Restaurants

Everyone is talking about the role of sanctuary cities in protecting immigrant communities, but what about sanctuary restaurants? This spring, Oakland Food Policy Council is working to expand our understanding of sanctuary in these trying political times. Join the Earth Island project at Firebrand Artisan Breads in Oakland on April 10 at 6 p.m. to learn about how restaurants are standing up for targeted communities and how you can join this incredible effort.

Thursday March 30, 2017

Witches Walking Tour of Oakland

There's magic and medicine all around us - you just have to know where to look. Rooted in Resilience is co-hosting a medicinal plant walking tour around Oakland's Lake Merritt with Witches Walking Tour of Oakland. Join the Earth Island project on Saturday April 1 to learn about 22 medicinal herbs and plants that can be found along the lake, and the medicinal and practical uses for each species. The tour will begin at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater at 11 a.m. Contact Corrine Van Hook with any questions and RSVP today.

Thursday March 30, 2017

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: Oman's Search for Renewable Energy Sources. Middle East analyst Dan Price writes about how, in a region better known for oil, Oman is beginning to look for alternatives.

Editors' Pick: Awe and Wonder for Sale. Writer Zack Porter describes how our public lands, now under siege, offer space for quiet reflection, contemplation, and renewed faith in our agency.

Thursday March 30, 2017

Congratulations to Gemma Bulos

Gemma Bulos, Director of EII's Global Women's Water Initiative, has been selected for the inaugural class of Pond's Vital Voices Fellowship Program in South Africa this summer. The fellowship brings together and emboldens women leaders to deepen their impact and leadership skills. This prestigious network of women is driving innovative solutions to create a more prosperous and secure world at community, national, and global levels.

Thursday March 30, 2017

Reporting on Toxic Prisons

Earth Island Journal is excited to announce that it's been awarded a highly competitive grant from the Fund for Investigative Journalism for its reporting project on prisons and environmental justice. Over the coming months, the Journal team, in partnership with Truthout, will be reporting on the impact of prisons on the environment, as well as on the health of prisoners and those who live near correctional facilities. The Journal is also happy to announce that all past issues can now be found in the Sustainability Collection of JSTOR, a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.

Thursday March 30, 2017

Check out the Journal’s Spring Issue

The Spring 2017 issue of Earth Island Journal is out on newsstands and online. The issue leads with an explanatory feature on gene drive — a revolutionary tool in the field of biotechnology that could help eradicate diseases and save species but which is also fraught with ecological and moral quandaries. Other articles include a report on Native communities that are turning into America 's first climate refugees; an intriguing feature on how cemeteries offer safe havens for many rare plant and animal species; a hopeful story about our changing relationship with American beavers; and the musings of a freshwater mussel groupie. Subscribe to the Journal or buy a copy at the newsstands. Help us produce more deeply reported stories like these by making a donation to our Green Journalism Fund today!

Thursday March 16, 2017

Population Education for Youth

Join Transition Earth at the 9th annual Environmental Youth Forum in San Rafael, California on March 8. The Earth Island project will be engaging with youth and educators at its table. Project director Suzanne York will also be leading a short discussion with students after a screening of the documentary FOOTPRINT, which explores the impact of population growth and consumption inequality on the world we live in. More information and registration details.

Thursday March 16, 2017

Celebrate Our Oceans

Celebrate our oceans and create ocean solutions with Earth Island's Shark Stewards at the 14th annual Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco, March 9 to 12. The festival will include film screenings, a beach clean-up, and several panel discussions on issues that affect our oceans. Shark Stewards director David McGuire will lead a panel on sharks, sanctuaries and ecotourism on Saturday, March 11. All films will be screened at the Cowell Theater, Fort Mason. Tickets and more information.

Thursday March 16, 2017

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