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In case you missed it, check out "The Most Important Environmental Stories of 2016" by Earth Island Journal editor Maureen Nandini Mitra. If you haven't yet, read Earth Island Institute's year-end update and don't miss the 2016 Highlights to learn more about the far-reaching impact EII projects had last year. As we move ahead into the new year, please support Earth Island's creative and energetic leaders who are building a more effective and far-reaching environmental movement with a tax-deductible donation.

Thursday January 5, 2017

Read Our 2016 Year-End Update

Thank you for subscribing to IslandWire, Earth Island Institute's bi-monthly, free e-newsletter that updates you on all of the action, events, and news from our global network of projects and highlights the best of Earth Island Journal's daily web articles.

In this final edition of the year, I invite you to read my 2016 year-end letter. In this update to our supporters, I share a review of our program achievements that we couldn't accomplish without the help of individuals like you.

I also invite you to give a gift today to support creative and energetic leaders who are building a more effective and far-reaching environmental movement!

Your generous, tax-deductible gift helps us:

We are committed to moving the Earth Island Community ahead, but, at this critical juncture for our country and our planet, we need you to help us continue to grow environmental leadership.

Your year-end gift today will give us the resources to provide the tools our people need to protect our shared planet. We would be honored to be among the good efforts you support in the year-end giving season.

On behalf of all of us at Earth Island, I send you our best wishes during this holiday season of gratitude, reflection, and renewal.

John A. Knox
Executive Director

PS: With your gift of $40 or more you may choose to receive a copy of The Wildness Within - Remembering David Brower, by Kenneth Brower.

PPS: Many companies will match, or even double or triple your contribution. Visit and search for your employer’s name to get details on their matching gift program, or check with your employer and send in their matching-gift form along with your tax-deductible gift to Earth Island.

Thursday December 22, 2016

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Most Popular: Tens of Thousands of Snow Geese May be Dying Along the Pacific Flyway. Reporter Claire Baiz writes about how thousands of snow geese that landed on Montana’s Berkeley Pit, the largest Superfund site in the United States, have since perished, and there's no way of knowing how many more may be dying as they continue flying south.

Editor's Pick: Searching for Fantastic Beasts. Writer Crispin Andrews delves into the intriguing work of cryptozoologists, who explore remote corners of the world looking for evidence of fabled species like Bigfoot. 

Thursday December 22, 2016

Standing Rock Brown Bag Lunch

Please join Toby McLeod, director of EII's Sacred Land Film Project, for a report on his recent trip to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Bring your lunch to Earth Island's conference room on the fourth floor of the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley on Tuesday, December 13 for photos and discussion beginning at 12 p.m. You'll also hear from Maureen Nandini Mitra, editor of Earth Island Journal, who contributed reporting to the Journal's recent cover story on the native resistance movement and climate change.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Check out the Journal’s New Issue

The Winter 2017 issue of Earth Island Journal leads with an in-depth report that looks at the ongoing struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock in the broader context of Native Americans' and First Nations' battles against resource extraction and colonialism. The issue also includes a feature from South Africa on how rhinos are becoming a liability to private game reserves; a hopeful companion piece about the majority-women, unarmed, Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit; and an interview with iconic chef and slow food activist Alice Waters in which she talks about how food can be a gateway to environmentalism. 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 December 8, 2016

Oakland Food Policy Council Holiday Happy Hour

Despite some challenges, 2016 has brought major food justice victories to Oakland. EII's Oakland Food Policy Council convinced the Oakland Unified School District to apply Good Food Purchasing standards in Oakland schools, and also helped pass a local soda tax in November. Learn more about the power you have to create an equitable food system and celebrate OFPC's recent wins by joining the project for its holiday happy hour at Oakland's SomaR Bar on Monday, December 12 at 6 p.m.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Shark Party in San Francisco

Shark Stewards is holding an ocean celebration on December 15 at Sports Basement Presidio in San Francisco. Have a drink, learn about Shark Stewards' conservation work, and enjoy an exhibit of underwater photographs by Shark Stewards director David McGuire. Do some holiday shopping at Sports Basement and receive 15 percent off your purchase — 10 percent of sales will go to the Earth Island project through the Basementeer program. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Support Creative Environmental Leaders

Help us support creative and energetic leaders who are building a more effective environmental movement. Please read Earth Island's year-end update, check out project highlights from 2016, and make a year-end, tax-deductible contribution today.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Support Real Food Real Stories

Join EII's Real Food Real Stories this Saturday, December 10 at the Bryant Street Sports Basement in San Francisco to receive 20 percent off your purchase when you become a Basementeer for free. Sports Basement will donate 10 percent of sales revenue to RFRS, which will go towards the project's year-end fundraising goal of $15,000. RFRS will be at the Bryant Street location from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with Numi Tea and 18 Rabbits snacks, but the sale lasts all day. Hope to see you there!

Thursday December 8, 2016

Understanding Our Wild Neighbors

As part of its Coyote Friendly Communities Program, Project Coyote provides presentations across the San Francisco Bay Area to raise public awareness about coyotes, their role in the ecosystem, and how to reduce negative encounters between coyotes and humans. The Earth Island project's work was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this week. Learn more about peaceful coexistence with coyotes by attending Project Coyote's free public forum on December 12 in Corte Madera, CA.

Thursday December 8, 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: Plastic Bottles and Cave Divers Aid in Quest to Document an Elusive, Subterranean Critter. Wildlife biologist Betsy Howell writes about the Georgia blind salamander, a subterranean species that could be an indicator for the health of the Floridian aquifer but about which little is known.

Editors' Pick: An Immodest Proposal: Make America Beautiful Again. Earth Island Institute board member John de Graaf outlines a path forward for progressives following Donald Trump’s election victory. He argues that it’s time for a large-scale focus on the restoration of America’s damaged ecology.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Burrowing Owls Gain Protections in Florida

In November, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission upgraded the status of the Florida burrowing owl to “threatened” on the state's Endangered and Threatened Species List. Prior to the ruling, South Florida Audubon Society testified on behalf of EII's Urban Bird Foundation in support of the upgrade and presented a pledge of support and collaboration to the commissioners. Urban Bird Foundation is looking forward to continuing burrowing owl conservation efforts in Florida. Learn more about the decision.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Enjoy Italian Food with Food Shift

Please join Earth Island's Food Shift on Sunday December 11 for the Italian Street Food Festival in West Berkeley from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Festival-goers will enjoy authentic Italian food and live music, and all proceeds will benefit Food Shift's work to reduce waste and nourish the community. Join the event on Facebook, share news about the event with friends, and buy your tickets now. Also, don't miss Food Shift director Dana Franz's recent interview on NPR.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Activist of the Year

George Wuerthner, director of Earth Island's new Public Lands Media project, recently received the Activist of the Year award from the Fund for Wild Nature. Wuerthner has published 38 books on natural history and wildlands conservation. As a writer and ecologist, his new project will provide ecologically informed insights into public lands issues including wildfire ecology, forest ecology, park and wilderness protection, and energy issues. Email him to learn more about his work.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Are You Ready for a Power Shift?

Join EII's California Student Sustainability Coalition and young climate and social justice leaders from all over the West Coast from November 11 to 13 for a weekend of workshops, trainings, and movement-building at the Power Shift Convergence in Berkeley, CA. Don't wait – register today! In a critical year for our democracy and our climate, Power Shift 2016 will be a space to train young climate leaders, help amplify the voice and power of local communities, and leverage that power to help the climate justice movement win at the national level. Find out more about Power Shift 2016.

Thursday November 10, 2016

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