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Preventing a Second Fukushima

Join Earth Island Journal on June 13 for a brown bag lunch discussion with Aileen Mioko Smith, director of the nuclear watchdog group Green Action, Japan. Smith will discuss civil society's ongoing battle to keep nuclear reactors shut down in Japan, and will provide an update on the status of the victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. This FREE event at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley will begin at 12 p.m. More information.

Thursday June 9, 2016

The Fate of Our Public Lands

Point Reyes National Seashore is symbolic of the state of our national parks in 2016. On the one hand, the seashore is a triumph of preservationist effort, and on the other, it is beset by all of the problems facing national parks in the 21st century: underfunding, climate change, and an accelerating campaign to privatize public lands, among others. Join panelists Ken Brower of Earth Island Institute, Chance Cutrano of the Resource Renewal Institute, and wildlife photographer Daniel Dietrich for a talk about the future of Point Reyes at 7 p.m. on June 23 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley. Purchase your tickets today!

Thursday June 9, 2016

Help Stop Clearcuts

The "Clearcuts for Christmas" legislation that Congress was considering back in December is back, and it's as bad as ever! Now dubbed the "Wildfire Budgeting, Response and Forest Management Act," this draft bill once again proposes to increase logging, including clearcutting, on public lands while simultaneously curtailing environmental protections in a misguided attempt to eliminate fire from fire-dependent forest ecosystems. The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources is accepting comments on the bill through June 13. Join EII's John Muir Project and tell the committee we need real fire suppression reform, not destruction of our wildlands.

Thursday June 9, 2016

Real Food Real Stories Picnic

Join EII's Real Food Real Stories for a brunch with Karen Leibowitz, co-founder of The Perennial restaurant, on June 25 at 11 a.m in San Francisco. Recently voted one of GQ's Best New Restaurants of America, 2016, The Perennial's mission is to serve great food and support progressive agricultural practices that can help reverse climate change. Take advantage of the limited early-bird buddy pass and register now.

Thursday June 9, 2016

Global Dialogue on Waste

Every Wednesday in June, EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition and be Waste Wise are bringing together thought leaders to discuss solutions to plastic pollution. The discussions are part of the fourth Global Dialogue on Waste, an annual event that explores the role of waste management in improving wellbeing. Curated by PPC co-founder and CEO Dianna Cohen and be Waste Wise co-founder Ranjith Annepo, the June webinar series will explore the theme of oceans and plastic pollution. Learn more and view the webinars.

Thursday June 9, 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: A Legacy of Fighting for Justice. Author and Earth Island board member John de Graaf profiles Mary Wood, the lawyer who's the driving force behind the youth climate change lawsuit in Oregon.

Editors' Pick: London's Batwomen and Batmen Offer Lessons in Urban Coexistence. Reporter Christine Ro discusses how bat ecologists are working to minimize the impact of development on one of our imperiled pollinators.

Thursday June 9, 2016

Something Wild

Join Earth Island for its "Something Wild" dinner on Saturday, June 11 to celebrate more than three decades of innovative achievements and learn more about the Institute's plans to continue growing environmental leadership. The festive evening event at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California will draw on the concept of the "wildness within," which EII founder David Brower so often wrote and spoke of. Guests will enjoy delicious food and enjoy a brief talk by guest of honor, Joanna Macy, a treasured and distinguished elder in the environmental community. More details and tickets.

Thursday June 9, 2016

Refill Revolution at Bonnaroo

The 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee produced more than 679 tons of waste over four days. That's 15 pounds of waste per festival-goer — nearly twice the average amount a US consumer produces daily. The biggest component of that waste was single-use disposable plastic like water bottles, beer cups, and food wrappers. The good news is that musicians and festivals are committing to reduce their plastic and carbon footprints, both on stage and behind the scenes. Join EII’s Plastic Pollution Coalition and Bonnaroo at this year’s festival in June for the Refill Revolution, a program that helps festival-goers reduce plastic waste and pollution! Read more about this campaign in Rolling Stone.

Thursday May 26, 2016

Something Wild

Join Earth Island for its "Something Wild" dinner on Saturday, June 11 to celebrate more than three decades of innovative achievements and learn more about the Institute's plans to continue growing environmental leadership. The festive evening event at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California will draw on the concept of the “wildness within,” which EII founder David Brower so often wrote and spoke of. Guests will enjoy delicious food and a talk by guest of honor, Joanna Macy, a treasured and distinguished elder in the environmental community. More details and tickets.

Thursday May 26, 2016

KIDS for the BAY Field Trips

Investigating rocky shorelines, discovering green sea anemones, and spotting birds are just a few of the fun, hands-on science activities students enjoy on KIDS for the BAY field trips. This spring, the Earth Island project helped 1,630 East Bay elementary school students connect with nature in creek, bay, delta, and ocean habitats. Learn more about KIDS for the BAY’s exciting new community-building field trips for schools this fall, or sign your kids up for the last few nature-based summer camp spaces. And don’t forget to check out KIDS for the BAY’s Spring E-Newsletter.

Thursday May 26, 2016

Standing Up for Endangered Science

Last week EII’s Project Coyote joined forces with the Union of Concerned Scientists to submit a petition to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker asking the federal government to live up the standards of the Endangered Species Act and base wildlife management decisions on the best available science. The petition follows several alarming decisions by the Department of the Interior, including a 2014 declaration that gray wolves were recovered nationwide, that not only omitted independent scientific review, but also rejected the recommendations of agency biologists. Nearly 1,000 US scientists and scholars signed the petition. Read more.

Thursday May 26, 2016

Hemp History Week

Celebrate the upcoming seventh annual Hemp History Week this June with EII’s Hempstead Project HEART! Learn about the myriad uses and benefits of industrial hemp at the “Makers and Tasters” event at the Oakland Museum of California on Friday, June 3 at 6 p.m. Hempstead Project HEART’s Linda Delair and Annalisa Rush of HempX.net will speak about hemp, sustainability, and California’s “Green Rush,” accompanied by raw fiber and textile displays. Hemp foods and apparel will also be available. The event is free and open to the public. More details.

Thursday May 26, 2016

Book Launch with Barbara Boxer

Join Earth Island's International Marine Mammal Project and Senator Barbara Boxer for a book launch event at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley on Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m. IMMP is partnering with Hachette Books and the Brower Center for this event, which will celebrate Senator Boxer's new book, The Art of Tough, and honor her environmental achievements. Learn more and reserve your tickets before they run out! This is a FREE event, but guests are encouraged to donate $30 or more to IMMP to receive a signed copy of Senator Boxer's book. Email Mary Jo Rice for details.

Thursday May 26, 2016

Swim With Mermaids

It’s almost time to get your mermaid on! Join Earth Island’s All One Ocean on June 12 for the Mermaid Festival at the Mill Valley Community Center in Marin County, California. The festival, which will begin at 1 p.m., will include an art show, face painting, and swimming with live mermaids. If you’re interested in volunteering at the event, email Tracy. See you there!

Thursday May 26, 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: Flame Retardant Exposure Poses a Significant Health Risk to Women. Reporter Elizabeth Grossman examines new research linking exposure to toxic flame retardant chemicals to thyroid problems in women.

Editors' Pick: The Real Threat to Europe’s Last Primeval Forest: Bark Beetles or Undemocratic Politicians? Journal contributor Eunice Blavascunas delves into a controversial proposal to log Poland’s ancient Białowieża forest that has pit environmentalists and the scientific community against logging interests and the country’s right-wing government.

Thursday May 26, 2016

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