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Help Ban Coyote-Killing Contests in Nevada

Since its success in getting wildlife killing contests banned in California, EII’s Project Coyote has been pushing for the same in other states. The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners will vote March 20 on a petition to ban coyote-killing contests. Take action and encourage the commissioners to accept this petition. You do not have to be a Nevada resident to express your opinion. Meanwhile, the New Mexico Senate recently voted 27 to 13 in favor of a bill banning coyote-killing contests in the state. The bill has also garnered support from the editorial board of the Albuquerque Journal. To stay apprised on these issues, join Project Coyote's E-team.

Thursday March 19, 2015

Earth Day at the Brower Center

Earth Island Institute has teamed up with the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA, to celebrate the 45th annual Earth Day. Join us on Saturday, April 18, for a fun-filled afternoon of community learning opportunities, family art activities, hands-on workshops, live music, and delicious organic food in the Brower Center and on Allston Way. Read the full schedule of activities and RSVP for the event here.

Thursday March 19, 2015

The BP Disaster 5 Years Later

Join Earth Island Journal for a film screening and discussion marking the fifth anniversary of the BP Gulf of Mexico disaster. On Wednesday, April 15, we’ll be screening the documentary film The Great Invisible, which tells the story of the disaster and its aftermath. After the film there will be a discussion with three veteran journalists who have covered the oil and gas industry and the BP blowout. Tickets here.

Thursday March 19, 2015

Run for the Ocean

Join EII’s All One Ocean for its second annual “Run for the Beach” at the beautiful Crissy Field in San Francisco on March 21. Proceeds from the event – which includes a 5K run, a beach cleanup, yoga sessions, live music, and delicious food – will benefit All One Ocean and provide additional support for plastic pollution awareness initiatives in San Francisco. Space is limited, so please register in advance.

Thursday March 19, 2015

Apply for the Brower Youth Awards

The Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Leadership is now accepting applications for its 2015 awards! Young people between the ages of 13 and 22 (as of July 1, 2015) living in North America are eligible to apply. The awards are given to six young people who show outstanding leadership with high-impact, replicable and relevant environmental projects. Now in its sixteenth year, the prize includes a $3,000 cash prize, a short film produced by an Emmy award-winning crew, and a week long leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area culminating in a public award ceremony. To learn more and apply, go here.

Thursday March 19, 2015

Women of H2ope Award

Save the Date! On April 22, EII’s Global Women's Water Initiative (GWWI) will be hosting its first ever Women of H2ope Award ceremony in San Francisco. The award honors women water champions who are changing the course of water management and use in Africa. This year’s honorees are Hajra Mukasa, GWWI’s Uganda regional coordinator, and Jan Hartsough, GWWI cofounder and director of Crabgrass. More details soon.

Thursday March 19, 2015

The Best of the Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite stories from the past two weeks:

Most Popular: SeaWorld Attempts to Muzzle Academic and Scientist Critical of Cetacean Captivity. Regular Journal contributor Laura Bridgeman writes that the theme park’s latest attempt to muzzle critics is linked to SeaWorld’s portrayal of any person or group who opposes marine mammal captivity as being “radicals.”

Editors' Pick: The Big Haze: China’s Great Leap Backwards. Film critic Ed Rampell reviews Under the Dome, a Chinese-language documentary that investigates the air pollution crisis in the People’s Republic, which has since been banned in China.

Thursday March 19, 2015

Green Prize for Youth

EII’s New Leaders Initiative is administering The Goddard Prize for Environmental Conservancy, named in honor of John Goddard, an ambitious adventure seeker and environmental conservation champion who passed away in May 2013. The Goddard Prize will be awarded several times a year to enterprising young people who are pursuing environmental ideas and projects and who are looking for funding to bring their ideas to the next level. Awards will range between $500 to $2,500. To apply, go here. If you have any questions, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday March 19, 2015

The Journal’s Spring 2015 Issue is Out

The Spring 2015 issue of Earth Island Journal leads with an eye-opening exposé about how shady developers threaten to put at risk the natural and scenic values the Grand Canyon. This edition includes: a tour of LA Underground that reminds us that behind the beauty and glamour, the city and county of Los Angeles actually function as a gigantic oil field and processing facility… an inspiring photo essay about how women are coming to dominate the ranks of organic farmers in the US… and a conversation with “Her Deepness” legendary oceanographer Dr Sylvia Earle. Subscribe or buy a copy at the newsstands. Help us produce more in-depth stories like these by making a donation to our Green Journalism Fund today!

Thursday March 5, 2015

Standing on Sacred Ground on Public Television!

Standing on Sacred Ground, a documentary film series produced by EII's Sacred Land Film Project, will be available on public television stations nationwide starting in April. The four-part series, which exposes threats to Indigenous peoples' health, livelihood, and cultural survival in the US and around the world, will be available for public television stations to schedule as early as April 1, in time for broadcast around Earth Day on April 22. For more information, go here.

Thursday March 5, 2015

Project Coyote Challenges USDA in Court

EII's Project Coyote and allies filed a lawsuit against US Department of Agriculture last month for its failure to fully analyze and disclose the impact of its Wildlife Services program in Idaho, which kills thousands of wolves, coyotes, foxes, cougars, birds and other wild animals each year at taxpayer expense. The multimillion-dollar federal program, whose work primarily benefits the agriculture industry, relies on an array of lethal methods including poisoning, trapping, and aerial gunning. As a result of pressure from conservation groups, the public, and Congress, an investigation is underway by the Office of the Inspector General, the results of which are slated to be revealed in the coming months.

Thursday March 5, 2015

Another Green Prize for Young Leaders

EII's New Leaders Initiative is administering The Goddard Prize for Environmental Conservancy, named in honor of John Goddard, an ambitious adventure seeker and environmental conservation champion who passed away in May 2013. The Goddard Prize will be awarded several times a year to enterprising young people who are pursuing environmental ideas and projects and who are looking for funding to bring their ideas to the next level. Awards will range between $500 to $2,500. To apply, go here. If you have any questions, please email Ruth at the New Leaders Initiative.

Thursday March 5, 2015

Youth Artwork on Local Food Systems

Award-winning multimedia artist and photographer Douglas Gayeton recently held a workshop for young photographers in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in collaboration with EII's Viva Sierra Gorda. The workshop was part of the Gayeton's Lexicon of Sustainability “Project Localize” food literacy initiative, which aims to show teachers and students how to identify and promote sustainable economic, cultural, and social progress in their communities via images and storytelling. The informational artwork being created by the youth will be exhibited later this year. Viva Sierra Gorda invites you to view these first hand. Contact the project to learn more.

Thursday March 5, 2015

Teaching Journalists About Conservation

Last month, EII's Serengeti Watch conducted the first of a series of “Conservation Media” seminars for mediapersons and journalism students in Arusha, Tanzania. The day-long seminar was aimed at building a large network of conservation journalists – writers, photojournalists, video and television producers – who can help convey to the Tanzanian public the importance of preserving and protecting the nation's wildlife and its habitats. Building on the success of this seminar Serengeti Watch plans on conducting more such seminars in Tanzania in the future. Watch this video covering the highlights of the program.

Thursday March 5, 2015

Protecting the Wild

There has been some criticism recently of the conservation value of parks and wilderness, as well as of their long-term effectiveness. On Wednesday, March 11, a group of wilderness advocates – including authors Terry Tempest Williams and Ken Brower, Michael Kellett of New National Parks campaign, and George Wuerthner from the Foundation for Deep Ecology – will present a response to these critiques in a panel discussion at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. The discussion will focus on the major ideas contained in a new Island Press publication, Protecting the Wild: The Foundation for Conservation. The event is free to attend. Details here.

Thursday March 5, 2015

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