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The latest campaign updates from Earth Island’s global network of environmental projects.

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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: Tiny Houses, Big Resistance. Regular Journal contributor Ron Johnson discusses why Indigenous activists are erecting tiny homes along the proposed path of the Trans Mountain pipeline, and how the action could transform the British Columbia interior into the next Standing Rock.

Editors' Pick: How Tech is Boosting Environmental Engagement in China. Reporter John Pabon discusses the use of environmental apps in China, where users are utilizing new technology to track everything from air quality, to their carbon footprint, to food waste.

Thursday January 11, 2018

Ending Wildlife Killing Contests

EII's Project Coyote is making significant headway in its campaign to end wildlife killing contests nationwide. On January 6, project volunteers and community residents protested the Lemmon Valley, Nevada coyote killing contest, garnering coverage by local television stations and newspapers. Concerned citizens across the country are adding their voices to the outcry over these cruel contests with letters to the editor, op-eds,  and municipal resolutions condemning the practice. Project Coyote's film exposing killing contests — KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs — also premieres at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival January 11-15 in Nevada City, California, and has been selected for the Wild & Scenic On Tour program and the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival's WILD on Tour program.

Thursday January 11, 2018

Keep Anti-Environment Riders Out of Spending Bills

Congress is trying to pass last minute funding legislation to keep the federal government open for business through mid-January. Anti-environmental policies embedded in these funding bills will become law if the legislation is passed. More than 30 environmental groups and activists, including Earth Island's John Muir Project, sent a letter to Congress this week urging members to keep year-end funding bills clean of controversial policy riders. Please read the letter and call your senator TODAY to tell them to #KeepFundingClean. You can call via the Capital Switchboard at 202-224-3121 or call your Congressional representatives directly.

Thursday December 21, 2017

Project Coyote Film Premiere

Project Coyote’s groundbreaking film, KILLING GAMES: Wildlife In The Crosshairs, has been selected to premiere at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, which runs from January 11 to 15, 2018, in Nevada City, CA. The film sheds light on how iconic wildlife are massacred in killing contests across the US. As part of the festival, best-selling author and Project Coyote ambassador Dan Flores will join Project Coyote Executive Director Camilla Fox for a special program about the Earth Island project’s work. KILLING GAMES has also been selected for inclusion in the Wild & Scenic On Tour program as well as the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival’s WILD on Tour program, through which it will be shown across the country.

Thursday December 21, 2017

Thank You for Your Support

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. In this final edition of the year, we invite you to read our directors’ 2017 year-end letter. In this update to our supporters, Dave Phillips and John Knox write about the many ways in which Earth Island is fighting back against the Trump administration’s onslaught on our environment. Learn about the accomplishments of our vibrant network of 79 innovative projects that together make up the largest, most diverse, and most skilled team of established and emerging leaders that we've ever had. Much of the work EII and its projects do wouldn’t have been possible without the help of individuals like you. We 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. We would be honored to be among the good efforts you support in the year-end giving season. Our best wishes to all of you during this holiday season of gratitude, reflection, and renewal.

Thursday December 21, 2017

Plant Trees in the New Year

Richmond Trees’ first tree planting event of the new year will held on January 7, 2018. The Earth Island project will meet volunteers at Burg Park at 30th Street and Clinton Ave at 9:00 a.m., then head out into the neighborhood to plant. Join Richmond Trees to bring more green to the Richmond, CA community! All ages are welcome. Please bring water, work gloves, and your favorite tools if you have them. (But don't worry if you don't, there will be extras to share!) Richmond Trees will have snacks, water, and coffee for volunteers. Learn more and email with any questions.

Thursday December 21, 2017

Our Big Blue Expedition Launch Event

EII’s Shark Stewards — in partnership with Stop Fish Bombing, APEX Environmental, MW Experiences, and Scubazoo — has launched the Our Big Blue Expedition, a new global awareness campaign in support of threatened coral reef habitat in the Coral Triangle. Through the “Swim with Us” program, Our Big Blue Expedition team will provide sponsors with the opportunity to swim with blue whales and many other species and participate in research activities in Malaysia and Timor-Leste. The new conservation coalition is kicking things off with a special New Year’s Eve launch event at the Lincoln Speakeasy in Los Angeles. Learn more about the coalition, the launch event, and how to get involved.

Thursday December 21, 2017

Catering for Companies that Care

Food Shift’s catering services deliver great taste with great impact. The Food Shift Kitchen’s unique social enterprise model turns surplus produce that would otherwise be wasted into delicious meals, while also providing job training for those with barriers to employment. The food isn’t just good for the community and the environment, it’s good for the taste buds too! Let Food Shift know what your needs are for your next meeting, event, or conference. Eating with the Earth Island project makes a difference; check out Food Shift’s 2017 impact numbers. Learn more and email to book a meal.

Thursday December 21, 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: Why Are Elephants Getting Electrocuted in India? Reporter Sribala Subramanian discusses how jerry-rigged electric fences on farms are a serious threat to endangered Asian elephants.

Editors' Pick: When the Levee Breaks. Researcher Kyle Seewald Hemes writes about why restoration work in the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta could be key to addressing California’s dual water and climate challenges.

Thursday December 21, 2017

Help Support Our Work

People Magazine recently listed Earth Island Institute as the number one organization to give to during this holiday season if you wish to help build a better tomorrow! EII has also received top ratings from all of the major charity rating groups — including GuideStar, CharityNavigator, and CharityWatch — and has been listed as an accredited charity with the Better Business Bureau. When you give a year-end donation to Earth Island Institute, you provide vital support for our vast network of environmental projects. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Thursday December 7, 2017

BioBlitz Fun in Kensington, CA

his Sunday, December 10, join EII's Wholly H2O for a fun half-day citizen science BioBlitz along Wildcat Creek in Kensington, CA. Participants will hike around Jewel Lake to find and identify as many species as possible. Get ready to enjoy being a citizen scientist through simple observation and photo documentation. The BioBlitz begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Packrat Trail trailhead in Tilden Park. Free registration is required. Learn more and register today.

Thursday December 7, 2017

Richmond Trees Launches Spanish Website

Richmond Trees is excited to announce the launch of its Spanish language website this month. The Latino community comprises more than 35 percent of Richmond's population, and the Earth Island project recognizes the importance of easy access to information in Spanish to widen the reach of its mission to grow the urban forest. Equally important is access to information regarding volunteer opportunities, including tree planting and tree care events. Richmond Trees has planted more than 600 trees since its founding in 2011 and its success is dependent upon a broad base of support. Join the project this Sunday, December 10, at Burg Park at 9:00 a.m. to plant some trees!

Thursday December 7, 2017

Check Out the Journal’s Winter Issue

Don't miss the Winter issue of Earth Island Journal, which is now out on newsstands and online. The issue leads with an expansive cover story exploring the many challenges facing the California Delta, and what the controversial "twin tunnels" project would mean for the region's future. Other articles include an in-depth piece on Guyana's efforts to transition to a clean energy economy; a compelling feature about ecological and cultural restoration work being done on the remote Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve in British Columbia; and a touching narrative on the emotional and environmental consequences of losing sight of the night sky. 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 7, 2017

Project Coyote On-Air

Project Coyote Founder & Executive Director Camilla Fox was recently interviewed for two national podcasts. On the Animals Today Radio program "Reining in Animal Services," Fox spoke with host Dr. Peter Siegel about the indiscriminate killing of wildlife perpetrated by the USDA's Wildlife Services, as well as the recent settlement of a case filed by wildlife advocacy groups against the agency. Fox also joined well-known vegan author and speaker Colleen Patrick-Goudreau on her award-winning Food for Thought podcast to discuss coexisting with carnivores and the Earth Island project's Ranching with Wildlife and Coyote Friendly Communities programs.

Thursday December 7, 2017

Food Shift is Hiring-120717

EII's Food Shift is seeking a dedicated individual to transport cosmetically imperfect produce from San Francisco distributors to its kitchen site in Alameda.

The food recovery driver role is critical for expanding Food Shift's capacity to reduce food waste, create healthy meals for the Alameda community, and provide job training via its kitchen program. The EII project is currently able to recover around 1,500 pounds of food per week, and hiring a driver would help quadruple this impact! Read the full job description to learn more. To apply, contact Alison Griffith with your resume, availability, and a statement of interest.

Thursday December 7, 2017

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