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Dear Friend of Earth Island,

Sitting among the diverse, intergenerational audience who joined us in honoring bold, young environmental leaders at our recent 15th Anniversary Brower Youth Awards ceremony, I was very moved by a sense of appreciation, not only for the inspiring honorees but also for the Earth Island community members – both those who attended BYA and our supporters around the world – who make it possible for us to grow environmental leadership across all our programs.

bya 2014 awardees

Research has shown that diverse human communities, like diverse ecosystems, are more dynamic, resilient, and healthier. People who are part of strong communities help each other and build mutual hope. I’m happy to report to you that our Earth Island community, in all of its diverse aspects, had a dynamic and successful year in 2014. Please read my 2014 year-end letter to learn more about how we support a network of organizations working on a wide array of crucial issues.

A key ingredient to Earth Island’s successes is YOU, and we need your help to continue our strong run in 2015.

Your year-end financial support makes it possible for both emerging and experienced environmental leaders to continue to pursue their passions and drive forward their successful strategies for a sustainable future. Your gift today – during this season of gratitude and sharing – will give us the resources to continue providing grassroots environmental leaders the tools they need to protect our shared planet.

We are fired up, we are creating community and hope every day, and we are so grateful to have your support and commitment. Member support keeps us innovating. Your gift will help us grow environmental leadership in the new year!

We wish you a holiday season filled with appreciation for family, community, and planet. We are here, together.

With warm wishes,

John Knox Signature

John A. Knox
Executive Director

PS: With your donation of $10 or more you will receive our quarterly Earth Island Journal, and for a gift of $40 or more you may choose to receive a copy of the book The Wildness Within: Remembering David Brower.

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Thursday December 18, 2014

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorites from the last few weeks:

Most Popular: New York’s Fracking Ban is a Major Setback for the Oil and Gas Industry. Journal contributing editor Adam Federman writes that following the fracking ban in New York, activists are now laying the groundwork for a national campaign against "extreme energy."

Editors’ Pick: We Need to Talk About Meat Consumption and Climate Change. Reporter Tom Levitt writes that world governments’ indifference about the climate impact of high levels of meat-eating is matched by widespread public ignorance about the carbon footprint of meat and dairy production.

Thursday December 18, 2014

Check Out the Journal’s New Issue

The Winter 2015 issue of Earth Island Journal leads with a provocative cover story about the effort get chimpanzees, dolphins, elephants, and other creatures recognized as legal persons. Other articles in this edition include: a wonderful piece of adventure journalism about a trip to visit the “Cathedral in the Desert” at the bottom of flooded Glen Canyon … a conversation with writer-farmer-philosopher Wendell Berry … and an inaugural column by our new columnist, Anna Lappé. 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 December 4, 2014

Best Ethical Destinations 2015

EII’s Ethical Traveler will be announcing its 2015 “10 Best Ethical Destinations” awards at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club on December 8. The award honors 10 countries – all in the developing world – that are protecting their environments and promoting a socially just, sustainable tourism economy. Event details and ticket information here.

Thursday December 4, 2014

Tell Whole Foods to Avoid Toxic Buildings

Whole Foods claims to be “America’s healthiest grocery store,” yet it has publicly aligned with Green Globes, the building certification system set up by the chemical, plastics, and timber industry, which undermines progress toward healthier buildings and sustainable forestry. Join EII’s Greenwash Action and sign this petition urging Whole Foods to take a stand against substandard green building certifications and make it their official policy to avoid toxic chemicals in the built environment.

Thursday December 4, 2014

Ashoka Fellowship for Alter Terra Director

Oscar Romo, director of EII’s Alter Terra, has been chosen as an Ashoka Fellow for helping change the way some environmental problems are solved, specifically, improving coastal wetlands and water quality preservation in areas where ecosystems are shared by national or international borders. More information about the prestigious fellowship and Romo’s work here.

Thursday December 4, 2014

Celebrate H2Opeful Women

Every week in December EII’s Global Women's Water Initiative will celebrate an African woman who has transformed her community through sustainable water and sanitation initiatives. This week, the project is featuring Catherine Nasmiyu Ondele, a nurse in a small village in Kenya who changed her once-suffering clinic into a thriving center for health services, water and health education and learning about water and sanitation technologies. Read more about Ondele here.

Thursday December 4, 2014

Take Our Reader Survey

What motivates you to support our work? How do you prefer to read the Journal – online, in print, or both? What kind of stories do you like the best – long features or shorter news dispatches, stories about climate change or ones involving wildlife? Please take five minutes to complete our reader survey so that we can learn how to serve you better.

Thursday December 4, 2014

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: TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline Faces Stiff Opposition at Home. Reporter Ron Johnson writes about how rising public protests against yet another tar sands pipeline project is forcing some Canadian provinces to challenge federal decisions on the matter.

Editors’ Pick: Oil Train Blockades in the Pacific Northwest and the Transformative Power of Direct Action. Activist-writer David Osborn explains how direct action can deeply transform participants in ways critical to mobilization and innovation in the climate movement.

Thursday December 4, 2014

Conservation Hero Award for Former Poacher

EII’s The Altai Project is thrilled to announce that former snow leopard poacher turned protector, Mergen Markov, has been honored with a Disney Conservation Hero Award! The award recognizes local citizens for their tireless efforts to save wildlife, protect habitats, and educate communities. Read more about Markov and his efforts to protect snow leopards in the Altai here!

Thursday November 13, 2014

Help End Wildlife Killing Contests

Thousands of coyotes, bobcats, foxes, wolves and other wildlife continue to be slaughtered in wildlife killing contests across the country. At least 11 coyotes were killed in a coyote killing contest near Bakersfield, CA earlier this month. Loopholes in California law and regulations still allow such barbaric practices to continue. EII's Project Coyote has petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to ban wildlife killing contests. The commission is expected to take a final vote on the issue on December 3. For more information and to learn how you can help click here.

Thursday November 13, 2014

Bid to Save Whales and Dolphins

Bid on one-of-a-kind items and experiences at the Save Japan Dolphins Seven Seas Auction and help EII’s International Marine Mammal Project save dolphins and whales in Japan and around the world. The fabulous auction items include: a Downton Abbey set tour and a champagne tea at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London with the hit series’ beloved Mrs. Patmore; a trip to see the largest concentration of polar bears on the planet in Churchill, Manitoba; a lunch date with ”Her Deepness” Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Time Magazine’s “Hero of the Planet”; special musical offerings from the Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson and Jack Johnson; vacation packages to Hawaii, Aruba, and San Miguel; great diving, snorkeling, and whale-watching opportunities, and much more! Make your bids and please spread the word. The auction closes Dec. 3.

Thursday November 13, 2014

ReGeneration: A Global Citizenship Curriculum

EII’s Generation Waking Up has for years, been organizing successful workshops and leadership trainings igniting young changemakers. Now it is creating an innovative global citizenship curriculum for high school teachers to bring the power of this inspiring work into classrooms everywhere. Help the project ignite today’s generation of young people to reboot, refresh, and regenerate our world, by supporting their ambitious crowdfunding campaign. Learn more here.

Thursday November 13, 2014

Special Status for Black-faced Spoonbill Habitat

Birdlife International has listed Jiading Wetland, the wintering habitat for nearly 10 percent of the world’s black-faced spoonbill population, as an International Bird and Biodiversity Area. The internationally recognized status, which was granted based on an application from the Chinese Wild Bird Federation, is used to identify potential wetlands of international importance. While this new status does not automatically protect the wetland from development threats, it may provide local and international organizations, including EII’s Save International, with important leverage in the campaign to halt construction of a new road through the wetland.

Thursday November 13, 2014

Celebrate the Rhythms of Resilience

San Francisco-based arts collective Audiopharmacy will be headlining Bay Localize's fall fundraiser – Reel Rhythms of Resilience– in Oakland tomorrow, November 14. Don't miss the opportunity to celebrate with the Indigenous hip hop ensemble, which will also be releasing its "State of the Heart" live album at the gala. Listen, dance, take in the interactive, multi-disciplinary live arts-audio-visual experience and support the Earth Island project as it shares stories of resilience, environmental justice, and community self-determination through film and music. Event and ticket details here.

Thursday November 13, 2014

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