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The Chilkat Challenge Triathlon

EII's Alaska Clean Water Advocacy (ACWA) is hosting the first Chilkat Challenge Triathalon, a 40-mile paddle/cycle/run along Southeast Alaska's Chilkat River on July 16. The triathlon is poised to become one of the great races of the last frontier. But it will be more than just a test of skill, strength, and stamina in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. ACWA is sponsoring the raceto raise awareness of the importance of protecting the Chilkat River and the fish, eagles, bears, and people of the Chilkat Valley who have depended on the river's wild salmon runs for more than a thousand years. Learn more about how to enter the race, become a sponsor, or donate outdoor gear.

Thursday February 16, 2017

Apply for the Brower Youth Awards

Earth Island's Brower Youth Awards is now accepting applications for its 2017 awardees! The annual awards are given to six young people based in North America, ages 13 to 22, who show outstanding leadership in their involvement with high impact, replicable, and relevant environmental projects. Now in its 18th year, the prize includes a $3,000 cash award, a professionally produced short film about the winner, and a week-long leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area that culminates in a public awards ceremony. Learn more and apply.

Thursday February 16, 2017

Bring the Oysters Back

The Wild Oyster Project is holding a fundraiser on March 2 at 6 p.m. at El Rio, a neighborhood bar on Mission Street in San Francisco. Admission is free, donations are welcome, and yes, the Earth Island project will be serving oysters fresh from Tomales Bay! Join The Wild Oyster Project for this fun night and learn more about San Francisco Bay's native oysters and what you can do to save them. Additional details.

Thursday February 16, 2017

The John Muir Project Is Hiring

Given the current administration's unrelenting attack on the environment, now more than ever, the John Muir Project needs a steady presence in Washington, DC. To that end, the Earth Island project is seeking a "Forest Protection Advocate, Lobbyist, and Grassroots Organizer" to educate federal legislators on the importance of protecting our nation's forests and to push for legislative changes that will permanently protect these areas. The position will be based in DC, and will include travel to congressional districts and western forests. Learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Thursday February 16, 2017

Tree Planting in Richmond

Hey, Richmond Trees friends! It's time to come together and do some good in the Richmond, CA community. Join Earth Island's Richmond Trees on February 26 from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at Burg Park in Richmond to plant 15 street trees in the surrounding neighborhood. Bring a water bottle, a pair of gloves, and a shovel if you have one. Everything else you need to plant a tree will be provided. The event is kid-friendly, and Richmond Trees will provide coffee, water, pastries, and fruit for volunteers. Please RSVP at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you can, or just come on by to join! Additional details.

Thursday February 16, 2017

KIDS for the BAY Seeks Camp Leaders

Do you, or someone you know, love teaching children and spending time outdoors? (http://kidsforthebay.org/) KIDS for the BAY is looking for (http://kidsforthebay.org/about-us/job-opportunities/) Summer Camp Leaders and Summer Camp Assistant Leaders to join their team. Please pass these opportunities along to anyone you think would be interested. Summer camp registration is also open! The Earth Island project offers one-week day camp sessions with a variety of themes for Adventurers ages 5 to 7, Explorers ages 8 to 10, and Leaders-in-Training ages 11 to 14. (http://kidsforthebay.org/summer-camp/) Learn more and register today.

Thursday February 16, 2017

The Power of Our Pocketbooks

Do you, or someone you know, love teaching children and spending time outdoors? KIDS for the BAY is looking for Summer Camp Leaders and Summer Camp Assistant Leaders to join their team. Please pass these opportunities along to anyone you think would be interested. Summer camp registration is also open! The Earth Island project offers one-week day camp sessions with a variety of themes for Adventurers ages 5 to 7, Explorers ages 8 to 10, and Leaders-in-Training ages 11 to 14. Learn more and register today.

Thursday February 16, 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: Delmarva Fox Squirrel Continues to Do Well a Year After Endangered Species Act Delisting. Reporter Mark Hendricks discusses the Delmarva fox squirrel's recovery and explains how biologists are monitoring the species under a post-delisting plan to ensure its numbers remain stable. 

Editors' Pick: The Planet Needs Radical Compassion. Writer Victoria Clayton explores how action built upon care and concern for all human and nonhuman beings can lend power to the environmental movement.

Thursday February 16, 2017

Linking Conservation and Health

Join EII's Transition Earth for a workshop with experts in conservation, health, and community development at the 35th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, Oregon from March 2 to 5. This free annual conference brings together thousands of activists, students, and professionals to advance efforts for environmental and social justice. Transition Earth's panel on March 3 will focus on how linking conservation, health, and community development issues can address the needs of the more than 1.5 billion people living in the world's biodiversity hotspots. Register for the conference today.

Thursday February 16, 2017

In Solidarity

From his orders to revive the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines to his bans on immigration, Donald Trump’s first two weeks in office have brought heartbreaking news to those fighting for the environment, and for justice and equality. Earth Island Institute stands in solidarity with all those who are threatened by the current administration’s policies, including immigrants, communities of color, women, LGBTQ communities, Indigenous communities, Muslims, and our nonhuman fellow beings. We remain committed to working towards a healthy and just world where all people and nature can thrive, and we will continue to honor, support, and encourage creative solutions to make that vision possible.

Thursday February 2, 2017

RATS in LA

Look out for Raptors Are the Solution (RATS) posters in Los Angeles bus shelters through the end of February. The Earth Island project is running a public awareness campaign about the dangers that rat poison continues to pose to mountain lions and other wildlife. New data just released by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife shows that, as RATS predicted, wildlife deaths have not decreased since second generation poisons were pulled from consumer shelves in July 2014. The reason is simple: The pest control industry was exempted from the regulations after convincing the state that “professionally” placed poisons wouldn’t harm wildlife – as if an animal cares who poisons it. RATS continues to fight for a ban on all rat poisons and for regulations to close this horrible loophole. Read more.

Thursday February 2, 2017

Celebrate with the Borneo Project

Join the Borneo Project on February 16 to raise a glass in celebration of the organization’s 26th anniversary. The Earth Island project has been standing in solidarity with the communities of Borneo for 26 years – that’s something to celebrate! The party will start at 5:30 p.m. at the OCSC Sailing Club at the Berkeley Marina, just in time to watch the sun set over the San Francisco Bay. There will be delicious food catered by Wendy Brucker of Rivoli restaurant, Bornean themed cocktails, a short film, and good company. Please RSVP by February 11. Tickets are free!

Thursday February 2, 2017

The Downsides of Bioplastics

Use of bioplastics – plastics derived in part or in full from biomass or that are biodegradable – has been on the rise in recent years. The bioplastics industry has used green-sounding credentials to position bioplastics as part of the solution for reducing fossil fuel use and solving ever-growing plastic pollution and marine litter issues. There is clear evidence, however, that bioplastics do not solve many of these problems and in fact may create new ones. Read more about the problems associated with bioplastics and join EII’s Plastic Pollution Coalition in fight against plastic pollution. Sign the petition to ban the use of plastic packaging for organic produce.

Thursday February 2, 2017

Saving Nature with a Stethoscope

Join EII’s Transition Earth for a workshop with experts in conservation, health, and community development at the 35th Annual Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene, Oregon March 2 to 5. This free annual conference brings together thousands of activists, students, and professionals to advance efforts for environmental and social justice. Transition Earth’s panel will focus on how linking conservation, health, and community development issues can address the needs of the more than 1.5 billion people living in the world’s biodiversity hotspots – areas that house highly-endangered flora and fauna that are also under intense human pressure. The panel date is yet to be determined. Register for the conference today.

Thursday February 2, 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:Safeguarding the Karnali River. Environmental activist Gary Wockner discusses how Nepal’s last free-flowing river is threatened by a massive dam and what conservationists are doing to save it.

Editors' Pick: Samburu Warriors Are Safeguarding Kenya’s Lions. Reporter Kari Mutu writes about Ewaso Lions, a community-based nonprofit that engages pastoralists in conservation work to reduce human-wildlife conflicts.

Thursday February 2, 2017

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