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Apply for the Goddard Prize!

The New Leaders Initiative, an Earth Island program dedicated to identifying, supporting and sustaining young environmental leaders, is honored to administer the Goddard Prize for Environmental Conservancy. The Goddard Prize is awarded multiple times a year to enterprising young people based in North America who are pursuing environmental projects, and who are looking for funding to bring their ideas to the next level. The New Leaders Initiative is accepting applications for the prize on a rolling basis for an early spring review. Please find the application in English here, and in Spanish here.

Thursday February 4, 2016

The Borneo Project Turns 25

Join The Borneo Project on February 18 to raise a glass in celebration of the EII project’s 25th anniversary! The party will be held at the OCSC Sailing Club at the Berkeley Marina, and will start at 5:30 p.m., just in time to watch the sun set over the San Francisco Bay. The evening will include delicious food, Bornean-themed cocktails, a silent auction, and a blowpipe competition, as well as a short presentation at 7 p.m. Please RSVP by February 11 for this free event. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any questions.

Thursday February 4, 2016

Move to Protect Wolves in Oregon

EII’s Project Coyote and allies, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, have filed a lawsuit challenging Wildlife Services’ authority to kill any of the approximately 81 remaining gray wolves in Oregon. The complaint, filed February 3, contends that the federal agency failed to explain why lethal control measures, implemented on behalf of livestock interests, should replace common sense, proactive, and nonlethal alternatives. Read more here.

Thursday February 4, 2016

Catch Up With Shark Stewards

EII’s Shark Stewards has several fun and educational events coming up this month, starting with a talk by Director David McGuire at Oakland Zoo on Feburary 10, and a volunteer celebration and community gathering at the Presidio in San Francisco on February 11. Then on February 14, the Marin Scuba Club will be hosting a discussion on Shark Stewards’ Malaysian shark campaign at Saylor’s Restaurant and Bar in Sausalito, CA. Learn more about the events here!

Thursday February 4, 2016

Don’t Miss Trailer for A Plastic Ocean

Plastic Pollution Coalition, an Earth Island project,is a proud supporter of Plastic Oceans, a global nonprofit that seeks to change the world's attitude towards plastic within a generation. Plastic Oceans’ biggest project yet has been to assemble a team of the world’s top scientists and leading filmmakers to produce A Plastic Ocean, a powerful documentary that will play a key role in spreading the message to stop plastic pollution to the world. Watch the trailer, released today, and join PPC members and friends worldwide in helping to spread the word about this important film. #PlasticPollutes #APlasticOcean

Thursday February 4, 2016

Merchants of Doubt Screening

Join Earth Island Journal and the David Brower Center on February 24 for a screening of Merchants of Doubt, a documentary that lifts the curtain on pundits-for-hire paid by large corporations to cast doubt on scientific studies and spread confusion about a range of public threats, from toxic chemicals to climate change. The 7 p.m. screening at the David Brower Center in Berkeley will be followed by a conversation on money in politics between Journal editor Maureen Nandini Mitra and MapLight’s Pamela Behrsin. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Thursday February 4, 2016

Transition Earth at the Bay Area Environmental Youth Forum

Transition Earth will be participating in this year’s Bay Area Environmental Youth Forum, a three-day film festival in San Rafael, CA, starting February 8, that empowers students with the most current, progressive, and solution-oriented thinking about the environment. The Earth Island project will be tabling and the event on February 9 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and will engage with high school students via quizzes and resources highlighting human impacts on the planet, and discuss key solutions such as strengthening women’s rights and the rights of Nature. Details here.

Thursday February 4, 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: Thai Officials to Rescue 147 Tigers from Monastery After Investigations Reveal Trafficking. Journal Editor Maureen Nandini Mitra writes about illegal tiger trafficking from Thailand’s famed Tiger Temple, as well as the death threats that have haunted the founder of the conservation group behind the trafficking revelation.

Editors’ Pick: The Fight to Legalize Ferrets in California. Reporter Dayton Martindale examines the campaign to overturn the Golden State’s ban on ferrets, and what impact, if any, legalization might have on wildlife.

Thursday February 4, 2016

Stop Shark Fishing in Malaysia

Shark Stewards is teaming up with underwater artist Ben Von Wong on the Shark Shepherd campaign to increase international support for a ban on shark and ray fishing in Malaysia. The campaign includes an underwater photo shoot with sharks and a film, as well as an online petition in support of a proposal to create shark sanctuaries in Malaysia. The petition has received more than 5,000 signatures in the first three three days. The Earth Island project is also hosting a screening of the Shark Shepherd film at the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival in Fort Mason on March 12. Buy tickets here.

Thursday January 21, 2016

All One Ocean at TEDxMarin

Join EII’s All One Ocean at the fourth annual TEDxMarin New Year Community Gathering and Innovator Showcase next week. The vibrant gathering will foster connection and collaboration within the Marin TED community – no talks will be presented. AOO will be tabling at the event, which is being held on Thursday, January 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Sausalito, CA. Ticket sales will help support AOO’s work. Learn more here.

Thursday January 21, 2016

Memorial for Douglas Tompkins

Tompkins Conservation is hosting a memorial for conservationist and entrepreneur Douglas Tompkins on January 31 at Herbst Pavilion in San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. The event is open to the public. Doors will open at noon, and the seated program will begin at 2 p.m. Read EII board member Ken Brower’s feature recalling the North Face founder’s incredible environmental legacy in Earth Island Journal, and learn more about the event here.

Thursday January 21, 2016

Merchants of Doubt Screening

Join Earth Island Journal and the David Brower Center on February 24 for a screening of Merchants of Doubt, a documentary that lifts the curtain on pundits-for-hire paid by large corporations to cast doubt on scientific studies and spread confusion about a range of public threats, from toxic chemicals to climate change. The 7 p.m. screening at the David Brower Center in Berkeley will be followed by a conversation on money in politics between Journal editor Maureen Nandini Mitra and MapLight’s Pamela Behrsin. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Thursday January 21, 2016

Remembering Sylvia McLaughlin

Earth Island mourns the passing of Sylvia McLaughlin, one of the last surviving founders of Save The Bay, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the San Francisco Bay. McLaughlin, along with two friends, formed the Save San Francisco Bay Association – now Save The Bay – in 1961 in response to a plan by the City of Berkeley to fill 2,000 acres of the bay. She continued to advocate for the Bay even in her nineties. McLaughlin died on January 19 at the age of 99. A public memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 2 at 4 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Berkeley.

Thursday January 21, 2016

Celebrating David Brower

Last night Earth Island Institute cohosted a celebration of David Brower: The making of the Environmental Movement, Tom Turner’s biography of our founder. The event included a conversation between Turner and EII co-Executive Director John Knox on Brower’s leadership within the environmental movement and reflections about Brower by many of his friends and allies. Thank you to all Earth Island members and Brower fans who came out last night and helped make the event a great success!

Thursday January 21, 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: FDA’s Ban of 3 Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging Comes Too Late, Say Critics. Reporter Sharon Kelly writes about the FDA’s ban on three hazardous grease-resistant chemicals and how the chemical industry has already replaced these compounds with new ones that have received little scientific scrutiny.   

Editors’ Pick: Different Destinies at Stake in Oregon. Writer Brook Williams reflects on the ideology of the men behind the siege of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters.

Thursday January 21, 2016

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