Photo of the Earth as seen from space and the words: Earth Island Institute; You are here.Earth Island Institute

Get Involved

HomeGet Involved › IslandWire: News & Action Alerts

IslandWire: News & Action Alerts

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

Get Involved

Subscribe to IslandWire

Please fill out this form to sign up.



On the Road Again With Neil Young

Earth Island Journal will once again be hitting the road with Neil Young and Promise of the Real as they traverse the West Coast on their “Rebel Content Tour” in support of their provocative new album The Monsanto Years. Come hang out with EIJ and fellow independent media colleagues The Nation, Mother Jones, Yes!, Permaculture Magazine and The Funny Times at the "News You Can Trust" booth at the concerts, which run from October 1 through the 17 on or near university campuses. Stops include; Missoula, MT, Spokane, WA, Seattle, WA, Vancouver, BC, Portland, and Eugene, OR, Santa Barbara, CA, Las Vegas, NV, San Diego, Los Angeles, and our home town, Berkeley, CA.

Thursday September 24, 2015

Meet the 2015 Brower Youth Awards Winners

Meet Earth Island Institute’s 16th annual Brower Youth Awards winners: Ryan Camero, Jess Grady-Benson, Dyanna Jaye, Celeste Tinajero, JP Viñals, and Kate Weiner. Read about their outstanding efforts to promote ecological sustainability and social justice here. Celebrate their achievements at the BYA event honoring these bold, young leaders on October 20 in San Francisco. RSVP for the free Awards Ceremony here, or buy tickets for the special pre-BYA ceremony Opening Reception here.

Thursday September 24, 2015

Oppose Logging on Public Lands

On Wednesday, more than 260 scientists from across the country sent a letter to the Senate and President Obama urging them to oppose two public lands logging bills which would be very destructive to forest ecosystems and wildlife on national forests and other federal public forestlands. The bills, HR 2647 and S 1691, which promote widespread logging of burned and unburned forest, mostly in remote areas of federal public forestlands, will not improve forest health, reduce fire risks or protect communities.Please join the scientists in opposing these bills! Call or email your Senator today! If you are in California, Senator Dianne Feinstein 202-224-3841, especially needs to hear that you oppose these bills, or any compromise logging legislation.

Thursday September 24, 2015

Learn About the Power of Collaboration

EII’s Children in Nature Collaborative and Children & Nature Network invite you to a special webinar on September 30 that will teach you how to dramatically increase the impact of your programs and initiatives to connect people to nature by applying four principles for collaboration success. The webinar — presented by Jane Wei-Skillern of the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership at UC Berkeley — offers practical insights for how grassroots leaders can build strong collaborations that produce results that are dramatically greater than any one organization or program could produce alone. Details here.

Thursday September 24, 2015

Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature

For 25 years, Bioneers has connected thousands of people with practical, visionary solutions for humanity's most pressing environmental and social challenges. Join Earth Island Institute at the 2015 conference this October 16-18, 2015 in San Rafael, California, with this $50 off 3-day passes discount code: EARTHISLAND15. Register here.

Thursday September 24, 2015

Urge Jerry Brown to Sign Microbead Ban

The effort to address microbead pollution nearly stalled in the California State Senate amid heavy opposition from manufacturers and cosmetics companies to AB 88 – a bill that would prohibit the sale of personal-care products that contain plastic microbeads, starting in 2020. An amended version of the bill, which exempts biodegradable microbeads, has been passed by state lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown has until October 11 to sign it into law. Please join EII’s Plastic Pollution Coalition in urging the governor to sign the bill and create precedent for the rest of the country.

Thursday September 24, 2015

Kenya’s Water Women

EII’s Global Women's Water Initiative graduates Rosemary Atieno and Catherine Ondele will be featured in Al Jazeera’s new documentary “Kenya’s Water Women,” which will air on Saturday, September 26, on Al Jazeera English at 3:30 pm Pacific Time. Learn about the incredible work these water women are doing and help transform more women from water bearers to water providers and social entrepreneurs by donating to GWWI. Any gift you give will be doubled by a generous donor who has pledged $7,500 in matching funds to support GWWI continue training grassroots women in East Africa to become Water, Sanitation and Hygiene experts. GWWI has until Sept 30 to get the full match.

Thursday September 24, 2015

Bike for Earth Island

Ride your bike and raise money for Earth Island Institute! Earth Island is a charity recipient in the first annual American Bike Challenge (ABC). ABC bicycling participants select a charity, collect dollar-pledges-per-mile, and cycle anytime, anywhere (within the United States), and for any distance between September 21st and October 5th. All funds raised go directly to the selected charity. Are you up for a ride, in support of Earth Island? Sign up now, it's not too late!

Thursday September 24, 2015

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: In Mexico’s Guerrero State, a Battle Is Underway between Indigenous Communities and Drug Cartels. Reporter Jeremy Kryt takes an inside look at the conflict between Native Peoples and narco-traffickers in Mexico's most dangerous state.

Editors’ Pick: Trapped Mountain Lions Plot Daring Escape From LA. Reporter James William Gibson details plans for a network of wildlife corridors to ease the big cats’ genetic bottleneck in the Los Angeles region.

Thursday September 24, 2015

Fearless Advocacy Journalism and Satellites in the High Country

Longtime Earth Island Journal editor Jason Mark has a new book out, Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man. Have a look at his annual letter to our Journal readers here, and make a donation here so that we can continue our tradition of fearless advocacy journalism. If you make a gift of $50 or more you’ll receive a copy of the book. Meet Jason and hear more about the state of wildness in America today at these upcoming author events:

September 30 – Pegasus Books on Shattuck, Berkeley, CA.

October 1 – Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco, CA. Use the promotional code “wild” for a nice discount on tickets.

Learn more about Satellites in the High Country and other author events here. If you can’t make it to one of these events, join Jason on a Google Hangout on Tuesday, Sept 29 at 1 pm EDT/10 am PAC. He’ll take your questions and talk about his new book. Register here.

Thursday September 24, 2015

Dear Friend:

We here at Earth Island Journal are always scanning the horizon to find stories that are overlooked by the mainstream media. This is an essential part of giving you the information you need to be an effective environmental advocate.

So it was a no-brainer for us to dedicate an entire issue  to the Native communities here in North America and across the globe that are defending their traditional lands from environmental destruction. Indigenous communities are often on the frontlines of battles against oil and gas extraction, mining, and other reckless development – and those efforts deserve our attention and our support.

This kind of thoughtful, in-depth journalism takes time and money. Which is why I’m asking that you make a tax-deductible donation today to support Earth Island Journal’s reporting.

We publish the sorts of stories you’ll find few other places. Our special Autumn 2015 issue on the Indigenous movements of resistance and restoration includes a hard-hitting essay by Winona LaDuke, a beautiful piece of writing by Lakota activist Debra White Plume, and conversations with Native leaders like Oren Lyons and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the UN Rapporteur for Indigenous Rights.

Our new special issue is just one of many accomplishments we’ve had in the last year. Other highlights include:

Journal contributing editor Adam Federman’s series of blockbuster exposés about law enforcement monitoring of environmentalists, reporting that has been picked up by The New York Times and Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now!

Journal managing editor Maureen Nandini Mitra’s provocative story about the effort to get legal personhood for animals.

• Christopher Ketcham’s takedown of plans to build two monstrous new mega-resorts near Grand Canyon National Park.

• Plus interviews with farmer-poet-essayist Wendell Berry, oceanographer Sylvia Earle, and National Park Service director Jon Jarvis. 

You can learn more about these successes, and others, in my annual letter to our readers.

We simply can’t do this work without you. Financial support from readers like you makes it possible for us to keep our international network of talented reporters and photographers in the field.

As you know, we’re not shy about having a point of view. At Earth Island Journal we’re committed to “storytelling for social change.” We follow the best principles of journalism – fairness, accuracy, and intellectual rigorousness. But we also have no fear of expressing an opinion. We put our principles next to our reporting to make an argument for protecting the planet and all of its inhabitants.

Please make a donation today so that we can continue our tradition of fearless reporting on the environment. We’re doing the kind of on-the-ground journalism that is essential for giving citizens the information they need to protect the environment.

I appreciate your gift of support so that we can continue this vital work.

Onward ever,

Jason Mark signature

Jason Mark
Earth Island Journal

P.S. If you want to hear more about the state of wildness in America today, please join us at these upcoming Satellites in the High Country author events:

September 30 – Pegasus Books on Shattuck, Berkeley, CA.
October 1 – Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco, CA.
October 11 – Litquake at Lafayette Public Libray, Lafayette, CA.
October 16 – Bioneers conference, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA.

Learn more about Satellites in the High Country and other author events here.

Thursday September 10, 2015

“First-Rate Nature Writing”

Satellites in the High CountryIf you make a gift of $50 or more today, you’ll receive a copy of my new book, Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man.

I’ve been flattered to receive some amazing feedback on the book already. Booklist called it “a fresh, first-rate piece of nature writing and a stirring manifesto calling for the protection and celebration of the true spirit of wild places.” Author Terry Tempest Williams says Satellites in the High Country is a “conversation with sanity.” And Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune called it “an engrossing exploration of the ever-evolving definition of what is ‘wild’ in America.”

Get your copy today!

Thursday September 10, 2015

The Best of the Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite web-only stories from the last two weeks:

Most Popular: After the Frack: Bright Lights in the Middle of Nowhere. Reporter Lana Straub explains how air, light, and noise pollution continue to impact the environment and people living near fracking operations long after the drilling is over.

Editors’ Pick: Poland’s Primeval Forest Has Lost its Staunchest Defender. Cultural anthropologist Eunice Blavascunas pens a tribute to the ecologist Janusz Korbel who played a key role in safeguarding the primeval Bialowieża Forest.

Thursday September 10, 2015

Brower Youth Awards

Earth Island Institute's New Leaders Initiative will present the 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards – the top prize for young environmental leaders in North America – on October 20. RSVP for the FREE BYA Awards Ceremony today. During the month of September we are offering tickets to the special Opening Reception at a reduced rate, available here. Or you can support Earth Island's New Leaders Initiative by joining the 2015 BYA Host Committee.

Meet this year’s 2015 Brower Youth Awards winners! Read the their short bios in the new Journal issue here.

Thursday September 10, 2015

Stop Destructive Logging Bills

This summer Congressional Republicans introduced two destructive logging bills – HR 2647 has passed the House and S 1691 is now pending before the Senate. These bills would suspend environmental laws to dramatically increase clearcutting of ecologically-rich post-fire habitat and old forests. The bill's sponsors argue that commercial "thinning" of forests help prevent wildfires and thus save forests. But that's a lie. Forest biodiversity and wildlife benefit from fires. Call California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer or your own state senators and urge them to oppose S 1691. Go here for more details and to take action.

Thursday August 20, 2015

Older →