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

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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

OFPC Gears Up To Resist Trump

As Donald Trump prepares to take office tomorrow, the Oakland Food Policy Council is organizing resistance to help protect the Oakland community and build power. The Earth Island project is beginning by coordinating Oakland’s participation in the Sanctuary Restaurants project, a national campaign to convince restaurants to identify themselves as safe places that have zero-tolerance policies for sexism, racism, and xenophobia. By joining the project, restaurants agree to contact Restaurant Opportunities Center United for rapid response support to protect workers from harassment, immigration raids, or other issues that may come up during the Trump Administration. OFPC is asking local residents to join the effort by contacting restaurant owners about the project, and using Sanctuary Restaurants as gathering sites for ongoing organizing efforts.

Thursday January 19, 2017

Ethical Traveler Reception

Earth Island's Ethical Traveler invites responsible travelers to its annual reception to honor the winners of the 2017 "Ethical Destinations Awards." The reception will be held at Book Passage bookstore in Corte Madera, CA on Sunday, January 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will enjoy snacks and drinks while they learn about the most ethical travel destinations for 2017 and find the books, maps, and other materials they need to plan a trip! Please note that this invitational event is not listed on Book Passage's public calendar. The Ethical Traveler team hopes to see you there!

Thursday January 19, 2017

Volunteer with Richmond Trees

Did you make a New Year's resolution to do meaningful volunteer work? Do you believe in "think globally, act locally"? Are you looking for a way to get involved in your community? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," please join Richmond Trees on Saturday, January 28 for its next tree planting! The event begins at 9 a.m. in Burg Park in Richmond, CA. Come a little early and enjoy coffee and refreshments. Tools will be provided, so just bring some water, work gloves, and a desire to have fun with neighbors. Additional details.

Thursday January 19, 2017

Women and the Environment

Please join Suzanne York of EII's Transition Earth for a talk with the Women's Environmental Network on Tuesday, January 24 at the SF Environment office in San Francisco. She will address how empowering women and girls is not only central to improving their lives, but also essential for effective and long-lasting community development and conservation. Learn how supporting women's rights and linking multiple sectors can better address the complex connections between humans, their health, and the environment. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. Learn more and register.

Thursday January 19, 2017

Food Shift Is Hiring

EII's Food Shift seeks a part-time production chef & culinary educator for its newly launched Alameda Kitchen program, and is looking for someone with experience and passion for building community through cooking and education. The Alameda Kitchen is reducing waste in our food system, nourishing the local community in Alameda County, and providing jobs and training for people with barriers to employment. In addition to playing a critical role in teaching the program's on-the-job trainees, the chef & educator will also support Food Shift's larger vision of building a self-sustaining social enterprise. Please share this exciting opportunity with any culinary professionals you may know!

Thursday January 19, 2017

SAVE International Visits Hong Kong and Mainland China

SAVE International sent three people to a conference in Hong Kong in December to present its latest research on the endangered black-faced spoonbill. The SAVE delegation visited the renowned Mai Po Nature Reserve, winter home to hundreds of spoonbills. Last spring, the EII project worked with UC Berkeley on plans to mitigate rampant development in China's Xinghua Bay. This site attracts enough of the rare spoonbills to qualify as a Wetland of International Importance but has no formal protection. The three SAVE delegates visited Xinghua Bay during the trip and were dismayed to see development already underway. SAVE has formed a new alliance with Chinese wild bird specialists to protect the spoonbill's remaining habitat in the country.

Thursday January 19, 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: Death of Silicon Valley Grey Foxes Point to Urgent Need for Wildlife Corridors. Reporter Tom Molanphy discusses how DNA bottlenecks and inbreeding have likely made isolated populations of these small carnivores more susceptible to disease.

Editors' Pick: The Maasai, Wildebeest, and a Warming Serengeti. Writer Emma Hutchinson explains why climate change may pose a threat to both pastoralist communities and wildlife in East Africa.

Thursday January 19, 2017

Register for Summer Camp Today

KIDS for the BAY's summer camp registration is now OPEN! The Earth Island project offers weeklong day camp sessions with a variety of themes for Adventurers ages 5-7, Explorers ages 8-10, and Leaders-in-Training ages 11-14. Campers will enjoy hiking in redwood forests, kayaking on the bay, creating nature art, studying aquatic invertebrates, overnight camping trips, and more in nature locations across the San Francisco Bay Area! Drop-off and pick-up locations are in the Berkeley area. Camps are led by year-round KIDS for the BAY staff. Learn more and register today.

Thursday January 19, 2017

Brown Bag with As You Sow’s Andy Behar

In a world where money talks, we need to learn how to use the power of our pocketbooks to influence policy and protect the Earth. Earth Island invites you to join Andrew Behar, CEO of the shareholder advocacy group As You Sow and author of the timely new book The Shareholder Action Guide: Unleash Your Hidden Powers to Hold Corporations Accountable, for a brown bag discussion on January 18 about how empowered investors can unite to fight the Trump agenda; why shareholder advocacy is easier than you think; and how we can easily find out what our money is doing. The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Earth Island conference room at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. Learn more and RSVP.

Thursday January 5, 2017

Women and the Environment

Please join Suzanne York of EII's Transition Earth for a talk with the Women's Environmental Network on January 24 at the SF Environment office in San Francisco. She will address how empowering women and girls is not only central to improving their lives, but also essential for effective and long-lasting community development and conservation. Learn how supporting women's rights and linking multiple sectors can better address the complex connections between humans, their health, and the environment. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. Learn more and register.

Thursday January 5, 2017

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