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Refill Revolution at Bonnaroo

The 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee produced more than 679 tons of waste over four days. That's 15 pounds of waste per festival-goer — nearly twice the average amount a US consumer produces daily. The biggest component of that waste was single-use disposable plastic like water bottles, beer cups, and food wrappers. The good news is that musicians and festivals are committing to reduce their plastic and carbon footprints, both on stage and behind the scenes. Join EII’s Plastic Pollution Coalition and Bonnaroo at this year’s festival in June for the Refill Revolution, a program that helps festival-goers reduce plastic waste and pollution! Read more about this campaign in Rolling Stone.

Thursday May 26, 2016

Something Wild

Join Earth Island for its "Something Wild" dinner on Saturday, June 11 to celebrate more than three decades of innovative achievements and learn more about the Institute's plans to continue growing environmental leadership. The festive evening event at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California will draw on the concept of the “wildness within,” which EII founder David Brower so often wrote and spoke of. Guests will enjoy delicious food and a talk by guest of honor, Joanna Macy, a treasured and distinguished elder in the environmental community. More details and tickets.

Thursday May 26, 2016

KIDS for the BAY Field Trips

Investigating rocky shorelines, discovering green sea anemones, and spotting birds are just a few of the fun, hands-on science activities students enjoy on KIDS for the BAY field trips. This spring, the Earth Island project helped 1,630 East Bay elementary school students connect with nature in creek, bay, delta, and ocean habitats. Learn more about KIDS for the BAY’s exciting new community-building field trips for schools this fall, or sign your kids up for the last few nature-based summer camp spaces. And don’t forget to check out KIDS for the BAY’s Spring E-Newsletter.

Thursday May 26, 2016

Standing Up for Endangered Science

Last week EII’s Project Coyote joined forces with the Union of Concerned Scientists to submit a petition to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker asking the federal government to live up the standards of the Endangered Species Act and base wildlife management decisions on the best available science. The petition follows several alarming decisions by the Department of the Interior, including a 2014 declaration that gray wolves were recovered nationwide, that not only omitted independent scientific review, but also rejected the recommendations of agency biologists. Nearly 1,000 US scientists and scholars signed the petition. Read more.

Thursday May 26, 2016

Hemp History Week

Celebrate the upcoming seventh annual Hemp History Week this June with EII’s Hempstead Project HEART! Learn about the myriad uses and benefits of industrial hemp at the “Makers and Tasters” event at the Oakland Museum of California on Friday, June 3 at 6 p.m. Hempstead Project HEART’s Linda Delair and Annalisa Rush of HempX.net will speak about hemp, sustainability, and California’s “Green Rush,” accompanied by raw fiber and textile displays. Hemp foods and apparel will also be available. The event is free and open to the public. More details.

Thursday May 26, 2016

Book Launch with Barbara Boxer

Join Earth Island's International Marine Mammal Project and Senator Barbara Boxer for a book launch event at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley on Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m. IMMP is partnering with Hachette Books and the Brower Center for this event, which will celebrate Senator Boxer's new book, The Art of Tough, and honor her environmental achievements. Learn more and reserve your tickets before they run out! This is a FREE event, but guests are encouraged to donate $30 or more to IMMP to receive a signed copy of Senator Boxer's book. Email Mary Jo Rice for details.

Thursday May 26, 2016

Swim With Mermaids

It’s almost time to get your mermaid on! Join Earth Island’s All One Ocean on June 12 for the Mermaid Festival at the Mill Valley Community Center in Marin County, California. The festival, which will begin at 1 p.m., will include an art show, face painting, and swimming with live mermaids. If you’re interested in volunteering at the event, email Tracy. See you there!

Thursday May 26, 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: Flame Retardant Exposure Poses a Significant Health Risk to Women. Reporter Elizabeth Grossman examines new research linking exposure to toxic flame retardant chemicals to thyroid problems in women.

Editors' Pick: The Real Threat to Europe’s Last Primeval Forest: Bark Beetles or Undemocratic Politicians? Journal contributor Eunice Blavascunas delves into a controversial proposal to log Poland’s ancient Białowieża forest that has pit environmentalists and the scientific community against logging interests and the country’s right-wing government.

Thursday May 26, 2016

Food Shift Is Hiring

Food Shift is looking to hire two people to join its Oakland team! The Fundraising and Grants Coordinator will play a critical role in raising funds to launch and sustain the Alameda Kitchen, among other Food Shift programs. The Communications and Outreach Coordinator will play a critical role in promoting the Alameda Kitchen, engaging the community, and communicating with the public about Food Shift’s work. Both positions are based in Oakland, California, and are VISTA volunteer positions with small stipends. The deadline to apply is June 1, 2016. Learn more about the positions.

Thursday May 26, 2016

Something Wild

Earth Island's "Something Wild" dinner on Saturday, June 11 will celebrate  three decades of innovative achievements and share the Institute's plans to continue growing environmental leadership. The evening event at the David Brower Center in Berkeley will draw on the inspiration of EII founder David Brower, who so often drew upon his "wildness within." Guests will enjoy delicious food, hear from members of the Earth Island team, and gain insight from a brief talk by guest of honor, Joanna Macy, a treasured veteran of the environmental community. Details and tickets.

Thursday May 12, 2016

Apply for the Brower Youth Awards

The Brower Youth Awards 2016 deadline is Monday May 16th! Don't miss this chance for your environmental project and leadership to be recognized. The annual awards are given to six young people based in North America, ages 13 to 22, who show outstanding environmental leadership. Now in its 17th year, the BYA prize includes a $3,000 cash award, a professionally produced short film about the winner, and a weeklong leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area that culminates in a public award ceremony. Learn more and apply. And mark your calendars for October 18 to join us for the award ceremony!

Thursday May 12, 2016

Tell The EPA To Stop Poisoning Wildlife

The US EPA is re-registering several dangerous second-generation rodenticides – the very worst of the worst – this year. In 2014, the EPA pulled these same products from consumer shelves due to the "unacceptable risk" they pose to non-target wildlife. A public comment period on the re-registration ends on June 10. Please join EII's Raptors Are the Solution in taking a stand against these dangerous products. Take a few minutes to tell the EPA you want to see these "one feeding kills" type poisons banned completely because they continue to poison wildlife, pets, and children. Comment on four different rodenticides – brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difenacoum, and difethialone. (You have to comment separately for each rodenticide.)

Thursday May 12, 2016

Supperclub with Keba Konte

Join EII's Real Food Real Stories on May 26 for an unforgettable supperclub with Keba Konte, founder of Red Bay Coffee, at his brand new warehouse in Oakland's Fruitvale district. Meet fellow coffee enthusiasts and learn more about how Konte became one of the first black coffee roasters in the country and is now committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive coffee culture. Jazz records will be deejayed by chef and author Bryant Terry, winner of the 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award. An East Bay chef will curate a story-inspired meal. More information and tickets here.

Thursday May 12, 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: One in Five of World's Plant Species at Risk of Extinction. Journalist Damian Carrington reports on how risks to global flora are putting food and medicine supplies at risk.

Editors' Pick: The Fall and Resurrection of the Vosso Salmon. Author Kevin Bailey weaves a compelling narrative about the collapse of Norway's Vosso salmon fishery and examines how biologists are racing to revive the "king of fish."

Thursday May 12, 2016

Book Launch with Barbara Boxer

Join Earth Island's International Marine Mammal Project and Senator Barbara Boxer for a book launch event at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley on Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m. IMMP is partnering with Hachette Books and the Brower Center for this event, which will celebrate Senator Boxer's new book and honor her environmental achievements. Learn more and reserve your tickets before they run out! This is a FREE event, but guests are encouraged to donate $30 or more to IMMP to receive a copy of Senator Boxer's new hardback book, The Art of Tough, which she will sign for you personally. Email Mary Jo Rice with any questions.

Thursday May 12, 2016

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