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

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Understanding Our Wild Neighbors

As part of its Coyote Friendly Communities Program, Project Coyote provides presentations across the San Francisco Bay Area to raise public awareness about coyotes, their role in the ecosystem, and how to reduce negative encounters between coyotes and humans. The Earth Island project's work was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this week. Learn more about peaceful coexistence with coyotes by attending Project Coyote's free public forum on December 12 in Corte Madera, CA.

Thursday December 8, 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: Plastic Bottles and Cave Divers Aid in Quest to Document an Elusive, Subterranean Critter. Wildlife biologist Betsy Howell writes about the Georgia blind salamander, a subterranean species that could be an indicator for the health of the Floridian aquifer but about which little is known.

Editors' Pick: An Immodest Proposal: Make America Beautiful Again. Earth Island Institute board member John de Graaf outlines a path forward for progressives following Donald Trump’s election victory. He argues that it’s time for a large-scale focus on the restoration of America’s damaged ecology.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Burrowing Owls Gain Protections in Florida

In November, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission upgraded the status of the Florida burrowing owl to “threatened” on the state's Endangered and Threatened Species List. Prior to the ruling, South Florida Audubon Society testified on behalf of EII's Urban Bird Foundation in support of the upgrade and presented a pledge of support and collaboration to the commissioners. Urban Bird Foundation is looking forward to continuing burrowing owl conservation efforts in Florida. Learn more about the decision.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Enjoy Italian Food with Food Shift

Please join Earth Island's Food Shift on Sunday December 11 for the Italian Street Food Festival in West Berkeley from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Festival-goers will enjoy authentic Italian food and live music, and all proceeds will benefit Food Shift's work to reduce waste and nourish the community. Join the event on Facebook, share news about the event with friends, and buy your tickets now. Also, don't miss Food Shift director Dana Franz's recent interview on NPR.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Activist of the Year

George Wuerthner, director of Earth Island's new Public Lands Media project, recently received the Activist of the Year award from the Fund for Wild Nature. Wuerthner has published 38 books on natural history and wildlands conservation. As a writer and ecologist, his new project will provide ecologically informed insights into public lands issues including wildfire ecology, forest ecology, park and wilderness protection, and energy issues. Email him to learn more about his work.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Are You Ready for a Power Shift?

Join EII's California Student Sustainability Coalition and young climate and social justice leaders from all over the West Coast from November 11 to 13 for a weekend of workshops, trainings, and movement-building at the Power Shift Convergence in Berkeley, CA. Don't wait – register today! In a critical year for our democracy and our climate, Power Shift 2016 will be a space to train young climate leaders, help amplify the voice and power of local communities, and leverage that power to help the climate justice movement win at the national level. Find out more about Power Shift 2016.

Thursday November 10, 2016

Benefit for Project Coyote

Project Coyote is hosting a holiday benefit party in Mill Valley, CA on December 15 in celebration of native carnivores, compassionate conservation, and community coexistence.The event will feature the work of honored guests Dan Flores, bestselling author of Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History, and Daniel Dietrich, award-winning wildlifephotographer. Attendees will view a trailer of Project Coyote's upcoming documentary film exposing wildlife-killing contests; learn about the Earth Island Project's work on behalf of native carnivores; and enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres and wine. Proceeds will support Project Coyote's work. Additional information and tickets.

Thursday November 10, 2016

Plastics BAN

Curious about the worst plastic products sold in California?Earth Island's Plastic Pollution Coalition is excited to share a new resource: The Plastics BAN (Better Alternatives Now) List – launched by 5 Gyres Institute, Clean Production Action, Surfrider Foundation, and UPSTREAM – identifies the most harmful plastic products on the market in the Golden State and suggests readily-available alternatives.The top 15 plastic offenders include food wrappers and containers, plastic bottle caps, and plastic bags. Read the full report.

Thursday November 10, 2016

Homecoming Celebration with RFRS

Join Real Food Real Stories on December 1 at 6:30 p.m. for the Earth Island project's first annual homecoming celebration. RFRS storytellers, partners, and community members will come togetherfor a warm, interactive evening to reconnect and celebrate in a private San Francisco home. The party will launch RFRS's year-end fundraiser (which officially starts on #GivingTuesday). Guests will gather around a seasonal meal, enjoy ugly but perfect produce on the grill, and partake in s'mores around the fire pit. More information and tickets.

Thursday November 10, 2016

Visit EII at San Francisco Green Festival

The Green Festival Expo is back in San Franciscoat Pier 35 fromNovember 11 to 13. The festival will feature more than 250 exhibitors and over 100 inspirational speakers and experts.Come discover the latest trends in sustainable living and plant-based diets, sample local vegan and vegetarian food, enjoy free yoga and cooking demos, and shop for products that are good for your health and the planet. Entry for kids 16 and under is free and there are special discounts for students, seniors, and veterans/military families. Tickets and additional information.

Thursday November 10, 2016

Food Shift is Hiring

Food Shift is hiring a Production Chef/Culinary Educator for the Alameda Kitchen and is also looking to fill several other paid and volunteer positions – please help spread the word! Please also join the EII project on December 11 to celebrate the Italian Street Food Festival in West Berkeley from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Festival-goers will enjoy REAL Italian food and live music. All proceeds will benefit Food Shift! Contact Dana Franz if you'd like to volunteer with Food Shift at the event.

Thursday November 10, 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: Dolphins Illegally Captured in Solomon Islands Returned to Ocean Following Police Raid. Katherine Hanly, a researcher with EII's International Marine Mammal Project, discusses the capture of 30-plus cetaceans in the South Pacific Ocean that were likely destined for captivity and their eventual release back into the wild.

Editors' Pick: A Prayer on Life on Day of the Dead. Activist and writer Janaki Jagannath examines how decades of heavy pesticide use in California's Central Valley has drastically reduced life expectancy in local communities and why the California Water Board must finally regulate 1,2,3, TCP, a dangerous fumigant pesticide byproduct.

Thursday November 10, 2016

Thank You for Celebrating the Brower Youth Awards

The 17th annual Brower Youth Awards was a wonderful event! Big thanks to the judges, volunteers, Earth Island staff and board members, teachers, students, and everyone else who joined us for the evening - and of course, to our six amazing 2016 winners. The awards ceremony in San Francisco last week was full of exciting and inspiring testimonials from the next generation of environmental leaders. Videos from the evening will be posted to the BYA website soon. If you would like to help us continue to support young environmental leaders, please consider making a gift to support EII's New Leaders Initiative - all donations received by the end of October will be matched by a generous donor.

Thursday October 27, 2016

Are You Ready for a Power Shift?

posterJoin EII's California Student Sustainability Coalition and young climate and social justice leaders from all over the West Coast November 11-13 for a weekend of workshops, trainings, and movement-building at the Power Shift Convergence in Berkeley, CA. Don't wait - register today! In a critical year for our democracy and our climate, Power Shift 2016 will be a space to train young climate leaders, help amplify the voice and power of local communities, and leverage that power to help the climate justice movement win at the national level. Find out more about Power Shift in 2016!

Thursday October 27, 2016

Educating Voters about Coyotes

posterProject Coyote's full-page Be Coyote Aware flyer will be included in San Francisco's Voter Information Pamphlets for the November election and will reach more than 450,000 voters! The Earth Island project has worked with the City of San Francisco and Animal Care & Control to develop a suite of educational tools including a door hanger with a QR code that links to a PSA and a Coyote Dog flyer that offers tips on being a responsible dog guardian, especially during pupping season. Explore Project Coyote's Coyote Friendly Communities program to learn more.

Thursday October 27, 2016

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