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Limited Space Still Available for Summer Camp for Social Change

Youth Empowered Action (YEA) Camp, an EII project, is gearing up for its seventh annual life-changing leadership camp for teens who want to change the world! Campers age 12 to 17 select a specific social justice issue to focus on during their week at camp, where they develop concrete advocacy skills, learn more about the intersections between different social justice issues, and make like-minded friends. After a week, they will leave camp with an action plan to make a difference when they go home. Youth from across the country will attend camps in California, Oregon, and upstate New York in July and August. Learn more and register here!

Thursday May 28, 2015

All One Ocean Educates Students in Hawaii

EII project All One Ocean partnered up with the National Park Service and National Geographic for the Biodiversity University segment at BioBlitz last week. At the event, which took place in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, All One Ocean educated more than 400 students with entertaining rounds of “Tower of Life,” and innovative game that teaches players about the amazing marine biodiversity in Hawai’i and the interconnected nature of the oceans. Learn more about BioBlitz 2015 and check out photos here!

Thursday May 28, 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: Kinder Morgan Paid Pennsylvania Police Department to ‘Deter Protests.’ Journal contributing editor Adam Federman exposes that Kinder Morgan paid a local police department to patrol a controversial pipeline upgrade, an arrangement the ACLU calls “flat out unconstitutional.”

Editors’ Pick: Why Edward Abbey Still Matters. Ben A. Minteer explores the life and writing of Edward Abbey, finding that in the age of humans, there is much to learn from Abbey and his view that just because we can manipulate the wild doesn’t mean we should.

Thursday May 28, 2015

Earth Island Journal Exposes FBI Wrongdoing

This week EIJ exposed that the FBI violated its own rules while spying on Keystone XL pipeline opponents in a blockbuster story reported by Journal contributing editor Adam Federman. On Wednesday, Federman appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss the article, which was produced in partnership with The Guardian. The story was also picked up by several major US news outlets including The New York Times. Investigative reporting like this takes time and money. Please become a Journal subscriber today. Your financial support will allow us to continue to shine a spotlight on law enforcement overreach. By making a donation to our Green Journalism Fund, you’ll help ensure that Federman and other Journal reporters keep doing essential fact-finding on environmental issues.  

Thursday May 14, 2015

Get Ready for the San Francisco Green Film Festival!

Earth Island Institute and Earth Island Journal are proud to be partnering once again with the San Francisco Green Film Festival. Celebrating its fifth year, the festival will screen 60 films throughout the Bay Area from May 28 to June 3. This year’s lineup of inspiring movies includes best feature winner Bikes vs. Cars, best short winner Beyond Recognition, and the SF premiere of The Cove filmmaker Louie Psihoyos’s Racing to Extinction. On June 2, you can also join EII at the David Brower Center in Berkeley for the Journal-sponsored screening of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Movie. To get more details and view the full screening calendar, visit the SFGFF website. We'll see you at the movies!

Thursday May 14, 2015

GWWI Shortlisted for the 2015 Humanitarian Water and Food Award

EII’s Global Women's Water Initiative has been shortlisted for the 2015 Humanitarian Water and Food Award (WAF). GWWI is among just 12 organizations from around the world to be shortlisted. Finalists will be invited to the 2015 award event in Milan this June. Based in Copenhagen, WAF promotes global best practices in water and food security initiatives.

Thursday May 14, 2015

Black-Faced Spoonbill Numbers Are Up

The results of the 2015 international black-faced spoonbill census are out. The annual census, performed in January, found an all-time high of 3,272 black-faced spoonbills, a 20 percent increase from 2014. SAVE International’s diligent work with local partners in Taiwan has secured protections for the spoonbill’s major wintering grounds there. Taiwan remains the largest wintering ground of this coastal Asian bird, accommodating 62 percent of the population. SAVE International will continue work to protect the spoonbill through its research collaboration with UC Berkeley and on-the-ground efforts in Taiwan.

Thursday May 14, 2015

Shark Stewards Participates in Kids Ocean Day

On May 8, EII’s Shark Stewards joined over 700 students on Kids Ocean Day as part of the Shark Watch citizen science education and conservation program. Sponsored by the California Coastal Commission and the San Francisco Marine Science Institute, the event included a beach cleanup with youth from underserved schools at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Afterwards, participants drew a giant leopard shark in the sand. You can learn more about our fun day at the beach here!

Thursday May 14, 2015

Coyotes In Your Community?

Project Coyote helps communities across North America learn to coexist with their coyote neighbors by providing educational materials, working with local jurisdictions to implement non-lethal management plans, and hosting workshops and educational forums. Visit our website to find an event near you, or go to our YouTube page for videos like this one of Randi Feilich, Project Coyote’s Southern California representative, talking about coexisting with coyotes on the May 10 Midday Sunday Show on Fox 11 Los Angeles.

Thursday May 14, 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: Media Bias for Biomass Energy? Josh Schlossberg investigates unbalanced media coverage of biomass energy in the US, examining why many media outlets fail to mention the negative environmental and health impacts of this alternative fuel source.

Editors’ Pick: Revealed: FBI Violated Its Own Rules While Spying on Keystone XL Opponents. Journal contributing editor Adam Federman exposes that the FBI failed to get the necessary approval before cultivating informants and opening files on Keystone XL protesters in Texas.  

Thursday May 14, 2015

Don’t Miss Gemma Bulos on the Bay Area’s ABC7 News!

On May 10, Gemma Bulos, executive director of EII’s Global Women's Water Initiative, will appear on the Emmy award-winning community affairs TV program Beyond the Headlines, hosted by ABC7/KGO Anchor Cheryl Jennings. Joined by Mills College President Alecia DeCoudreaux, Bulos will talk about Women, Water and the World on this special Mother’s Day show. Tune in to ABC7/KGO at 4:30 pm PDT, May 10!

Thursday April 30, 2015

Give Big to Safe Food and Fertilizer

EII’s Safe Food and Fertilizer (SFF) is participating in the Seattle Foundation's GiveBIG fundraising event! All donations made through the GiveBIG website between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on May 5 are eligible for prorated matching funds. Your donation will help SFF continue its work to end the application of sewage sludge to Washington state forests and farmland. This is a one-day event, so mark your calendars and GiveBIG on May 5!

Thursday April 30, 2015

Final Performance of the Planet Earth New Play Festival

Planet Earth Arts, an initiative of EII’s Sustainable World Coalition, presents the final performance of its Spring 2015 Planet Earth New Play Festival this Friday, May 1. SF Weekly called this powerful evening of bold stage readings by the Bay Area’s finest actors, “Amazing…a talented display of beauty, rage, physical comedy and striking use of language.” The play will begin at 8 p.m. at the University of California, Berkeley Wheeler Auditorium. Additional details here.

Thursday April 30, 2015

Shark Stewards Co-Founds New Alliance to Protect Sharks in Borneo

EII’s Shark Stewards recently helped launch the Sabah Shark Alliance to protect Malaysian sharks and rays in the waters of Borneo. Malaysia is home to more than 62 species of sharks and rays, which are under threat from overfishing, habitat loss, and the shark fin trade. Studies show that over one-third of large oceanic shark species in Malaysia are threatened with extinction. The Sabah Shark Alliance is developing an action plan to tackle this pressing issue.

Thursday April 30, 2015

John Muir Project Launches New Website

EII’s John Muir Project is excited to announce the launch of its new website at www.johnmuirproject.org. The new site chronicles all of the project’s endeavors, including a recently filed petition to list the California spotted owl as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Check out the new website to learn more about, and support John Muir Project’s work!

Thursday April 30, 2015

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