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Help Stop Logging in the Sierra

EII’s John Muir Project director, Dr. Chad Hanson’s spring visit to the Rim fire in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains confirmed what scientists now know: Fire-burned areas are the most biodiverse and wildlife-rich ecosystems in Western forests. Listen to Hanson talk about his findings here and read his Earth Island Journal report on how the forest is coming back to life. Despite this good news, the US Forest Service is planning a massive logging project that would destroy over 40,000 acresof rare habitat. Please email Susan Skalski, Supervisor, Stanislaus National Forest by June 14 and urge her to withdraw the logging proposal and protect the snag forest habitat created by the Rim fire.

Thursday June 5, 2014

World Ocean Day Celebration

Celebrate the world’s oceans on Sunday, June 8, with EII’s Shark Stewards and the Mt. Tamalpais Ocean Conservation Club at the Mount Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, CA. The noon to 5 p.m. event will feature live music, ukulele lesson, ocean games and much more. Details here.

Thursday June 5, 2014

Check Out Earth Island Journal’s Summer Issue

The Summer issue of Earth Island Journal is now on newsstands and online. Among dispatches and reports from around the world, the magazine includes, a special investigative report on the huge spike in oil trains crisscrossing the US and Canada with volatile cargo and the danger this represents for towns and cities en route, a deep dive into the ongoing water war in Texas, and a compelling feature on Native Americans and environmentalists efforts to block a massive iron ore mine in Wisconsin’s picturesque Northwoods. Investigative journalism like the kind you’ll find in this issue this takes time, hard work and resources. Read EIJ editor Jason Mark’s letter describing the work we do and subscribe or buy a copy at the newsstand and donate to our Green Journalism Fund, to help cover the costs of paying writers, photographers, illustrators, and artists whose work we feature in our print and online magazines.

Thursday June 5, 2014

Raptor Conservation in Altai

The Altai Republic is home to significant populations of large raptors, a number of which are endangered in Russia. EII’s The Altai Project is particularly concerned with the fate of steppe eagles and Saker falcons. Working in collaboration with Siberian Environmental Center, the project has been supporting efforts to protect and study these awesome birds of prey since 2011. Read more about their work here.

Thursday June 5, 2014

Stories of Resilience and Ingenuity

EII’s Project Survival Media, has just released two short films that tell stories of survival and ingenuity in the face of climate change. One film shows how a Massai village near the foothills of Mount Kilmanjaro in Kenya is powering its homes with solar energy. The other film focuses on the water crisis in West Virginia following Elk River chemical spill in January 9. Watch both the films and share them with your network of friends and family.

Thursday June 5, 2014

West Coast Leadership Training

Join EII’s Generation Waking Up and a diverse network of students, activists, artists, entrepreneurs, educators, and young changemakers from across the West Coast for an exciting leadership training for young people, ages 16 to 30, in Ojai, CA, starting June 25. The weeklong training has been designed for youth committed to transforming our world at the intersections of environmental sustainability, social justice, and human thriving. Learn more and apply for the training here.

Thursday June 5, 2014

Spoonbills Struggle for Survival

Eighty percent of the Songdo Tidal Flat habitat in South Korea has been lost to infill in recent years. Lacking alternatives, a 92 feet wide artificial island in the middle of an industrial pond has become one of the most densely populated black-faced spoonbill breeding habitats in the world. The Incheon BFS Network reports that the island’s spoonbill population has skyrocketed from 72 in 2009 to 243 (10 percent of the world population) in 2013. However, the pond’s polluted water is suspected to have caused the death of 20 juveniles and one adult on the island in 2013 and the birds have to fly greater distances to forage. EII’s SAVE International continues to monitor the situation for opportunities to protect remaining habitat.

Thursday June 5, 2014

Community Garden Workshop

Interested in propagating your own plants? Learn all about it at EII’s Nature in the City’s half-day plant propagation workshop at the White Crane Springs Community Garden this Saturday, June 7.

Thursday June 5, 2014

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 few weeks:

Most Popular: California Moves to Ban Plastic Mircobeads in Personal Care Products. A Journal media partner, EcoWatch, report on how California’s bill sets a national precedent for holding companies liable for products that harm aquatic species.

Editors’ Pick: Despite Bakken Crude Train Derailments, Details About Oil Shipments Hard to Come By. Journal contributing editor Adam Federman writes about railway companies’ reluctance to share basic information towns and cities need to prepare for emergencies.

Thursday June 5, 2014

Call for Artists

Are you a local artist interested in having your artwork on a utility box? EII’s Streets Alive! Is looking for more than a dozen artists for their public art project in the city of San Leandro, CA. Artists chosen for this project will receive a stipend of $500-$750. The deadline for submissions is June 13. Details here. More more information call Ariana Katovich @ 510.859.9154 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday June 5, 2014

Green Films that Inspire

The San Francisco Green Film Festival kicks off on May 29 with 60 new films from 21 countries to inform, inspire, and motivate you to action for the environment. Earth Island Journal editor Jason Mark will lead a panel discussion at the June 1 screening of Watermark and Postcard from the Sacramento Delta. Also, on June 1, David McGuire of EII’s Shark Stewards join other ocean experts on the panel after the screening of The Last Ocean and Most Endangered Species in the Bay: The Waterman. Check out the roster of films and buy your tickets today!

Thursday May 22, 2014

SWC Anniversary Gala

Please join EII’s Sustainable World Coalition for an elegant and inspiring evening celebrating 10 years of being on the forefront of sustainability education and engagement. The new edition of the Sustainable World Sourcebook will be launched at this special tenth anniversary event at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA, on Sunday, June 1. Randy Hayes, director of Foundation Earth, and founder of EII alumnae organization, Rainforest Action Network , and Ben Schick of Pachamama Alliance will speak at the event. To register for the celebration, go here.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Challenging Greenwashing

A new EII project, Greenwash Action, a joint initiative of Sierra Club and Greenpeace, launched on May 14, with a mission is to support progress toward a healthy, biodiverse, climate-stable world. The project will defend programs that represent true environmental leadership and challenge special interests that use greenwash to hinder change. Environmental leadership programs have transformed markets in two key sectors – building design and construction and forestry and forest products. But these leadership programs are now under serious threat because of the special interests like the chemicals, plastics, and timber industries. Greenwash Action has issued an open sign-on letter addressed to the board of the Green Building Initiative, expressing concern about how these programs are being undermined.

Thursday May 22, 2014

A Win Against Rat Poisons

A San Diego County Superior Court has ruled that California’s ban on four of the worst rat poisons can take effect on July 1. Reckitt Benckiser, which makes d-Con, the maker of one of the banned poisons, had sued to stop the ban. The issue will still have to go to trial though and the ban does not apply to all of the poisons or to pest control companies. EII’s Raptors Are The Solution is continuing its public education campaign on public transit about the dangers to wildlife from rat poison. Help RATS put more ads up by contributing to their crowdfunder campaign.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Community Garden Workshop

EII’s Nature in the City's Backyard Native Plant Nursery Network will be sowing seeds and propagating plants at White Crane Springs Community Garden in San Francisco on Saturday, June 7. Join them, and if you like, take plants home to raise in your own backyard, and make San Francisco a more livable city for the wild species in our midst. Learn more here.

Thursday May 22, 2014

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