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Oakland 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 Oakland, CA, starting July 24. The four-day 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 July 3, 2014

Support AEN’s GlobalGiving Campaign

EII’s Armenian Environmental Network (AEN) has launched a campaign “#WarOnWaste” on GlobalGiving.org to promote waste management awareness in Armenia. The campaign will produce and disseminate public service announcements and ads that will educate Armenians about ways to reduce their "eco-footprint" by reducing, reusing, and recycling. AEN will also organize trash cleanups and distribute reusable shopping bags throughout the country, empowering Armenians to become the solution to the waste problem. AEN needs to raise $5,000 by June 30. Please donate generously and help spread the word!

Thursday June 19, 2014

Speaking Out for Big Predators

Camilla Fox, founder and director of EII’s Project Coyote will be one of the featured speakers at Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014, a gathering of conservationists across the United States at Arch Park in Gardiner, MT on June 28 and 29. The event – which provides an opportunity for people to come together to celebrate wolves and other predators, and demand for wildlife management reform – will include education booths, activities for children, music, food, and film screenings. Project Coyote’s film, Coexisting with Wildlife: The Marin Livestock and Wildlife Protection Program is among the films shown at the event, which is free and open to the public. Details here.

Thursday June 19, 2014

Jack Johnson Rocks for Earth Island

Earth Island Institute has teamed up with musician and activist, Jack Johnson on his 2014 “From Here To Now To You” tour and All At Once, a social action network that promotes sustainable local food systems and plastic-free initiatives. Visit us at our table at Jack’s concert at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA on August 26! The Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation will match donations contributed to us at the show or directly to Earth Island through September 1. Make a tax-deductible contribution right now and Jack will double your gift, up to a total of $2,500. Thanks Jack!

Thursday June 19, 2014

Celebrate Food Shift’s Successes

Good news abounds at EII’s Food Shift! The project has been selected as one of the winners in the recent BART Blue Sky Contest, thanks to all of you who voted (look for the ads on the BART) and has been named one of the 2014 grantees of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund. Food Shift has also made it to the 2014 GOOD 100, a list of innovators who are doing good in their communities. Honorees will celebrate that recognition along with other do-gooders in the California Bay Area on Thursday, June 26 at the Impact Hub Bay Area in San Francisco. Join in and cheer them on! Visit the Food Shift website for more details, events, and upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Thursday June 19, 2014

Spare a Dollar for Change?

Earth Island Institute is a featured nonprofit on the Dollar Per Month charitable foundation’s website through the month of June. As a Dollar Per Month member, you can choose where your donations go by voting on one of three charities. No charity loses! The winning charity receives 50 percent of the donations, the second charity receives 30 percent, and the third, 20 percent. Sign up and cast your vote for Earth Island every day till June 30.

Thursday June 19, 2014

Hawaiians Take on GMOs

Political intrigue, citizens’ uprising, and the crossing of bridges never before thought possible – the story of Hawai‘i’s struggle against the GMO industry is befitting a Hollywood thriller. As ground zero for genetically engineered crops research, Hawai‘i is the place to watch over the next six months as the campaign for the 2014 elections and a biotech industry lawsuit against Kaua‘i play out. Join GMO expert Jeffrey Smith, farmers, mothers, and community leaders on Wednesday, June 25 for “Hawaiians Take On Monsanto & GMOs,” an exclusive video conversation organized by Pachamama Alliance that will focus on how Hawaiians are advancing the next chapter of this epic civil and rights of nature struggle.

Thursday June 19, 2014

Planting Day

Learn about the Green Hairstreak butterfly and get to know some of the devoted neighborhood butterfly site stewards at EII’s Nature in the City’s Green Hairstreak Volunteer Day in San Francisco on Saturday, June 21, starting 10 a.m. The event will be held at the Green Hairstreak Corridor site at 14th Ave & Quintara St. Activities will include seed collection and habitat restoration. We can't wait to see you!

Thursday June 19, 2014

Food, Corporations and Democracy

Earth Island Journal is part of What The Fork!?! Corporations and Democracy, a new collaborative effort by The Media Consortium that includes an extensive series of radio segments, investigative features, and data-based reports on corporate control of our democracy and our dinner plates. Read the stories and take action at wtfcorporations.com. Follow #wtfcorps and #BigAg on Twitter and Facebook.

Thursday June 19, 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: 70 Years On, Seabirds Continue to Warn about Plastic Pollution in the Oceans. Reporter Elizabeth Claire Alberts writes that the plight of the flesh-footed shearwater in Australia illustrates how widespread the problem of plastic pollution has become.

Editors’ Pick: Feeding Hawai‘i. Journal managing editor Maureen Nandini Mitra explores whether small, biodiverse farms could help the Aloha State transition to growing enough food to feed itself.

Thursday June 19, 2014

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

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