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Real Food Real Stories Picnic

There are just a few days left to get your ticket to the March 6 Real Food Real Stories Picnic with Rebecca Burgess of Fibershed! Learn more about fiber's connection to the local food system over a picnic, live music, and storytelling by Burgess, who has emerged as a pioneer in the sustainable textile movement. EII’s Real Food Real Stories is hosting this powerful gathering at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden in a stunning outdoor amphitheater surrounded by redwoods. Additional details and tickets here.

Thursday March 3, 2016

Don’t Miss Earth Island Journal’s Latest Issue

The Spring 2016 issue of Earth Island Journal, which hit newsstands this week, leads with a powerful feature about how World War II-era radioactive waste dumped in North St. Louis County, Missouri might be connected to the high number of cancers in the area. Other stories in the issue include a thoughtful piece ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima meltdown that highlights continuing public resistance to the Japanese government’s effort to reboot its nuclear energy program; a feature on the transition of the Rocky Flats nuclear site into a wilderness refuge; and a thought-provoking article about whether it is ethical, or even effective, to kill one protected species to help another. Subscribe to the Journal or buy a copy at the newsstands. Help us produce more in-depth stories like these by making a donation to our Green Journalism Fund today!

Thursday March 3, 2016

Coexisting with Native Carnivores

Come hear Project Coyote founder and executive director Camilla Fox speak at the Oakland Zoo on March 18 about why native carnivores matter and how they keep ecosystems healthy. America’s war against predators is costly, brutal, and ineffective. Learn about national programs aimed at stopping the mistreatment and mismanagement of carnivores through education, science, and advocacy. All proceeds benefit Earth Island’s Project Coyote. No registration is necessary – tickets are available at the event, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Additional details here.

Thursday March 3, 2016

Earth Island Institute Mixer!

Earth Island Institute invites you to a mixer on Tuesday, March 15, to meet the people behind EII’s newest project Cultivate Oregon, which promotes natural agro-biodiversity in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the new managing director of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, which mobilizes national campaigns to ban microbeads, plastic bags, and more. Enjoy refreshments with these inspiring change-makers, make some new friends, and learn how you can become involved with their efforts. The celebration will be held at Earth Island’s office in the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Learn more about this and other EII events here.

Thursday March 3, 2016

Rescuing Food

Santa Clara County will be hosting its first Food Rescue Forum on March 24! The forum, which is largely the result of Food Shift’s influential 2015 report on food waste in the county, will take place at San Jose State University from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Earth Island project will help guide the conversation at the forum. And on April 3, Food Shift founder and director Dana Frasz will be presenting Just Eat It, a film about food waste, at the Food and Farm Festival in San Francisco. The screening begins at 4:00 p.m. Learn more and purchase tickets here.  

Thursday March 3, 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: Fighting for the Fishing Cat. Reporter Slok Gyawali discusses how conservationists working to save the endangered fishing cat in Nepal struggle to compete for attention and funds with the iconic tiger.

Editors’ Pick: Yellowstone: A Wild Place of Perpetual Discovery. Writer John Soltes describes an awe-inspiring winter trip to Yellowstone to see the national park’s world-famous and ever-debated gray wolves.

Thursday March 3, 2016

San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival

Join Earth Island Institute and projects All One Oceans and Shark Stewards at the 13th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco from March 10 to 13.The festival, at the Cowell Theater in Fort Mason Center, is the premier venue in North America for ocean-related films, and includes films covering everything from marine science and industry to ocean sports and adventure. All One Ocean will be tabling at the event on March 11, and Earth Island and Shark Stewards will be tabling during the morning and early afternoon programs, which feature films about whales and sharks, on March 12. Learn more and get tickets here.

Thursday March 3, 2016

Journal Awarded Impact Award

Earth Island Journal has been awarded a 2016 Impact Award for “Teflon’s Toxic Legacy,” an in-depth feature that appeared in the magazine’s Winter 2016 issue. The award, presented by The Media Consortium, recognizes articles that have had a significant impact on public awareness about an issue. In “Teflon’s Toxic Legacy,” reporter Sharon Kelly used internal company documents and emails to expose how for years DuPont scientists and senior staff knew, or at least suspected, that a chemical DuPont was using to make Teflon was making people seriously sick. Kelly’s article broke new ground on this long-developing story, and has increased public awareness about DuPont’s deceit.

Thursday February 18, 2016

Great Jobs Doing Good Work!

Earth Island Institute is seeking a development professional with major donor fundraising experience to fill the position of Development Director. Several Bay Area-based Earth Island projects are also hiring. Food Shift is looking for a Director of Operations with business, food systems, and/or nonprofit management experience. The Oakland Food Policy Council is looking to hire a Director with command of food policy issues as well as organizational management experience. And All One Ocean is looking for a detail-oriented and well-organized Program Manager. Learn more about these exciting job opportunities here.

Thursday February 18, 2016

Merchants of Doubt

Join the David Brower Center, Earth Island Journal, and MapLight on February 24 for a public screening of Merchants of Doubt, an acclaimed documentary that lifts the curtain on pundits-for-hire paid by large corporations to cast doubt on scientific studies and spread confusion about a range of public threats, from toxic chemicals to climate change. Following the 7 p.m. screening, Journal editor Maureen Nandini Mitra and MapLight’s vice president of communications Pamela Behrsin will engage in a conversation on the role of money in politics. Get all the details and buy tickets here.

Thursday February 18, 2016

Integrated Fundraising Workshop

Earth Island Institute’s Project Support Program is hosting an integrated fundraising workshop on Friday, February 26 at the California Endowment Oakland Conference Center in Oakland, CA. The program will provide guidance on identifying and developing new fundraising opportunities; leveraging fundraising relationships; developing fundraising campaigns and long-term strategies; and utilizing social media, events, and other channels to expand donor bases. The workshop will be led by Kath Delancy, founder and principal of Madera Group, a San Francisco-based communications, fundraising, and social media consulting agency. Learn more and register here.

Thursday February 18, 2016

San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival

Join Earth Island Institute and projects All One Oceans and Shark Stewards at the 13th Annual San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco from March 10 to 13. The festival, at the Cowell Theater in Fort Mason Center, is the premier venue in North America for ocean-related films, and includes films covering everything from marine science and industry to ocean sports and adventure. All One Ocean will be tabling at the event on March 11, and Earth Island will be tabling during the morning and early afternoon programs on March 12. Shark Stewards founder David McGuire will be hosting the festival’s shark films program on March 12 at 1 p.m. Learn more and get tickets here.

Thursday February 18, 2016

Plastic Fantastic?

Recognizing the power of art to communicate, Earth Island’s Plastic Pollution Coalition is sponsoring plastics-related art exhibits in Hawaii and in Spain. The Plastic Fantastic? exhibit, on display at the Honolulu Museum of Art through July 10, asks viewers to think anew about the plastics they regularly come into contact with. Vida Tóxica, which is being displayed at the Barcelona airport through mid-May, imagines the impacts of plastics on an evolutionary scale. Both exhibits implore viewers to spread the message to reduce use of disposable plastics. Visit the project’s Plastic Free Times blog for more stories about art and plastic. #vidatoxica #plasticfantastic

Thursday February 18, 2016

Green Hairstreak Wildlife Corridor

Nature in the City’s Green Hairstreak Corridor project restores green hairstreak butterfly habitat and connects distinct San Francisco butterfly populations with one another. The corridor now includes 14 butterfly gardens in San Francisco. Join Nature in the City this Saturday, February 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 16th Avenue and Moraga Street in San Francisco to help with this restoration project and learn more about the green hairstreak butterfly, bees, beetles, and many other species found in the wildlife corridor. Details here.

Thursday February 18, 2016

Holacracy and the Future of Organizations

Join Earth Island Institute on March 10 for a talk on Holacracy, an innovative new organizational model that shifts how decisions are made and how work gets done within nonprofits and companies. Joshua Gorman, director of EII’s Generation Waking Up, will be leading the brown bag lunch discussion beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Earth Island’s office in the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. Contact Sarah Mitts at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to learn more and to RSVP. 

Thursday February 18, 2016

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