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Talking About Inequality

In honor of its 150th anniversary, The Nation magazine and The Commonwealth Club will be presenting "Less Equal than Ever" – a conversation about our country's inequality crisis – with Van Jones, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Robert Reich, and Ai-jen Poo, at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco on November 17. Join the conversation on this crucial issue that Earth Island Journal's media partner has long been sounding the alarm on. Details and ticketing information here.

Thursday October 22, 2015

Brower Youth Awards Promise to Inspire

Earth Island Institute's 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards is less than two weeks away! Join us on Tuesday, October 20, to honor and celebrate six young environmental leaders for their outstanding efforts to promote ecological sustainability and social justice. RSVP today for the FREE Awards Ceremony, or get your tickets for the special Opening Reception here. Help us spread the word about BYA by sharing this event page link.

Thursday October 8, 2015

Climate Problem: Too Small to Solve

Tom Athanasiou, executive director of EII project EcoEquity, will be speaking at TEDx San Francisco on October 29. The conceit of the talk is from Eisenhower, who once told an interviewer that: "Whenever I can't solve a problem, I make it bigger." Athanasiou will argue that the climate problem is too small to solve on its own. Ticket details here.

Thursday October 8, 2015

Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival

Planet Earth Arts, an initiative of EII's Sustainable World Coalition, is presenting The Water Plays, an evening of six short, powerfulone-act plays that explore WATER as the essence and source of all life, which is now threatened with pollution, scarcity and acidification. The performances will be held at the Berkeley Repertory Theater on Monday, October 12, and at Stanford University on Wednesday, October 14. SF Weekly called the recent round of Planet Earth plays "Amazing…a talented display of beauty, rage, physical comedy and striking use of language." For details and ticketing formation, go here.

Thursday October 8, 2015

Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature

Join EII at the 2015 Bioneers Conference from October 16 to 18 in San Rafael, California, and participate in conversations about restorative justice, climate mitigation, Indigenous knowledge and so much more! Former Brower Youth Awards winners, Junior Walk and Lynea Shuck will speak at the event, and this year's BYA winners will share strategies for young activists at a Friday, October 16, workshop; longtime Earth Island Journal editor, Jason Mark will be on a panel Friday afternoon as well. See the full schedule here. Get $50 off 3-day passes with the discount code: EARTHISLAND15 Register here.

Thursday October 8, 2015

On the Road Again With Neil Young

Earth Island Journal is on the road with Neil Young and Promise of the Real right now as the musicians traverse the West Coast on their "Rebel Content Tour" in support of their provocative new album The Monsanto Years. Come hang out with EIJ and fellow independent media colleagues The Nation, Mother Jones, Yes!, Permaculture Magazine, and The Funny Times at the "News You Can Trust" booth at the concerts, which run through October 17 on or near university campuses. Forthcoming stops include: Santa Barbara, CA, Las Vegas, NV, San Diego, Los Angeles, and our home town, Berkeley, CA. Show and ticket info here.

Thursday October 8, 2015

New Beach Clean Up Stations

After several years of collaboration with Golden Gate National Recreation Area/National Park Service, EII's All One Ocean has three new Bay Area Beach Clean Up Stations. Two of these Stations are in Tennessee Valley and one is at Muir Beach. The Tennessee Valley Trailhead Station is the project's first-ever watershed BCUS. The Tennessee Valley Watershed drains into Tennessee Valley Beach.

Thursday October 8, 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: Environmental Activists Continue to Face Interrogations at US-Canada Border. Journal contributing editor Adam Federman reports on how members of Deep Green Resistance were denied entry to Canada on the way to a Chris Hedges' lecture.

Editors' Pick: The Truth Behind That "Crappy" Cup of Coffee. Reporter Elizabeth Claire Alberts writes about how civet cats are caged and force-fed in Indonesia to feed the world's growing demand for kopi luwak.

Thursday October 8, 2015

Fearless Advocacy Journalism and ‘Satellites in the High Country’

Longtime Earth Island Journal editor Jason Mark has a new book out, Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man. Have a look at his annual letter to our Journal readers here, and make a donation here so that we can continue our tradition of fearless advocacy journalism. If you make a gift of $50 or more you'll receive a copy of the book. Meet Jason and hear more about the state of wildness in America today at these upcoming author events:

October 11: Litquake, Lafayette CA
October 14: The Green Arcade bookstore, San Francisco, CA
Learn more about Satellites in the High Country and other author events here.

Thursday October 8, 2015

On the Road Again With Neil Young

Earth Island Journal will once again be hitting the road with Neil Young and Promise of the Real as they traverse the West Coast on their “Rebel Content Tour” in support of their provocative new album The Monsanto Years. Come hang out with EIJ and fellow independent media colleagues The Nation, Mother Jones, Yes!, Permaculture Magazine and The Funny Times at the "News You Can Trust" booth at the concerts, which run from October 1 through the 17 on or near university campuses. Stops include; Missoula, MT, Spokane, WA, Seattle, WA, Vancouver, BC, Portland, and Eugene, OR, Santa Barbara, CA, Las Vegas, NV, San Diego, Los Angeles, and our home town, Berkeley, CA.

Thursday September 24, 2015

Meet the 2015 Brower Youth Awards Winners

Meet Earth Island Institute’s 16th annual Brower Youth Awards winners: Ryan Camero, Jess Grady-Benson, Dyanna Jaye, Celeste Tinajero, JP Viñals, and Kate Weiner. Read about their outstanding efforts to promote ecological sustainability and social justice here. Celebrate their achievements at the BYA event honoring these bold, young leaders on October 20 in San Francisco. RSVP for the free Awards Ceremony here, or buy tickets for the special pre-BYA ceremony Opening Reception here.

Thursday September 24, 2015

Oppose Logging on Public Lands

On Wednesday, more than 260 scientists from across the country sent a letter to the Senate and President Obama urging them to oppose two public lands logging bills which would be very destructive to forest ecosystems and wildlife on national forests and other federal public forestlands. The bills, HR 2647 and S 1691, which promote widespread logging of burned and unburned forest, mostly in remote areas of federal public forestlands, will not improve forest health, reduce fire risks or protect communities.Please join the scientists in opposing these bills! Call or email your Senator today! If you are in California, Senator Dianne Feinstein 202-224-3841, especially needs to hear that you oppose these bills, or any compromise logging legislation.

Thursday September 24, 2015

Learn About the Power of Collaboration

EII’s Children in Nature Collaborative and Children & Nature Network invite you to a special webinar on September 30 that will teach you how to dramatically increase the impact of your programs and initiatives to connect people to nature by applying four principles for collaboration success. The webinar — presented by Jane Wei-Skillern of the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership at UC Berkeley — offers practical insights for how grassroots leaders can build strong collaborations that produce results that are dramatically greater than any one organization or program could produce alone. Details here.

Thursday September 24, 2015

Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature

For 25 years, Bioneers has connected thousands of people with practical, visionary solutions for humanity's most pressing environmental and social challenges. Join Earth Island Institute at the 2015 conference this October 16-18, 2015 in San Rafael, California, with this $50 off 3-day passes discount code: EARTHISLAND15. Register here.

Thursday September 24, 2015

Urge Jerry Brown to Sign Microbead Ban

The effort to address microbead pollution nearly stalled in the California State Senate amid heavy opposition from manufacturers and cosmetics companies to AB 88 – a bill that would prohibit the sale of personal-care products that contain plastic microbeads, starting in 2020. An amended version of the bill, which exempts biodegradable microbeads, has been passed by state lawmakers and Governor Jerry Brown has until October 11 to sign it into law. Please join EII’s Plastic Pollution Coalition in urging the governor to sign the bill and create precedent for the rest of the country.

Thursday September 24, 2015

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