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Kenya’s Water Women

EII’s Global Women's Water Initiative graduates Rosemary Atieno and Catherine Ondele will be featured in Al Jazeera’s new documentary “Kenya’s Water Women,” which will air on Saturday, September 26, on Al Jazeera English at 3:30 pm Pacific Time. Learn about the incredible work these water women are doing and help transform more women from water bearers to water providers and social entrepreneurs by donating to GWWI. Any gift you give will be doubled by a generous donor who has pledged $7,500 in matching funds to support GWWI continue training grassroots women in East Africa to become Water, Sanitation and Hygiene experts. GWWI has until Sept 30 to get the full match.

Thursday September 24, 2015

Bike for Earth Island

Ride your bike and raise money for Earth Island Institute! Earth Island is a charity recipient in the first annual American Bike Challenge (ABC). ABC bicycling participants select a charity, collect dollar-pledges-per-mile, and cycle anytime, anywhere (within the United States), and for any distance between September 21st and October 5th. All funds raised go directly to the selected charity. Are you up for a ride, in support of Earth Island? Sign up now, it's not too late!

Thursday September 24, 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: In Mexico’s Guerrero State, a Battle Is Underway between Indigenous Communities and Drug Cartels. Reporter Jeremy Kryt takes an inside look at the conflict between Native Peoples and narco-traffickers in Mexico's most dangerous state.

Editors’ Pick: Trapped Mountain Lions Plot Daring Escape From LA. Reporter James William Gibson details plans for a network of wildlife corridors to ease the big cats’ genetic bottleneck in the Los Angeles region.

Thursday September 24, 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:

September 30 – Pegasus Books on Shattuck, Berkeley, CA.

October 1 – Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco, CA. Use the promotional code “wild” for a nice discount on tickets.

Learn more about Satellites in the High Country and other author events here. If you can’t make it to one of these events, join Jason on a Google Hangout on Tuesday, Sept 29 at 1 pm EDT/10 am PAC. He’ll take your questions and talk about his new book. Register here.

Thursday September 24, 2015

Dear Friend:

We here at Earth Island Journal are always scanning the horizon to find stories that are overlooked by the mainstream media. This is an essential part of giving you the information you need to be an effective environmental advocate.

So it was a no-brainer for us to dedicate an entire issue  to the Native communities here in North America and across the globe that are defending their traditional lands from environmental destruction. Indigenous communities are often on the frontlines of battles against oil and gas extraction, mining, and other reckless development – and those efforts deserve our attention and our support.

This kind of thoughtful, in-depth journalism takes time and money. Which is why I’m asking that you make a tax-deductible donation today to support Earth Island Journal’s reporting.

We publish the sorts of stories you’ll find few other places. Our special Autumn 2015 issue on the Indigenous movements of resistance and restoration includes a hard-hitting essay by Winona LaDuke, a beautiful piece of writing by Lakota activist Debra White Plume, and conversations with Native leaders like Oren Lyons and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the UN Rapporteur for Indigenous Rights.

Our new special issue is just one of many accomplishments we’ve had in the last year. Other highlights include:

Journal contributing editor Adam Federman’s series of blockbuster exposés about law enforcement monitoring of environmentalists, reporting that has been picked up by The New York Times and Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now!

Journal managing editor Maureen Nandini Mitra’s provocative story about the effort to get legal personhood for animals.

• Christopher Ketcham’s takedown of plans to build two monstrous new mega-resorts near Grand Canyon National Park.

• Plus interviews with farmer-poet-essayist Wendell Berry, oceanographer Sylvia Earle, and National Park Service director Jon Jarvis. 

You can learn more about these successes, and others, in my annual letter to our readers.

We simply can’t do this work without you. Financial support from readers like you makes it possible for us to keep our international network of talented reporters and photographers in the field.

As you know, we’re not shy about having a point of view. At Earth Island Journal we’re committed to “storytelling for social change.” We follow the best principles of journalism – fairness, accuracy, and intellectual rigorousness. But we also have no fear of expressing an opinion. We put our principles next to our reporting to make an argument for protecting the planet and all of its inhabitants.

Please make a donation today so that we can continue our tradition of fearless reporting on the environment. We’re doing the kind of on-the-ground journalism that is essential for giving citizens the information they need to protect the environment.

I appreciate your gift of support so that we can continue this vital work.

Onward ever,

Jason Mark signature

Jason Mark
Editor
Earth Island Journal

P.S. If you want to hear more about the state of wildness in America today, please join us at these upcoming Satellites in the High Country author events:

September 30 – Pegasus Books on Shattuck, Berkeley, CA.
October 1 – Commonwealth Club of California, San Francisco, CA.
October 11 – Litquake at Lafayette Public Libray, Lafayette, CA.
October 16 – Bioneers conference, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA.

Learn more about Satellites in the High Country and other author events here.

Thursday September 10, 2015

“First-Rate Nature Writing”

Satellites in the High CountryIf you make a gift of $50 or more today, you’ll receive a copy of my new book, Satellites in the High Country: Searching for the Wild in the Age of Man.

I’ve been flattered to receive some amazing feedback on the book already. Booklist called it “a fresh, first-rate piece of nature writing and a stirring manifesto calling for the protection and celebration of the true spirit of wild places.” Author Terry Tempest Williams says Satellites in the High Country is a “conversation with sanity.” And Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune called it “an engrossing exploration of the ever-evolving definition of what is ‘wild’ in America.”

Get your copy today!

Thursday September 10, 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: After the Frack: Bright Lights in the Middle of Nowhere. Reporter Lana Straub explains how air, light, and noise pollution continue to impact the environment and people living near fracking operations long after the drilling is over.

Editors’ Pick: Poland’s Primeval Forest Has Lost its Staunchest Defender. Cultural anthropologist Eunice Blavascunas pens a tribute to the ecologist Janusz Korbel who played a key role in safeguarding the primeval Bialowieża Forest.

Thursday September 10, 2015

Brower Youth Awards

Earth Island Institute's New Leaders Initiative will present the 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards – the top prize for young environmental leaders in North America – on October 20. RSVP for the FREE BYA Awards Ceremony today. During the month of September we are offering tickets to the special Opening Reception at a reduced rate, available here. Or you can support Earth Island's New Leaders Initiative by joining the 2015 BYA Host Committee.

Meet this year’s 2015 Brower Youth Awards winners! Read the their short bios in the new Journal issue here.

Thursday September 10, 2015

Stop Destructive Logging Bills

This summer Congressional Republicans introduced two destructive logging bills – HR 2647 has passed the House and S 1691 is now pending before the Senate. These bills would suspend environmental laws to dramatically increase clearcutting of ecologically-rich post-fire habitat and old forests. The bill's sponsors argue that commercial "thinning" of forests help prevent wildfires and thus save forests. But that's a lie. Forest biodiversity and wildlife benefit from fires. Call California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer or your own state senators and urge them to oppose S 1691. Go here for more details and to take action.

Thursday August 20, 2015

Brower Youth Awards Are Coming Soon!

Earth Island Institute's New Leaders Initiative will present the 16th Annual Brower Youth Awards – the top prize for young environmental leaders in North America – on October 20, just two months from today! Get your tickets for the special Opening Reception at the "early-bird" rate, available here through the end of August. Or RSVP for the FREE BYA Awards Ceremony here. You can also support Earth Island's New Leaders Initiative in presenting this annual event, honoring bold, young leaders by joining the 2015 BYA Host Committee.

Thursday August 20, 2015

Introducing Sonar

EII's International Marine Mammal Project has launched a new campaign, Sonar that is pioneering human understanding of who dolphins and whales really are. Sonar is the most progressive cetacean campaign in the world today. Read through its collection of compelling science and stories, and follow Sonar's research and advocacy efforts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Thursday August 20, 2015

SF Farm to Fork Event

Dana Frasz, founder and director of EII's Food Shift will be speaking at Farm to Fork Expo in San Francisco on Sunday, August 29. The Expo for sustainable food and farming advocates as well as food lovers will also feature a performance by AshEl Eldridge, founder and director of EII's Urban Farmacy. Stop by the Food Shift table in the event's Exhibitor Section, which is free to the public. Tickets for the conference & after party – which will feature musical performances and drink specials – can be purchased here. We hope to see you there!

Thursday August 20, 2015

Energy Efficiency in Ukraine

Join EII's Center for Safe Energy at Earth Island's office in the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA, for a brown bag lunch on Tuesday, August 25 to learn about the successes and challenges of building a more energy efficient Ukraine from three young green energy activists from the Ukrainian nonprofit, Ecoclub. Details here.

Thursday August 20, 2015

Soil Not Oil Conference

Several Earth Island Institute projects will be presenting workshops at the Soil Not Oil Coalition conference on in Richmond, CA, on September 4 and 5. Urban Farmacy's AshEL Eldridge and EcoVillage Farm Learning Center's Shyaam Shabaka will host workshops on Friday, September 4, and Linda Delair and Anna Owen of Hempstead Project HEART will conduct their workshop on Saturday, September 5. Author and Earth Island Journal columnist, Anna Lappé will be speaking at plenary panel on Friday. Conference details here.

Thursday August 20, 2015

New Website for Plastic Pollution Coalition

EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition is re-launching its website and magazine, Plastic Free Times. The global coalition will continue to report breaking news about how plastics are polluting land, sea, animals and our own bodies; act as a watchdog against corporate interests and policymakers, track important research, and celebrate innovation and much more.

Thursday August 20, 2015

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