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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: Film Review: A Fierce Green Fire. Film critic Ed Rampell reviews Mark Kitchell’s rousing PBS documentary that covers 50 years of environmentalism in the United States.

Editors’ Pick: Oyster Beds Still Empty Four Years After Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The Journal’s rock-star intern, Zoe Loftus-Farren, reports on how oyster farmers in the Gulf of Mexico are still feeling the impacts of the BP disaster.

Thursday April 24, 2014

Celebrate Our Earth and Waters

Celebrate Earth and the other 71 percent of the planet with EII’s Shark Stewards at the Pacifica Earth Day of Action & EcoFest at Linda Mar beach in Pacifica on Saturday, April 26. The free family fun event will include a whale walk and shark stroll, hula lessons, a petting zoo, music and a whole host of other activities. Event details here.

Thursday April 24, 2014

Earth Day Celebrations in the Bay Area

April is Earth Day month, and there are many events being held around the country to celebrate our natural world. San Francisco's Earth Day event on April 19 will focus on energizing the public to pursue effective green solutions. In addition to an array of music and dance performances, and fun activities for the whole family, the event will feature talks by 350.org founder Bill McKibben, and Earth Island's associate director, Kevin Connelly. Stop by the EII table and say hello! Berkeley's Vegan Earth Day is also scheduled for April 19. And the following weekend, on April 26, visit EII's Shark Stewards at the Pacifica Earth Day of Action & EcoFest. Join a celebration close to you, have fun, learn, and take action for the environment. For a list of Bay Area Earth Day events click here.

Thursday April 10, 2014

Virtual Sustainability Series

EII's Sustainable World Coalition will be launching its 2014 Spring of Sustainability  virtual program with a free 12-hour Earth Day telesummit on April 22. The event, organized in partnership with 20 major green groups including the NRDC, Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network and National Wildlife Federation, will feature many luminaries like Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Michael Brune, Majora Carter, John Robbins, and Rob Hopkins. The SoS 2014 program will continue for nine weeks with programs focused on issues such as climate change, food, water, endangered species, and energy. Event details will be available next week at springofsustainability.com. For a program overview, go here.

Thursday April 10, 2014

Orca Freedom Concert

Join EII's International Marine Mammal Project for Kiss the Sky! – a benefit concert for orcas at the Experience Music Project's Sky Church in Seattle on Earth Day, April 22. With all the recent controversy surrounding captive orcas, Ann and Nancy Wilson of the rock band Heart decided it was time to celebrate the wild ones. Heart will be joined by several other musician-activists including Graham Nash, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, at this incredible concert that will benefit wild orca research and IMMP's advocacy work. Tickets available here.

Thursday April 10, 2014

Help Food Shift win free BART advertising

EII's Food Shift has been selected to participate in this year's Bay Area Rapid Transit Blue Sky Contest. Winners of the Facebook-based competition receive free advertising on BART trains and stations. Please vote for this great project and share the link with your networks. Last spring Food Shift won the contest and created four ads, which you can see here. Food Shift is also looking for volunteers to join them at the BART Blue Sky Festival on Wednesday, April 16. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information or sign up online.

Thursday April 10, 2014

A Model Ecotourism Destination

The Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve, the first Mexican destination to complete the Global Sustainable Tourism Council's Early Adopters program, has been recognized by the council as a model for its new “Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Destinations.” The reserve has now joined the ranks of Norway's fjords, Peru's Machu Picchu, Wyoming's Jackson Hole, and eight other tourism sites around the world that conform to the UN World Tourism Organization's global standards for the industry. EII's Viva Sierra Gorda invites you to get inspired on your next vacation and join them in the heart Mexico.

Thursday April 10, 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: ABC Bakers' Girl Scout Cookies Still Contain Unsustainable Palm Oil. Former Brower Youth Award winners Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva write that Girl Scouts USA isn't doing enough to ensure that the palm oil used in Girl Scout cookies isn't contributing to human rights abuses and deforestation.

Editors' Pick: Eco Euphemisms Confuse Our Understanding of Environmental Destruction. Journal editor Jason Mark draws up a list of the raft of words that corporate polluters and government bureaucracies have created to cover up environmental abuses.

Thursday April 10, 2014

Calling Young Environmental Leaders

The Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Leadership is now accepting applications! Young people ages 13 to 22 based in North America who are leading environmental projects can apply today through our online application system. Applications must be completed and submitted by May 12, 2014. If you have any questions, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday April 10, 2014

Free Tickets to Jane Goodall Event

We are giving away two free tickets to primatologist Jane Goodall’s April 4 speaking event at the King Middle School in Berkeley, CA! Dr Goodall, the world's foremost authority on chimpanzees, will be speaking about her new book, Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants, with co-author Gail Hudson and journalist-author Claire Hope Cummings. To win the free tickets, all you have to do is "like" Earth Island Journal's Facebook page and post a comment about what you like about plants or animals by Saturday, March 29. We will randomly select two winners on Tuesday, April 1. Help us spread the word, share this post with your friends!

Thursday March 27, 2014

Corporations Are Not Persons

Gershon Cohen, co-founder and Alaska project director of EIIs Ultimate Civics, and principal organizer of We the People Alaska, will be featured on “Talk of Alaska”, a one hour call-in show on Alaska Public Radio on Tuesday April 1, at 10 a.m. (Alaska Time) to discuss the Alaska Constitution Pledge and the launch of the We the People Alaska coalition that will oppose the US Supreme Court and the State of Alaska’s decision to define corporations and other groups as “persons.” Listen in!

Thursday March 27, 2014

Apply for the Brower Youth Awards

The Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Leadership is now accepting applications! Young people, ages 13 to 22 based, in North America who are leading environmental projects can apply today through our online application system. Applications must be completed and submitted by May 12, 2014. If you have any questions, please email us .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday March 27, 2014

Earth Day Launch for Sustainability Series

EII’s Sustainable World Coalition will be launching its 2014 Spring of Sustainability (SoS) virtual program with a free 12-hour Earth Day telesummit on April 22. The event, organized in partnership with 20 major green groups including the Sierra Club, Rainforest Action Network and National Wildlife Federation, will feature sustainability luminaries like Bill McKibben, Frances Moore Lappé, Michael Brune, Majora Carter, and Rob Hopkins. The SoS 2014 will continue for nine weeks with programs focused on issues such as climate change, food, water, endangered species, and energy. For a program overview, go here. SWC is also republishing an updated version of it flagship publication, the Sustainable World Sourcebook, due out in time for Earth Day.

Thursday March 27, 2014

Talk on Snow Leopards

EII’s The Altai Project is excited to host a reception and talk on Russia’s snow leopards by conservation biologist James Gibbs at the Explorer's Club in New York City on Monday, March 31. The lecture series, titled, “On the Brink: Saving Russia’s Last Snow Leopards,” if open to the public. Details and ticketing information, here.

Thursday March 27, 2014

Party for Oceans and Beaches

It's spring, and EII’s All One Ocean is having a party! You're invited to a Benefit for AOO at the Pt. Reyes Dance Palace on Sunday, April 6. Come and support clean oceans and beaches with music, poetry, visual art, and community. Also, on Thursday, March 27 from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Pacific time, you can listen online as AOO founder, Hallie Iglehart, speaks on West Marin's very own radio station, KWMR 90.5 FM Pt. Reyes Station / 89.9 FM Bolinas.

Thursday March 27, 2014

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