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The latest campaign updates from Earth Island’s global network of environmental projects.

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Berkeley’s Standing Rock

The site of the oldest and largest Ohlone village on the shores of San Francisco Bay is also the proposed site for a five-story West Berkeley apartment and retail complex. A growing chorus of Ohlone descendants and Berkeley residents, along with EII's Sacred Land Film Project, are calling instead for a two-acre memorial park to honor Ohlone history and culture. They need your help! Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the project are due by February 9. There are also two opportunities for public comment: The Landmarks Preservation Commission will receive public comments TONIGHT, January 5 at 7 p.m. at the North Berkeley Senior Center. The Zoning Adjustments Board will receive comments on January 12 at 7 p.m. at the Council Chambers in Berkeley. Read more about the proposal and how you can help.

Thursday January 5, 2017

Shark Stewards in China

Shark Stewards is kicking off the new year with the launch of two new chapters in China, one in Beijing and the second in Hong Kong. These chapters, led by Chinese partners, will provide outreach and education to youth and the general public to help reduce demand for shark fins and stop overfishing of sharks. Back in Oakland, Shark Stewards will hold its first outreach event of 2017 at the Chabot Space and Science Center on January 6. The event will begin at 6 p.m. Learn more.

Thursday January 5, 2017

Napa County Wildlife Rescue

Urban Bird Foundation has joined the American Canyon Clarke Ranch Master Plan process and proposed Napa County's first brick and mortar wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center at the 24-acre ranch. Along with establishment of the rescue center, the mixed-use proposal advocates maintenance of current open space to preserve the ecological value of the property and aims to enhance conservation, wildlife protection, and environmental education. Napa is currently the only North Bay Area county that does not have a brick and mortar wildlife rehabilitation facility. Read more about the Clarke Ranch project and the Earth Island project's proposal.

Thursday January 5, 2017

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: Climate Change Threatens Food Security in Western Nepal, Say Advocates. Kathmandu-based reporter Slok Gyawali discusses how extreme drought is stressing one of the Nepal's most food insecure regions.

Editors' Pick: Celebrating a Half-Century of Environmental Discovery in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Author Richard Blaustein reviews Hubbard Brook: The Story of a Forest Ecosystem, delving into many of the pivotal experiments that have been conducted at the ecological research hub and looking ahead to the research that's yet to come.

Thursday January 5, 2017

Premiere Screening of A Plastic Ocean

Join Earth Island's Plastic Pollution Coalition on January 17 for a premiere screening of A Plastic Ocean, a new feature-length adventure documentary that brings to light the consequences of our global disposable lifestyle. PPC will be hosting a panel discussion and Q&A following the screening. The panel and audience will discuss realistic solutions to plastic pollution and the need for respect and inclusivity in the international environmental movement. The event will be held at the Laemmle Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills, CA and will begin at 6 p.m. Learn more and buy tickets.

Thursday January 5, 2017

Support Environmental Leaders

In case you missed it, check out "The Most Important Environmental Stories of 2016" by Earth Island Journal editor Maureen Nandini Mitra. If you haven't yet, read Earth Island Institute's year-end update and don't miss the 2016 Highlights to learn more about the far-reaching impact EII projects had last year. As we move ahead into the new year, please support Earth Island's creative and energetic leaders who are building a more effective and far-reaching environmental movement with a tax-deductible donation.

Thursday January 5, 2017

Read Our 2016 Year-End Update

Thank you for subscribing to IslandWire, Earth Island Institute's bi-monthly, free e-newsletter that updates you on all of the action, events, and news from our global network of projects and highlights the best of Earth Island Journal's daily web articles.

In this final edition of the year, I invite you to read my 2016 year-end letter. In this update to our supporters, I share a review of our program achievements that we couldn't accomplish without the help of individuals like you.

I also invite you to give a gift today to support creative and energetic leaders who are building a more effective and far-reaching environmental movement!

Your generous, tax-deductible gift helps us:

We are committed to moving the Earth Island Community ahead, but, at this critical juncture for our country and our planet, we need you to help us continue to grow environmental leadership.

Your year-end gift today will give us the resources to provide the tools our people need to protect our shared planet. We would be honored to be among the good efforts you support in the year-end giving season.

On behalf of all of us at Earth Island, I send you our best wishes during this holiday season of gratitude, reflection, and renewal.

John A. Knox
Executive Director

PS: With your gift of $40 or more you may choose to receive a copy of The Wildness Within - Remembering David Brower, by Kenneth Brower.

PPS: Many companies will match, or even double or triple your contribution. Visit and search for your employer’s name to get details on their matching gift program, or check with your employer and send in their matching-gift form along with your tax-deductible gift to Earth Island.

Thursday December 22, 2016

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Most Popular: Tens of Thousands of Snow Geese May be Dying Along the Pacific Flyway. Reporter Claire Baiz writes about how thousands of snow geese that landed on Montana’s Berkeley Pit, the largest Superfund site in the United States, have since perished, and there's no way of knowing how many more may be dying as they continue flying south.

Editor's Pick: Searching for Fantastic Beasts. Writer Crispin Andrews delves into the intriguing work of cryptozoologists, who explore remote corners of the world looking for evidence of fabled species like Bigfoot. 

Thursday December 22, 2016

Standing Rock Brown Bag Lunch

Please join Toby McLeod, director of EII's Sacred Land Film Project, for a report on his recent trip to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Bring your lunch to Earth Island's conference room on the fourth floor of the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley on Tuesday, December 13 for photos and discussion beginning at 12 p.m. You'll also hear from Maureen Nandini Mitra, editor of Earth Island Journal, who contributed reporting to the Journal's recent cover story on the native resistance movement and climate change.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Check out the Journal’s New Issue

The Winter 2017 issue of Earth Island Journal leads with an in-depth report that looks at the ongoing struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock in the broader context of Native Americans' and First Nations' battles against resource extraction and colonialism. The issue also includes a feature from South Africa on how rhinos are becoming a liability to private game reserves; a hopeful companion piece about the majority-women, unarmed, Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit; and an interview with iconic chef and slow food activist Alice Waters in which she talks about how food can be a gateway to environmentalism. Subscribe to the Journal or buy a copy at the newsstands. Help us produce more deeply reported stories like these by making a donation to our Green Journalism Fund today!

Thursday December 8, 2016

Oakland Food Policy Council Holiday Happy Hour

Despite some challenges, 2016 has brought major food justice victories to Oakland. EII's Oakland Food Policy Council convinced the Oakland Unified School District to apply Good Food Purchasing standards in Oakland schools, and also helped pass a local soda tax in November. Learn more about the power you have to create an equitable food system and celebrate OFPC's recent wins by joining the project for its holiday happy hour at Oakland's SomaR Bar on Monday, December 12 at 6 p.m.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Shark Party in San Francisco

Shark Stewards is holding an ocean celebration on December 15 at Sports Basement Presidio in San Francisco. Have a drink, learn about Shark Stewards' conservation work, and enjoy an exhibit of underwater photographs by Shark Stewards director David McGuire. Do some holiday shopping at Sports Basement and receive 15 percent off your purchase — 10 percent of sales will go to the Earth Island project through the Basementeer program. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Support Creative Environmental Leaders

Help us support creative and energetic leaders who are building a more effective environmental movement. Please read Earth Island's year-end update, check out project highlights from 2016, and make a year-end, tax-deductible contribution today.

Thursday December 8, 2016

Support Real Food Real Stories

Join EII's Real Food Real Stories this Saturday, December 10 at the Bryant Street Sports Basement in San Francisco to receive 20 percent off your purchase when you become a Basementeer for free. Sports Basement will donate 10 percent of sales revenue to RFRS, which will go towards the project's year-end fundraising goal of $15,000. RFRS will be at the Bryant Street location from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with Numi Tea and 18 Rabbits snacks, but the sale lasts all day. Hope to see you there!

Thursday December 8, 2016

Understanding Our Wild Neighbors

As part of its Coyote Friendly Communities Program, Project Coyote provides presentations across the San Francisco Bay Area to raise public awareness about coyotes, their role in the ecosystem, and how to reduce negative encounters between coyotes and humans. The Earth Island project's work was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this week. Learn more about peaceful coexistence with coyotes by attending Project Coyote's free public forum on December 12 in Corte Madera, CA.

Thursday December 8, 2016

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