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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 two weeks:

Most Popular: Dolphins Illegally Captured in Solomon Islands Returned to Ocean Following Police Raid. Katherine Hanly, a researcher with EII's International Marine Mammal Project, discusses the capture of 30-plus cetaceans in the South Pacific Ocean that were likely destined for captivity and their eventual release back into the wild.

Editors' Pick: A Prayer on Life on Day of the Dead. Activist and writer Janaki Jagannath examines how decades of heavy pesticide use in California's Central Valley has drastically reduced life expectancy in local communities and why the California Water Board must finally regulate 1,2,3, TCP, a dangerous fumigant pesticide byproduct.

Thursday November 10, 2016

Thank You for Celebrating the Brower Youth Awards

The 17th annual Brower Youth Awards was a wonderful event! Big thanks to the judges, volunteers, Earth Island staff and board members, teachers, students, and everyone else who joined us for the evening - and of course, to our six amazing 2016 winners. The awards ceremony in San Francisco last week was full of exciting and inspiring testimonials from the next generation of environmental leaders. Videos from the evening will be posted to the BYA website soon. If you would like to help us continue to support young environmental leaders, please consider making a gift to support EII's New Leaders Initiative - all donations received by the end of October will be matched by a generous donor.

Thursday October 27, 2016

Are You Ready for a Power Shift?

posterJoin EII's California Student Sustainability Coalition and young climate and social justice leaders from all over the West Coast November 11-13 for a weekend of workshops, trainings, and movement-building at the Power Shift Convergence in Berkeley, CA. Don't wait - register today! In a critical year for our democracy and our climate, Power Shift 2016 will be a space to train young climate leaders, help amplify the voice and power of local communities, and leverage that power to help the climate justice movement win at the national level. Find out more about Power Shift in 2016!

Thursday October 27, 2016

Educating Voters about Coyotes

posterProject Coyote's full-page Be Coyote Aware flyer will be included in San Francisco's Voter Information Pamphlets for the November election and will reach more than 450,000 voters! The Earth Island project has worked with the City of San Francisco and Animal Care & Control to develop a suite of educational tools including a door hanger with a QR code that links to a PSA and a Coyote Dog flyer that offers tips on being a responsible dog guardian, especially during pupping season. Explore Project Coyote's Coyote Friendly Communities program to learn more.

Thursday October 27, 2016

Missouri Tackles Energy Efficiency

enew Missouri's work in energy efficiency continues to pay off: In September, the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy announced that Missouri is the most improved state in the nation in energy efficiency! The council's 2016 Energy Efficiency Scorecard report shows that Missouri rose from 44th to 32nd in the nation due to continued improvement in utility energy efficiency programs, state programs and financing mechanisms, and new policies to encourage electric vehicles. Stronger energy efficiency building codes in cities across the state have also had an impact. For example, Kansas City adopted an ordinance requiring large buildings to benchmark their energy usage, which we know leads to much more efficient buildings. Read the full report.

Thursday October 27, 2016

Catching Up with KIDS for the BAY

Over the last school year, KIDS for the BAY delivered environmental education programs to 4,081 students and 143 teachers in the California Bay Area. In the process, students cleaned up 1,358 gallons of trash from school neighborhoods, as well as from creek, bay, and ocean habitats. Students also restored local creeks with special planting projects, enjoyed summer camp adventures, and taught their family members how to safely prepare and cook delta fish to reduce toxin intake. Like KIDS for the BAY on Facebook to follow what students are up to this year, and read the project's annual report for more highlights from last year. Thank you to supporters for making 2015-2016 a success!

Thursday October 27, 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: Chinese Company Seeks to Capture Orcas and Hundreds of Marine Mammals in Namibia. Journal editor Maureen Nandini Mitra reports on a troubling proposal to capture marine mammals in Namibia that points to the explosion in captive animal entertainment in China.

Editors' Pick: Make Room for Youth at the Table. An excerpt from New Leaders Initiative director Anisha Desai's speech at the Brower Youth Awards, in which she discusses how young people are building a broader, more diverse, and thriving environmental movement.

Thursday October 27, 2016

Visit the San Francisco Green Festival

The Green Festival Expo is back in San Francisco at Pier 35 from November 11 to 13. The festival will feature more than 250 exhibitors and over 100 inspirational speakers and experts. Come discover the latest trends in sustainable living and plant-based diets, sample local vegan and vegetarian food, enjoy free yoga and cooking demos, and shop for products that are good for your health and the planet. Entry for kids 16 and under is free and there are special discounts for students, seniors, and veterans/military families. Tickets and additional information.

Thursday October 27, 2016

See You at the Brower Youth Awards!

Only five days to go for the 17th annual Brower Youth Awards! Join Earth Island's New Leaders Initiative at the premier event honoring bold young leaders - THIS Tuesday! RSVP for FREE tickets to the awards ceremony and purchase tickets to the special Opening Reception at the early bird rate. Don't miss the great BYA raffle prize opportunities, including a round trip airfare for two anywhere in the US, a sustainable foods walking tour, monthly gourmet coffee deliveries, dance classes, and more! Come celebrate our next generation of environmental leaders at San Francisco's beautiful, historic Herbst Theater on October 18.

Thursday October 13, 2016

Burrowing Owls Need Your Help

Help save burrowing owls! Earth Island's Urban Bird Foundation has launched a Save Burrowing Owls T-shirt Campaign with Bonfire Funds to support critical conservation efforts. Proceeds from T-shirts sold between October 10 and October 30 will directly support Urban Bird's burrowing owl protection work, emergency rescues, habitat restoration and conservation, and educational programs. Show your support for this incredibly unique species that is endangered in Canada, threatened in Mexico, and a bird of conservation concern in the United States. Get your T-shirt today!

Thursday October 13, 2016

Ban Toxic Oil Dispersants

Earlier this year, the EPA punted the final decision on proposed rules to restrict the use of toxic chemical dispersants during oil spill "cleanups" to the next administration. In response, ALERT launched a CREDO Mobilize Campaign, gathering nearly 61,000 signatures demanding EPA action. On Monday, Newsweek released a story about the devastating human health effects of dispersant use following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Sensing an opportunity to secure more signatures, CREDO invited a follow up posting of the petition! The EPA must act now to ban these dispersants. Please share the petition with your networks to help EII's ALERT reach its new goal of 100,000 signatures.

Thursday October 13, 2016

Race to Zero Waste

Join EII's All One Ocean for the second annual Race to Zero Waste at San Francisco's Crissy Field on Saturday, October 15. This waste-free extravaganza to benefit AOO will feature a 5K fun run/walk, a beach cleanup, a zero-waste cooking demo, music, a raffle, and much more. All One Ocean will also host talks with zero waste expert Gary Liss and representatives from SF-based company Imperfect Produce. Oh, and of course, there will be mermaids! All One Ocean might also throw in a "splash mob" and a silent disco. The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Additional details.

Thursday October 13, 2016

Sharktober Is Here

There's a lot to celebrate this Sharktober. Earlier this month, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species passed all pending petitions for Appendix II listings of sharks and rays, including the Mobula ray petition supported by Shark Stewards and its Malaysian allies. The Appendix II list includes species for which trade must be controlled in order to ensure they thrive. Meanwhile, Sharktober continues with several fun events, including Sharktoberfest at the Greater Farallon Islands National Marine Sanctuary Visitors Center on Saturday, October 15, and a shark activist event at Mandalay Resort in Las Vegas with LUSH Cosmetics on October 22. Join the EII project in celebrating and saving sharks. Additional details

Thursday October 13, 2016

Congrats to Alameda Kitchen Graduates

On October 5, Food Shift graduated its first culinary training class from the Alameda Kitchen. Staff were inspired by the tenacity and compassion class members brought to their work, and the Earth Island project is conducting a post-program evaluation before launching the second class. As part of the program's growth, Food Shift is also hiring a new production chef and kitchen supervisor. Help the project find the right applicant by spreading the word, and keep an eye on the Food Shift blog for updates and reports regarding the evaluation.

Thursday October 13, 2016

Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival

Planet Earth Arts, an initiative of EII's Sustainable World Coalition, will present its third annual Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival on Monday, October 17 at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. A collaboration with PlayGround, the San Francisco Bay Area's leading new play incubator, the festival will feature six new original plays on the theme Breaking the Spell: Awakening to the Dream of the Earth. SF Weekly described this powerful evening of bold staged readings by the Bay Area's finest actors as "Amazing... a talented display of beauty, rage, physical comedy and striking use of language." The festival will begin at 8 p.m. Additional details and tickets

Thursday October 13, 2016

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