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

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Plant Trees in the New Year

Richmond Trees’ first tree planting event of the new year will held on January 7, 2018. The Earth Island project will meet volunteers at Burg Park at 30th Street and Clinton Ave at 9:00 a.m., then head out into the neighborhood to plant. Join Richmond Trees to bring more green to the Richmond, CA community! All ages are welcome. Please bring water, work gloves, and your favorite tools if you have them. (But don't worry if you don't, there will be extras to share!) Richmond Trees will have snacks, water, and coffee for volunteers. Learn more and email with any questions.

Thursday December 21, 2017

Our Big Blue Expedition Launch Event

EII’s Shark Stewards — in partnership with Stop Fish Bombing, APEX Environmental, MW Experiences, and Scubazoo — has launched the Our Big Blue Expedition, a new global awareness campaign in support of threatened coral reef habitat in the Coral Triangle. Through the “Swim with Us” program, Our Big Blue Expedition team will provide sponsors with the opportunity to swim with blue whales and many other species and participate in research activities in Malaysia and Timor-Leste. The new conservation coalition is kicking things off with a special New Year’s Eve launch event at the Lincoln Speakeasy in Los Angeles. Learn more about the coalition, the launch event, and how to get involved.

Thursday December 21, 2017

Catering for Companies that Care

Food Shift’s catering services deliver great taste with great impact. The Food Shift Kitchen’s unique social enterprise model turns surplus produce that would otherwise be wasted into delicious meals, while also providing job training for those with barriers to employment. The food isn’t just good for the community and the environment, it’s good for the taste buds too! Let Food Shift know what your needs are for your next meeting, event, or conference. Eating with the Earth Island project makes a difference; check out Food Shift’s 2017 impact numbers. Learn more and email to book a meal.

Thursday December 21, 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: Why Are Elephants Getting Electrocuted in India? Reporter Sribala Subramanian discusses how jerry-rigged electric fences on farms are a serious threat to endangered Asian elephants.

Editors' Pick: When the Levee Breaks. Researcher Kyle Seewald Hemes writes about why restoration work in the San Joaquin-Sacramento Delta could be key to addressing California’s dual water and climate challenges.

Thursday December 21, 2017

Help Support Our Work

People Magazine recently listed Earth Island Institute as the number one organization to give to during this holiday season if you wish to help build a better tomorrow! EII has also received top ratings from all of the major charity rating groups — including GuideStar, CharityNavigator, and CharityWatch — and has been listed as an accredited charity with the Better Business Bureau. When you give a year-end donation to Earth Island Institute, you provide vital support for our vast network of environmental projects. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Thursday December 7, 2017

BioBlitz Fun in Kensington, CA

his Sunday, December 10, join EII's Wholly H2O for a fun half-day citizen science BioBlitz along Wildcat Creek in Kensington, CA. Participants will hike around Jewel Lake to find and identify as many species as possible. Get ready to enjoy being a citizen scientist through simple observation and photo documentation. The BioBlitz begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Packrat Trail trailhead in Tilden Park. Free registration is required. Learn more and register today.

Thursday December 7, 2017

Richmond Trees Launches Spanish Website

Richmond Trees is excited to announce the launch of its Spanish language website this month. The Latino community comprises more than 35 percent of Richmond's population, and the Earth Island project recognizes the importance of easy access to information in Spanish to widen the reach of its mission to grow the urban forest. Equally important is access to information regarding volunteer opportunities, including tree planting and tree care events. Richmond Trees has planted more than 600 trees since its founding in 2011 and its success is dependent upon a broad base of support. Join the project this Sunday, December 10, at Burg Park at 9:00 a.m. to plant some trees!

Thursday December 7, 2017

Check Out the Journal’s Winter Issue

Don't miss the Winter issue of Earth Island Journal, which is now out on newsstands and online. The issue leads with an expansive cover story exploring the many challenges facing the California Delta, and what the controversial "twin tunnels" project would mean for the region's future. Other articles include an in-depth piece on Guyana's efforts to transition to a clean energy economy; a compelling feature about ecological and cultural restoration work being done on the remote Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve in British Columbia; and a touching narrative on the emotional and environmental consequences of losing sight of the night sky. 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 7, 2017

Project Coyote On-Air

Project Coyote Founder & Executive Director Camilla Fox was recently interviewed for two national podcasts. On the Animals Today Radio program "Reining in Animal Services," Fox spoke with host Dr. Peter Siegel about the indiscriminate killing of wildlife perpetrated by the USDA's Wildlife Services, as well as the recent settlement of a case filed by wildlife advocacy groups against the agency. Fox also joined well-known vegan author and speaker Colleen Patrick-Goudreau on her award-winning Food for Thought podcast to discuss coexisting with carnivores and the Earth Island project's Ranching with Wildlife and Coyote Friendly Communities programs.

Thursday December 7, 2017

Food Shift is Hiring-120717

EII's Food Shift is seeking a dedicated individual to transport cosmetically imperfect produce from San Francisco distributors to its kitchen site in Alameda.

The food recovery driver role is critical for expanding Food Shift's capacity to reduce food waste, create healthy meals for the Alameda community, and provide job training via its kitchen program. The EII project is currently able to recover around 1,500 pounds of food per week, and hiring a driver would help quadruple this impact! Read the full job description to learn more. To apply, contact Alison Griffith with your resume, availability, and a statement of interest.

Thursday December 7, 2017

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite stories from the last two weeks

Most Popular: Life Amid the Levees. Reporter Jacob Shea examines the complex set of issues facing the California Delta, looking at what water management decisions in the region will mean for the long-term health of the Delta ecosystem and local communities.

Editors' Pick: Six Ways of Seeing a Rhinoceros Auklet. In a beautifully written essay, author Eric Wagner reflects on what declining ocean health means for Pacific seabirds like the rhinoceros auklet.

Thursday December 7, 2017

Earth Island at UN Climate Talks

This week marks the start of COP23, the latest round of global climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany. An Earth Island Institute delegation of grassroots leaders from Eco Equity, Climate Wise Women, Transition Earth, and Environmental Finance Center West is participating in talks, stressing the importance of women's leadership and equity in implementation of the Paris Agreement, and drawing attention to the connections between climate change and population growth. Eco Equity and partner-organization Civil Society Review also released a report at the conference, "Equity and the Ambition Ratchet," explaining that we are not on track to keep global temperature rise well below 2°C — the goal outlined in the Paris Agreement — and emphasizing the urgent need for action.

Thursday November 9, 2017

Protect Pacific Marine National Monuments

EII's Shark Stewards is collecting public comments to protect Marine National Monuments in the Pacific Ocean, two of which — Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended shrinking in a recent memo to President Trump. The remote, lightly inhabited, and nearly pristine islands and atolls were first designated national monuments under President George W. Bush. President Obama later expanded their size to create some of the largest and most biologically important protected ecosystems in the Pacific. These last few remaining wilderness areas in this region are now in the crosshairs of the current administration. Learn more and take action to protect the monuments today.

Thursday November 9, 2017

Check Out the Ethical Traveler Podcast

EII's Ethical Traveler is thrilled to announce the launch of its new podcast series that features incredible storytelling, great world music, and interviews with some fascinating travelers. The first four episodes highlight the work of three different Earth Island projects. The success of the podcasts depends on the audience, so please give a listen, subscribe, and share with friends!

Thursday November 9, 2017

Congratulations to Sharon Danks

Please join us in congratulating Sharon Danks, executive director of Earth Island's Green Schoolyards America, who was recently named an Ashoka Fellow! Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs selected for their innovative solutions to social problems and their potential to change patterns across society. Danks's work inspires and enables communities to enrich their school grounds and use them to improve children's wellbeing, learning, and play while contributing to the ecological health and resilience of their cities. Ashoka has published a profile of Sharon's work and has also run an article about her work in Forbes.

Thursday November 9, 2017

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