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Green Films that Inspire

The San Francisco Green Film Festival kicks off on May 29 with 60 new films from 21 countries to inform, inspire, and motivate you to action for the environment. Earth Island Journal editor Jason Mark will lead a panel discussion at the June 1 screening of Watermark and Postcard from the Sacramento Delta. Also, on June 1, David McGuire of EII’s Shark Stewards join other ocean experts on the panel after the screening of The Last Ocean and Most Endangered Species in the Bay: The Waterman. Check out the roster of films and buy your tickets today!

Thursday May 22, 2014

SWC Anniversary Gala

Please join EII’s Sustainable World Coalition for an elegant and inspiring evening celebrating 10 years of being on the forefront of sustainability education and engagement. The new edition of the Sustainable World Sourcebook will be launched at this special tenth anniversary event at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA, on Sunday, June 1. Randy Hayes, director of Foundation Earth, and founder of EII alumnae organization, Rainforest Action Network , and Ben Schick of Pachamama Alliance will speak at the event. To register for the celebration, go here.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Challenging Greenwashing

A new EII project, Greenwash Action, a joint initiative of Sierra Club and Greenpeace, launched on May 14, with a mission is to support progress toward a healthy, biodiverse, climate-stable world. The project will defend programs that represent true environmental leadership and challenge special interests that use greenwash to hinder change. Environmental leadership programs have transformed markets in two key sectors – building design and construction and forestry and forest products. But these leadership programs are now under serious threat because of the special interests like the chemicals, plastics, and timber industries. Greenwash Action has issued an open sign-on letter addressed to the board of the Green Building Initiative, expressing concern about how these programs are being undermined.

Thursday May 22, 2014

A Win Against Rat Poisons

A San Diego County Superior Court has ruled that California’s ban on four of the worst rat poisons can take effect on July 1. Reckitt Benckiser, which makes d-Con, the maker of one of the banned poisons, had sued to stop the ban. The issue will still have to go to trial though and the ban does not apply to all of the poisons or to pest control companies. EII’s Raptors Are The Solution is continuing its public education campaign on public transit about the dangers to wildlife from rat poison. Help RATS put more ads up by contributing to their crowdfunder campaign.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Community Garden Workshop

EII’s Nature in the City's Backyard Native Plant Nursery Network will be sowing seeds and propagating plants at White Crane Springs Community Garden in San Francisco on Saturday, June 7. Join them, and if you like, take plants home to raise in your own backyard, and make San Francisco a more livable city for the wild species in our midst. Learn more here.

Thursday May 22, 2014

YEA Camp has a New Video

EII’s YEA Camp, a life-changing summer camp for world-changing teens, has released a new promotional video to give prospective campers a sneak-peek of their unique youth activism summer camp. Check it out here. Spots are still available for caring and passionate 12 to 17 year-olds at YEA Camps in Portland, OR, Santa Cruz, CA, and near Boston, MA. For more information or to register, go here.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Coyote Talk

Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of EII's Project Coyote, will be presenting "Coyotes in Our Midst – Learning to Live with North America's Song Dog," as part of Sonoma Birding's Wine Country Nature Lecture Series in Sonoma on May 29. This is a valuable opportunity to learn about coyote behavior, biology and the beneficial role coyotes play in our rural and urban ecosystems. Visit ProjectCoyote.org for additional event listings and details.

Thursday May 22, 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: Small Wild Cats Face Big Threats, but Receive Little Conservation Funds. Former Journal intern, Jacob Shea writes about how the relative obscurity of small wild cats means that most wildlife conservation groups overlook them.

Editors’ Pick: Oglala Lakotas Oppose Expansion of Uranium Mining Near Reservation. Connor Gallagher reports on a Lakota-led opposition has been engaged in a six-year-long battle to prevent any expansion of the Crow Butte uranium mine in Nebraska.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Last Call for BYA Applications

There is less than a month left to send in your Brower Youth Award application. The award honors young people who are leading groundbreaking environmental projects. Anyone between the ages of 13 to 22 who lives in North America is eligible. Apply today through the online application system. Applications must be completed by May 12. If you have any questions, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday April 24, 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.

Thursday April 24, 2014

Support the Altai People and Ecosystems

Russia’s southern Siberian republic of Altai is not only a sacred landscape inhabited by Indigenous Altaians with ancient burial mounds and petroglyphs dating back to the Stone Age, it is also of incredible importance for global biodiversity. Supporting conservation in Altai means protecting endangered species like the snow leopard, as well as fragile ecosystems connecting Altai to the rest of the world. EII’s The Altai Project works to support community advocacy and development, making it possible for Altaians to maintain and grow their cultural practices and traditions. The project has just launched a Crowdrise campaign to help support its work. Please check it out and donate generously.

Thursday April 24, 2014

Cocktails for Nature in the City!

Join EII’s Nature in the City on May 1 at the Greenwich Manor in San Francisco for an evening of cocktails and mingling as it highlights its efforts to support San Francisco’s biodiversity through ecological restoration and awareness campaigns. The project’s programs and partnerships include the Green Hairstreak Butterfly Habitat Corridor, Tigers on Market Street, the Green Connections Plan, and so much more! Go here for more details and to RSVP.

Thursday April 24, 2014

Championing Wildlife Conservation in California

EII's Project Coyote is helping California lead the nation in terms of wildlife conservation. Following testimony by Randi Feilich, the project’s Southern California representative, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban body-gripping traps citywide. Project Coyote also made an indisputable case for banning predator-killing contests, presenting the California Fish and Game Commission with a letter signed by more than 35 scientists countering claims that these contests help manage wildlife. The commission voted 3 to 2 vote in favor of a proposed rule that would make such contests unlawful. To learn how you can help move California toward ethical, science-based wildlife stewardship, please see Project Coyote's action alert.

Thursday April 24, 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: 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

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