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Introducing Masa pa’ la Raza

EII’s Bay Localize is excited to announce the incubation of a new cooperative catering and food education organization, Masa pa’ la Raza, which serves the community with organic, home-cooked food, and fresh juices and teas that nourish the movement for healthy communities. The cooperative provides food for community events throughout the Bay Area, as well as tamales by donation. Consider Masa pa’ la Raza when catering your next big event, or order tamales in bulk for a lunch meeting at the office. A portion of all proceeds from these orders will go to Bay Localize.

Thursday December 3, 2015

Help Fund Real Food Real Stories

Join EII’s Real Food Real Stories as a founding donor during the new project’s very first fundraising campaign, which runs through December 23. RFRS believes that slowing down, making face-to-face connections, and building relationships with those who feed us are the foundations to rebuilding resilient, healthy food systems. Your tax-deductible donation will support 15-plus changemakers in food to become storytellers and inspire eaters in 2016. Those donating $20 or more will receive a copy of the latest issue of Earth Island Journal, which includes a piece on the backstory of RFRS. Those donating $50 or more will receive a copy of the project’s first recipe booklet. Donate now and help RFRS reach its goal!

Thursday December 3, 2015

PLAN Plastic-Free Campus Manual

A cooperative network of students has just published the PLAN Plastic-Free Campus Manual, a free guide on achieving zero-waste goals on college campuses. The manual was produced by the Post-Landfill Action Network with support from Earth Island’s Plastic Pollution Coalition. It contains guidance, tools, and best practices for students to rid their campuses of disposable single-use plastics, and tips for conducting campus plastic audits, navigating regulations, and finding alternatives to plastic. Post-Landfill Action Network was founded by 2013 Brower Youth Award winner Alex Freid. Download the manual here.

Thursday December 3, 2015

Atlai Project and Center for Safe Energy Merge

The Atlai Project and the Center for Safe Energy, both projects of Earth Island Institute, are pleased to announce that they will be merging in 2016. Jennifer Castner, who currently serves as director of the Atlai Project, will lead the new organization that will be built on shared values, geographic focus, and advocacy methods. Learn more about the merger here!

Thursday December 3, 2015

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: FDA’s Approval of GE Salmon Based on Bad Science, Say Consumer Advocates. Journal associate editor Zoe Loftus-Farren examines the implications of the FDA’s first-ever approval of a genetically engineered animal for human consumption.

Editors’ Pick: Delay in Dungeness Crab Fishing Season Offers a Big Climate Lesson. Reporter Laura Moser explores a toxic algal bloom that is poisoning sea life in the Pacific.

Thursday December 3, 2015

Earth Island’s Year of Growing Environmental Leadership

Read Earth Island Institute’s 2015 year-end update and join us in providing ‪grassroots ‪environmental leaders with the tools to protect our shared planet by making a tax-deductible donation here. For your gift of $100 or more, you may choose to receive a copy of the new ‪‎biography of Earth Island’s founder, David Brower: The Making of the Environmental Movement.

Thursday December 3, 2015

Take the ‘No Straw’ Pledge

EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition has launched a "No Straw" pledge campaign to get people to stop using single-use plastic straws. By now, more than six million people have seen the disturbing viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose. The video has been raising awareness of the dangers of disposable plastics worldwide. Take the pledge, and buy the "SEE Turtle?" campaign T-shirt to help stop plastic pollution.

Thursday November 19, 2015

Stop the Raising of the Shasta Dam

The US Senate is considering legislation proposed by Senator Diane Feinstein that could raise the height of California's Shasta Dam for the benefit of Big Ag and Big Oil. Raising the dam would drown most of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe's remaining sacred sites and traditional homelands, and decimate endangered salmon populations. EII's Sacred Land Film Project is working with the Winnemem Wintu tribe to stop this legislation. You can help by signing Chief Caleen Sisk's petition — the goal is to get 100,000 signatures! Please also write letters to Senator Feinstein and Senator Barbara Boxer expressing your opposition to the dam proposal.

Thursday November 19, 2015

Congratulations to All One Ocean

EII's All One Ocean won the $5,000 Community Award at the 2015 San Francisco Green Festival! AOO would like to thank everyone who voted for the project online and at the festival. AOO will use the money to keep trash off of our beaches, so keep an eye out for new beach clean up stations near you.

Thursday November 19, 2015

Wildlife Killing Contests

Every year thousands of coyotes, bobcats, foxes, prairie dogs and other unprotected wild animals are killed in state-sanctioned"wildlife killing contests." Project Coyote is working on a film that exposes the cruelty of these mass killing derbies and tournaments and inspires action to stop the senseless slaughter of our native wildlife. The Earth Island project needs to raise $50,000 to produce and promote the film and for it's larger campaign against wildlife killing contests. Four generous donors have initiated a matching gift campaign for this effort. Together, they will match up to $25,000 in donations. Please donate here to help Project Coyote reach its $25,000 matching goal!

Thursday November 19, 2015

The Sustainable World Sourcebook

The Sustainable World Coalition has received a grant to donate copies of its award-winning Sustainable World Sourcebook to deserving organizations. The EII project is looking for organizations that will put these books into the hands of employees, members, clients, and donors, perhaps as a unique holiday gift. The graphic-rich, magazine-style sourcebook is a one-of-a-kind resource on the major global issues of our time, the most promising real-world solutions, and what we can do personally and collectively to make a difference. For more information, contact SWC's director of operations, Steve Motenko, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday November 19, 2015

The Millennial Quest

Earth Island's Generation Waking Up, in partnership with the Animas Valley Institute, has launched the Millennial Quest to support a new generation of young visionary leaders, changemakers, and social entrepreneurs. In today's world, we have largely forgotten the deeper purpose of adolescence and young adulthood, and the practice of soul initiation. The Millennial Quest program will illuminate for the contemporary world the process of soul initiation that helps engender true adults who eventually become true elders. Learn more about the program here.

Thursday November 19, 2015

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: Paris: The End of the Beginning. In a sneak peek of the Journal's Winter issue, Tom Athanasiou, director of EII's EcoEquity, considers what success or failure will mean at the Paris climate talks, and makes the case that justice and ambition must be front-and-center in the upcoming climate agreement.

Editors' Pick: No, SeaWorld Is Not Phasing Out Orca Shows. Regular Journal contributor Laura Bridgeman explains that, despite misleading news headlines, SeaWorld is simply reworking, rather than eliminating, its controversial orca shows.

Thursday November 19, 2015

On Giving Tuesday, Gift Earth Island Journal

December 1, the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving, is #GivingTuesday — a global day dedicated to celebrating generosity and giving. #GivingTuesday kicks off the year-end giving season and celebrates charitable activities that support community-based, non-profit organizations. In this spirit, we invite you to gift an Earth Island Journal subscription to a friend, colleague, or loved one. With subscriptions to our award-winning, investigative magazine priced at only $10 for a full-year, the Journal makes for a great and affordable gift and offers you the double benefit of supporting independent news and analysis about the most pressing environmental issues facing our one planet.

Thursday November 19, 2015

Reverse the Shasta Dam Bill

Christopher McLeod, director of EII's Sacred Land Film Project, joined a coalition of  Indigenous and environmental leaders to send a letter to Senator Barbera Boxer, urging her to exclude a provision from the California Emergency Drought Relief Act that would enlarge the Shasta Dam. "For too long dams have been used to solve our water problems with no consdieration given to their community and environmental impacts," the letter states, adding that "raising the dam will harm the Winnemem Wintu people who have already been harmed by the dam." Learn more about the effort here and take action to stop the raising of the dam here.

Thursday November 5, 2015

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