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Help Tell Clean Energy Stories

Earth Island’s Bay Localize and the Local Clean Energy Alliance are excited about formally relaunching their Tree Ring Film Fund campaign! This means helping a small, but mighty project share their story of climate resilient, clean energy futures via two professional video films. Their former clean energy fellow Beverly Markiewicz of TreeRing Productions is dedicated to doing all she can to make this happen by donating a third of the cost of production. But, they simply cannot do it without you. Join the campaign today and help Markiewicz produce these videos.

Thursday March 27, 2014

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorites web-only stories from the last few weeks:

Most Popular: Thousands Converge on Sacramento for Anti-Fracking Rally. Reporter Sena Christian covered the rally and wrote about how Governor Brown’s support for fracking has alienated his environmentalist base.
Editors’ Pick: China Gobbles the World. Reporter Tom Levitt writes about the meatification of Asian diets and the spread of the environmental disaster that is American-style industrial farming.

Thursday March 27, 2014

Check Out Earth Island Journal’s Spring 2014 Issue

The Spring issue of Earth Island Journal is now on newsstands and online. Among other dispatches and reports from around the world, the magazine includes, a compelling story about the cougar comeback in North America and resulting conflicts with humans, an in-depth report on the battle against Big Biotech in Hawaii, and an excellent piece on how some Canadian ranchers there are learning to live with the grizzly bears in their midst. Subscribe or buy a copy at the newsstands today!

Thursday March 13, 2014

Don’t Let USFWS Delist Gray Wolves

A recent review by an independent panel of scientists unanimously concluded that the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to delist gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act throughout the lower 48 states is based on insufficient science. The delisting proposal would leave gray wolf management to individual states, which has proven detrimental in maintaining wolf recovery efforts. In light of the panel’s determination, the USFWS has reopened public comment on the proposed delisting through March 27. EII’s Project Coyote urges you to write the USFWS today to let them know that you oppose the delisting proposal.

Thursday March 13, 2014

A Conversation with Jane Goodall

Earth Island Institute invites you to come hear Dr Jane Goodall, the world's foremost authority on chimpanzees, speak about her new book, Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants, with co-author Gail Hudson and journalist-author Claire Hope Cummings, at the King Middle School in Berkeley, CA on April 4. EII is co-presenting this event with KPFA Radio, the Jane Goodall Institute, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and the Petaluma Seed Bank. More details and ticketing information here.

Thursday March 13, 2014

Calling Young Environmental Leaders

EII's Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Leadership is now accepting applications! Young people, ages 13 to 22 based, in North America who are leading environmental projects can apply today through our online application system. Applications must be completed and submitted by May 12, 2014. If you have any questions, please email us .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Thursday March 13, 2014

Responsible Tourism Award

Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, a key partner of EII’s Viva Sierra Gorda, received the "TO DO! Contest for Socially Responsible Tourism" award at the International Tourism Exchange in Berlin on March 5, along with projects from Cambodia and Iran. The tourism projects that received the TO DO! 2013 award, share the same objective: to improve the local population’s living conditions by carefully developing tourism products and services in a planned manner in ecologically valuable areas. Viva Sierra Gorda invites you to visit this socially responsible tourism destination in the heart of a Biosphere Reserve in Queretaro, Mexico. Details here.

Thursday March 13, 2014

Extinction Soup Bags Award

The new documentary Extinction Soup premiered at the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival on March 8 to great acclaim. The film, promoted by EII’s Shark Stewards as part of its efforts to stop shark finning and overfishing, was given the Conservation Award by the festival. Extinction Soup will continue to screen in festivals and educational venues hosted by Shark Stewards.

Thursday March 13, 2014

A Talk About Food System Gaps

Food Shift director Dana Frasz will be speaking alongside founders of some of the most innovative and sustainable Bay Area food businesses about the gaps and opportunities in our local food system at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA on March 18. Visit the Food Shift website for more details, events, and upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Thursday March 13, 2014

Standing on Sacred Ground Screenings

EII’s Sacred Land Film Project will screen their new documentary film series, Standing on Sacred Ground, in Berkeley from March 27 to April 13. The four-part series shares the stories of eight Indigenous communities around the globe resisting threats to their sacred places in a growing movement to defend human rights, protect culture, and restore the environment. Each episode will screen in a different location and each screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and experts on the issues and places addressed in the film. More information and ticket details here.

Thursday March 13, 2014

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorites web-only stories from the last few weeks:

Most Popular: Mark Palmer, associate director of EII’s International Marine Mammal Project writes a moving review about the book, The Lost Whale: The True Story of an Orca Named Luna.

Editors’ Pick: FBI Held 2012 Strategy Meeting with TransCanada, Industry Partners. Journal contributing editor Adam Federman reports on how the FBI met with TransCanada officials and suggested a “Common Operating Picture Support to [Keystone XL] Pipeline Initiative.”

Thursday March 13, 2014

DJs spin for Orcas & Dolphins

Some of the world’s hottest DJs are joining forces for “Free the Sea” – a concert in support of Earth Island's International Marine Mammal Project at FLUXX in San Diego on March 19. NERVO, Michael Woods, Chris Lake, Funkagenda, and other special guests will make sure this is a night to remember! All proceeds from the event will go towards IMMP's marine mammal advocacy and conservation efforts. Buy your tickets now!

Thursday March 13, 2014

Growing Clean Energy Jobs

EII’s Bay Localize, which is a member of the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, invites you to participate in Growing Clean Energy Jobs in Oakland, a free community education event on April 5 in East Oakland, CA. The event will discuss the potential for an East Bay Community Choice energy program that would provide locally-sourced, renewable energy to Oakland residents and businesses, create jobs, and generate pubic revenue that can be reinvested in our communities. Details here.

Thursday March 13, 2014

Taiwan Road Project Threatens Endangered Bird

Taiwan has won well-deserved international acclaim for protecting and creating habitat for the endangered black-faced spoonbill. However, a proposed road (Road 1-4) across the Jiading Wetlands in Kaohsiung County threatens to fragment the bird’s key stepping-stone habitat. An Environmental Impact Assessment for the road has been reviewed three times at the county level but received a “no-decision” decision. It’s now being sent to the national EIA committee for review. Although some locals argue that the road will help the economy, EII’s SAVE International is helping partners who oppose the road by putting pressure on city officials and leveraging the conflict to an international audience.

Thursday February 27, 2014

California May Ban Wildlife Killing Contests

At the request of EII’s Project Coyote, the California Fish & Game Commission voted unanimously this month to consider a statewide ban on wildlife killing contests. Commission President Michael Sutton showed his support for the motion stating: "I've been concerned about these killing contests for some time. They seem inconsistent both with ethical standards of hunting and our current understanding of the important role predators play in ecosystems." The issue will be discussed at the commission’s April 16 meeting during which public testimonies will be heard. Learn more about these killing contests here and sign Project Coyote’s petition to ban this egregious practice.

Thursday February 27, 2014

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