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Conservation Hero Award for Former Poacher

EII’s The Altai Project is thrilled to announce that former snow leopard poacher turned protector, Mergen Markov, has been honored with a Disney Conservation Hero Award! The award recognizes local citizens for their tireless efforts to save wildlife, protect habitats, and educate communities. Read more about Markov and his efforts to protect snow leopards in the Altai here!

Thursday November 13, 2014

Help End Wildlife Killing Contests

Thousands of coyotes, bobcats, foxes, wolves and other wildlife continue to be slaughtered in wildlife killing contests across the country. At least 11 coyotes were killed in a coyote killing contest near Bakersfield, CA earlier this month. Loopholes in California law and regulations still allow such barbaric practices to continue. EII's Project Coyote has petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to ban wildlife killing contests. The commission is expected to take a final vote on the issue on December 3. For more information and to learn how you can help click here.

Thursday November 13, 2014

Bid to Save Whales and Dolphins

Bid on one-of-a-kind items and experiences at the Save Japan Dolphins Seven Seas Auction and help EII’s International Marine Mammal Project save dolphins and whales in Japan and around the world. The fabulous auction items include: a Downton Abbey set tour and a champagne tea at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London with the hit series’ beloved Mrs. Patmore; a trip to see the largest concentration of polar bears on the planet in Churchill, Manitoba; a lunch date with ”Her Deepness” Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Time Magazine’s “Hero of the Planet”; special musical offerings from the Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson and Jack Johnson; vacation packages to Hawaii, Aruba, and San Miguel; great diving, snorkeling, and whale-watching opportunities, and much more! Make your bids and please spread the word. The auction closes Dec. 3.

Thursday November 13, 2014

ReGeneration: A Global Citizenship Curriculum

EII’s Generation Waking Up has for years, been organizing successful workshops and leadership trainings igniting young changemakers. Now it is creating an innovative global citizenship curriculum for high school teachers to bring the power of this inspiring work into classrooms everywhere. Help the project ignite today’s generation of young people to reboot, refresh, and regenerate our world, by supporting their ambitious crowdfunding campaign. Learn more here.

Thursday November 13, 2014

Special Status for Black-faced Spoonbill Habitat

Birdlife International has listed Jiading Wetland, the wintering habitat for nearly 10 percent of the world’s black-faced spoonbill population, as an International Bird and Biodiversity Area. The internationally recognized status, which was granted based on an application from the Chinese Wild Bird Federation, is used to identify potential wetlands of international importance. While this new status does not automatically protect the wetland from development threats, it may provide local and international organizations, including EII’s Save International, with important leverage in the campaign to halt construction of a new road through the wetland.

Thursday November 13, 2014

Celebrate the Rhythms of Resilience

San Francisco-based arts collective Audiopharmacy will be headlining Bay Localize's fall fundraiser – Reel Rhythms of Resilience– in Oakland tomorrow, November 14. Don't miss the opportunity to celebrate with the Indigenous hip hop ensemble, which will also be releasing its "State of the Heart" live album at the gala. Listen, dance, take in the interactive, multi-disciplinary live arts-audio-visual experience and support the Earth Island project as it shares stories of resilience, environmental justice, and community self-determination through film and music. Event and ticket details here.

Thursday November 13, 2014

Visit the SF Green Festival

The San Francisco Green Festival will be held at Fort Mason this weekend (November 14 to 16). Enjoy the widest array of sustainable products, innovative green speakers, and activities for the entire family! As a sponsor for this year's Green Festival we invite you to attend at a special rate. Get your 50% off your tickets by clicking on this link and entering the Code: EARTHISLAND14. Check out the festival event guide and visit Earth Island at our booth #585 in the Festival Pier pavilion!

Thursday November 13, 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 two weeks:

Most Popular: Berkeley Bellwether: What the Soda Tax in this City Means for the Country. Journal’s new columnist Anna Lappé explains how the face of Berkeley vs. Big Soda is the face of mainstream America.

Editors’ Pick: The Hangover: Mourning After the 2014 Election. Journal editor Jason Mark breaks down what the midterm election results mean for the environment and for the US environmental movement

Thursday November 13, 2014

Help Food Shift Assess Impact

EII's Food Shift launched public awareness ads in BART trains and stations in September to highlight the connection between food waste and water waste. Have you seen our ads? Please take a moment to take our short survey so we can assess the impact of the ads. Looking for holiday plans? You're invited to the FARMcurious Holiday Party on December 6 in Oakland! All proceeds will go to Food Shift.

Thursday November 13, 2014

Student Sustainability Convergence

EII’s California Student Sustainability Coalition is hosting its fall convergence – “Act Collectively, Transition Together: Systems for Justice” – this weekend (November 14 to 16) at the University of California, Davis. The event will feature inspiring guest speakers, student and community led workshops, breakout sessions exploring sustainability, ecology, economy, and equity, as well as delicious local cuisine. Learn more and register today!

Thursday November 13, 2014

Help Us Choose Our Next Cover

Who do you prefer – Larry or Mandy? Take this poll and help us choose the cover for Earth Island Journal’s Winter issue, which is going to lead with a special feature on the radical movement demanding chimpanzees, dolphins, whales, and elephants be recognized as nonhuman persons.

Thursday October 30, 2014

New Book Tracks Logging in Borneo

Please join EII’s The Borneo Project in Berkeley on November 16 to celebrate the release of Money Logging, a new book by Lukas Straumann that investigates the massive destruction of the Borneo rainforest by Malaysian loggers. Straumann will be there to sign books, answer questions, and speak about the network of criminals who have earned billions through illegal timber sales and corruption in Borneo and their connection in California. The launch party will start at 3 p.m. at University Press Books and is free to attend. Learn more on The Borneo Project’s Facebook page and RSVP today!

Thursday October 30, 2014

Women Bringing H2Ope to their Communities

Global Women's Water Initiative, EII’s newest project, invites you to meet with grassroots women leaders, Godliver Businge of Uganda and Rose Wamalwa of Kenya, who will share inspiring stories about how women in their home countries are transforming from “Water Bearers” to “Water Providers” and entrepreneurs. The free event, on November 13 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, California, has limited seating, so please RSVP here.

Thursday October 30, 2014

Mushroom Hunt in the Sierra Gordas

EII’s Viva Sierra Gorda is currently hosting California Bay Area mycologist Alan Rockefeller at the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. Rockefeller, who specializes in the mountain cloud forests of Mexico, has found an amazing diversity of mushrooms in the reserve, including more than 90 edible species. He will be hosting a mushroom hunt this weekend in collaboration with Sierra Gorda Ecotours and another one in July 2015. Visit Viva Sierra Gorda’s Facebook page to learn more.

Thursday October 30, 2014

Citizens Oppose Idaho Wolf-Hunting Contest

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has received nearly 40,000 comments opposing the group Idaho for Wildlife's request for a special recreation permit to host a “predator derby” in central Idaho every January for five years.The derby would involve contestants killing wolves, coyotes, bobcats, foxes, and other predators. EII's Project Coyote has challenged the permit request. The BLM is expected to issue a decision by next week. Project Coyote is on the brink of winning the battle to ban this practice in California, with a final vote by the California Fish and Game Commission expected on December 3. For more on this issue, please view this message from executive director Camilla Fox.

Thursday October 30, 2014

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