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Check Out the Journal’s New Issue

The Winter 2015 issue of Earth Island Journal leads with a provocative cover story about the effort get chimpanzees, dolphins, elephants, and other creatures recognized as legal persons. Other articles in this edition include: a wonderful piece of adventure journalism about a trip to visit the “Cathedral in the Desert” at the bottom of flooded Glen Canyon … a conversation with writer-farmer-philosopher Wendell Berry … and an inaugural column by our new columnist, Anna Lappé. Subscribe or buy a copy at the newsstands. Help us produce more in-depth stories like these by making a donation to our Green Journalism Fund today!

Thursday December 4, 2014

Best Ethical Destinations 2015

EII’s Ethical Traveler will be announcing its 2015 “10 Best Ethical Destinations” awards at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club on December 8. The award honors 10 countries – all in the developing world – that are protecting their environments and promoting a socially just, sustainable tourism economy. Event details and ticket information here.

Thursday December 4, 2014

Tell Whole Foods to Avoid Toxic Buildings

Whole Foods claims to be “America’s healthiest grocery store,” yet it has publicly aligned with Green Globes, the building certification system set up by the chemical, plastics, and timber industry, which undermines progress toward healthier buildings and sustainable forestry. Join EII’s Greenwash Action and sign this petition urging Whole Foods to take a stand against substandard green building certifications and make it their official policy to avoid toxic chemicals in the built environment.

Thursday December 4, 2014

Ashoka Fellowship for Alter Terra Director

Oscar Romo, director of EII’s Alter Terra, has been chosen as an Ashoka Fellow for helping change the way some environmental problems are solved, specifically, improving coastal wetlands and water quality preservation in areas where ecosystems are shared by national or international borders. More information about the prestigious fellowship and Romo’s work here.

Thursday December 4, 2014

Celebrate H2Opeful Women

Every week in December EII’s Global Women's Water Initiative will celebrate an African woman who has transformed her community through sustainable water and sanitation initiatives. This week, the project is featuring Catherine Nasmiyu Ondele, a nurse in a small village in Kenya who changed her once-suffering clinic into a thriving center for health services, water and health education and learning about water and sanitation technologies. Read more about Ondele here.

Thursday December 4, 2014

Take Our Reader Survey

What motivates you to support our work? How do you prefer to read the Journal – online, in print, or both? What kind of stories do you like the best – long features or shorter news dispatches, stories about climate change or ones involving wildlife? Please take five minutes to complete our reader survey so that we can learn how to serve you better.

Thursday December 4, 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: TransCanada's Energy East Pipeline Faces Stiff Opposition at Home. Reporter Ron Johnson writes about how rising public protests against yet another tar sands pipeline project is forcing some Canadian provinces to challenge federal decisions on the matter.

Editors’ Pick: Oil Train Blockades in the Pacific Northwest and the Transformative Power of Direct Action. Activist-writer David Osborn explains how direct action can deeply transform participants in ways critical to mobilization and innovation in the climate movement.

Thursday December 4, 2014

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

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