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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

Celebrate Rhythms of Resilience

San Francisco-based arts collective Audiopharmacy will be headlining Bay Localize’s fall fundraiser – Reel Rhythms of Resilience– in Oakland on 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 October 30, 2014

A Grand Success

Earth Island’s 15th Annual Brower Youth Awards ceremony, honoring six young environmental leaders from across North America, was a grand success. The inspiring October 21 event drew an audience of 1,000 guests. Watch the video profiles of this year’s winners and help us to meet our $15,000 matching gift offer by making a donation in support of BYA by Tuesday, November 4.

Thursday October 30, 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: Protecting the “Last Ocean.” Winnie Bird reports on ongoing efforts by delegates from 24 countries and the EU to create two massive marine preserves in the Antarctic.

Editors’ Pick: Deep Undercover: Police Officer in UK Fathered a Child with an Activist as Part of an Investigation. Journal contributing editor Adam Federman writes how a court settlement in this case appears to be an attempt to evade questions about the ethics of police infiltration.

Thursday October 30, 2014

Feeding Thousands With Surplus Food

EII’s Food Shift recently cohosted Zero Food Waste Forum and Feeding the 5,000 – two high-profile events that were milestones in the national movement to end food waste and hunger. The project recovered 1,000 pounds of surplus food to serve at the Zero Food Waste Forum and fed hundreds of attendees, demonstrating first-hand the incredible abundance of food in the Bay Area and its ability to feed those in need. Sign up for the Food Shift’s email newsletter to learn more. Support Food Shift’s work by texting SHIFT to 41444 and making a donation.

Thursday October 30, 2014

Visit the SF Green Festival

The San Francisco Green Festival will be held at Fort Mason from November 14 to 16. Enjoy the widest array of sustainable products, innovative green speakers, and activities for the entire family! Check out the festival schedule and don't forget to purchase your tickets online and save $5!

Thursday October 30, 2014

Predatory-Friendly Workshop

EII's Project Coyote is excited to partner with Marin-based Fibershed in offering a predator friendly workshop at The Third Annual Fibershed Wool & Fine Fiber Symposium on November 15 in Point Reyes Station, CA. Come learn about Marin County's unique Livestock & Wildlife Protection Program and about innovative nonlethal predator deterrents. Local artisans and farmers will be selling their freshly farmed, locally grown and made creations. Event details and ticket information here.

Thursday October 16, 2014

Don’t Miss the Brower Youth Awards on Oct 21!

Earth Island Institute's 15th Annual Brower Youth Awards will be presented on Tuesday, October 21! Please join us for this festive and inspiring evening in San Francisco, as we honor and celebrate six young environmental leaders for their outstanding efforts to promote ecological sustainability and social justice. Get all the event details and RSVP here.

Thursday October 16, 2014

Feeding 5,000 With Recovered Food

How about a FREE lunch? Join EII's Food Shift for the Feeding the 5000 event on Saturday, October 18. A healthy, free lunch made from delicious food that would otherwise be wasted will be provided for 5,000 people in downtown Oakland, CA. Feeding the 5000 events have taken place around the world, but this will be the first time it will be held in the US. The afternoon event will also include live cooking demos, music, and more. Details here.

Thursday October 16, 2014

Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival

EII's Sustainable World Coalition is launching the Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival – a powerful evening of six short, one-act plays by California Bay Area playwrights performed by the region's leading actors. The performances will takes place at the Berkeley Repertory Theater on Monday, October 20, and at Stanford University on Tuesday, October 21. Be prepared for very creative and out-of-the-box theater, all with a powerful message about a living Earth experiencing mid-life crises. More information and tickets here.

Thursday October 16, 2014

Dismantling Racism in Our Communities

EII's Bay Localize and Generation Waking up invite you to join the Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory – a daylong, uplifting, and powerful anti-racism training held by the Catalyst Project on November 8 in San Francisco. The training will include, developing visions for social change, exploring how institutional racism functions, and examine how white privilege undermines social justice efforts. Details and registration information here.

Thursday October 16, 2014

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