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The latest campaign updates from Earth Island’s global network of environmental projects.

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Get Your Brower Youth Awards Tickets

Come celebrate the next generation of environmental activists at the 19th Annual Brower Youth Awards ceremony on October 16 in San Francisco's beautiful Herbst Theater. This year's theme is "Grow the Movement,” an expression of our support for the cultural and environmental warriors who are galvanizing change across the country. Tickets to the ceremony are FREE. You are also invited to meet the BYA winners at a special reception preceding the awards ceremony. Register for your free awards ticket and purchase your reception ticket today.

Thursday August 9, 2018

Pediatricians Issue Plastics-Related Warning

The American Academy of Pediatrics' most recent policy statement recommends limiting exposure to certain chemicals for infants and children. The first two chemicals of increasing concern on their list are bisphenols and phthalates, both of which are used in the manufacture of plastics. These chemicals are present in food containers, canned food, plastic bottles, and many other items that are used for food preparation and storage. Read more from EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition.

Thursday August 9, 2018

Mark Your Calendars for the SF Green Film Festival

Earth Island Journal is proud to be a media partner of the annual San Francisco Green Film Festival, scheduled for September 6 to 14. This year's lineup includes a powerful film about threats to Botswana's Okavango Delta; a documentary about the Indigenous movement for climate justice; and an inspiring film about the first solar-powered flight around the world. On September 9, Earth Island Journal Editor Maureen Nandini Mitra will host a conversation following the world premiere of STROOP: Journey into the Rhino Horn War — a hair-raising documentary that takes viewers to the front-lines of the war against poaching — at the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. View the full screening calendar and get your tickets today.

Thursday August 9, 2018

Coexisting with Coyotes in SF

Join EII's Project Coyote at 7 p.m. on August 16 at The Randall Museum in San Francisco for a lively discussion and workshop about coexisting with San Francisco's resident coyotes. Keli Hendricks, Project Coyote's ranching with wildlife coordinator, will be joined by representatives from SF Parks and Recreation and SF Animal Care and Control, for a presentation and question-and-answer session. Project Coyote will also be joining other wildlife groups on October 13 at San Francisco's Mission Bay Conference Center for the Wildlife Conservation Network Fall Expo — one of the foremost events of its kind. Learn more about both events.

Thursday August 9, 2018

Living Schoolyards in Oakland

EII's Green Schoolyards America is pleased to announce its partnership with Oakland Unified School District and The Trust for Public Land. Together, the three groups will create a district-wide "living schoolyard" policy for Oakland, develop a funding strategy, and implement joint use agreements to ensure that more of the district's schoolyards become hands-on learning and play environments that are healthier for children and also climate resilient. Learn more.

Thursday August 9, 2018

Save the Date for BURNED Screening

Join Chad Hanson, director of Earth Island's John Muir Project, and others for a screening of the new documentary film BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal? during September's Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. BURNED tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel, and probes the policy loopholes and huge subsidies facilitating biomass energy, as well as the blatant greenwashing of the burgeoning industry. The film follows a dedicated group of forest activists, scientists, and concerned citizens who are fighting to safeguard our forests, protect their communities, and debunk this false solution to climate change. The screening will be held at the Children's Creativity Museum on September 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday August 9, 2018

Food Shift Is Hiring

EII's Food Shift is looking for a part-time Administrative and Operations Assistant. This is an exciting opportunity to gain experience with a growing non-profit organization and join a dynamic team that's building a movement to reduce food waste, nourish communities, and provide jobs. Read the full job description.

Thursday August 9, 2018

RATS in San Luis Obispo

Raptors Are the Solution (RATS) is wrapping up a 10-month public outreach campaign in San Luis Obispo, CA. Since last December, the Earth Island project's ads and educational messages about the impacts of rat poison on non-target wildlife have been placed on the sides of local buses, reaching an estimated 8,000 people per day. Three billboards in the area have reached close to 900,000 people. RATS has a new chapter, SLO RATS, in partnership with Pacific Wildlife Care, and is greatly increasing its presence and messaging in the area.

Thursday August 9, 2018

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite stories from the last two weeks:

Most Popular: Mongolia at Crossroads. Economist Ono Borjgyn discusses how global market pressures and climate change are endangering the traditional life of Mongolian nomads.

Editors' Pick: Of Earth, Wind, and Birds. Reporter Lauren Ruddell explores how changing wind speeds associated with climate change will impact birds both big and small.

Thursday August 9, 2018

Trees are Treasures

Richmond Trees has found some interesting tree specimens near Solano Playlot park in Richmond, CA. Come join the Earth Island project on August 25 for a fun morning of TREEsure hunting as participants break into teams to look for and learn about these unique trees. If you are curious about the types of trees you see around Richmond, this is a chance to learn more while having lots of fun. Lunch will be served after the TREEsure hunt, and there will also be a special surprise for participants! The event begins at 10:00 a.m. at Solano Playlot. Learn more and register.

Thursday August 9, 2018

Celebrating Climate Resilient Crops

Climate Wise Woman Constance Okollet is celebrating a bumper crop of climate resilient pumpkins with her Uganda-based organization of women farmers, United Osukuru Women’s Network (OWN). With a first-time international grant from Global Greengrants, OWN members were able to experiment with the pumpkins, replacing the traditional maize crop that has not fared well as unpredictable cycles of flood and drought accelerate in sub-Saharan Africa. The women expect to see three times the revenue from the successful pumpkin yield over what maize would normally bring in. Learn more about EII’s Climate Wise Women and the grassroots women activists leading climate resilience in communities around the world.

Thursday July 26, 2018

Congratulations to Shark Stewards

Shark Stewards is receiving an award from the National Park Service for its youth and community volunteer program. The Earth Island project is being recognized for its work teaching urban and underserved youth about marine ecosystems and solutions to plastic pollution. The award will be given to Director David McGuire and teacher Michael Guenza on August 2 at the White House. Additional information.

Thursday July 26, 2018

Help Raise Awareness about Wildlife Killing Contests

EII’s Project Coyote and the National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests are working to abolish wildlife killing contests — barbaric events in which contestants can win prizes for killing targeted species, typically coyotes, foxes, or bobcats. Help raise awareness about these contests! For a limited time only, FLOAT.org is selling one-of-a-kind “BORN TO BE WILD & FREE — END WILDLIFE KILLING CONTESTS” t‑shirts, tank tops, and hoodies. For each item sold, Project Coyote will receive $8 to help support the national campaign to end killing contests. The sale ends at 9:00 a.m. MT on Monday, July 30, so make your purchase today before it’s too late! Read more about wildlife killing contests.

Thursday July 26, 2018

Advocating for People over Profits

Join Real Food Real Stories on August 14 for a conversation with John Roulac, founder of the socially-conscious food company Nutiva. A lifetime advocate for holistic living, we'll hear about John's journey through successes and challenges as he’s worked towards a better world where healthy people and ecosystems are valued over profits. Tickets are $15.

Thursday July 26, 2018

Double Your Impact

Did you know that many employers sponsor matching gift programs? By simply completing a matching gift form through your company, you may be able to double-or even triple-the impact of your donation to Earth Island Institute! Find out if your employer has a matching gift program.

Thursday July 26, 2018

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