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Apply for the Brower Youth Awards

Earth Island's Brower Youth Awards is now accepting applications for its 2018 awardees! The annual awards are given to six young people based in North America, ages 13 to 22, who show outstanding leadership in their involvement with high impact, replicable, and timely environmental projects. Now in its 19th year, the prize includes a $3,000 cash award, a professionally produced short film about the winner, and a four-day leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area that culminates in a public awards ceremony. The theme for this year's event is "Grow the Movement," a reminder that we live in a time when young people are actively and urgently engaged in movement building. Learn more and share this news far and wide.

Thursday February 8, 2018

Introducing Earth Island Advocates

EII now has a legal arm — Earth Island Advocates — which is already working closely with several Earth Island projects to advance their work through advocacy and litigation. Additionally, Advocates is building a network of law firms and legal clinics that are willing to provide pro bono services to EII and its projects. For example, a team of associates at Fenwick & West is providing crucial legal research on wildlife killing contests to support Project Coyote's national campaign to ban these practices. And the environmental law clinics at Stanford and University of California, Irvine are working with EII, Shark Stewards, and the International Marine Mammal Project to protect our marine national monuments. Stay tuned for updates!

Thursday February 8, 2018

Planting Natives at the Albany Bulb

Come plant natives at the Albany Bulb on February 17! Love the Bulb, a project of Earth Island's California Institute for Community, Art and Nature, planted a small native garden amidst the rubble in Albany, CA last winter, and it's doing great, attracting birds and beneficial insects. Known for its spectacular views and large sculptures made of found materials, the Albany Bulb features many microclimates and opportunities for learning about ecosystems at the urban edge. Love the Bulb will be expanding the garden for use as a place to contemplate the Bulb's complex natural and cultural landscape. Participants will be planting between 8:45 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Learn more and get your free tickets today.

Thursday February 8, 2018

Stop New Drilling Off the California Coast

Earth Island Institute, along with EII's Shark Stewards and The International Marine Mammal Project, are opposing the Trump Administration's proposal to open California's coastal waters to more offshore oil exploration and extraction. Earlier today, the organizations participated in a march and provided public comment to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in Sacramento. The campaign to protect our coastal waters will continue over the coming weeks and months. Join the effort and sign Shark Steward's petition today!

Thursday February 8, 2018

Celebrating Lisa Owens Viani’s Work for Raptors

Raptors Are The Solution (RATS) co-founder Lisa Owens Viani will be inducted into the Owl Hall of Fame this March by the International Owl Center in Minnesota. She is being given a special achievement award for her work educating millions of people about the danger rat poison poses to birds of prey and other wildlife. Owens Viani co-founded RATS, a project of Earth Island Institute, in 2011 with Allen Fish, the director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, with the goal of ending the use of rat poison through public education and political action. They recognized that few people understood the devastating, secondary effects of rat poison on predatory birds, and developed highly successful public education campaigns to educate the public.

Thursday February 8, 2018

Tree-Planting This Sunday

It's time to plant more street trees in Richmond, CA, and Richmond Trees could use a few extra hands. The Earth Island project's next tree planting will begin at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday, February 11 at Burg Park. All ages are welcome. Please bring water, work gloves, and your favorite tools if you have them. (But don't worry if you don't have these materials — Richmond Trees has plenty to share!) Richmond Trees is 100 percent reliant on volunteer support, so help them make Richmond a more habitable place. Additional details.

Thursday February 8, 2018

KILLING GAMES Film Continues to Win Accolades

Project Coyote's film about wildlife killing contests, KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs, continues to touch hearts and minds with its searing exposé on the brutality of these contests. The film screened at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival earlier this month, and was selected as Best Short / 1st Place by the Animal Film Festival, scheduled to take place on February 17 in Grass Valley, CA. Learn more about the film, and listen to an interview with director and producer Camilla Fox at the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, where it premiered last month.

Thursday February 8, 2018

Great Taste with Great Impact

The Food Shift Kitchen creates diverse and delicious menus from fresh ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted, while providing jobs for those with barriers to employment in Alameda, CA. The food is good for the environment, and for the taste buds. Revenue from catering services supports The Food Shift Kitchen's ongoing job training and food recovery programs — it's a win-win! Contact EII's Food Shift to book The Food Shift Kitchen for your next meal, company lunch, or event.

Thursday February 8, 2018

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: The Chilly Work of Saving Ontario's Algonquin Wolf. Reporter and photographer Andrew Budziak documents the efforts of British Columbia researchers, who don snowshoes and brave freezing temperatures to learn how to better protect the region's threatened wolf species.

Editors' Pick: First Nations Face Off against Open-Pen Salmon Farms in British Colombia. Regular Journal contributor Ron Johnson discusses why Indigenous protesters have been occupying offshore aquaculture facilities in their waters.  

Thursday February 8, 2018

Raise Your Glass in Support of Fair Food

Don't miss a fun opportunity to support Oakland Food Policy Council (OFPC) this weekend. OFPC staff will be guest bartending at SPATS Bar in Berkeley, CA on Friday, January 26 and again on Saturday, January 27. The two-night fundraiser event will help the Earth Island project continue creating fair and sustainable food policy in Oakland. Give to a great cause and have fun doing it. Learn more, and see you this weekend!  

Thursday January 25, 2018

Break Bread with The Borneo Project

Please join The Borneo Project on Thursday, February 1 to share a drink and break bread with some of the Bay Area's most exciting conservation activists. Guests will be wined and dined and have the opportunity to support the Earth Island project's 2018 campaigns. The Borneo Project has come a long way in 27 years, and looks forward to continuing to fight to save Sarawak's precious rainforests and rivers. The FREE event begins at 5:30 at the OCSC Sailing Club in the Berkeley, CA Marina. Please RSVP today, and be sure to bring your checkbooks to this fundraising event.

Thursday January 25, 2018

From Landfills to People

Mark your calendars! Food Shift's Dana Frasz will be interviewed on the Mrs. Green's World podcast on Tuesday, January 30 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Frasz will talk about how Food Shift is proving that a better food system is possible, one that eliminates waste, feeds the hungry, and creates economic opportunity. And if you're inspired by what you hear, the Earth Island project is looking for more volunteers in The Food Shift Kitchen. Learn more and get involved.

Thursday January 25, 2018

First Supperclub of 2018

On Thursday, February 1, join EII's Real Food Real Stories for an intimate conversation with Yana Gilbuena, a critically-acclaimed nomadic chef and founder of SALO Series, a global pop-up dinner series that shares the vibrant food culture of the Philippines. Sourcing locally and seasonally, SALO aims to cultivate cultural awareness and create communities through food. Guests will gather over a shared meal and listen to Gilbuena's fascinating, year-long journey traversing the US and cooking 50 dinners in 50 states. Learn more and get your tickets today.

Thursday January 25, 2018

Yosemite Photo Exhibit & Talk

Acclaimed American landscape photo artist Binh Danh is participating as a guest artist in Planet Earth Art's new Yosemite Hetch Hetchy Valley Project, an interdisciplinary arts and environmental sciences initiative at Stanford University. As part of the project, Danh is following and documenting the Bay Area's water supply as it comes out of the Sierra's, into Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, and on to San Francisco. Check out his work at San Francisco Camerawork through Saturday, January 27, and read more about Planet Earth Arts, a new project of Earth Island Institute.

Thursday January 25, 2018

Summer Camp with KIDS for the Bay

Looking for a fun-filled summer of hands-on science, friendship, and nature exploration? KIDS for the BAY summer camp registration is now open! Campers joining the Earth Island project will explore San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean shorelines, hike through redwood forests, kayak on the bay, create nature art, investigate creek life, enjoy a twilight hikes, and much more! Young Adventurers and Explorers (ages 5 to 10) and Leaders-in-Training (ages 11 to 14) will have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and become part of a community of friends, scientists, and environmentalists during one-week themed camp sessions. Learn more and register today.

Thursday January 25, 2018

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