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

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Fighting Illegal Wildlife Trade in Nevada

Shark Stewards and The Humane Society of the United States have introduced new legislation to ban the trade and traffic of endangered and exotic wildlife in Nevada. The state bill follows a yearlong investigation that revealed that Las Vegas likely has the largest shark fin trade in the country. Nevada, which sees a large influx of Asian tourists to Las Vegas every year, has so far resisted a ban on shark finning. If passed, SB 194 would ban not only the sale of shark fins, but also that of pangolins, elephant ivory, and rhino horn. Concurrently, EII’s Shark Stewards is working with the marine conservation group Oceana on a federal bill to ban the shark fin trade nationwide.

Thursday April 13, 2017

Victory for Predators

The US Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program — which kills thousands of predators across the country annually — announced on April 10 that it has abandoned use of M-44 cyanide bombs in Idaho. The decision was made in response to a petition filed by 19 conservation and wildlife organizations, including EII’s Project Coyote. In a letter transmitted to conservation groups, Wildlife Services announced that it has ceased the use of M-44 cyanide bombs on all private, state, and federal lands in Idaho, and had removed all M-44s that were deployed in the state. The petition to stop using M-4d4s was filed in response to an incident near Pocatello, Idaho where a 14-year-old boy was sprayed with cyanide and his dog was killed. Read more.

Thursday April 13, 2017

Break Bread with Acme Co-founder

Join EII’s Real Food Real Stories on Monday, May 8 at Airbnb's SF HQ for an evening of live storytelling with Steve Sullivan, co-founder of the Bay Area's beloved Acme Bread Company. We'll listen to Steve as he shares his journey into becoming a pioneer of the modern artisan bread movement over a shared meal and beverages sponsored by Airbnb. Sign up here!

Thursday April 13, 2017

Intern with KIDS for the BAY

Is your teenager looking for an exciting summer internship? EII’s KIDS for the BAY offers a Summer Camp Internship Program for high school students ages 15-17. This is an excellent leadership and resume-building opportunity for high school students who love being in nature and spending time with kids! Camp interns will work side by side with KIDS for the BAY Camp Leaders each day of camp and gain valuable experience teaching environmental education and coordinating a camp program. Learn more and apply today.

Thursday April 13, 2017

Earth Day San Francisco

Earth Day is around the corner, and this year Earth Island Institute will be celebrating at Earth Day San Francisco. Join EII for this fun festival, which will include live music, dynamic panel discussions, organic and vegan food courts, wine and beer gardens, and much more. And stop the Earth Island table and visit with Sarah Mitts from EII’s project support team. The celebration will take place April 22 at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza. Learn more and contact Sarah with any questions.

Thursday April 13, 2017

Get Your Tickets for SF Green Film Festival

Earth Island Journal is proud to be a media partner of the annual San Francisco Green Film Festival, scheduled for April 20 to 26. This year’s lineup includes a powerful movie about Standing Rock; a documentary about the new wave of colonialism hitting Africa; and an impressionistic film about the nuclear age. On April 24, Earth Island Journal Associate Editor Zoe Loftus-Farren will host a conversation following the screening Theater of Life — a moving documentary about life, food, and waste — at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. View the full screening calendar and get your tickets today.

Thursday April 13, 2017

Apply for Brower Youth Awards

Earth Island's Brower Youth Awards is now accepting applications for its 2017 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 relevant environmental projects. Now in its 18th year, the prize includes a $3,000 cash award, a professionally produced short film about the winner, and a weeklong leadership trip in the San Francisco Bay Area that culminates in a public awards ceremony. Learn more and apply.

Thursday April 13, 2017

A NAFTA Town Hall

President Trump has declared he wants to renegotiate NAFTA this year, blaming Mexico for the evisceration of the American middle class. But we know the enemy isn't Mexico: It is the multinational corporations that NAFTA was negotiated to benefit in the first place. Join EII’s California Trade Justice Coalition in Oakland on April 20 for a discussion of the devastating impacts NAFTA has had on workers, migrants, and the environment. Together, we will hear from grassroots leaders fighting for fair trade and economic justice and learn how we can take action to make sure NAFTA renegotiations truly benefit working people and environmental health. Learn more and RSVP.  

Thursday April 13, 2017

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: Walmart Exposed for Selling Dolphin-Deadly Tuna in Costa Rica. Earth Island’s International Marine Mammal Project reveals that Walmart is sourcing its Suli brand tuna from Mexican fishing fleets that harass and kill marine mammals.

Editors' Pick: In Photos: Blue Carbon Around the World. Reporter Winifred Bird uses beautiful images to explore how conservation groups are linking coastal restoration to the climate change movement.

Thursday April 13, 2017

Help Ban Dangerous Pesticides in California

A coyote was recently found dead in San Francisco with four different rat poisons in its body. Its death, caused by massive internal bleeding, reminds us how urgently we must fight to ban deadly poisons. Two Earth Island projects, Raptors Are the Solution (RATS) and Project Coyote, are currently pressing for the passage of AB 1687 in California to expand prohibitions on certain dangerous pesticides statewide. The bill comes up for hearing on Tuesday, April 4. Please call California Assemblyman Bill Quirk, chair of the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee, at (916) 319-3965 and express your strong support for AB 1687. Call other committee members as well. Learn more about what you can do to help pass this important bill and save California wildlife.

Thursday March 30, 2017

New Leaders Initiative is Hiring

Do you have a passion for youth leadership? Are you committed to social and environmental change? Do you have experience in program design? If so, Earth Island Institute may have the job for you! EII is hiring a director for its New Leaders Initiative, a program that honors, supports, and sustains exceptional youth environmental leaders around the world. The director will lead and grow the 17-year old program, including the annual Brower Youth Awards. Learn more about this exciting opportunity and apply today.

Thursday March 30, 2017

Organize a Beach Cleanup for Earth Day

Earth Day is coming up fast. To celebrate, All One Ocean is launching its inaugural Beach Clean Up Challenge! If you organize a cleanup at your favorite beach and raise at least $500 for the Earth Island project, you'll be entered to win a pair of tickets to a sold-out Jack Johnson concert at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley on July 26! Email All One Ocean for more information.

Thursday March 30, 2017

Get Your Tickets 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 April 20 to 26. This year's lineup includes a powerful movie about Standing Rock; a documentary about the new wave of colonialism hitting Africa; and an impressionistic film about the nuclear age. On April 24, Earth Island Journal Associate Editor Zoe Loftus-Farren will host a conversation following the screening Theater of Life - a moving documentary about life, food, and waste - at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. View the full screening calendar and get your tickets today.

Thursday March 30, 2017

A NAFTA Town Hall

President Trump has declared he wants to renegotiate NAFTA this year, blaming Mexico for the evisceration of the American middle class. But we know the enemy isn't Mexico: It is the multinational corporations that NAFTA was negotiated to benefit in the first place. Join EII's California Trade Justice Coalition in Oakland on April 20 for a discussion of the devastating impacts NAFTA has had on workers, migrants, and the environment. Together, we will hear from grassroots leaders fighting for fair trade and economic justice and learn how we can take action to make sure NAFTA renegotiations truly benefit working people and environmental health. Learn more and RSVP.  

Thursday March 30, 2017

Sanctuary Restaurants

Everyone is talking about the role of sanctuary cities in protecting immigrant communities, but what about sanctuary restaurants? This spring, Oakland Food Policy Council is working to expand our understanding of sanctuary in these trying political times. Join the Earth Island project at Firebrand Artisan Breads in Oakland on April 10 at 6 p.m. to learn about how restaurants are standing up for targeted communities and how you can join this incredible effort.

Thursday March 30, 2017

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