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Help the Journal Uplift Women’s Voices

The Earth Island Journal team is working on a fall special issue on Women and the Environment that will explore the intersections between environmental rights and women's rights, highlight some of the challenges women environmentalists face, and celebrate their leadership in the movement. The issue will include a mix of essays, opinions, storytelling, journalism, and art by thinkers, activists, artists and leaders within the environmental and women's rights communities. Contributors to the issue include Terry Tempest Williams, Annie Leonard, Kathleen Dean Moore, Wanjira Mathai, Kandi Mossett, and Sandra Steingraber. We hope this issue will amplify women's voices and also push the environmental movement to be better champions of women's rights.

Putting together an edition like this doesn't come cheap — we need to raise at least $10,000 to fund the stories we have planned. The Journal is a nonprofit magazine. We depend on support from readers like you to fund our work. Can you pitch in and help us make this special issue shine?

Thursday July 12, 2018

Get Your BYA Tickets Today!

Earth Island Institute will present the 19th Annual Brower Youth Awards for environmental leadership on October 16. Come celebrate the next generation of environmental activists at 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 awards ceremony are FREE. You are also invited to meet the BYA winners at a special reception preceding the awards ceremony. Early bird rates for the reception are available through July 31! Register for your free awards ticket and purchase your reception ticket today.

Thursday July 12, 2018

Green Schoolyards Featured on Podship Earth

Sharon Danks, founder and CEO of EII's Green Schoolyards America, was recently interviewed on Podship Earth alongside nature play pioneer, Richard Louv, Oakland school gardener extraordinaire Wanda Stewart, and others (including children!) about the reasons behind her work. Podship Earth is an environmental podcast created and hosted by Jared Blumenfeld, former regional administrator of the EPA and director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment. Please give it a listen and share widely!

Thursday July 12, 2018

Art and History at the Albany Bulb

Love the Bulb, a project of Earth Island's California Institute for Community, Art and Nature, is sponsoring an Art and History Walk at the Albany Bulb on July 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Albany Bulb is an old shoreline construction debris landfill where artists have been making sculptures and other art for decades. Over the years, nature has reasserted itself amidst the rubble, and the landscape is now filled with towering trees and salt marshes. Eventbrite registration required.

Thursday July 12, 2018

Starbucks Bans Plastic Straws

Good news! On Monday, coffee giant Starbucks announced a global phase-out of plastic straws in all its stores by 2020. The announcement came after months of pressure by more than 20 environmental organizations, including EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition, which called on Starbucks to stop polluting the planet with single-use plastic. The company said eliminating plastic straws from its outlets will remove more than one billion plastic straws per year from the waste stream. Read more.

Thursday July 12, 2018

Speak Up Against Offshore Drilling, Inhumane Hunting

You still have time to weigh in on Trump's proposal to reverse Obama-era regulations prohibiting inhumane hunting practices on National Park Service Land in Alaska. These practices include killing wolves and coyotes — and their pups — during denning season, using artificial light at den sites to target black bears and their cubs, and chasing and shooting caribou while they are swimming. The public comment period closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on July 23. You can also weigh in on Trump's reckless proposal to weaken offshore drilling safety regulations implemented after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The comment deadline was extended to August 6. Join Earth Island Advocates in opposing these two proposals.

Thursday July 12, 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: Drinking for Conservation. Reporter Elizabeth Fitt writes about how volunteers are using beer and whiskey bottles to restore Malaysian coral reefs that have been decimated by dynamite fishing.

Editors' Pick: Lion Shaped Mountain: Madman at the Zoo. In the first instalment of a 12-part series on the chimpanzees of Sierra Leone, primatologist Andrew R. Halloran discusses whether our conventional understandings about chimpanzee behavior may be inaccurate.

Thursday July 12, 2018

Tell NYC to Ban Plastic Straws

More than 500 million plastic straws are used each day in the United States. Over the past 20 years, people have come to expect plastic straws in every drink, resulting in massive waste for minimal convenience. These short-lived tools are usually dropped into a garbage can with no further thought, instantly becoming a source of plastic pollution. New York City is considering a ban on single-use plastic straws and stirrers in the city's eating and drinking establishments. If you're a resident of New York City, join EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition and The Last Plastic Straw in expressing your support for the ban!

Thursday June 28, 2018

Comment on Proposed NEPA Rollback by July 20

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which advises the President on environmental matters, has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) related to its efforts to rollback the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a landmark environmental statute enacted nearly 50 years ago. The ANPRM includes a list of questions on which the CEQ seeks feedback. Despite the extensive request for input and the vast implications that this NEPA rollback would have, the CEQ it is only allowing 30 days for public comment. If you are concerned about the possibility of a weakened NEPA, please join Earth Island Advocates in opposing the rollback by submitting a public comment by July 20.

Thursday June 28, 2018

Save the Date for the 2018 Brower Youth Awards

Earth Island Institute will present the 19th Annual Brower Youth Awards for environmental leadership on October 16. Come celebrate the next generation of environmental activists at 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 awards ceremony are FREE. You are also invited to meet the BYA winners at a special reception preceding the awards ceremony. Early bird rates for the reception are available through July 31! Register for your free awards ticket and purchase your reception ticket today.

Thursday June 28, 2018

India Ripple Academy Learning Lab Nominations

EII's Women's Earth Alliance and the United Religions Initiative are accepting applications and nominations for women environmental leaders to join their Fall Ripple Academy Learning Lab. This two-month program features an online curriculum and three-day in-person workshop in Rishikesh, India from September 14-16, 2018 through which participants will strengthen their work, increase their impact, and gain deeper access to the network of women leaders transforming environmental crises into solutions. The Learning Lab will pilot curriculum and programming for the Ripple Academy — a global year-long training program that equips women leaders with tools to forge high-impact environmental solutions. Take a look at the application, nominate promising applicants, and share the opportunity widely.

Thursday June 28, 2018

Get Involved with Junior Wildlife Ranger

A hub for youth environmental education programs at National Wildlife Refuges around the US, Junior Wildlife Ranger has a new online presence! Visit, follow, and like the Earth Island project's freshly-minted Facebook page. Junior Wildlife Ranger also invites you to engage with its website, which features an interactive map, wildlife card game, and more information about how the project is propelling childhood curiosity into a lasting appreciation for public lands. And if you are excited about what Junior Wildlife Ranger is doing, consider joining its network or supporting upcoming programs, including Jr. Ranger passports.

Thursday June 28, 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: Unseen Plastics in Our Water. Plastic Pollution Coalition's Emily DiFrisco writes about how citizen scientists contributed to a new global study revealing the sobering extent of microplastic and microfiber pollution in marine ecosystems.

Editors' Pick: Watching Over Washington's Whistle Pig. Reporter Betsy Howell discusses the work of volunteers in Olympic National Park who are bolstering our understanding Washington State's endemic marmot.

Thursday June 28, 2018

Take the Ultimate Corporate Personhood Quiz

Earth Island's Ultimate Civics has released its second quiz to pique curiosity about our democracy. Test your knowledge of rights and privileges in the US by taking the Ultimate Corporate Personhood Quiz. Challenge your friends to take the quiz as well, and help spread the word about Ultimate Civics!

Social Media Volunteer Opportunity at Food Shift

Calling all social media lovers! Earth Island's Food Shift is looking for a creative and dedicated individual to join the team as a Social Media Volunteer. This is a great opportunity to build skills, give back to your community, and be part of an innovative and fun organization working to build a movement to end food waste. Check out the full volunteer description.

Thursday June 28, 2018

Putting an End to Wildlife Killing Contests

EII's Project Coyote continues to make news with its campaign to end wildlife killing contests. Executive Director Camilla Fox was recently interviewed by NPR, and KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs, Project Coyote's film exposing the barbarity of these contests, recently won Best Short Documentary at the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience. Project Coyote also co-founded, with the Humane Society of the United States, the rapidly growing National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests, which made local and national news with its efforts to end the Georgia Coyote Challenge, and aims to encourage every state to follow California and Vermont and put an end to these brutal contests.

Thursday June 28, 2018

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