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

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Are You Ready for a Power Shift?

Join EII's California Student Sustainability Coalition and young climate and social justice leaders from all over the West Coast from November 11 to 13 for a weekend of workshops, trainings, and movement-building at the Power Shift Convergence in Berkeley, CA. Don't wait – register today! In a critical year for our democracy and our climate, Power Shift 2016 will be a space to train young climate leaders, help amplify the voice and power of local communities, and leverage that power to help the climate justice movement win at the national level. Find out more about Power Shift 2016.

Thursday November 10, 2016

Benefit for Project Coyote

Project Coyote is hosting a holiday benefit party in Mill Valley, CA on December 15 in celebration of native carnivores, compassionate conservation, and community coexistence.The event will feature the work of honored guests Dan Flores, bestselling author of Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History, and Daniel Dietrich, award-winning wildlifephotographer. Attendees will view a trailer of Project Coyote's upcoming documentary film exposing wildlife-killing contests; learn about the Earth Island Project's work on behalf of native carnivores; and enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres and wine. Proceeds will support Project Coyote's work. Additional information and tickets.

Thursday November 10, 2016

Plastics BAN

Curious about the worst plastic products sold in California?Earth Island's Plastic Pollution Coalition is excited to share a new resource: The Plastics BAN (Better Alternatives Now) List – launched by 5 Gyres Institute, Clean Production Action, Surfrider Foundation, and UPSTREAM – identifies the most harmful plastic products on the market in the Golden State and suggests readily-available alternatives.The top 15 plastic offenders include food wrappers and containers, plastic bottle caps, and plastic bags. Read the full report.

Thursday November 10, 2016

Homecoming Celebration with RFRS

Join Real Food Real Stories on December 1 at 6:30 p.m. for the Earth Island project's first annual homecoming celebration. RFRS storytellers, partners, and community members will come togetherfor a warm, interactive evening to reconnect and celebrate in a private San Francisco home. The party will launch RFRS's year-end fundraiser (which officially starts on #GivingTuesday). Guests will gather around a seasonal meal, enjoy ugly but perfect produce on the grill, and partake in s'mores around the fire pit. More information and tickets.

Thursday November 10, 2016

Visit EII at San Francisco Green Festival

The Green Festival Expo is back in San Franciscoat Pier 35 fromNovember 11 to 13. The festival will feature more than 250 exhibitors and over 100 inspirational speakers and experts.Come discover the latest trends in sustainable living and plant-based diets, sample local vegan and vegetarian food, enjoy free yoga and cooking demos, and shop for products that are good for your health and the planet. Entry for kids 16 and under is free and there are special discounts for students, seniors, and veterans/military families. Tickets and additional information.

Thursday November 10, 2016

Food Shift is Hiring

Food Shift is hiring a Production Chef/Culinary Educator for the Alameda Kitchen and is also looking to fill several other paid and volunteer positions – please help spread the word! Please also join the EII project on December 11 to celebrate the Italian Street Food Festival in West Berkeley from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Festival-goers will enjoy REAL Italian food and live music. All proceeds will benefit Food Shift! Contact Dana Franz if you'd like to volunteer with Food Shift at the event.

Thursday November 10, 2016

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: Dolphins Illegally Captured in Solomon Islands Returned to Ocean Following Police Raid. Katherine Hanly, a researcher with EII's International Marine Mammal Project, discusses the capture of 30-plus cetaceans in the South Pacific Ocean that were likely destined for captivity and their eventual release back into the wild.

Editors' Pick: A Prayer on Life on Day of the Dead. Activist and writer Janaki Jagannath examines how decades of heavy pesticide use in California's Central Valley has drastically reduced life expectancy in local communities and why the California Water Board must finally regulate 1,2,3, TCP, a dangerous fumigant pesticide byproduct.

Thursday November 10, 2016

Thank You for Celebrating the Brower Youth Awards

The 17th annual Brower Youth Awards was a wonderful event! Big thanks to the judges, volunteers, Earth Island staff and board members, teachers, students, and everyone else who joined us for the evening - and of course, to our six amazing 2016 winners. The awards ceremony in San Francisco last week was full of exciting and inspiring testimonials from the next generation of environmental leaders. Videos from the evening will be posted to the BYA website soon. If you would like to help us continue to support young environmental leaders, please consider making a gift to support EII's New Leaders Initiative - all donations received by the end of October will be matched by a generous donor.

Thursday October 27, 2016

Are You Ready for a Power Shift?

posterJoin EII's California Student Sustainability Coalition and young climate and social justice leaders from all over the West Coast November 11-13 for a weekend of workshops, trainings, and movement-building at the Power Shift Convergence in Berkeley, CA. Don't wait - register today! In a critical year for our democracy and our climate, Power Shift 2016 will be a space to train young climate leaders, help amplify the voice and power of local communities, and leverage that power to help the climate justice movement win at the national level. Find out more about Power Shift in 2016!

Thursday October 27, 2016

Educating Voters about Coyotes

posterProject Coyote's full-page Be Coyote Aware flyer will be included in San Francisco's Voter Information Pamphlets for the November election and will reach more than 450,000 voters! The Earth Island project has worked with the City of San Francisco and Animal Care & Control to develop a suite of educational tools including a door hanger with a QR code that links to a PSA and a Coyote Dog flyer that offers tips on being a responsible dog guardian, especially during pupping season. Explore Project Coyote's Coyote Friendly Communities program to learn more.

Thursday October 27, 2016

Missouri Tackles Energy Efficiency

enew Missouri's work in energy efficiency continues to pay off: In September, the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy announced that Missouri is the most improved state in the nation in energy efficiency! The council's 2016 Energy Efficiency Scorecard report shows that Missouri rose from 44th to 32nd in the nation due to continued improvement in utility energy efficiency programs, state programs and financing mechanisms, and new policies to encourage electric vehicles. Stronger energy efficiency building codes in cities across the state have also had an impact. For example, Kansas City adopted an ordinance requiring large buildings to benchmark their energy usage, which we know leads to much more efficient buildings. Read the full report.

Thursday October 27, 2016

Catching Up with KIDS for the BAY

Over the last school year, KIDS for the BAY delivered environmental education programs to 4,081 students and 143 teachers in the California Bay Area. In the process, students cleaned up 1,358 gallons of trash from school neighborhoods, as well as from creek, bay, and ocean habitats. Students also restored local creeks with special planting projects, enjoyed summer camp adventures, and taught their family members how to safely prepare and cook delta fish to reduce toxin intake. Like KIDS for the BAY on Facebook to follow what students are up to this year, and read the project's annual report for more highlights from last year. Thank you to supporters for making 2015-2016 a success!

Thursday October 27, 2016

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: Chinese Company Seeks to Capture Orcas and Hundreds of Marine Mammals in Namibia. Journal editor Maureen Nandini Mitra reports on a troubling proposal to capture marine mammals in Namibia that points to the explosion in captive animal entertainment in China.

Editors' Pick: Make Room for Youth at the Table. An excerpt from New Leaders Initiative director Anisha Desai's speech at the Brower Youth Awards, in which she discusses how young people are building a broader, more diverse, and thriving environmental movement.

Thursday October 27, 2016

Visit the San Francisco Green Festival

The Green Festival Expo is back in San Francisco at Pier 35 from November 11 to 13. The festival will feature more than 250 exhibitors and over 100 inspirational speakers and experts. Come discover the latest trends in sustainable living and plant-based diets, sample local vegan and vegetarian food, enjoy free yoga and cooking demos, and shop for products that are good for your health and the planet. Entry for kids 16 and under is free and there are special discounts for students, seniors, and veterans/military families. Tickets and additional information.

Thursday October 27, 2016

See You at the Brower Youth Awards!

Only five days to go for the 17th annual Brower Youth Awards! Join Earth Island's New Leaders Initiative at the premier event honoring bold young leaders - THIS Tuesday! RSVP for FREE tickets to the awards ceremony and purchase tickets to the special Opening Reception at the early bird rate. Don't miss the great BYA raffle prize opportunities, including a round trip airfare for two anywhere in the US, a sustainable foods walking tour, monthly gourmet coffee deliveries, dance classes, and more! Come celebrate our next generation of environmental leaders at San Francisco's beautiful, historic Herbst Theater on October 18.

Thursday October 13, 2016

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