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Join Us at the Brower Youth Awards on Tuesday

The 18th Annual Brower Youth Awards ceremony is Tuesday, October 17! Join Earth Island in honoring the next generation of environmental leaders at San Francisco's beautiful Herbst Theater. This year's theme is "Radical Hope," an expression of the optimism and inspiration we take away from celebrating the BYA winners every year. RSVP for FREE tickets to the awards ceremony and purchase tickets to the special Opening Reception. Learn more and get your tickets today.

Thursday October 12, 2017

It’s #NotWhaleFood

EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition supports #NotWhaleFood, a new campaign and call to action to protect whales, dolphins, and other marine species from the 13 million tons of plastic that enter our oceans every year. The campaign, led by Whale and Dolphin Conservation, educates the public about the role of whales and dolphins in marine ecosystems and urges easy swaps to avoid single-use plastic. Learn more.

Thursday October 12, 2017

EII Welcomes Mississippi Farm to School Network

Earth Island Institute welcomes The Mississippi Farm to School Network to its fiscal sponsorship program. The Mississippi Farm to School Network works to connect farmers with schools, bringing farm-fresh products to cafeterias, improving student health and well being, and strengthening the local agricultural economy. The project serves as the Mississippi Core Partner for the National Farm to School Network. Learn more.

Thursday October 12, 2017

Pushing to Re-Legalize Hemp in Wisconsin

Hempstead Project Heart's (HPH) campaign to re-legalize hemp production in Wisconsin is gearing up for the October 18 SB119 vote by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Tourism, and Small Business. The Earth Island project participated in a public hearing on the bill earlier this week, along with hemp experts from across the country and countless Wisconsin residents testifying in support of it. If you live in Wisconsin, lend your support to SB119 by writing your representative. Earlier this month, HPH held a "hempcrete" demonstration in Green County, Wisconsin to showcase sustainable hemp-based building methods. Read more.

Thursday October 12, 2017

Cheers to 25 Years of Environmental Education

October 2017 marks 25 years of KIDS for the BAY delivering cutting edge environmental education programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. More than 80,000 elementary school students and 3,300 classroom teachers have received KIDS for the BAY's hands-on, place-based environmental education programs in classrooms and through field trips to local creek, bay, and ocean habitats. To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Earth Island project has launched the Stories of Impact video project, which tells personal stories of people significantly impacted by the organization's work. KIDS for the BAY is thankful to be a part of the Earth Island community, and looks forward to the next 25 years of environmental education and action!

Thursday October 12, 2017

“Info Before the Get Go” Webinar

Earth Island's Seeding Sovereignty presents the youth led and hosted "Info Before the Get Go!" webinar series. The series continues on October 18 at 1 p.m. Mountain Time with a webinar on eminent domain. Join Lauren Howland and Andreanne Catt along with guest presenters by registering in advance, or join the Facebook Live broadcast. Any questions? Please contact Andreanne.

Thursday October 12, 2017

Fighting to Protect Taiwan’s Wetlands

EII's SAVE International is appealing to a public ethics commission to help Taiwan's Jiading and Yong-An wetlands get the protection they deserve. These two sites provide critical habitat to endangered black-faced spoonbills and other birds, and therefore qualify as "Wetlands of National Importance" under Taiwan's Wetland Protection Act. Officials in the Kaohsiung City Government (KCG), however, have resisted this designation, as it would block their plans to build a road through Jiading Wetland and a gas-fired power plant on Yong-An Wetland. KCG recently removed protection from two-thirds of Yong-An Wetland, after withholding announcements of public meetings and after at least one public official condoned threats against pro-wetland activists and their families. Visit SAVE's campaign page for more information.

Thursday October 12, 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: Reflections on Houston in a Time of Contradiction. Reporter Samantha Harvey reflects on environmental injustices in Houston, and discusses the need to fight for a more equitable future.

Editors' Pick: A Tale of Two Wild Sisters. Writer Megan Claase delves into the story of two African wild dog siblings, and reminds us of the challenges wild predators face in an anthropocentric world.

Thursday October 12, 2017

Get Your BYA Tickets Today

The 18th Annual Brower Youth Awards ceremony is less than three weeks away! Come celebrate the next generation of environmental leaders with Earth Island Institute on October 17 at San Francisco's beautiful Herbst Theater. This year's theme is "Radical Hope," an expression of the optimism and inspiration we take away from celebrating the BYA winners every year. RSVP for FREE tickets to the awards ceremony and purchase tickets to the special Opening Reception. Learn more and get your tickets today.

Thursday September 28, 2017

135+ Organizations Demand a Just Harvey Relief Effort

EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition has joined organizations across the country in a joint statement demanding that recovery funds for Hurricane Harvey flow to frontline communities, not to the oil, gas, and petrochemical companies that compounded Harvey's impacts by exposing communities and first responders to toxic pollutants. Add your organization's name to the statement here.

Thursday September 28, 2017

Rat Poison is Wildlife Poison

In late August, ads for RATS' "Rat Poison is Wildlife Poison" public education campaign appeared in bus shelters around Sacramento, the California state capitol, where they will reach an estimated 2 million people. RATS and its partners are supporting CA Assemblymember Richard Bloom in his effort to pass legislation to ban these dangerous poisons due to their horrific impacts on children, pets, and wildlife. While the bill was stalled this year, it is a two-year bill, so stay tuned for action alerts early next year — the Earth Island project will need your help to get this legislation passed. Please also consider supporting RATS' work. Supporters donating $35 or more will receive the new 2018 Spectacular Raptors calendar.

Thursday September 28, 2017

Artwalk at the Albany Bulb

Over the years, artists have used the old construction debris landfill known as the Albany Bulb as a platform to continue the tradition of the driftwood art that once filled the Emeryville, CA mudflats. On October 1, Osha Neumann, the artist who created some of the best-loved sculptures at the Bulb, will be joining Love the Bulb — part of Earth Island's California Institute for Community, Art and Nature — to talk about the history of art at the Bulb from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Please register for the artwalk on Eventbrite. Love the Bulb advocates for creating a new kind of park that allows for the creation of new temporary installations and performances that deepen our knowledge of natural and human ecosystems.

Thursday September 28, 2017

Half-Day Berkeley BioBlitz

Join EII's Wholly H20 for a fun half-day citizen science BioBlitz on October 29 at Lake Anza and Wildcat Gorge Trail in Berkeley, CA. A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. Get ready to enjoy being a citizen scientist through simple observation and photo documentation. Observations will be added to the "Richmond CA Watershed" iNaturalist project, which is gathering information about Wildcat Creek watershed. Learn more and register today.

Thursday September 28, 2017

Sharktober Is Here

It's almost Sharktober! Join EII's Shark Stewards for a month of San Francisco Bay Area shark education events, including lectures, films, and Sharktoberfest festivals. The shark celebration kicks off with Sharktoberfest on Saturday, September 30, at the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitors Center in San Francisco. Guests will enjoy live music, meet with ocean advocates, and learn about opportunities to help save sharks and protect critical marine habitat. This free event takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Learn more.

Thursday September 28, 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: The Snake Lover. Wildlife biologist Betsy Howell writes about how Virginia state herpetologist JD Kleopfer is fostering respect for and appreciation of reptiles.

Editors' Pick: First-of-its-Kind Lawsuit Seeks Legal Rights for the Colorado River. Reporter William Falk discusses a recent lawsuit seeking legal personhood for the Colorado River, and why the case could establish a foothold for the rights of nature movement in American courts.

Thursday September 28, 2017

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