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

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Exploring Watershed Habitats

Fifth-graders from Glassbrook Elementary School in Hayward, CA recently participated in a unique environmental action project that gave them special access to beautiful private Bay Area oak woodland and grassland habitat. Biologists guided student scientists in planting valley oak acorns to improve the health of the watershed and taught the children how to use binoculars to investigate a Red-tailed Hawk nest. The field trip was the result of two years of dedicated planning and a partnership between EII's KIDS for the BAY, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Avila and Associates, and AECOM. Kids for the Bay's Watershed Action Program provides unique opportunities like this one for youth to explore and improve special watershed habitats. Learn more about KIDS for the BAY's Programs for Schools.

Thursday April 19, 2018

Help Us Protect Earth from Trump

Faced with an administration that challenges the health of our society and planet on a nearly daily basis, we at Earth Island continue to believe that our strength lies in connecting with grassroots individuals and communities who are working to protect our Earth. We are bolstered by the knowledge that the amazing men, women, and young persons who make up Earth Island's nearly 80 projects are out there striving tirelessly to achieve their goals. Your support is crucial in helping us expand the scope of our work and the number of projects we help develop. When you make a tax-deductible contribution to Earth Island Institute, you provide vital support to an entire network of committed individuals and their solutions-focused projects. Read EII Director of Operations Susan Kamprath's letter to learn more about our work and make a donation today! Thank you for your ongoing support.

Thursday April 19, 2018

Mexican Music in Nature

Join the Son de la Bahia Collective in a participatory live music and dance event featuring son jarocho folk music from Veracruz, Mexico on April 29 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will gather amidst the wild, rubbly, and art-filled spaces of the Albany Bulb, the old construction debris landfill on San Francisco Bay. Bring a picnic and enjoy spectacular bay views, wildflowers, and family-friendly company with Love the Bulb, a project of Earth Island's California Institute for Community, Art and Nature. Details and registration on Eventbrite.

Thursday April 19, 2018

Big Cats in the City Webinar

Earth Island Institute's WildFutures invites you to participate in a free interactive webinar on Tuesday, May 15 with National Park Service Wildlife Ecologist Seth Riley. From 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. (Pacific Time), Seth will discuss what he and his colleagues have learned about how mountain lions are coping in crowded urban landscapes. They will share footage from hidden cameras, photography, and detailed maps of mountain lion movements. During the webinar you will learn not only about the threats to these animals, but also how residents in Los Angeles are learning to live with their wild neighbors, and what the future might look like for these big cats. Register today, spread the word, and learn more about upcoming webinars.

Thursday April 19, 2018

Comment on the Clean Power Plan Repeal

President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt are threatening repeal of the Clean Power Plan, the United States' hallmark carbon emissions regulation. We cannot afford to go backwards on climate policy. Earth Island Advocates urges you to voice your opposition by submitting a written comment. If you need talking points, you can read EII Advocates' testimony to the EPA or check out the Save EPA website, run by retired and former EPA employees. Comments are due by midnight (Eastern Time) on April 26.

Thursday April 19, 2018

Standing Up for Sharks

Shark Stewards has several exciting events coming up in honor of Earth Day and National Volunteer Week. The Earth Island project is participating in an Earth Fair at CBS Interactive's San Francisco office and an Earth Day event at the University of San Francisco. Shark Stewards is also presenting at the SCUBA and Watersports show in Tacoma, WA on April 21 and 22, and conducting an Earth Day beach clean-up at San Francisco's Aquatic Park on April 21. Learn more and join as a volunteer!

Thursday April 19, 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: Lawsuits Against North Carolina Hog Farms Could Help Reform State's CAFO Industry. Reporters Michael Sainato and Chelsea Skojec discuss a series of lawsuits against a Smithfield Foods subsidiary that allege that the stench and pollutants from open hog waste pools have been detrimental to their health and wellbeing.

Editors' Pick: Cape Town Nurtures its Water Supply in Anticipation of Taps Running Dry. Reporter Aneesa Bodiat visits Cape Town to see how the South African city is coping with severe water shortages and writes about how it could become the world's first metropolis to run out of water.

Thursday April 19, 2018

Public Outcry Building against Killing Contests

Public outcry against wildlife killing contests is building across the country. KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs, Project Coyote's documentary film exposing this shadowy world, is helping to increase awareness about the horrors of these events, what can be done to stop them, and how organizations and individuals can get involved in our national campaign to end this practice. The film continues to be picked up by film festivals and local events. Two events are scheduled in Massachusetts for the end of this month — including one at Salem State University featuring the EII project's director, Camilla Fox, as the keynote speaker. Learn more about how to help organize or host a screening of KILLING GAMES in your community.

Thursday April 19, 2018

Globally Local Spring Series

Join EII's Real Food Real Stories this spring to hear stories from the founders of Numi Tea, Alter Eco, and Kuli Kuli. At each gathering, you'll have the opportunity to join an intimate conversation about the journey each of these entrepreneurs have made to build sustainable and socially responsible companies sourcing internationally and giving back to their communities, both locally and globally. Tickets available.

Thursday April 19, 2018

Run for the Trees in Richmond

Richmond Trees is seeking runners and walkers of all ages to join it for its fourth annual RUN FOR THE TREES team in the Nitro Trail race at Pt. Pinole on May 19. Like it did during the event last year, the Earth Island project is partnering with Brazen Racing, which will be generously donating $5 for every team member. So you can help us out just by joining the team. Registration for the race is open now and there's an early bird discount. Additional details.

Thursday April 19, 2018

Help Support Game-Changing Youth

Are you inspired by the next generation of game-changers and looking for ways to encourage and support youth? Help EII's Ultimate Civics by spreading the word about our free civics curriculum, Activating My Democracy, which can be downloaded online. You can also connect with Ultimate Civics on Facebook and Twitter. And if you know about youth who are civically engaged, share their story by emailing Ultimate Civics at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to help build a collection of narratives to inspire others.

Thursday April 19, 2018

Sign on to End Fossil Fuel Extraction in CA

California is uniquely positioned to set the standard for global climate leadership by ending fossil fuel extraction in our state. As such, Earth Island Institute is joining more than 700 organizations calling on Governor Brown to prohibit further permitting of fossil fuel extraction and related activities, and to phase-out existing production in line with the Paris Climate Accord. If you represent an organization, you have until tomorrow, April 6, to become a signatory.

Thursday April 5, 2018

Speak Up for California’s Wildlife

Two critically important votes are coming up that will affect California's wildlife for years to come. On April 10, the State Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee will consider adoption of AB 2422, which would greatly expand the current prohibition of pesticide use in the state. Join Earth Island's Project Coyote and other wildlife advocates at the committee meeting in Sacramento and make your voice heard! More information here. On April 19, the state Fish & Game Commission will deliberate on the adoption of a predator policy that will provide the framework for how California approaches predator conservation, stewardship, and management. Read more here, and sign this petition to help ensure California adopts a humane, progressive predator policy!

Thursday April 5, 2018

Global Sourcing for Good

EII's Real Food Real Stories invites you to participate in an intimate discussion with Ahmed Rahim and Brian Durkee of Numi Tea, at their Uptown Oakland headquarters on April 26. The CEO and COO of the organic and fair trade tea company will talk about their individual and shared journey growing Numi Tea from the ground up. Over a meal curated by the storytellers, we'll hear what has and what continues to inspire them in building a sustainable and socially responsible company. Tickets and details here.

Thursday April 5, 2018

Fighting Hunger with Economic Justice

Food Shift and Imperfect warmly invite you to dinner and conversation with Andy Fisher, author of Big Hunger, on April 19 at The Food Shift Kitchen in Alameda, CA. The conversation will focus on the causes of hunger in the US and explore a new vision for the anti-hunger movement centered on jobs, health, and economic justice. Come hungry for knowledge and for a vegetarian buffet dinner from The Food Shift Kitchen, made with recovered produce that would have otherwise been wasted. All proceeds support Food Shift's job training, food recovery, and food distributions programs. We hope you will join us! Details and tickets here. Spread the word; share this event with your community!

Thursday April 5, 2018

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