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

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Thursday December 7, 2017

BioBlitz Fun in Kensington, CA

his Sunday, December 10, join EII's Wholly H2O for a fun half-day citizen science BioBlitz along Wildcat Creek in Kensington, CA. Participants will hike around Jewel Lake to find and identify as many species as possible. Get ready to enjoy being a citizen scientist through simple observation and photo documentation. The BioBlitz begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Packrat Trail trailhead in Tilden Park. Free registration is required. Learn more and register today.

Thursday December 7, 2017

Richmond Trees Launches Spanish Website

Richmond Trees is excited to announce the launch of its Spanish language website this month. The Latino community comprises more than 35 percent of Richmond's population, and the Earth Island project recognizes the importance of easy access to information in Spanish to widen the reach of its mission to grow the urban forest. Equally important is access to information regarding volunteer opportunities, including tree planting and tree care events. Richmond Trees has planted more than 600 trees since its founding in 2011 and its success is dependent upon a broad base of support. Join the project this Sunday, December 10, at Burg Park at 9:00 a.m. to plant some trees!

Thursday December 7, 2017

Check Out the Journal’s Winter Issue

Don't miss the Winter issue of Earth Island Journal, which is now out on newsstands and online. The issue leads with an expansive cover story exploring the many challenges facing the California Delta, and what the controversial "twin tunnels" project would mean for the region's future. Other articles include an in-depth piece on Guyana's efforts to transition to a clean energy economy; a compelling feature about ecological and cultural restoration work being done on the remote Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve in British Columbia; and a touching narrative on the emotional and environmental consequences of losing sight of the night sky. Subscribe to the Journal or buy a copy at the newsstands. Help us produce more deeply reported stories like these by making a donation to our Green Journalism Fund today!

Thursday December 7, 2017

Project Coyote On-Air

Project Coyote Founder & Executive Director Camilla Fox was recently interviewed for two national podcasts. On the Animals Today Radio program "Reining in Animal Services," Fox spoke with host Dr. Peter Siegel about the indiscriminate killing of wildlife perpetrated by the USDA's Wildlife Services, as well as the recent settlement of a case filed by wildlife advocacy groups against the agency. Fox also joined well-known vegan author and speaker Colleen Patrick-Goudreau on her award-winning Food for Thought podcast to discuss coexisting with carnivores and the Earth Island project's Ranching with Wildlife and Coyote Friendly Communities programs.

Thursday December 7, 2017

Food Shift is Hiring-120717

EII's Food Shift is seeking a dedicated individual to transport cosmetically imperfect produce from San Francisco distributors to its kitchen site in Alameda.

The food recovery driver role is critical for expanding Food Shift's capacity to reduce food waste, create healthy meals for the Alameda community, and provide job training via its kitchen program. The EII project is currently able to recover around 1,500 pounds of food per week, and hiring a driver would help quadruple this impact! Read the full job description to learn more. To apply, contact Alison Griffith with your resume, availability, and a statement of interest.

Thursday December 7, 2017

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: Life Amid the Levees. Reporter Jacob Shea examines the complex set of issues facing the California Delta, looking at what water management decisions in the region will mean for the long-term health of the Delta ecosystem and local communities.

Editors' Pick: Six Ways of Seeing a Rhinoceros Auklet. In a beautifully written essay, author Eric Wagner reflects on what declining ocean health means for Pacific seabirds like the rhinoceros auklet.

Thursday December 7, 2017

Earth Island at UN Climate Talks

This week marks the start of COP23, the latest round of global climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany. An Earth Island Institute delegation of grassroots leaders from Eco Equity, Climate Wise Women, Transition Earth, and Environmental Finance Center West is participating in talks, stressing the importance of women's leadership and equity in implementation of the Paris Agreement, and drawing attention to the connections between climate change and population growth. Eco Equity and partner-organization Civil Society Review also released a report at the conference, "Equity and the Ambition Ratchet," explaining that we are not on track to keep global temperature rise well below 2°C — the goal outlined in the Paris Agreement — and emphasizing the urgent need for action.

Thursday November 9, 2017

Protect Pacific Marine National Monuments

EII's Shark Stewards is collecting public comments to protect Marine National Monuments in the Pacific Ocean, two of which — Pacific Remote Islands and Rose Atoll — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended shrinking in a recent memo to President Trump. The remote, lightly inhabited, and nearly pristine islands and atolls were first designated national monuments under President George W. Bush. President Obama later expanded their size to create some of the largest and most biologically important protected ecosystems in the Pacific. These last few remaining wilderness areas in this region are now in the crosshairs of the current administration. Learn more and take action to protect the monuments today.

Thursday November 9, 2017

Check Out the Ethical Traveler Podcast

EII's Ethical Traveler is thrilled to announce the launch of its new podcast series that features incredible storytelling, great world music, and interviews with some fascinating travelers. The first four episodes highlight the work of three different Earth Island projects. The success of the podcasts depends on the audience, so please give a listen, subscribe, and share with friends!

Thursday November 9, 2017

Congratulations to Sharon Danks

Please join us in congratulating Sharon Danks, executive director of Earth Island's Green Schoolyards America, who was recently named an Ashoka Fellow! Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs selected for their innovative solutions to social problems and their potential to change patterns across society. Danks's work inspires and enables communities to enrich their school grounds and use them to improve children's wellbeing, learning, and play while contributing to the ecological health and resilience of their cities. Ashoka has published a profile of Sharon's work and has also run an article about her work in Forbes.

Thursday November 9, 2017

Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. In the US, it often goes unnoticed when Indigenous women go missing and are murdered. At the same time, fossil fuel pipelines bring violence to women and our Earth. EII's Seeding Sovereignty commissioned Indigenous youth artist Jackie Fawn to create a piece (pictured) to honor missing and murdered Indigenous women and to steward the transition to sovereign earth-based energy. Learn more about Seeding Sovereignty's work.

Thursday November 9, 2017

North Bay Fire Relief Benefit Dinner

Join Earth Island's Food Shift on December 11 for an all-inclusive benefit dinner to support North Bay fire relief efforts. All proceeds from this night of food, drinks, and community at C'era Una Volta in Alameda, CA will be donated to Ceres Community Project and Undocufund, two groups that are working directly to support the most vulnerable populations affected by the recent California fires. Guests will enjoy a vegetarian meal made from recovered produced at The Food Shift Kitchen, classic Italian desserts from C'era Una Volta, and drinks donated by Donkey and Goat Winery and Shanty Shack Brewing, as well as live acoustic music. Get tickets by November 15 for the early bird price of $30!

Thursday November 9, 2017

WTO Upholds Dolphin Safe Tuna Label

In October, the World Trade Organization ruled in favor of the US, agreeing that its strong standards for the Dolphin Safe Tuna label are in compliance with WTO free trade regulations. Earth Island's International Marine Mammal Project, which established the popular label, celebrates the decision. The ruling reverses several prior decisions saying that Dolphin Safe tuna labeling regulations unfairly discriminated against Mexico by restricting access to US markets. Learn more about Dolphin Safe tuna.

Thursday November 9, 2017

Get Your Hands Dirty With Richmond Trees

Earth Island's Richmond Trees will be planting trees in Richmond, CA on Sunday, November 12. The Earth Island project will meet volunteers at Burg Park at 30th and Clinton Ave at 9:00 a.m. and then disperse to different locations throughout the city. Volunteers of all ages are welcome. Please bring your water bottle, work gloves, and your favorite tools if you have them, but don't worry if you don't — Richmond Trees has plenty to share! Learn more.

Thursday November 9, 2017

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