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IslandWire: 18 April, 2019

Tell World Leaders Time Is Up for Plastics

photo of a plastic-polluted beach, Photo by Gina Jie Sam Foek from Pexels

In honor of Earth Day, EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition invites you to sign a petition demanding our elected representatives take action to stop plastic pollution. Last month at the fourth UN Environment Assembly, the United States blocked ambitious efforts to address the global plastic pollution crisis. The US was backed by a strong industry lobby with more than $200 billion invested in the petrochemical buildout to drastically expand plastic production. Tell US leaders the time is NOW to protect our planet. Sign the petition today.

 

Chilkat River Added to Endangered Rivers List

photo of battling bald eagles!

The Chilkat River in Southeast Alaska was just named one of America's 10 most endangered rivers by American Rivers. Alaska Clean Water Advocacy (ACWA) nominated the river to the 2019 list due to the threat posed by the Palmer Project, a copper and zinc mine being developed a few miles upstream from the Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, the ancient Tlingit Village of Klukwan, and the community of Haines. The preserve hosts the largest gathering of eagles on Earth and hundreds of brown bears come to feed on late runs of salmon in the Chilkat River. Klukwan, one of the longest continually inhabited places in North America, was established more than 2,000 years ago. ACWA is leading the effort to stop the mine. Learn more.

 

Join Earth Island at Berkeley Earth Day

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East Bay friends, come celebrate Earth Day with Earth Island at the David Brower Center on April 21! This year's Berkeley Earth Day will include unique eco-friendly vendors, engaging panels, and delicious vegetarian food. The Earth Day Celebration is FREE and kids of all ages are encouraged to join. The event will also include screenings of environmental and adventure films as part of the Wild & Scenic Film Fest. Earth Island is excited to join the film fest as a community partner. Learn more about the films and get tickets to one of the screenings today.

 

Enjoy Live Music and Support Nature in the City

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Earth Island's Nature in the City is excited to be a beneficiary of the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church's Second Sundays Concert Series. The entire season of concerts at the church will benefit Nature in the City's work, along with that of two other nonprofits, the Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco and Canine Companions for Independence. The next concert, on May 5, will feature sparkling folk/jazz pianist John Burr and famed Cajun fiddler Tom Rigney. Don't miss this opportunity to see Burr and Rigney perform while also supporting Nature in the City. Get your tickets at the door or online.

 

A Special Event to Save the Serengeti

photo of the silhouette of a giraffe and a tree

Join Earth Island's Serengeti Watch on May 4 for a presentation on Serengeti National Park. Mr. Meyasi Meshilieck, executive director of the Tanzanian nonprofit Serengeti Preservation Foundation, and Boyd Norton, co-director of Earth Island's Serengeti Watch, will discuss the many threats facing the park, including construction of roads and dams. They will also explore opportunities to save the park, which is one of our planet's great natural wonders. Both the Serengeti Preservation Foundation and Serengeti Watch strive to build local capacity, awareness, and support for conservation in communities around the Serengeti. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA. For more information, contact David Blanton.

 

Collaborating on Women's Leadership and Climate Resilience

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Last week, Earth Island projects Climate Wise Women, EFC West, and Transition Earth met with women's organizations from Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa in in Kampala, Uganda to develop effective collaborations supporting women's leadership on climate resilience and sustainable livelihoods. The meeting resulted in the formation of The Women's Climate Centers International, which will be located throughout East Africa and will serve grassroots communities as one-stop centers for climate change solutions — because the earth needs powerful women.

 

Celebrate a Decade of Work with Project Coyote

artwork, 10 years celebrating

EII's Project Coyote is hosting a 10-Year Anniversary Benefit to celebrate a decade of work protecting North America's wild carnivores and promoting compassionate coexistence with wildlife. Join the Project Coyote team on Saturday, April 27, at Durell Vineyard in Sonoma, California for this festive event, which will include silent and live auctions (register and bid now!), special guests (including Project Coyote Advisory Board member Peter Coyote and Ambassador Marty Griffin), live music, awards, wine, and more. Premium tickets are sold out, but limited regular tickets are still available. RSVP soon to ensure your place!

 

Apply for the Brower Youth Awards

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The 2019 Brower Youth Awards application is now open! Earth Island's New Leaders Initiative invites youth ages 13 to 22 who are involved in environmental activism in their community and beyond to apply by the May 1 deadline. Six young people will be selected from across North America for their contributions to local, national, and global projects and campaigns. Earth Island celebrates winners with an awards ceremony and retreat in the San Francisco Bay Area, a short documentary about their activism, and a $3,000 cash prize! If you know anyone who seems like an ideal candidate, please share the application and encourage them to apply. Reach out to Mona Shomali with any questions.

 

Learn More about Your Watershed as a Citizen Scientist

photo of someone using a cellphone to document an assemblage of plants

Wholly H2O, a project of Earth Island, is hosting two citizen science BioBlitz events as part of the 2019 City Nature Challenge. The first is at University of California Berkeley on April 26. Learn more about the Strawberry Creek watershed while documenting flora and fauna with your neighbors. Register to learn more. The second BioBlitz is on April 27 at the Albany Bulb. Participating citizen scientists will become better acquainted with the diverse ecosystem of Codornices Creek watershed and will document their observations using the iNaturalist app. Register for additional information. Expect fun and discovery at both events!

 

Convening to Support Children in Nature

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Join EII's Children in Nature Collaborative at the Children & Nature Network International Conference in Oakland May 16 to 18 for the largest gathering of children and nature advocates in the world. The conference will offer seven dynamic tracks to increase nature access at the local, national, and international levels, with equity and inclusion as foundational values. It will convene nature connection leaders from around the world, including policy makers, elected officials, educators, green schoolyard advocates, community organizers, urban planners, and more. The Bay Area Children in Nature Collaborative will host the Developing Networks of Community Leaders track. Earth Island projects Green Schoolyards America and Bay Area Wilderness Training will lead sessions. Learn more.

 

Art and Dance Festival at the Albany Bulb

photo of people doing interpretive dance at the shore

Wholly H2O, a project of Earth Island, is hosting two citizen science BioBlitz events as part of the 2019 City Nature Challenge. The first is at University of California Berkeley on April 26. Learn more about the Strawberry Creek watershed while documenting flora and fauna with your neighbors. Register to learn more. The second BioBlitz is on April 27 at the Albany Bulb. Participating citizen scientists will become better acquainted with the diverse ecosystem of Codornices Creek watershed and will document their observations using the iNaturalist app. Register for additional information. Expect fun and discovery at both events!

 

The Best of Earth Island Journal:

photo of wildflowers at Amboy crater

Most Popular: An Online Vigilante Is Shaming Bad Behavior on Public Lands. Reporter Gabrielle Canon discusses the Public Lands Hate You Instagram account, which calls out online influencers for misbehaving in national parks.

 
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Editors' Pick: For Some, Replanting Logged Lands Leads to Shifting Views of Forest Management. Reporter Diana Myers discusses how tree-planting brings people face-to-face with the ecological impacts of industrial timber production, and in some cases, leads to evolving views of how we should manage our forests. insect declines could impact pest management.

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