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IslandWire: 29 November, 2018

Thank You for Your #GivingTuesday Support

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On behalf of everyone here at Earth Island and Earth Island Journal, we want to thank you for joining us on #GivingTuesday. From giving a gift subscription of the Journal, to engaging with us over social media, to making a donation to our campaign, you’ve helped provide critical support to our award-winning magazine! Though we didn’t quite reach our goal, we are still so grateful for all of your support. And of course, as you consider your year-end giving, there’s still time to make a donation to support fearless environmental journalism. FYI, the Journal just received two awards for its special investigation into America’s Toxic Prisons — one for environmental journalism and one for investigative reporting — from the San Francisco Press Club.


International Marine Mammal Project Sues Feds

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Last year, three captive orcas died at three different SeaWorld facilities across the US. SeaWorld has refused to release the necropsy reports for these animals. Earth Island’s International Marine Mammal Project, along with several other animal rights groups, has sued the National Marine Fisheries Service for its failure to require SeaWorld to release the reports, which could provide valuable information about how captivity harms the health of whales, dolphins, and other animals. Read more about the suit.


California Wildlife Need Your Help

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Earth Island’s RATS has long been pressuring the state of California to ban dangerous anticoagulant rodenticides due to their impacts on raptors and other non-target wildlife, and finally, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has issued a “Notice of Proposed Decision” to reevaluate second generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs). Please send a polite email to the department by December 17 expressing your support for DPR’s proposed decision and urging the department to follow through and remove all SGARs from use in California. Although the state banned SGARs for use by consumers in 2014, a giant loophole has allowed the pest control industry to continue to use these pesticides widely.


Earth Island Advocates’ One-Year Anniversary

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In just one year, Earth Island Advocates has helped EII double its usual number of legal actions, actions that have been taken on behalf of eight different Earth Island projects and cover everything from animal welfare to conservation to toxics. For five projects, this is first time that they have used litigation to support their environmental activism. Additionally, Earth Island now has projects working collaboratively to initiate lawsuits. In most of these cases, EII is collaborating with pro bono partners, which now include more than a dozen law firms, legal clinics, and other nonprofits. Learn more about what Advocates is working on.


Oceans of Gratitude Event

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Join Shark Stewards on December 8 for a film screening and slideshow of ocean images featuring the Earth Island project’s conservation work from San Francisco to Borneo. Vegan fare will be served, sponsored by Food For Thought. Select images from the photo exhibit will be offered for sale. Advance tickets are available for the event, which will take place in Corte Madera, CA. The celebration will be followed by a reception at Cafe Rome in Sausalito complete with live music.


Celebrate with The Wild Oyster Project

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Food Shift is thrilled to invite you all to its 7-Year Anniversary Benefit Party at Encuentro in Oakland on December 1. The night is sure to be one to remember: The Earth Island project will have abundant wine and plant-based bites cooked by its very own Chef Suzy Martinez along with guest chefs Tu David and Jeremy Nelson; an enticing silent auction; and inspiring words from special guest Joanna Macy. Join Food Shift to reflect on recent successes and look ahead to a powerful new year. Tickets are on sale now — get yours before prices go up next week! To learn more about Food Shift's work, check out this feature video by SoulPancake.


The Best of Earth Island Journal:

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Most Popular: Indigenous Leaders at Risk Amid Guatemalan Political Crisis. Reporter Sandra Cuffe discusses why land defenders and human rights activists in Guatemala fear that their work could be getting even more dangerous under President Jimmy Morales.

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Editors' Pick: Water Watchdogs Keep Up Fight Against Oregon LNG Terminal. Reporter Juliet Grable explores whether tens of thousands of public comments submitted to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality will tip the balance against the Jordan Cove natural gas export terminal and pipeline project.


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