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IslandWire: 23 August, 2018

Meet the 19th Annual Brower Youth Awards Winners

Rose_whippleEarth Island's New Leaders Initiative has just announced the 2018 Brower Youth Awards winners! Read all about this year's inspiring recipients, and get ready to celebrate them at the 19th Annual Brower Youth Awards ceremony on October 16 in San Francisco's beautiful Herbst Theater. This year's theme is “Grow the Movement,” an expression of our support for the cultural and environmental warriors who are galvanizing change across the country. Tickets to the ceremony are FREE. You are also invited to meet the BYA winners at a special reception preceding the awards ceremony. Register for your free awards ticket and purchase your reception ticket today.

Don't Let Zinke Gut the Endangered Species Act

Polar bear greetingIn July, the Trump administration unveiled a proposal to strip the Endangered Species Act of several key provisions. One set of regulatory changes would weaken the consultation process designed to prevent harm to endangered species from federal activities. A second set of changes would curtail the designation of critical habitat and weaken the listing process for imperiled species, and a third regulation would gut nearly all protections for wildlife newly designated as “threatened” under the ESA. Together, these proposed changes pose a major threat to hundreds of threatened species. Use the above links to join Earth Island Advocates in commenting on the proposals by September 24.

Living with Mountain Lions

PumaOn September 20, Sharon Negri, founder and director of EII's WildFutures, is moderating an online discussion about living with mountain lions in California. Researchers Quinton Martins and Winston Vickers will examine the future of mountain lions in the Bay Area and greater California, and discuss the threats these animals face as a result of human population growth, habitat loss and fragmentation, and conflicts with livestock and pets. They will also share how their research is leading to a better understanding of mountain lion ecology and improving coexistence with these charismatic cats. Learn more and register for the webinar.

Climate Change, Biodiversity, and Poverty

Forest Hugging A Tree Nature Iphonephotography at San joaquinDuring the week of the Global Climate Action Summit, EII's Viva Sierra Gorda and partners will be holding a roundtable discussion about how a grassroots organization in Mexico got the state government on board to build a protocol for mitigation. The roundtable will explore how to influence public policy from the bottom-up; discuss methods of measuring, reporting, and verifying carbon in forests and soils; and provide insights on training local forest owners and livestock producers to apply best practices. The event will be held at Pier 1 in San Francisco on September 11. Learn more.

California County Suspends Contract with Wildlife Services

photo of a coyote in a meadowIn response to legal pressure from Earth Island's Project Coyote and other animal-protection and conservation groups, Siskiyou County will become the fourth California county to suspend its contract with the USDA's Wildlife Services, which has killed more than 28,000 animals in the county over the past decade. The decision came after coalition members warned the county that its Wildlife Services contract violates the California Environmental Quality Act. “We commend Siskiyou County for this enlightened decision,” said Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote. “There are many nonlethal methods and models for reducing conflicts between people, livestock and wildlife that are cost effective, ecologically sound and ethically defensible.”

Save the Date for BURNED Screening

Join Chad Hanson, director of Earth Island's John Muir Project, and others for a screening of the new documentary film BURNED: Are Trees the New Coal? during September's Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. BURNED tells the little-known story of the accelerating destruction of our forests for fuel and probes the policy loopholes and huge subsidies facilitating biomass energy. The screening will be held at the Children's Creativity Museum on September 13 at 6:00 p.m., and will be followed by a discussion about why biomass energy is not carbon neutral, and the devastating impacts the industry has on air quality and forest health. Learn more.

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:

pipeline photoMost Popular: Time to Step Up Pressure Against the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines. Reporter Lorne Stockman discusses how work on both pipelines has been temporarily halted due to vacated federal permits and multiple environmental violations.

Farmer weeding maize field in Bihar, IndiaEditors' Pick: Fall Armyworm's Arrival in India Sparks Fear of its Spread Through Asia. Reporter Stephanie Parker updates us on how this invasive crop pest has now spread beyond Africa, and could soon go global.

Mark Your Calendars for the SF Green Film Festival

poster thumbnailEarth Island Journal is proud to be a media partner of the annual San Francisco Green Film Festival, scheduled for September 6 to 14. This year's lineup includes a powerful film about threats to Botswana's Okavango Delta, a documentary about the Indigenous movement for climate justice, and an inspiring film about the first solar-powered flight around the world. On September 9, Journal Editor Maureen Nandini Mitra will host a conversation following the world premiere of STROOP: Journey into the Rhino Horn War — a hair-raising documentary that takes viewers to the frontlines of the war against poaching — at the Cowell Theater at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. View the full screening calendar and get your tickets today.

Cooking Class with Food Shift

photo of foodThe doors of The Food Shift Kitchen will swing open on September 20 for an intimate evening of traditional, family-style cooking with Chef Suzy Martinez. Participants will learn best practices for working with seasonal, recovered produce that would have otherwise been wasted, while celebrating the power of kitchen and community. Join EII's Food Shift for this special event in Alameda, CA. Space is limited — reserve your spot today!

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