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IslandWire: 21 February, 2019


Plastic Threatens Human Health at a Global Scale

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A report released this week reveals that plastic pollution is expanding into new areas of the environment and food chain as existing plastic products fragment into smaller particles and concentrate toxic chemicals. What this means is that we have a global health crisis hiding in plain sight. “The health consequences of the endocrine disrupting chemicals in plastic are little known to the public, yet are contributing to a global health crisis,” Sandra Curtis of EII’s Plastic Pollution Coalition said of the report. “More than 80 percent of the exposure to these harmful chemicals comes through food preparation and storage. This groundbreaking report puts the issue directly in the public eye. Like the extraction of fossil fuels from which single-use plastic are made, this report will help educate the public and encourage us all to extract ourselves from our dependence on single-use plastic.” Learn more.





What’s the Future of the Albany Bulb?

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Come hear Love the Bulb founder Susan Moffat talk about the project’s vision to preserve the Albany Bulb as a park for the imagination at the Last Friday Ladies (and Gents) Who Lunch public event at the Hillside Club in Berkeley on Friday, February 22.  Moffat will be discussing the history and future of the Bulb, as well as Love the Bulb’s work with artists and local residents to preserve the park’s creative spirit. On Monday, February 25, Moffat will speak at Nerd Nite at Club 21 in Oakland to highlight how, in an age of boringly safe parks, the wild user-designed Albany Bulb, with its lumpy terrain and surprising nooks and crannies, has attracted artists and seekers of the unusual for decades





Sending Love to the Frontlines

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Following a successful online media campaign to raise awareness about land defenders resisting the Coastal Gas Link pipeline on Unist’ot’en and Wet’suwet’en territories in British Columbia, Seeding Sovereignty emboldened its audience to send #FRONTLINELUV to untraditional places on Valentine’s Day. The Earth Island project’s campaign honored not only those in modern-day BC, but also those on the frontlines of change, including: resisters fighting the construction of the border wall in Texas; folks fighting separation of families and xenophobic immigration laws; children lost to the child-welfare system; and those protecting the waters in northern Minnesota by trying to stop Line 3. As a collective, Seeding Sovereignty honors that frontlines are everywhere, and aims to support everyone in their ongoing struggle for liberation.





Fighting to End Wildlife Killing Contests

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Local citizens and conservation organizations including EII’s Project Coyote successfully persuaded the Flagstaff, AZ city council to pass a resolution this week opposing wildlife killing contests. Flagstaff is the fifth Arizona locality taking a stand against killing contests, adding to a growing list of local and statewide efforts to ban the practice. Also this week, Montana state lawmakers heard testimony from advocates in support of SB 186, a bill to ban killing contests, and SB 187, a bill to prohibit using vehicles to intentionally injure coyotes and foxes. This Saturday, New Mexico will consider legislation to ban trapping and poisoning on public land — New Mexico residents, please contact your state Representatives to support HB366!





Students Inspire Environmental Action

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Why is marine plastic pollution such an important issue? KIDS for the BAY students are exploring this question in their Storm Drain Rangers environmental education programs. They are also choosing to become activists by spreading the knowledge that a little marine plastic pollution can cause a whole lot of harm through powerful, student-led schoolwide assemblies. “Our students have been practicing their lines at home with their parents. They are becoming beacons of environmental action,” shared third-grade teacher Ms. Emerson. Just this school year, students have led 13 assemblies, reaching entire school communities and thousands of students! Read more about the Storm Drain Rangers Program and how you can get involved.





Shark Stewards in The Washington Post

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Shark Stewards’ work was featured in The Washington Post last week. Read the full article, which highlights the Earth Island project’s white shark research in the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, its science education work, and its National Geographic Open Explorer program.





Cater with Food Shift

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Do you know any passionate, dedicated individuals who are looking to make a difference in the SF Bay Area food system? Food Shift is excited to announce two job openings! The Earth Island project is hiring an Administrative Assistant and a Production Chef. Visit the Food Shift website for more details about these positions. Food Shift is also looking to add more regular catering clients to its roster — the team would love to provide a weekly lunch for your office, or a regularly scheduled meal for people who have limited access to dignified meals. Check out Food Shift’s catering website to get a quote for delicious meals with a mission, or contact for details about shelter meals.





The Best of Earth Island Journal:

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Most Popular: A City of Gardens and Water. Former American Rivers CEO Rebecca Wodder discusses what the US might learn from Singapore’s holistic approach to water management.




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Editors’ Pick: A Natural Return to the Earth. Writer Regina Sandler-Phillips discusses the benefits of divesting our end-of-life decisions from fossil fuels.





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