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IslandWire: 15 November, 2018

Our Thoughts Are with California Fire Victims

The Earth Island family's heart goes out to all those who have lost loved ones and homes in the ongoing wildfires in California. We wish you the strength and resilience to make it through this terrible time. IslandWire readers who would like to support recovery efforts can make donations to the Wildfire Relief Fund for people, and to the North Valley Animal Disaster Group for animals. For people in fire-impacted communities trying to navigate the complicated insurance issues that lie ahead United Policyholders is a good resource.


On #GivingTuesday, Help Support Our Journalism

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Save the Date! Earth Island Journal will be participating in November's #GivingTuesday event this year. This holiday season, support our trailblazing journalism in support of our living world. For more than three decades, Earth Island has been committed to publishing quality investigative journalism that explores the connections between the environment and other social issues. Earth Island Journal's unique mix of investigative reporting, storytelling, commentary, essays, and art is a key resource for anyone eager to protect our shared planet. We're kicking-off our Giving Tuesday campaign early. Help us reach our goal of raising $10,000 this season by making a tax-deductible donation today!


Celebrate with The Wild Oyster Project

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Join The Wild Oyster Project at the Fishbowl Bar and Grill in San Francisco on December 1 to celebrate and support our native Olympia Oysters, which once graced the San Francisco Bay by the millions but are now few and far between. Guests will enjoy delicious oysters from Hog Island Oyster Farm and Oly Martinis. The event is free to attend, but a $40 donation gets you Happy Hour prices for the night! And all sales of the special cocktail go directly to support The Wild Oyster Project's work to restore native oysters to the Bay. Learn more about the event. If you can't make it but still want to support the Earth Island project's work, make a tax-deductible donation today!


Photography Workshop for Young Adults

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EII's Conservation Kids, a project of Earth Island, and Think Tank Photo have teamed up to provide a conservation photography workshop for young adults ages 13 to 18. The event will take place on December 9 in Santa Rosa, California from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please visit for more details and to register.


Support School Garden Programs in Oakland

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Numi Foundation is working to provide organic gardening programs to every low-income public elementary school in the Oakland. The Earth Island project invites you to learn more about this effort and support the program, which includes free access to a state-approved K-6 curriculum, stipends for instructors and garden stewards, and field trips to local organic farms. Numi Foundation is also organizing a small fundraiser for the effort on the evening of December 4 in Oakland — email Project Director Darian Rodriguez Heyman for details.


New Mexico Coyote Photography Contest

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EII's Project Coyote is holding New Mexico's first Coyote Photography Contest. The contest emphasizes that we can appreciate the intrinsic value of coyotes in nature without killing them for trophies. Entrants must reside in the state, and have until December 15 to submit their photographs. Winners will be announced in January at a ceremony scheduled in conjunction with local screenings of Project Coyote's documentary KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs. Please help sponsor this contest by donating and specifying “NM Photo Contest” in the comments field. Project Coyote is also working with other state and national groups to urge the New Mexico State Legislature to ban coyote killing contests in 2019.


Join Food Shift in Celebrating its 7th Anniversary

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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: How the Environment Fared in the Midterm Elections. Reporters John Platt and Tara Lohan discuss the November midterms, in which many candidates supporting climate action won victories but environmental ballot measures overall did poorly.

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Editors' Pick: Finding Inspiration in Rosie the Riveter. Libby Smith of Richmond Trees, an Earth Island project, discusses why a group of women took the helm of a grassroots effort to green Richmond, CA.


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