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At the recent XV International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Global Service Corps (GSC) Executive Director Rick Lathrop presented the Seeds of Survival Partnership Program. Through this program, GSC supports people living with HIV/AIDS with training in sustainable agriculture and nutrition, while enhancing the food security of HIV/AIDS-affected communities. The pilot program will be launched in October. GSC also facilitates volunteer service programs in Tanzania and Thailand. E-mail or visit for more information.

UniversitÁrea Protegida Nicaragua celebrated its first anniversary August 7 with a Nicaraguan fiesta in Occidental, California. More than 50 UÁP members gathered to hear from project director Olin Cohan about the program’s advances and eat gallo pinto con platanos fritos, a traditional Nicaraguan meal. In the field, UÁP students continue their work in natural reserves. UÁP has welcomed four environmental science students from The University of Alcalá, Spain, who are assisting UÁP students with research on the American crocodile and environmental education classes in the protected area La Isla Juan Venado. This is the first of a number of student exchange programs UÁP is organizing to support Nicaragua’s future environmental leaders. For more details, contact Olin Cohan at

The Center for Safe Energy hosted eight Russian environmental leaders in Berkeley in September through the Open World Program at the Library of Congress. The delegates came from environmental NGOs across Russia to examine the role of American environmental organizations in molding public policy via government and the media.
During their week-long stay, the delegates stayed with families and visited local and national environmental NGOs, such as the Earth Island Institute and the Sierra Club, to learn how these groups have reached their successes. They also met with Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates and visited the office of Representative Barbara Lee.
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This fall Earth Island will host two special events for our Founder’s Circle members: one in Mill Valley, California and the second at the Harvard Faculty Club in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Mill Valley program will bring together a panel of environmental leaders and activists for a roundtable discussion on the legacy of the 2004 elections and the role of citizen action in working toward a sustainable future. The Cambridge event will feature a reception and behind-the-scenes look at Massachusetts’ historic new environmental legislation and the story of how a small group of activists helped establish new laws and guidelines for protecting our nation’s waterways and wetlands from the risk of oil spills.
Invitations to these and other events are just some of the benefits enjoyed by Founder’s Circle members. Named in honor of our legendary founder David R. Brower (1912–2000), the Founder’s Circle recognizes those donors who make an annual contribution of $500 or more to Earth Island Institute. For more information, please contact Steve Zimmerman at (415) 788-3666 ext. 155 or e-mail


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