John de Graaf, an Earth Island Institute board member, is promoting federal legislation to have a peak in the Sierra Nevada renamed in honor of Earth Island’s founder, David Brower. In August, de Graaf wrote an op-ed in The Sacramento Bee outlining his proposal:
“As the leader who took the Sierra Club from being a California hiking organization with a membership of 7,000 and made it the most powerful conservation organization in the country, Brower has been more closely associated with the Sierra Nevada than anyone since the Sierra Club’s famous founder, John Muir. He deserves to have his name bestowed on a Sierra Peak. And not just any peak.
“California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have introduced legislation in Congress that would officially rename North Palisade after Brower.
“While it’s more typical to name unnamed summits for prominent people, honoring Brower with a bump on a ridge – there are no unnamed major Sierra peaks – would scarcely do justice to his memory. Renaming North Palisade, his favorite mountain, after him would. Calling the peak ‘Brower Palisade’ would retain its connection to its original name.
“In the years to come, new climbers will marvel at the magnificent peak that bears his name and ask, ‘Just who was this Brower, anyway?’ Hearing what he did to protect the environment for them, they just might want to follow his footsteps.”
Earth Island’s project network continues to grow! We’re pleased to introduce our four newest projects:
coalSwarm assists grassroots groups fighting Big Coal and mobilizes support for that movement outside the current framework of environmental groups and beyond the boundaries of directly affected states.
Kids vs. Global Warming is a youth-led organization dedicated to educating students about the science of climate change and empowering them to take action. The group assists youths in creating and delivering inspirational presentations to schools, conferences, and events, as well as guiding them through production of videos, interactive booths, Web sites and other educational resources. Kids vs. Global Warming is spreading the message that kids’ voices matter in the fight to end global warming within their lifetimes.
Project Coyote fosters peaceful coexistence between people and coyotes by promoting awareness and understanding of the essential role coyotes play in maintaining a healthy, natural environment, and by supporting humane and ecologically sound solutions to human-coyote conflicts. Project Coyote aims to shift attitudes toward coyotes and other wildlife by replacing ignorance and fear with understanding and respect.
Connect the Dots consults exclusively for the nonprofit community to reduce organizations’ environmental impact as they focus on their social missions. Their Green Start program concentrates on high-impact, minimal-effort conservation practices to jump-start nonprofits towards sustainability.
The Mexican government is trying to gut the Dolphin Safe label for tuna and circumvent US law. The International Marine Mammal Project and other environmental and fair trade groups are crying foul.
Mexico’s tuna fleet kills dolphins by chasing and netting dolphins during fishing operations. Standards for Dolphin Safe tuna, which have been codified by the US Marine Mammal Protection Act, require that tuna be caught without chasing or netting any dolphins.
Mexico claims the Dolphin Safe label is a trade barrier, but in fact Mexico can export dolphin-deadly tuna to the US if it chooses. Major US companies, however, refuse to buy tuna that is not truly Dolphin Safe. Mexico wants to change the Dolphin Safe standards to allow their tuna to be falsely labeled Dolphin Safe.
Lawrence Makili, an outspoken dolphin protector, was recently abducted from his home in the Solomon Islands and attacked.
Makili received a broken right arm, fractured ribs, a fractured facial bone, and several other injuries. Makili has been trying to stop the traffic in captive dolphins in the Solomon Islands. At this time, the identities and motivations of the attackers are unclear. No arrests have been made.
The Altai Project and its international partners are cautiously celebrating a temporary victory in their campaign to reroute a gas pipeline, road, and railroad away from the sensitive, high-altitude Ukok Plateau. The Russian government has reportedly removed the pipeline from its near-future economic development plans. With Altai Project support, local activists have been informing and mobilizing rural residents – one third of whom are Indigenous people – about opportunities to protect their sacred landscapes, helping generate a groundswell of opposition to the pipeline.
Visit www.altaiproject.org to learn more about how The Altai Project is promoting sustainability in this spectacular mountain region.
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