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IslandWire: September 16, 2021


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Brower Youth Award Winners Announced

This year’s six outstanding Brower Youth Award winners have just been announced. From climate justice to water conservation to plastics pollution, this year’s winners are tackling some of the biggest environmental challenges of our time. Join Earth Island and its New Leaders Initiative program as we honor these inspiring young leaders in a free two-part virtual event: the Brower Youth Awards ceremony, on October 14, 5:00–6:30 p.m. Pacific Time, and a Q&A with the winners, on October 19, 5:00–6:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Register here.


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Earth Island Files Greenwashing Lawsuit

Earth Island Institute recently filed a lawsuit against BlueTriton Brands (formerly Nestlé Waters North America) for false and deceptive marketing. BlueTriton represents itself as an environmentally friendly company despite its significant and ongoing contributions to plastic pollution and its depletion of natural water resources. “We will no longer stay silent when major corporations, like BlueTriton, lie to consumers about their wasteful and harmful business practices,” said Earth Island General Counsel Sumona Majumdar. Read more here.


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Complaint Filed against Mining Company

Earth Island’s Alaska Clean Water Advocacy (ACWA) and conservation partners Rivers Without Borders and Lynn Canal Conservation recently filed a fraud complaint with Canadian securities regulators over repeated misleading statements and representations by Constantine Metals Resources regarding the infrastructure for its Palmer mining project. ACWA has been fighting for many years against the project, which would violate the Clean Water Act and significantly impact critical habitat for salmon, bears, eagles, and other wildlife. Read more here and here. Photo by Joe Ordonez.


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Future of Plenty

How do we meet this moment of unprecedented upheavals in food systems that have occurred over the past year with visions of abundance, equity, justice, and care? Join Earth Island’s Real Food Real Stories (RFRS) on September 23, at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, as it hosts three women in the food movement — A. Breeze Harper, editor of Sistah Vegan: Black Female Vegans Speak on Food, Identity, Health, and Society; Pei-Ru Ko, RFRS founder and one of Food Tank’s “14 Women Changing Food Around the World”; and Fabiola Santiago, Zapotec Oaxaqueña food activist and creator of Mi Oaxaca — for a live virtual storytelling event that invites you to dream big and savor transformative concepts for our food future. Reserve your tickets here.



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Seasonal Kitchen Guide Reduces Food Waste

Earth Island’s Food Shift has just released its downloadable Seasonal Kitchen Guide: Tips, Tricks, & Techniques for Reducing Food Waste at Home, filled with creative tips and recipes for 12 common produce items, such as broccoli, oranges, strawberries, and cucumbers. Food waste is a major contributor to climate change, and the suggestions presented in this guide are specifically tailored for food-waste reduction and are accessible to cooks at all skill levels. The guide is also a reflection of Food Shift’s proud partnership with StopWaste, an Alameda County, California, public agency, and other partner organizations. The Seasonal Kitchen Guide can be found here.


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Watch The Story of Plastic for Free

The Discovery Channel is celebrating the Emmy nomination of The Story of Plastic by making it available for free on its YouTube channel until September 30. The Story of Plastic is a searing exposé on the ugly truth behind plastic pollution, one of the world’s most pressing environmental issues. Co-executive produced by Dianna Cohen, cofounder of Earth Island’s Plastic Pollution Coalition, the film is up for an Emmy in the category of outstanding writing in a documentary. The Emmy Awards will be announced on September 28 and 29. The film originally premiered on the Discovery Channel on Earth Day 2020. More information and access to the film can be found here.


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Outdoor Learning Aids Education

The National Covid-19 Outdoor Learning Initiative, cofounded by Earth Island’s Green Schoolyards America, continues to support educators looking for innovative ways to keep their classrooms safe and functioning during the pandemic. To build on the success of the program, Green Schoolyards America recently launched a survey to better understand how pre-K–12 schools are using the outdoors during the pandemic and beyond, and is seeking input from education-sector administrators, staff, and parents, as well as landscape designers and community-based partners. Their hope is that the data gathered through this effort will provide a broad understanding of the state of outdoor learning and reveal additional outdoor-learning examples that can be shared nationally. Photo by Drew Kelly Photography.


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Reno Condemns Wildlife Killing Contests

Thanks to pressure by Earth Island’s Project Coyote and other wildlife conservation organizations, the Reno, Nevada, City Council last week passed a resolution condemning wildlife killing contests and called for a ban on the barbaric practice. Reno joins a number of communities that have formally denounced these contests, which award participants with cash, guns, or other prizes for killing the most of the targeted species. Project Coyote cofounded the National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests, which has successfully enacted bans against the practice in eight states and is leading a campaign to end wildlife killing contests on public lands. Sign the petition here.

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