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IslandWire: 27 June, 2019

Urge the Feds to Ban Shark Fin Trade

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Last week, Canada became the first G20 country to ban the trade of shark fins after it passed a bill that bans the import and export of fins that are not attached to the fish. Shark Stewards’ youth activism chapter in Vancouver, led by teen Alice Zhao, helped champion this bill. Though shark-finning in Canada’s domestic fisheries industry has been banned since 1994, the country continues to be the largest importer of shark fins outside of Asia. But once the new law goes into effect, the US will hold the dubious distinction of being the largest shark fin trader in North America, despite 12 state laws banning the sale and trade of shark fins. EII’s Shark Stewards and its partners are helping push the US fin trade ban through the US Senate (S. 798). Add your voice to their petition.


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This Pride Month, Support LGBTQIA+ Indigenous Youth

This Pride month, Seeding Sovereignty is asking for your support in funding five LGBTQIA+ Indigenous youth internships through their Global Giving campaign. This project will empower five LGBTQIA+ youth to receive training and mentorship in grassroots organizing, campaign building, digital media advocacy, and community solar initiatives. Your investment will help the Earth Island project address youth crises that disproportionately impact youth in ignored and underserved Indigenous communities, both rural and urban. Seeding Sovereignty is striving for a maximum goal of $25,000 to provide transportation, training, and stipends to it summer youth interns and it has two days left to meet its mark! Invest in queer Indigenous youth to make this goal a reality. Every donation counts!


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Join Plastic Free July

Join EII’s Plastic Pollution Coalition and millions of people across the world by participating in Plastic Free July, a global movement dedicated to refusing single-use plastic. Take the challenge. Are you located in the Los Angeles, CA area? RSVP now for Plastic Pollution Coalition’s lunch meeting on July 17, featuring Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, founder and executive director of the Plastic Free Foundation and the annual Plastic Free July challenge. Learn more.


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An Update on Efforts to Release Russian ‘Whale Jail’ Whales

Earth Island’s International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP) has been one of the lead organizations working to help return the “Whale Jail” whales of Russia to their home in Sea of Okhotsk where they were captured last summer. The 10 orcas and 87 beluga whales in the Whale Jail, in Russia’s Far Eastern Primorsky region, were originally intended for sale to Chinese aquariums. The release plan proposes that all of the captured whales are to be trucked to the Amur River and then floated down into the Sea of Okhotsk. Travel to the release site takes six days. That is a very long, stressful time for the animals to be confined. Latest news reports from Russian media suggest that two orcas and six beluga whales were released back into the open sea, but we don’t know whether the release team will ensure the whales can have the best chance at reintegrating with wild whales post-release. Find our more on our website.


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Nature Photography Workshop for Young Adults

Earth Island’s Conservation Kids has teamed up with Point Reyes National Seashore Association to provide 16 young adults the opportunity to learn about conservation photography. Participants will use a professional camera to shoot nature and wildlife in Point Reyes National Seashore with the help of professional photographer Daniel Dietrich. The event is on August 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn more and sign up.


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Concert Celebrating Yosemite & Hetch Hetchy Valleys

Earth Island’s Planet Earth Arts is presenting internationally acclaimed soprano Maria Bengtsson in a special free concert at the Stanford Memorial Church on July 9. The concert will feature the world premiere of God’s First Temples, a song cycle by composer Anthony Plog, celebrating the wild beauty of the Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy valleys as described in the writings of John Muir. It will also include music by Händel, Haydn, Brahms, Weber, and arias from Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte and The Marriage of Figaro. Maria Bengtsson will be joined by the celebrated pianist Tamami Honma and the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra String Quartet. Learn more.


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Food Shift Seeks New ED

Earth Island’s Food Shift is seeking transformational leadership to help shape the future of the organization and is launching the search for a new Executive Director. The ideal candidate will be bold and creative, with deep cultural competency and a passion for equity and justice. If you believe you or someone you know might be the visionary leader to guide Food Shift into the future, please read and circulate the Executive Director job description. Help us spread the word! And we invite you to read a letter from founder Dana Frasz about the transition here.


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Arizona Votes to Ban Wildlife Killing Contests

Last week, the Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted to ban wildlife killing contests targeting bobcats, coyotes, foxes, and other species. During this bloodsport, participants compete to kill the greatest number or even the youngest animals for prizes. A coalition of wildlife groups, including EII’s Project Coyote, worked for months educating the public and lobbying local governments to take a stand against the ecologically destructive events. Learn more here, here, and here. To further the campaign to end killing contests, Project Coyote’s Camilla Fox will participate in a panel discussion following the Minnesota premiere screening of KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife in the Crosshairsin Minneapolis on July 24.


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An Evening of Music for Nature

Nature in the City is glad to be a beneficiary of the San Francisco Swedenborgian Church’s Second Sundays Concert Series. The next concert, on July 21, will feature the Farallon Quintet, the only professional chamber music group focused exclusively on the repertoire for clarinet quintet, that is, a string quartet plus clarinet. Part of the proceeds from this event will go to the Earth Island project. Learn more and get your tickets today.

Benefits for Nature in the City members! Members of Nature in the City help create a healthy, vibrant San Francisco where nature and people thrive, as well as receive fun perks, such as invitations to members-only nature walks and other special events. Join us now!


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