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IslandWire: May 20, 2021

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Monument to Extraction

As part of a global art exhibit, Earth Island’s Love the Bulb and students at University of California, Berkeley, have created Monument to Extraction, which explores the California and global histories of mining, oil, shipping, residential segregation, and World War II industrialization in a 1.5-mile waterfront walking tour at the San Francisco Bay landfill known as the Albany Bulb. The journey uses art, narrative, and augmented reality to link the rubble and slag underfoot to the industrial and social history of the area. Monument to Extraction is part of EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss, a multimedia, multi-venue, cross-border art intervention that seeks to provoke societal change by exposing and interrogating the negative social and environmental consequences of industrialized natural resource extraction.

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Endangered Species Day Event

Earth Island’s Shark Stewards will be hosting a Facebook live conversation tomorrow (May 21; 4:00 p.m. PDT) on “Saving Endangered Marine Megafauna from Extinction.” The event is timed to coincide with Endangered Species Day. Moderated by David McGuire, director of Earth Island’s Shark Stewards, the panel discussion will include Kristen Monsell, Oceans Program litigation director and senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity; Robert Rubin, marine biology instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College; Mariano Castro, legal and policy analyst, Latin America, at Turtle Island Restoration Network; Mark Palmer, associate director at Earth Island’s International Marine Mammal Project; Vince Smith, founder and CEO of Blue Endeavors; and Simon Christopher, founder and executive director of Blu Hope (Malaysia).

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Joint Reporting Project Takes Root

Earth Island Journal and the Russian publication Ecology and Business have launched a collaborative journalism project. The venture, which is being facilitated by Earth Island’s Altai Project, aims to promote the exchange of environmental news and information between the United States and Russia's Siberian and Far East regions. Both publications have a long history of environmental journalism and are committed to raising awareness about pressing environmental issues. The outlets plan to provide joint reportage about realities and trends in the resource-extraction economy, environmental management practices, and investment policies. Read the first article from the collaboration here. Photo of the Argut River valley, just outside Sailyugemsky National Park, a critical habitat for snow leopards.


Ben Harper, Jackson Browne, and Others Headline Plastics Event

Join Earth Island’s Plastic Pollution Coalition for the Magnificent May Virtual Concert and get a front-row seat to a stellar lineup of award-winning musicians in a joint live concert. Featuring performances by Ben Harper, Keb’ Mo’, Inara George, Taylor Goldsmith, Mandy Moore, Watkins Family Hour, Mike Viola, and Jackson Browne, this special event on May 22, 6:00 p.m. PDT, is a celebration of Plastic Pollution Coalition’s work to educate, connect, and advocate for a more just and equitable world free from plastic pollution. Get tickets here.

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Grief Medicine

How can we nourish our collective grief? Join Earth Island’s Real Food Real Stories on June 17, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. PDT, for Grief Medicine. Featuring live stories by three local food changemakers, this virtual seasonal gathering will explore the grief of this particular moment, the legacies of grief embedded in our foodways, and the ways we can heal our communities through the foods we eat, grow, and gather around. Tickets are pay-what-you-can. Learn more about this season's storytellers and reserve your tickets here.


Medicine Wheels Creates Community and Connection

Earth Island’s Seeding Sovereignty recently launched Medicine Wheels Rose City, a space for the BIPOC and LGBTQIA2S+ community to come together, connect with the land, and create support and wellness. Monthly gatherings will be held in so-called Portland, Oregon, where folks are welcome to hang out and roll however they want. Tutorials, equipment distribution, information, and activities will be provided. The goal is to ensure that BIPOC and LGBTQIA2S+ communities have outlets to honor their mental and emotional health through safe, accessible spaces.

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Every Day Is Earth Day!

In an inspiring, educational, and heartwarming video, young environmentalists from Earth Island’s Kids for the Bay teach audiences how to take care of local watersheds. Through a series of mock television news interviews, student “journalists” and “interviewees” share information about the sources of pollution and why protecting the environment is important, and they outline solutions to pollution problems. The young voices in this video encourage us to think about what we can do today to help take care of our watersheds, and remind us that every day is Earth Day.

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Educational Campaigns Key to Wildlife Protection

Earth Island’s Project Coyote believes that education is key to shifting how coyotes, wolves, mountain lions, and other wild carnivores are viewed and treated. Sharing science-based information can help inform the public about some common misconceptions and lead to better policy decisions in local communities. Later today, Virginia residents can learn more about efforts to ban wildlife killing contests in that state; on May 26, Nevada residents can learn about similar efforts in their state; and a webinar on June 1 will equip urban and rural audiences with the tools, resources, and expertise needed to foster coexistence with coyotes. A new resource page has been set up to provide some of the latest information on this issue, to help keep you informed on the importance of protecting wildlife. Photo of coyote courtesy of Monte Deignan.

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