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Celebrating Indigenous Foodways
There is a growing revival of cultural practices based in seasonal nutrition, reciprocal relationship, and stewardship of land and water. This fall, in a series made possible with support from California Humanities, Earth Island's Real Food Real Stories will present three Indigenous changemakers — Chef Crystal Wahpepah of Wahpepah's Kitchen, Burrell Jones of Tolani Lake Enterprises, and Corrina Gould of Sogorea Te' Land Trust — who are revitalizing their ancestral traditions and modeling the work of reconnecting with culturally rooted, ecologically responsible food practices. This work of shifting from a system of exploitation to a just food economy is vital to our collective future and to combating climate change. More information here.
Food Waste and Climate Chaos
Climate chaos is here. Extreme heat waves (September was the warmest on record) and raging wildfires ravaging the West Coast make clear in no uncertain terms that we cannot continue dragging our feet on climate action. At Earth Island's Food Shift, that action means a drastic change in our food system, including a major reduction in the food waste we generate. Why? Because food waste by itself is the third largest greenhouse-gas emitter globally, behind the countries of China and the United States. Food Shift is working to help redesign the food chain so that nourishing food goes to our communities, not landfills. More information here.
Award-Winning Climate Film
At this year's CBA14, an international conference on community-based adaptation, Earth Island's Women's Climate Centers International (WCCI) won the Best Short Film award for its documentary highlighting the work of the WCCI Africa team and the progress that has been made this year, despite Covid-19 setbacks, in the development of the inaugural Women's Climate Center in Tororo, Uganda. As a prizewinner, WCCI will receive sponsorship for one person to attend CBA15 in 2021. The WCCI film will also be screened at We the Peoples Film Festival, an annual flagship event of the United Nations Association Westminster. View the film here.
Big Win for Wildlife
In a big win for wildlife, on September 29 California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the California Ecosystems Protection Act (AB 1788) into law, curbing the use of second-generation anticoagulant rodenticides (SGARs), which have been linked to deaths of non-target wildlife like mountain lions, foxes, hawks, and owls. The bill, introduced by Assembly member Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), and cosponsored by Earth Island's Raptors Are the Solution, along with the Center for Biological Diversity and the Animal Legal Defense Fund, places a moratorium, with limited exceptions, on the use of SGARs until the California Department of Pesticide Regulation reevaluates the products. More information here.
Brewed for the Wolves
Earth Island's Project Coyote is teaming with Sudwerk Brewing Co. in Davis, California, for a limited release of Lassen Pack IPA, a small-batch beer honoring the Lassen Pack, California's only known wolf pack. Project Coyote's Reforming Predator Management and Ranching with Wildlife programs promote wolf recovery and humane nonlethal solutions to reducing conflicts between wolves (as well as other native carnivores) and livestock. Earlier this year, to kick off its ongoing webinar series on human/wildlife coexistence, Project Coyote (in collaboration with the Rewilding Institute) presented a webinar on Mexican gray wolf recovery. The Lassen Pack IPA was released October 8 and is expected to sell out quickly, so get yours before it's gone!
Shark Stewards Expedition
Earth Island's Shark Stewards will be helping to lead an expedition to dive and explore Pacific Ocean marine protected areas that are being threatened by poachers, plastics, and other problems, putting these fragile environments at risk. Information and data are being collected to support a campaign around the importance of marine protected areas and to persuade world leaders to enforce and enhance this designation, particularly along migratory pathways for sharks, sea turtles, and other marine megafauna. Periodic updates will be posted on the Shark Stewards Instagram page and website, and on the National Geographic Society's Field Notes blog.
Sea Plastic Released
Earth Island's Plastic Pollution Coalition has recently released Sea Plastic, a short film illustrating the global plastic pollution crisis. Created in a super-cool 360º format and narrated by Oscar-winning actor, producer, and activist Tim Robbins, the virtual reality film takes viewers on a journey along littered beaches and rivers, under the surface of a polluted ocean, and onto an overflowing landfill. Stunning footage is combined with information about actions each of us can take to stop plastic pollution. View the film here.
Make Every Day Coastal Cleanup Day
A majority of marine debris is harmful plastic pollution, and most of this pollution travels from inland areas via storm drains to creeks and bays and on to the ocean. In the San Francisco Bay Area, Earth Island's KIDS for the BAY is urging its community to keep trash out of its watershed — and this can be done in any community. Grab your quaran-team, some gloves or tongs, a reusable bag, and spend some time cleaning up trash. KIDS for the BAY staff has already collected 152 pounds of trash in local cleanups to celebrate the 2020 Coastal Cleanup. Every piece of trash counts and every day can be Coastal Cleanup Day!
Borneo Logging Campaign
Indigenous communities in Malaysian Borneo, in collaboration with conservation groups such as Earth Island's Borneo Project, are calling on the international timber certification body, Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, to end the certification of conflict timber. In the Baram region of Sarawak, Indigenous concerns have been repeatedly ignored by the timber company Samling and the Malaysian certification body. Logging concessions are routinely granted without free, prior, and informed consent being obtained. Communities in the Baram region rely heavily on the forest for both physical and cultural survival. To exclude them from the consultation process is both unethical and a breach of the certification scheme. More information here.