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IslandWire: January 19, 2023

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Convention on Biological Diversity Recap

Last month’s United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity in Montreal ended with a surprisingly robust new Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), according to Earth Island’s Wild Heritage, which attended the gathering and launched a call for a moratorium on industrial activity in primary forests. The GBF aims to address biodiversity loss, restore ecosystems, and protect Indigenous rights. The new international agreement was influenced by the efforts of grassroots groups leading the campaign to protect primary forests. Wild Heritage’s Cyril Kormos on the left in the photo. 

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Lawsuit Against Rodenticide Manufacturer

Earth Island’s Raptors Are the Solution (RATS) recently filed a lawsuit against rodenticide manufacturer Bell Laboratories, Inc., in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, and under the District’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act, for misleading consumers with false statements about its products. “Contrary to Bell Laboratories’ claims that its rat poisons are ‘low risk,’ these products are poisoning whole ecosystems and infiltrating the entire food web,” said Lisa Owens Viani, director of RATS. In Sonoma County, California, RATS has a new billboard going up (see photo) to educate the public about mitigating rats without using poison. Read more here.

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Senate Testimony on Plastic Pollution

Earth Island’s Plastic Pollution Coalition Advisors Judith Enck and Pete Myers testified last month on plastic pollution before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Chemical Safety, Waste Management, Environmental Justice, and Regulatory Oversight. Enck is president of Beyond Plastics and a former EPA regional administrator. Myers is founder, CEO, and chief scientist of Environmental Health Sciences. Both scientific experts on plastics provided testimony at this first-of-its-kind hearing that cut through industry misinformation to deliver the truth about plastic pollution — and how to address the crisis. A recording of the hearing is here.

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Climate Career Corps

In San Francisco, Earth Island’s Nature in the City is gearing up for its 2023 Climate Career Corps, a summer program that supports youth in developing environmental careers while also working on climate change solutions. The second year of this program, led by Nature in the City in collaboration with Enterprise for Youth, seeks to place youth at climate-focused organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for six-week summer internships. Last year’s inaugural program placed 43 youth at 13 agencies. Those in the Bay Area who are interested in hosting interns can find out more by completing this form and staying tuned for more details at an informational meeting on January 30.

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Protecting Our Nation’s Black Bears

Thanks to public opposition and a letter-writing campaign led by Earth Island’s Project Coyote, a petition to increase bear hunting opportunities in California was successfully defeated last week. Currently, in New Jersey, state residents have an opportunity to oppose a policy that would establish a permanent bear hunting season by taking action before February 3. Project Coyote advocates for the replacement of wildlife killing with conservation and coexistence programs. Sign up here to engage with these campaigns. Photo courtesy of Bill Lea.

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