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IslandWire: March 16, 2023

Earth Island Institute Names New Executive Director

SumonaThe Earth Island Institute Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Sumona Majumdar has been named as the organization's new executive director. Majumdar has been with Earth Island Institute as the organization’s general counsel for more than five years. During that time, she has led groundbreaking lawsuits against plastic producers, corporate greenwashing, and regulatory agencies. On March 29, Majumdar will take over from David Phillips, who announced last fall that he would be stepping down after 40 years at the helm of the organization. “While Dave leaves an enviable legacy behind, we are extremely excited for Sumona’s leadership and what she will bring to the role and the organization,” said Earth Island Board of Directors Vice President Francisco Martinez. Read more here.


Revolution from the Heart of Nature

The 34th annual Bioneers gathering will be rolling into Earth Island’s hometown of Berkeley, California, this year on April 6 – 8. If you’re in the area, please come visit us at the tabling area on Allston Way in front of the David Brower Center, and be sure to check out the fabulous lineup of speakers, including a panel on wildlife with Michelle Lute from Earth Island’s Project Coyote and Dave Phillips from Earth Island’s International Marine Mammal Project; a panel on grassroots women and climate justice with Amira Diamond from Earth Island’s Women’s Earth Alliance; and keynote presentations with Brower Youth Award winners Ilana Cohen and Amara Ifeji. Use code EarthIsland20 to receive a 20 percent discount off the ticket price here.

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Out Now: The New Issue of Earth Island Journal

Earth Island Journal’s Spring issue is now available at newsstands, online, and by subscription. This edition includes articles on the many threats facing the world's best jaguar habitat, a campaign to transform the notorious Rikers Island prison into a green energy hub, the power of the solarpunk art movement to help us envision a brighter future, and more. Help Earth Island Journal continue to produce deeply reported stories like these by subscribing or gifting a subscription, or by making a donation to its Green Journalism Fund today.

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A Victory for Land Conservation

After nearly two decades, Earth Island’s Kelly Creek Protection Project celebrated a major victory last week when the Petaluma City Council in Petaluma, California, approved the project’s proposal to extend the Helen Putnam Regional Park by 47 acres, permanently protecting the property from development. The Putnam Park expansion will protect critical habitat for the California red-legged frog, preserve the red barns on the property as historic landmarks, create numerous hiking trails, and restore the area’s native grasslands and its Kelly Creek. The project expressed its appreciation to the city council, community members, and the numerous organizations that stood with them in the multi-year effort — a model example of collaboration. Read more here.

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