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The latest campaign updates from Earth Island’s global network of environmental projects.

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Tell NYC to Ban Plastic Straws

More than 500 million plastic straws are used each day in the United States. Over the past 20 years, people have come to expect plastic straws in every drink, resulting in massive waste for minimal convenience. These short-lived tools are usually dropped into a garbage can with no further thought, instantly becoming a source of plastic pollution. New York City is considering a ban on single-use plastic straws and stirrers in the city's eating and drinking establishments. If you're a resident of New York City, join EII's Plastic Pollution Coalition and The Last Plastic Straw in expressing your support for the ban!

Thursday June 28, 2018

Comment on Proposed NEPA Rollback by July 20

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), which advises the President on environmental matters, has issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) related to its efforts to rollback the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), a landmark environmental statute enacted nearly 50 years ago. The ANPRM includes a list of questions on which the CEQ seeks feedback. Despite the extensive request for input and the vast implications that this NEPA rollback would have, the CEQ it is only allowing 30 days for public comment. If you are concerned about the possibility of a weakened NEPA, please join Earth Island Advocates in opposing the rollback by submitting a public comment by July 20.

Thursday June 28, 2018

Save the Date for the 2018 Brower Youth Awards

Earth Island Institute will present the 19th Annual Brower Youth Awards for environmental leadership on October 16. Come celebrate the next generation of environmental activists at San Francisco's beautiful Herbst Theater. This year's theme is "Grow the Movement," an expression of our support for the cultural and environmental warriors who are galvanizing change across the country. Tickets to the awards ceremony are FREE. You are also invited to meet the BYA winners at a special reception preceding the awards ceremony. Early bird rates for the reception are available through July 31! Register for your free awards ticket and purchase your reception ticket today.

Thursday June 28, 2018

India Ripple Academy Learning Lab Nominations

EII's Women's Earth Alliance and the United Religions Initiative are accepting applications and nominations for women environmental leaders to join their Fall Ripple Academy Learning Lab. This two-month program features an online curriculum and three-day in-person workshop in Rishikesh, India from September 14-16, 2018 through which participants will strengthen their work, increase their impact, and gain deeper access to the network of women leaders transforming environmental crises into solutions. The Learning Lab will pilot curriculum and programming for the Ripple Academy — a global year-long training program that equips women leaders with tools to forge high-impact environmental solutions. Take a look at the application, nominate promising applicants, and share the opportunity widely.

Thursday June 28, 2018

Get Involved with Junior Wildlife Ranger

A hub for youth environmental education programs at National Wildlife Refuges around the US, Junior Wildlife Ranger has a new online presence! Visit, follow, and like the Earth Island project's freshly-minted Facebook page. Junior Wildlife Ranger also invites you to engage with its website, which features an interactive map, wildlife card game, and more information about how the project is propelling childhood curiosity into a lasting appreciation for public lands. And if you are excited about what Junior Wildlife Ranger is doing, consider joining its network or supporting upcoming programs, including Jr. Ranger passports.

Thursday June 28, 2018

The Best of Earth Island Journal

Get the latest environmental news from Earth Island Journal. Here are our favorite stories from the last two weeks:

Most Popular: Unseen Plastics in Our Water. Plastic Pollution Coalition's Emily DiFrisco writes about how citizen scientists contributed to a new global study revealing the sobering extent of microplastic and microfiber pollution in marine ecosystems.

Editors' Pick: Watching Over Washington's Whistle Pig. Reporter Betsy Howell discusses the work of volunteers in Olympic National Park who are bolstering our understanding Washington State's endemic marmot.

Thursday June 28, 2018

Take the Ultimate Corporate Personhood Quiz

Earth Island's Ultimate Civics has released its second quiz to pique curiosity about our democracy. Test your knowledge of rights and privileges in the US by taking the Ultimate Corporate Personhood Quiz. Challenge your friends to take the quiz as well, and help spread the word about Ultimate Civics!

Social Media Volunteer Opportunity at Food Shift

Calling all social media lovers! Earth Island's Food Shift is looking for a creative and dedicated individual to join the team as a Social Media Volunteer. This is a great opportunity to build skills, give back to your community, and be part of an innovative and fun organization working to build a movement to end food waste. Check out the full volunteer description.

Thursday June 28, 2018

Putting an End to Wildlife Killing Contests

EII's Project Coyote continues to make news with its campaign to end wildlife killing contests. Executive Director Camilla Fox was recently interviewed by NPR, and KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs, Project Coyote's film exposing the barbarity of these contests, recently won Best Short Documentary at the Albuquerque Film & Music Experience. Project Coyote also co-founded, with the Humane Society of the United States, the rapidly growing National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests, which made local and national news with its efforts to end the Georgia Coyote Challenge, and aims to encourage every state to follow California and Vermont and put an end to these brutal contests.

Thursday June 28, 2018

Protecting Mother Earth Conference

Seeding Sovereignty's Christine Nobiss will be presenting at the Indigenous Environmental Network's Protecting Mother Earth conference this weekend, delving into the issue of Big Ag in Iowa. Nobiss created and directs Seeding Sovereignty's Land Decolonization Project, which aims to bring a more cohesive Indigenous stand in Iowa against Big Ag, concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), the Dakota Access Pipeline, and more. The conference, which is being held within the territories of the Nisqually Nation, near Olympia, WA, begins today and runs through July 1. Registration is free.

Thursday June 28, 2018

Stand Up for Alaska’s Wildlife

The Trump administration is pushing to reverse Obama-era regulations prohibiting inhumane hunting practices on National Park Service land in Alaska. These practices include killing wolves and coyotes — and their pups — during denning season; using artificial light at den sites to target black bears and their cubs; chasing and shooting caribou while they are swimming; and more. The proposed rule change would affect more than half of the land in Alaska and have a major impact on the state's wildlife. Please join Earth Island Advocates and Earth Island's Project Coyote in opposing the rule change. Voice your opposition by submitting a public comment by 11:59 p.m. EST on July 23, 2018.

Thursday June 14, 2018

Save the Date for the Brower Youth Awards

Earth Island Institute will present the 19th Annual Brower Youth Awards for environmental leadership on October 16. Come celebrate the next generation of environmental activists at San Francisco's beautiful Herbst Theater. This year's theme is "Grow the Movement," an expression of our support for the cultural and environmental warriors who are galvanizing change across the country. Tickets to the awards ceremony are FREE. You are also invited to meet the BYA winners at a special reception preceding the awards ceremony. Early bird rates for the reception are available now! Register for your free awards ticket and purchase your reception ticket today.

Thursday June 14, 2018

Check Out the Journal’s Summer 2018 Issue

The Summer 2018 issue of Earth Island Journal is now out on newsstands and online! The issue leads with a compelling essay about how the promise of citizen science lies not only in its contributions to research, but also in its ability to transform our relationships with the natural world. Other articles include a deeply reported feature on the many recovery roadblocks faced by the endangered Mexican grey wolf; a timely reflection on the just transition movement and its mainstream adoption; a dispatch from sub-Saharan Africa about a new invasive pest damaging crops at alarming rates; and an intriguing piece about how, tragic as it is, roadkill can help us understand more about creatures great and small. Subscribe to the Journal or buy a copy at the newsstands. Help us produce more deeply reported stories like these by making a donation to our Green Journalism Fund today!

Thursday June 14, 2018

Protect the Antiquities Act

Utah lawmakers have introduced legislation in the US House of Representatives to gut the Antiquities Act, the legislation allowing the president to designate areas as national monuments. If passed, the law would allow the president to un-designate national monuments, limit the size of future national monuments, grandfather in prior uses of protected lands, and ban the establishment of marine national monuments. Call and write your members of Congress urging them to oppose HR 3990 and stop the evisceration of the Antiquities Act. The International Marine Mammal Project and Shark Stewards are planning litigation should the Trump administration go forward with plans to shrink the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. For more information, see the story in the latest issue of Earth Island Journal.

Thursday June 14, 2018

Prioritizing Habitat Over Housing in Sonoma County

A charming old dairy ranch in California's Sonoma County has been the subject of local controversy for more than a decade. Developer Davidon Homes has been pushing to develop as many as 93 homes on the property, but thanks to the efforts of EII's Kelly Creek Protection Project (KCPP), the developer has scaled back its proposal and the public now has the opportunity to permanently protect most or all of the property as parkland. Scott Ranch is home to rare intact habitat for the threatened California red-legged frog. It is also adjacent to Helen Putnam Regional Park. KCPP is now raising funds to purchase the land and connect it to Putnam Park for permanent protection. Read more about the effort.

Thursday June 14, 2018

RATS Files Suit to Prompt Rodenticide Use Regulation

Raptors Are The Solution (RATS) has filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court asking the court to require the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) to adequately review the dangerous rat poisons it registers every year as required under the California Environmental Quality Act. Despite CDPR removing second-generation anticoagulants from consumer shelves in 2014, there has been no decrease in the number of wildlife deaths. CDPR promised to consider further regulatory action if it continued to receive reports of non-target wildlife being impacted by rat poisons. However, despite many such reports, it automatically re-registered the products again in 2017. Attorneys with the Stanford Environmental Law Clinic are representing RATS in the litigation.

Thursday June 14, 2018

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