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Check Out Earth Island Journal’s New IssueJournal Spring 2014 cover

The Spring issue of Earth Island Journal is now on newsstands and online. Among other dispatches and reports from around the world, the magazine includes, a compelling story about the cougar comeback in North America and resulting conflicts with humans, an in-depth report on the battle against Big Biotech in Hawaii, and an excellent piece on how some Canadian ranchers there are learning to live with the grizzly bears in their midst. Subscribe or buy a copy at the newsstands today!

Don’t Let USFWS Delist Gray Wolves

Gray wolfA recent review by an independent panel of scientists unanimously concluded that the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to delist gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act throughout the lower 48 states is based on insufficient science. The delisting proposal would leave gray wolf management to individual states, which has proven detrimental in maintaining wolf recovery efforts. In light of the panel’s determination, the USFWS has reopened public comment on the proposed delisting through March 27. EII’s Project Coyote urges you to write the USFWS today to let them know that you oppose the delisting proposal.

Calling Young Environmental Leaders

EII's Brower Youth Awards for Environmental Leadership is now accepting applications! Young people, ages 13 to 22 based, in North America who are leading environmental projects can apply today through our online application system. Applications must be completed and submitted by May 12, 2014. If you have any questions, please email us

Jane GoodallA Conversation with Jane Goodall

Earth Island Institute invites you to come hear Dr Jane Goodall, the world's foremost authority on chimpanzees, speak about her new book, Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants, with co-author Gail Hudson and journalist-author Claire Hope Cummings, at the King Middle School in Berkeley, CA on April 4. EII is co-presenting this event with KPFA Radio, the Jane Goodall Institute, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, and the Petaluma Seed Bank. More details and ticketing information here.

Responsible Tourism Award

Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda, a key partner of EII’s Viva Sierra Gorda, received the "TO DO! Contest for Socially Responsible Tourism" award at the International Tourism Exchange in Berlin on March 5, along with projects from Cambodia and Iran. The tourism projects that received the TO DO! 2013 award, share the same objective: to improve the local population’s living conditions by carefully developing tourism products and services in a planned manner in ecologically valuable areas. Viva Sierra Gorda invites you to visit this socially responsible tourism destination in the heart of a Biosphere Reserve in Queretaro, Mexico. Details here.

movie posterExtinction Soup Bags Award

The new documentary Extinction Soup premiered at the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival on March 8 to great acclaim. The film, promoted by EII’s Shark Stewards as part of its efforts to stop shark finning and overfishing, was given the Conservation Award by the festival. Extinction Soup will continue to screen in festivals and educational venues hosted by Shark Stewards.

A Talk About Food System Gaps

Food Shift director Dana Frasz will be speaking alongside founders of some of the most innovative and sustainable Bay Area food businesses about the gaps and opportunities in our local food system at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, CA on March 18. Visit the Food Shift website for more details, events, and upcoming volunteer opportunities.

Standing on Sacred Ground Screenings

Peru PilgrimsEII’s Sacred Land Film Project will screen their new documentary film series, Standing on Sacred Ground, in Berkeley from March 27 to April 13. The four-part series shares the stories of eight Indigenous communities around the globe resisting threats to their sacred places in a growing movement to defend human rights, protect culture, and restore the environment. Each episode will screen in a different location and each screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker and experts on the issues and places addressed in the film. More information and ticket details here.

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