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IslandWire: 18 October, 2018

Double Your Impact

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Earth Island is grateful to announce that a long-standing supporter has offered a MATCHING CHALLENGE GRANT for this year's Brower Youth Awards. Every dollar contributed to the Brower Youth Awards/New Leaders Initiative during the month of October will be matched, up to $14,000! This is a great way to double your impact in support of tomorrow's environmental leaders. Donate today!


Protect our Marine National Monuments

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Join Earth Island for an evening exploring the hidden beauty of our marine national monuments. The November 15 event at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley will feature a presentation by award-winning conservation filmmaker and photographer Ian Shive followed by a panel discussion on current threats and planned actions to protect our marine national monuments. Panelists will include Shive, Earth Island Advocates' Sumona Majumdar, Shark Stewards' David McGuire, International Marine Mammal Project's David Phillips, and Stanford Environmental Law Clinic's Deborah Sivas. Guests will also have an opportunity to browse through the Brower Center's current art exhibition on sharks with McGuire. The suggested donation for tickets is $5-$20. Get your tickets today, and RSVP on Facebook.


Hot Off the Press

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WildFutures' new beautifully designed brochure is filled with information about mountain lions' ecological importance, signs of their presence, safety tips, and answers to frequently asked questions about California mountain lions. The brochure opens into a 16” x 18” poster that is ideal for hanging in a park kiosk, office, or classroom. If you are interested in a bulk order of the brochures, email Sharon Negri. If you want to learn more about living with mountain lions in the Bay Area and California, be sure to check out the Earth Island project's webinar on the subject as well.


Learning with Ultimate Civics

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The high school version of the Ultimate Civics curriculum, Activating My Democracy, is now available for free download. Developed by project director Riki Ott, the six-part lesson plan teaches students how to activate democracy to protect what they love. As youth-led movements continue to gain momentum, Ultimate Civics is ramping up outreach and partnerships to get Activating My Democracy into more classrooms. Recognizing the curriculum as a resource for sustainability education, the US Green Building Council recently added it to their Learning Lab for K-12 educators. Our Children's Trust also included references to the curriculum in its Classroom Toolkit on Juliana V US. Email the Earth Island project to learn more about this valuable resource.


Armenian Environmental Network in the News

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EII's Armenian Environmental Network (AEN) is pleased to have been featured in a recent Smithsonian Magazine article, “Mapping Armenia's Edible Landscape, One Wild Bilberry Bush at a Time.” The article describes AEN's partnership with the American University of Armenia's Acopian Center for the Environment on The Thousand Leaf Project, a user-friendly web database aimed at documenting Armenia's hundreds of edible plants and mushrooms. Read the article today!


Protecting Creeks and Shorelines

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What can 29 nature-loving volunteers achieve in 5 hours? For one, they can pick up more than 15,000 pieces of trash, totaling 322 gallons, from beautiful East Bay creeks and shorelines! KIDS for the BAY students, summer campers, families, and staff members kicked-off the school year by protecting the San Francisco Bay Area watershed with trash clean-up events in Richmond and San Pablo. “We're really glad for this opportunity for our students to volunteer,” said one parent. “It's important that they learn to give back to their community and take care of our environment.” For more opportunities for students to take action to improve their local environment, learn more about the Earth Island project's Programs for Schools.


Celebrating A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s

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EII's California Institute for Community, Art, and Nature invites you to participate in their fall program of events. Each gathering will feature outstanding special guests, delicious food, good conversation, and the playful exploration of ideas, culture, and social change. The next event is a celebration of Southern author Frye Gailliard's new book A Hard Rain: America in the 1960s. Join project director Malcolm Margolin and his friends for a reflection on the transformative nature of the 1960s on November 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. Tickets here.


Green Schools and Community Colleges

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Green Schoolyards America's CEO Sharon Danks will be the keynote speaker at the Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit in Pasadena, California on October 29! In her remarks, Danks will share Green Schoolyards America's vision for greening school grounds across California to simultaneously improve the well-being of children and the environment. The summit is an opportunity for school stakeholders to meet, share best practices, encounter new technologies, and leave with new ideas and inspiration. The Earth Island project hopes you'll join them there. Learn more and register.


The Best of Earth Island Journal:

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Most Popular: The Least Productive Congress in 164 Years? Reporter Gabriel Furshong discusses how a Montana senator's failed attacks on public land help explain congressional dysfunction.

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Editors' Pick: In Defense of Place. In a web-exclusive for the Journal's women and environment issue, Steven D. Paulson profiles three rural Montana leaders who have demonstrated grit and gratitude in their fight to protect the lands they love.


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