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Earth Island Journal

Earth Island Journal Summer 2019

Earth Island Journal is a publication in the field of news and society offering news and analysis about energy and the environment

United States
Earth Island Institute
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En este número

2 min.
hold some, lose some

We humans are creatures of such opposing impulses, drawn as much to creating and preserving as to destroying; as much to remembrance of things past as to anticipation of the future. The articles featured in this issue have had me mulling over how these impulses play out, at times in ways that benefit mankind, and at others, in ways that lead us down bizarre, hazardous paths. Take the cover story, “Hornography” (page 18), which explores the strange world of breeding deer with outsized antlers for the canned hunting industry in Texas. Reporter James William Gibson, who spent two years investigating this subculture, found that it is deeply linked to nostalgia for the bygone days of the American frontier when much of the land was still wild. But, as Gibson writes, this effort…

2 min.
letters & emails

Letters to the Editor Earth Island Journal 2150 Allston Way #460 Berkeley, CA 94704 editor@earthisland.org A True Crime Against Nature Your article on fur (“Hanging On,” Spring 2019) was timely. Fur use is a true crime against nature and should be stopped. I recommend reading Man Kind: Our Incredible War on Wildlife, a 1974 book by the late Cleveland Amory, founder and president of The Fund for Animals. There are two fur-related bills now going through the process in Sacramento: AB 273 (Gonzalez), to outlaw commercial fur trapping; and AB 44 (Friedman), to ban the manufacture and/or sale of fur products. Support letters for both are needed now. All legislators may be written c/o The State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814. Eric Mills Coordinator, Action for Animals Oakland, CA Mitigated Reality I don’t agree with Anna Lappé about…

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We are thrilled to have won the prestigious 2019 Izzy Award for “outstanding achievement in independent media” for our “Womxn and the Environment” issue (Autumn 2018). The judges said the special issue, “presented a rare showcase of the powerful influence of women leaders and activists around the globe” and “brought disturbing attention to the gendered obstacles and dangers these women continually confront on a scale that men in the movement don’t face.” Support our work by donating to the Green Journalism Fund: bit.do/greenjournalism…

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eu says no to single-use plastics

The growing awareness about plastic pollution among consumers seems to be producing some tangible results, with many cities, states, and nations banning single-use plastic. The latest big win in the battle against this long-lasting pollutant came in March, when the European parliament voted overwhelmingly to ban single-use plastic products, including cutlery, food containers, straws, and stirrers, in an effort to tackle plastic trash that is littering our beaches and polluting our oceans. The ban, which will come into force by 2021, means the EU’s 28 member states will soon join another 27 countries around the world that have imposed regulations on single-use plastic. The products covered by this new law constitute 70 percent of all marine litter items. In addition to targeting the most common sources of plastic litter, the directive bans…

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is it bad enough yet?

Our living world is in major crisis. Most of us already know that. But when you put a number to the crisis, it somehow brings it into much sharper focus. Which is why when news broke in early May of a new report that found that humans are driving up to 1 million of this planet’s 8 million known plant and animal species to extinction — many within decades — it went viral. The groundbreaking report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (ipbes) distils findings from nearly 15,000 studies and government reports, integrating information from the natural and social sciences, Indigenous peoples, and traditional agricultural communities. It is the first major international appraisal of biodiversity since 2005 and the first “single unified statement from the…

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meatless monday in nyc schools

The Big Apple has taken a big bite towards living up to its fruit-friendly name. In early March, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that starting in the 2019-2020 school year, all New York City public schools would serve meatless meals on Mondays. This means that the district’s 1.1 million students will have access to vegan or vegetarian food for breakfast and lunch. The Meatless Monday program, which is a part of New York City’s Free School Lunch for All program for public schools, was tested in 15 schools and was shown to be cost-neutral and well-favored among students. By implementing Meatless Mondays, the city hopes to accomplish two goals: improve childhood health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With respect to public health, the new policy will decrease consumption of processed meat and…