Earth Island Institute

Building a Better World through Activist Projects, Legal Advocacy, Youth Leadership, and an Award-Winning Journal

Earth Island Institute is a nonprofit environmental organization and fiscal sponsor to more than seventy-five projects working in the areas of conservation, energy and climate, women’s environmental leadership, international and Indigenous communities, sustainability and community resilience, and more. The organization also includes a legal division, Earth Island Advocates, a youth leadership program, New Leaders Initiative, and an award-winning magazine, Earth Island Journal. Founded in 1982 by legendary environmentalist David Brower, Earth Island Institute is one of the leading environmental activist organizations in the United States.
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Join us this year as Earth Island recognizes its 40th anniversary.

Our Project Support Program

Supporting environmental projects across the United States and around the globe with financial management, administration, training, and peer learning.

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Project Newsroom

Groundbreaking Report Demonstrates Benefits of Sustainable Land Care Practices on College Campuses

First-of-its-kind report by Herbicide-Free Campus shows cost savings, healthier environments, and water conservation when campuses move away from toxic pesticides

Public Interest Groups Sue Plumas and Sierra Counties Over Taxpayer-Funded Wildlife Killing

Environmental Violations, Animal Cruelty, and Threat to Wolves Cited in New Lawsuit

The Missing Link in Biden’s Climate Agenda: Letting Older Trees Grow

Environmental Groups Call For National Forest Policy to Protect Mature, Old-Growth, Trees, Forests

Bottled Water Giant BlueTriton Admits Claims of Recycling and Sustainability Are “Puffery”

Featuring Earth Island Institute
The Intercept,

Rethinking Food Culture Might Save Us

Featuring Earth Island's Real Food Real Stories
Nonprofit Quarterly,

Raptors and Rodenticides: The Unintended Consequences of Rat Poison

Featuring Earth Island's Raptors Are the Solution
Sustainable World Radio Podcast,

Earth Island Advocates, our legal arm, is on a mission to protect irreplaceable resources, wild spaces, and wildlife that are critical to a healthy planet.

Current Legal Actions

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New Leaders Initiative

Supporting a new generation of environmental leaders and presenting the premier youth environmental prize in North America, the Brower Youth Award.

Images at the top of this page: Picture Lake and Mount Shuksan, North Cascades, James Patterson/TandemStock; Kikuyu farmer near Lake Bogoria, Kenya, Scott Davis/TandemStock; dolphin off the coast of Ixtapa, a Pacific Coast beach resort in the Mexican state of Guerrero, Christian Vizl/TandemStock; a young boy hugging a tree, Karine Aigner/TandemStock.