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

Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Major Consumer Goods Companies Must Face Plastic Pollution Lawsuit Brought by Environmental Group in California

State judge rejects defendants’ motion to dismiss lawsuit alleging the corporations’ harmful impact on California residents

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

Yosemite logging unprecedented for a national park, says conservation group suing to stop it

Featuring Earth Island's John Muir Project
Fresno Bee,

South Coast Habitat Restoration completes project to help steelhead trout population

Featuring Earth Island's South Coast Habitat Restoration
Coastal View News,

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

Featuring Earth Island Institute
The Intercept,

Earth Island Advocates uses the law to fight for justice for the planet’s beautiful and varied ecosystems and inhabitants.

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.