Earth Island Institute

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

Earth Island Institute is an international environmental organization and fiscal sponsor to more than seventy-five projects working in the areas of conservation, wildlife protection, climate change solutions, women’s environmental leadership, Indigenous communities, sustainable agriculture and food systems, community resilience, environmental justice, 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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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

Huge climate win as Biden pauses polluting LNG exports

This pause is a major win for the environmental justice movement

SWIMS Act Introduced in Congress to Phase Out Whale Captivity

The International Marine Mammal Project Endorses the SWIMS Act

Lawsuit Filed to Halt Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion Project

Army Corps Project Would Divert Mississippi Fresh Water, Mud and Toxins into the Barataria Wetland Basin with Devastating Impacts

Revealed: Louisiana created alleged conflict of interest in ‘Cancer Alley’ case

Featuring Earth Island's Rise St. James
The Guardian,

Native oysters need help coming back to the Bay. Chickens are pitching in

Featuring Earth Island's Wild Oyster Project

Opinion: We’ve got it all wrong about sequoias and wildfire

Featuring Earth Island's John Muir Project
Los Angeles Times,

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.