Earth Island Projects

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For 40 years Earth Island Institute has been a hub for grassroots campaigns dedicated to protecting and restoring the ecosystems on which civilization depends. There are currently more than 75 projects under Earth Island sponsorship that are creating solutions to the interconnected challenges and threats facing our planet.

1000Fountains

1000 Fountains is focused on eliminating the demand for single-use plastic water bottles by building a network of 1000 drinking fountains throughout Sa...

ActionforaLivableTomorrow

Action for a Livable Tomorrow works for environmental justice in northwest Louisiana by reducing toxic pollution, protecting children’s health, and c...

AlaskaCleanWaterAdvocacy

Alaska Clean Water Advocacy works to prevent the degradation of public waters in Alaska through advocacy, education, litigation, legislation, and marke...

TheALERTProject

The ALERT (A Locally Empowered Response Team) Project strengthens environmental justice leadership by working collaboratively to reduce toxic exposures...

AllOneOcean

All One Ocean’s mission is to educate communities about the destructive impact of litter on our oceans and waterways and to provide simple, sustainab...

TheAltaiProject

The Altai Project has worked since 1998 to protect natural landscapes and wildlife and support Indigenous peoples and traditional lifeways in and aroun...

AlterTerra

Alter Terra takes an innovative approach to addressing the environmental and socioeconomic effects of unplanned urbanization by promoting initiatives t...

ArmenianEnvironmentalNetwork

The Armenian Environmental Network facilitates tangible contributions to Armenia’s sustainable development by increasing awareness of and supporting ...

BaikalWatch

Baikal Watch engages both local and international partners in an effort to promote the permanent protection of biologically rich areas within the large...

BayAreaWildernessTraining

Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT) is an environmental and social justice organization committed to dismantling racism, sexism, classism, and other fo...

BorneoProject

The Borneo Project brings international attention and support to community-led efforts to defend forests, sustainable livelihoods, and human rights in ...

CaliforniaClimateandAgricultureNetwork

California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) is a coalition of sustainable and organic farming organizations that advocate for state and federal...

CaliforniaInstituteforCommunity,Art&Nature

The ​California Institute for Community, Art & Nature (California I CAN) was launched in 2016 by Malcolm Margolin shortly after his retirement from H...

CaliforniaTradeJusticeCoalition

The California Trade Justice Coalition (CTJC) is a growing alliance of labor, environmental, public health, immigrant rights, human rights, and sociall...

CaliforniaUrbanStreamsPartnership

California Urban Streams Partnership is a network of local, regional, and statewide groups that protect, restore, and steward urban streams in Californ...

CastaneaFellowship

The Castanea Fellowship is a fellowship for established leaders working at the intersections of food, health, environment, agriculture, regional econom...

ChildreninNatureCollaborative

Children in Nature Collaborative is part of a global movement to increase children’s equitable access to nature through a regional network of env...

ClimateActionNow!

Climate Action Now! (CAN!) cultivates educational and ecological resilience in San Francisco by removing pavement to create organic gardens. Partnering...

ClimateWiseWomen

Climate Wise Women supports grassroots women’s leadership on climate change solutions with a mission to increase recognition for women’s climate wi...

ConservationKids

Conservation Kids connects young adults with the environment through the use of photography. ...

CultivateOregon

Cultivate Oregon is a woman-led organization of farmers and educators focusing on regenerative agriculture issues and building local seed and food syst...

EcoEquity

EcoEquity is focused on climate strategies and solutions that protect the poor and the right to just and sustainable development for all. EcoEquity wor...

EcovetGlobal

Ecovet Global brings a veterinary lens to environmental challenges that affect humans, animals, and ecosystems. By improving the health and well-being ...

EcoVillageFarmLearningCenter

EcoVillage Farm Learning Center is a community-based farm in Richmond, California, that promotes sustainable urban agriculture, hands-on environmental ...

EFCWest

Environmental Finance Center West (EFCWest) catalyzes capacity in Native American Tribes, vulnerable communities, and organizations in the United State...

ÉnergieRich

ÉnergieRich establishes local small-scale manufacturing of renewable-energy-powered appropriate technology. Communities throughout West Africa rely on...

EthicalTraveler

Ethical Traveler uses the economic clout of tourism to protect human rights and the environment through an annual ethical destination report and ethica...

FoodShift

Food Shift reduces food waste, nourishes neighbors, and provides jobs. Food Shift’s social enterprise kitchen recovers food that would otherwise go t...

FriendsofAlemanyFarm

Friends of Alemany Farm is a grassroots, community-based project that manages the horticulture, volunteer, and educational programs at Alemany Farm, a ...

FriendsofMuonde

Friends of Muonde supports locally driven efforts to foment creativity and sustainable development in the Mazvihwa and neighboring areas of south centr...

GlobalWomen’sWaterInitiative

The Global Women’s Water Initiative collaborates with women in Sub-Saharan Africa to bring sustainable water solutions to their communities. Through ...

GreenLife

Green Life holistically supports individuals affected by incarceration by finding and nurturing their passion, purpose, and leadership. This creates th...

GreenSchoolyardsAmerica

Green Schoolyards America partners with school districts and public agencies across the U.S. to establish large-scale living schoolyard programs that t...

GuiasUnidos

Guias Unidos works to inspire community-based, conservation-minded tourism in Nicaragua by unifying local and international expertise and resources. ...

Herbicide-FreeCampus

Herbicide-Free Campus (HFC) empowers young environmental leaders to become advocates for organic landcare on their campuses and beyond, challenging che...

IndigenizedEnergyInitiative

Indigenized Energy Initiative (IEI) aims to diminish energy poverty, mitigate climate change, and create thriving American Indian communities with the ...

InternationalMarineMammalProject

Since 1982, the International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP) has been a global leader in protecting whales and dolphins and their ocean habitats. IMMP pi...

JohnMuirProject

The John Muir Project educates the public and policymakers about the importance of protecting forests and maintaining natural processes for biodiversit...

JuniorWildlifeRanger

Junior Wildlife Ranger instills in children from all backgrounds and communities a lifelong sense of environmental stewardship and love for the natural...

KellyCreekProtectionProject

The Kelly Creek Protection Project supports community efforts to protect a 58-acre parcel of land at the edge of Petaluma, California, from excessive s...

KIDSfortheBAY

KIDS for the BAY collaborates with teachers to inspire environmental consciousness in children and cultivate a love of learning. The project is committ...

MappingforEnvironmentalJustice

Mapping for Environmental Justice (MEJ) creates easy-to-use, publicly available maps that paint a holistic picture of intersecting environmental, socia...

MississippiFarmtoSchoolNetwork

The Mississippi Farm to School Network connects farmers with schools to bring Mississippi-grown products into school cafeterias. The project advocates ...

NatureintheCity

Nature in the City connects all people in the San Francisco Bay Area with nature. It creates local solutions to global biodiversity loss through habita...

NumiFoundation

Numi Foundation’s mission is to nurture and empower thriving communities. The project envisions a world in which all basic human needs are met and pe...

PGMONE

PGM ONE is an affinity space for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) from all over the Unites States to share, learn, collaborate, heal, bui...

PlanetEarthArts

Planet Earth Arts was founded in 2014 with the belief that the arts, in collaboration with sciences and humanities, play a critical role in transformin...

PlasticPollutionCoalition

Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of more than 1,200 organizations, businesses, and thought leaders in 75 countries working toward a mor...

ProjectCoyote

Project Coyote is a North American coalition of scientists, educators, ranchers, and citizen leaders promoting compassionate conservation and coexisten...

PublicLandsMedia

Public Lands Media is an independent, non-partisan source of ecological and conservation information with the goal of providing scientifically informed...

RaptorsAretheSolution

Raptors Are the Solution (RATS) educates the public about the ecological role of raptors and the enormous danger to raptors and all wildlife, as well a...

RealFoodRealStories

Real Food Real Stories (RFRS) is democratizing food culture to feed our collective healing and transformation. Together with its partners, RFRS is crea...

RichmondTrees

Richmond Trees promotes the urban forest and green infrastructure in Richmond, California, through community tree planting, tree care, education, and a...

RiseSt.James

Rise St. James is a faith-based grassroots organization that is fighting for environmental justice as it works to defeat the proliferation of petrochem...

SacredLandFilmProject

Since 1984, the Sacred Land Film Project has produced a variety of media and educational materials to deepen the public’s understanding of sacred pla...

SAVEInternational

SAVE (Spoonbill Action Voluntary Echo) International works to protect the critically endangered black-faced spoonbill and its habitat throughout its fl...

SaveOurSoil

Save Our Soil works to stop the use of hazardous and industrial wastes in fertilizer, soil amendments, and animal feeds because of their impacts on hum...

SeedingSovereignty

Seeding Sovereignty, an Indigenous-led collective, works in communities to disrupt and replace colonized spaces, genocidal systems, and patriarchal nar...

SerengetiWatch

The Serengeti is one of the world’s great natural treasures, yet it’s facing a host of critical threats from climate change, water shortage, invasi...

SharkStewards

Shark Stewards works to save endangered sharks and rays from overfishing and the global shark fin trade through education, science, and policy change. ...

SouthCoastHabitatRestoration

South Coast Habitat Restoration works to protect, conserve, and restore the various habitats and native biodiversity of the Santa Barbara and Ventura a...

StopFishBombingUSA

Fish bombing is the practice of setting off explosives to kill fish for consumption and sale. It indiscriminately kills animals in the blast area and d...

TransitionEarth

Transition Earth works to increase awareness of the effects of unsustainable growth and its impacts on people and the planet. While promoting human rig...

UltimateCivics

Ultimate Civics works toward a government of, for, and by the people by empowering youth in activating democracy to emerge as game-changers. Through ed...

UrbanBeet

Led by 2020 Brower Youth Award winner Chander Payne, Urban Beet builds urban farms for people experiencing homelessness and schools in underprivileged ...

VivaSierraGorda

Viva Sierra Gorda is part of the Sierra Gorda Alliance, which works to protect and support the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve in the mountains of centr...

WestCountyDIGS

West County DIGS supports school gardens in West Contra Costa, California, by providing resources, curriculum, advocacy, partnerships, and more. West C...

WhollyH2O

Wholly H2O catalyzes dynamic, informed connections between people and their watersheds that yield proactive and appropriate water management through co...

WildHeritage

​Wild Heritage advocates for policies in the United States and internationally that recognize the exceptional value of primary forests. Primary fores...

WildHope

By publishing stories about people and organizations who are endeavoring to preserve Earth’s biodiversity, Wild Hope inspires others to engage in sav...

WildOysterProject

The Wild Oyster Project is dedicated to restoring wild oysters to the San Francisco Bay through restoration, community engagement, and stewardship. The...

WildFutures

WildFutures is dedicated to advancing the protection of large carnivores, with a special emphasis on mountain lions. WildFutures works with scientists ...

WomenforWildlife

Women for Wildlife is an international movement to support, empower, and unite women and girls around the world who are passionately devoted to wildlif...

Women’sClimateCentersInternational

Women’s Climate Centers International (WCCI), led by a partnership of women development professionals in Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, and the United ...

Women’sEarthAlliance

Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) was founded in 2006 with a mission to protect our environment, end the climate crisis, and ensure a just, thriving world...

YouthEmpoweredActionCamp

Since 2009, Youth Empowered Action Camp (YEA Camp) has been training aspiring activists to get started or get serious making a bigger difference in the...