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

Study Finds Pattern of “Falsification of the Scientific Record” in Government-Funded Wildfire Studies

Earth Island Institute Names New Executive Director

Sumona Majumdar to lead the 40-year-old environmental organization’s next chapter in its fight to protect the planet and its inhabitants

Labor and Environmental Health Advocates Call for OSHA to Protect Oil Spill Workers

OSHA’s reporting standards keep symptoms of toxic exposure from being recorded

California regulators will reassess widely used rat poison

Featuring Earth Island's Raptors Are The Solution
San Francisco Chronicle,

They cleaned up BP’s massive oil spill. Now they’re sick – and want justice

Featuring Riki Ott with Earth Island's ALERT Project
The Guardian,

U.S. has inventoried old-growth forests. Will protection be next?

Featuring Dominick DellaSala with Earth Island's Wild Heritage
The Washington Post,

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.