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.

Our Project Support Program

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

Project Newsroom

Environmental Group Wins Key Step in Battle Against Big Plastic

Federal Court rules landmark case should proceed in California State Court

New Film Exposes Wildlife Killing Contests

Buttresses National Campaign to End the Cruelty

Mapping for Environmental Justice and Herbicide Free Campus Join Earth Island Institute

The projects become part of a network of more than 75 other projects at Earth Island that work on environmental issues locally and globally

Pepsi, Coke Face ‘Plastic Pollution’ Suit in California Court

Featuring Earth Island Institute
Bloomberg Law ,

The Climate Debt the U.S. Owes the World

Featuring Earth Island's EcoEquity
The New Yorker,

It’s Time for the U.S. to Carry Its Fair Share on Climate Change

By Tom Athanasiou of Earth Island's EcoEquity
Sierra Magazine,

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.