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    Life on earth is imperiled by human degradation of the biosphere. Earth Island Institute develops and supports projects that counteract threats to the biological and cultural diversity that sustain the environment. Through education and activism, these projects promote the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the Earth.


    Earth Island Institute (EII), founded in 1982 by veteran environmentalist David Brower, fosters the efforts of creative individuals by providing organizational support in developing projects for the conservation, preservation, and restoration of the global environment. EII provides activists the freedom to develop program ideas, supported by services to help them pursue those ideas, with a minimum of bureaucracy (see our Staff Directory to contact members of our network services team).

    Earth Island's Project Network consists of more than 30 projects worldwide (see our Project Directory for program and contact information). Through innovative education and activist campaigns, we are addressing many of the most pressing social and environmental issues:

    Protecting rainforests, marine mammals, sea turtles, and indigenous lands

    Promoting organic and sustainable agriculture, ecological paper alternatives, and the emerging Russian environmental movement

    Pursuing community-based habitat restoration, reduction of marine pollution, and development of urban multicultural environmental leadership

    • Launched more than 50 environmental projects including such notable alumnae as Rainforest Action Network, International Rivers Network, and Urban Habitat.

      Awarded six Project Censored awards for the Earth Island Journal, the first tree-free magazine in North America.

    • Organized the largest and most successful consumer-led boycott resulting in the requirement that all tuna be dolphin-safe.

    • Successfully incorporated social and environmental mandates in California's military base conversion process.

    • Brought an end to commercial sea turtle exploitation in Mexico.

    • Organized a highly influential series of Conferences on the Fate of Earth, bringing together leaders in the environmental, peace and social justice communities to seek common strategies.

    • Brought major public and industry attention to the opportunities to replace trees with agricultural alternatives like kenaf, wheat straw and corn for the manufacture of paper products.


      In addition to the support of individual members, Earth Island Institute's Network Services has received funding from the following generous organizations:

    • A Better World Fund
    • Agape Foundation
    • American Support Foundation
    • Arntz Family Foundation
    • Arthur and Shirley Babad Account of the Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund
    • As You Sow
    • Ayudar Foundation
    • Bear Gulch Foundation
    • Biodiversity and Sustainability Fund of the Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund
    • California Community Foundation
    • Christensen Family Foundation
    • Collective Heritage Institute
    • Compton Foundation
    • Coutts & Clark Western Foundation
    • Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation
    • Edith B. and Lee V. Jacobs Fund No.1
    • Edward and Gwendolyn Asplundh Family Foundation
    • Fashion Accessories Benefit Ball
    • Fleishhacker Foundation
    • Forward Progress
    • Foundation for Deep Ecology
    • Fred Gellert Foundation
    • Fund of the Four Directions
    • Funding Exchange
    • Glaser Family Foundation
    • Goldman Environmental Foundation
    • Gordon-Lovejoy Foundation
    • H.J. Heinz Company Foundation
    • Jamee and Marshall Field Foundation
    • Jewish Community Endowment Fund
    • Lannan Foundation
    • Leland W. Doan Foundation
    • Linnemann Family Foundation
    • Luke B. Hancock Foundation
    • Martin and Esther Capp Foundation
    • Nathan Cummings Foundation
    • Marin Community Foundation
    • Park Foundation
    • Patagonia Foundation
    • Peninsula Community Foundation
    • Plum Foundation
    • Pond Foundation
    • R.S. Evans Foundation
    • REI
    • Relations Foundation
    • Resource Connection of the Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund
    • Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund
    • Ruth and Gerald Dickler Foundation
    • San Francisco Foundation
    • Saul Z. and Amy Scheuer Cohen Family Foundation
    • Seattle Foundation
    • Seven Springs Foundation
    • Steve Leuthold Family Foundation
    • Stimpert Family Fund of the Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund
    • Strong Foundation for Environmental Values
    • Sunflower Foundation
    • Surdna Foundation
    • Sweet Water Trust
    • Tides Foundation
    • True North Foundation
    • Turner Foundation
    • Union Pacific Foundation
    • Vanguard Public Foundation
    • Wilburforce Foundation
    • Working Assets