The Earth Island Institute was founded in 1982 by environmentalist David Brower. It organizes and encourages activism around environmental issues and provides public education. Funding comes from individual members and supporting organizations. Essentially it provides the administrative and organizational framework for many individual projects that would otherwise be duplicating administrative requirements.

Some of the projects have enjoyed significant success: a consumer-led Boycott resulted in 100% of American Tuna becoming dolphin safe. The Earth Island Institute also provides dolphin safe certification for canned tuna producers.

The Mangrove Action Project was originally part of the Earth Island Institute, but was spun off as a separate organization in March 2007.


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