Earth Island fifteen years: Earth Island's mission.EARTH ISLAND'S MISSION
Life on Earth is imperiled by human degradation of the biosphere biosphere, irregularly shaped envelope of the earth's air, water, and land encompassing the heights and depths at which living things exist. The biosphere is a closed and self-regulating system (see ecology), sustained by grand-scale cycles of energy and of . Earth Island Institute 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. develops and supports projects that counteract threats to the biological and cultural diversity that sustains the environment. Through education and activism, these projects promote the conservation, preservation and restoration of the Earth.
This mission has guided the philosophical and structural development of Earth Island Institute (EII (Enterprise Information Integration) Similar to an EIS (executive information system), an EII aggregates current information from all data sources within an organization. ), framing both our concern for the environment and our unique position within the movement to protect it. In 1982, concerned about the devastating dev·as·tate
tr.v. dev·as·tat·ed, dev·as·tat·ing, dev·as·tates
1. To lay waste; destroy.
2. To overwhelm; confound; stun: was devastated by the rude remark. effect of human impact on the planet, David Brower David Ross Brower (July 1, 1912 – November 5, 2000) was a prominent environmentalist and the founder of many environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club Foundation, the John Muir Institute for Environmental Studies, Friends of the Earth (1969), the League of and others wanted to provide a platform from which activists could work freely to address critical environmental issues. It was their belief that this organization should:
* Encourage new, creative ways of identifying and thinking about issues.
* Be action oriented.
* Be thoughtful about how it utilizes scarce resources, whether they be financial or environmental.
* Find ways to link the issues of social justice, economic activity, and environmentalism environmentalism, movement to protect the quality and continuity of life through conservation of natural resources, prevention of pollution, and control of land use. .
* Encourage cooperation and collaboration within the environmental movement, facilitating multi-disciplinary approaches.
* Provide a mechanism for environmental education and advocacy, inspiring the public to action and giving them the information they need to be effective.
* Create a place where people can work toward lasting change through the conservation, preservation and restoration of the Earth. In keeping with our mission, Ell sponsors, supports and promotes activists working on diverse environmental projects. As an alternative to dozens of separate nonprofits, each duplicating basic administrative functions, Ell is a consortium of more than thirty grassroots campaigns, each functioning independently while sharing resources and benefiting from the synergetic synergetic /syn·er·get·ic/ (sin?er-jet´ik) synergic.
Synergistic. exchange of experience, ideas, and energy. In addition to serving as sponsor and administrator, Ell also offers these projects critical organizational support, allowing them the benefits of working within an established organization and the freedom to focus their energy on programmatic development rather than administrative management.
The following highlights represent a few of the successes we've had over the years:
* Awarded six Project Censored Project Censored is a non-profit, sociological project of an investigative nature within the Sonoma State University Foundation. It is managed through the School of Social Sciences at the university. awards for the Earth Island Journal * Organized successful consumer-led boycott for dolphin-safe tuna (the largest and most successful boycott in history) * Produced first major magazine printed entirely on tree-free paper * Initiated over 50 environmental projects including such notable alumnae as Rainforest Action Network Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is an environmental organization based in San Francisco, California, USA.
The organization was founded by Randy "Hurricane" Hayes in 1985. , International Rivers Network, and Northern Appalachian Restoration Project * Authored "15 Difficult Things to do to Save the Earth" * Sponsored a first-ever gathering of Central American environmental leaders in Nicaragua in the midst Adv. 1. in the midst - the middle or central part or point; "in the midst of the forest"; "could he walk out in the midst of his piece?"
midmost of the political conflict of the 1980's * Conducted a series of Conferences on the Fate of the Earth, bringing together advocacy leaders in the environmental, peace and social justice communities to seek common strategies * Brought the plight of threatened sea turtles worldwide to public awareness * Produced a video about threats to the environment and human rights in Guatemala * Worked successfully for the conversion of military bases throughout California,