Alternatives for Community and Environment: Law and Education for Environmental Justice — Based in Roxbury, Massachusetts, Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) has been working in partnership with low-income communities and communities of color to achieve environmental justice since 1993. ACE provides legal and technical support, educational programs, and organizing assistance to community groups throughout New England to solve environmental problems and develop local environmental leadership.
American Anti-Vivisection Society — The AAVS is an international organization that works to end vivisection (the use of animals in biomedical research, dissection, testing, and education). Vivisection actually harms people as well as animals by wasting time, effort, and money on research of little or no benefit. Non-animal, scientific research, however, holds great promise for both human and animal ailments.
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy — The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.
American Forests — Our mission today remains helping people improve the environment with trees and forests. We work to ensure a sustainable future for our nation’s forests—both urban and rural—through national and international tree planting, forest policy, urban forestry, and popular programs such as the National Register of Big Trees and Famous and Historic Trees. Our work is made possible by generous contributions from concerned individuals, corporations, and other funders.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals — The ASPCA promotes humane principles, prevents cruelty, and alleviates pain, fear, and suffering of animals through nationwide information, awareness, and advocacy programs.
AnimalConcerns.org — A project of the EnviroLink Network, a nonprofit organization which has been providing access to thousands of on-line environmental and animal rights/welfare resources since 1991. This community serves as a clearinghouse for information on the Internet related to animal rights and welfare.
Animal Legal Defense Fund — Founded in 1979, ALDF is the country’s leading animal rights law organization working nationally to defend animals from abuse and exploitation. ALDF’s network of over 750 attorneys is dedicated to protecting and promoting animal rights. Over the past twenty years, we’ve won precedent-setting victories for animals on every front—in research laboratories, on farms, in the wild, and for companion animals.
Animal Protection Institute — Founded in 1968, the Animal Protection Institute (API) is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to informing, educating, and advocating the humane treatment of all animals. API protects against animal abuse through enforcement/legislative actions, investigations, advocacy campaigns, public awareness, and education at all levels from local to state, national, and international.
Awakening Earth — Awakening Earth is a website founded by social scientist, speaker, and author Duane Elgin. The primary work of this site is to make available reports, articles, links, and other resources that will foster a sustainable, compassionate, and creative future for the Earth. This site is co-created by Duane Elgin and Coleen LeDrew.
Center for Food Safety — Established by the International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA) in 1997and based in Washington, D.C., the Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a public interest and environmental advocacy organization which works to address the impacts of our food production system on human health, animal welfare, and the environment. CFS works to achieve its goals through grassroots campaigns, public education, media outreach, and litigation.
Context Institute’s Sustainable Culture Information Service — Since its founding in 1979 by Robert and Diane Gilman, Context Institute has explored how human society can become sustainable (i.e., able to meet the needs of the present without diminishing the prospects for the future), and has served as a catalyst for voluntary change toward a more humane and sustainable culture. We are one of a handful of organizations that have focused on sustainability as a central theme for more than a decade, and we are now internationally recognized as an authority in this area.
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species — Known as CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora entered into force on July 1, 1975, and now has a membership of 150 countries. These countries act by banning commercial international trade in an agreed list of endangered species and by regulating and monitoring trade in others that might become endangered. (Convention Text).
Co-Op America — Green America, (formerly known as "Co-op America") is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1982, provides the economic strategies, organizing power, and practical tools for businesses and individuals to address today’s social and environmental problems. While many environmental organizations choose to fight important political and legal battles, Co-op America is the leading force in educating and empowering our nation’s people and businesses to make significant improvements through the economic system.
Corporate Accountability International — CAI has been waging winning campaigns to challenge corporate abuse for more than thirty years. We were there at the beginning of this movement to demand direct corporate accountability to public interests, and have been at its forefront ever since.
Defenders of Wildlife — Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. We focus our programs on what scientists consider two of the most serious environmental threats to the planet: the accelerating rate of extinction of species and the associated loss of biological diversity, and habitat alteration and destruction. Long known for our leadership on endangered species issues, Defenders of Wildlife also advocates new approaches to wildlife conservation that will help keep species from becoming endangered. Our programs encourage protection of entire ecosystems and interconnected habitats while protecting predators that serve as indicator species for ecosystem health.
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund — Founded by Dian Fossey in 1978 to save the gorillas. Dedicated to the conservation of gorillas and their habitats in Africa through anti-poaching, monitoring, research, education, and support of local communities.
Dream Change Coalition — Working closely with indigenous people from the Amazon, Andes, Himalayas, and other cultures where shapeshifting dreams into reality is an age-old part of life, DCC has helped many people transform themselves and has cleaned up pollution; preserved endangered forests, plants, and animals; and inspired institutions to commit themselves to helping future generations rather than focusing on selfish, short-term objectives. We are people from every continent and every profession.
E/The Environmental Magazine — E’s founders sought to create an independent newsstand-quality publication on environmental issues—a magazine that could educate, inspire, and empower Americans to make a difference for the environment.
Earth Force — Earth Force is youth for a change! Through Earth Force, youth discover and implement lasting solutions to environmental issues in their community. In the process they develop lifelong habits of active citizenship and environmental stewardship. Educators turn to Earth Force for innovative tools to engage young people in community problem solving.
Earth Island Institute: Innovative Action for the Environment — 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.
EarthWatch Institute — Earthwatch Institute is an international nonprofit organization which supports scientific field research worldwide to improve our understanding and management of the Earth. The institute’s mission is to promote sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships between scientists, educators, and the general public.
Envirolink: The Online Environmental Community — EnviroLink is a non-profit organization... a grassroots on-line community that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in more than 150 countries. EnviroLink is dedicated to providing you with the most comprehensive, up-to-date environmental resources available.
Environmental Defense — Environmental Defense is a not-for-profit environmental advocacy group with four main goals: (1) Stabilizing the Earth’s climate, (2) Safeguarding the world’s oceans, (3) Protecting human health, and (4) Defending and restoring biodiversity.
Environmental News Network — The Environmental News Network is a privately owned company located in Sun Valley, Idaho. We are recognized as one of the leading on-line producers of environmental news and information. Our users are able to access daily content on environmental topics and interact with others sharing similar interests.
Environmental Research Foundation — Our main goal is to strengthen democracy by helping people find the information they need to fight for environmental justice in their own communities. We believe that grass-roots action is the effective lever for change in our neighborhoods and that informed citizens are the essential backbone of a strong democracy and a healthy environment.
Environmental Working Group — The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a leading content provider for public interest groups and concerned citizens who are campaigning to protect the environment. Through our reports, articles, technical assistance, and the development of computer databases and Internet resources, EWG’s staff of eighteen researchers, computer experts, and writers produce hundreds of headline-making reports each year, drawing on original EWG analyses of government and other data.
Friends of the Earth — Friends of the Earth is a national environmental organization dedicated to preserving the health and diversity of the planet for future generations. As the largest international environmental network in the world with affiliates in sixty-three countries, Friends of the Earth empowers citizens to have an influential voice in decisions affecting their environment.
Global Ecovillage Network — We aim to create and present to the world outstanding examples of what it means in live in harmony with nature in a sustainable way. We promote and facilitate communities—whether rural or urban—which develop and implement technologies and practices such that human activities are harmlessly integrated into the natural world in a way that is supportive of healthy human development and can be successfully continued into the indefinite future.
Global Stewards — This excellent and easy to use site allows the visitor to take personal action on environmental issues. It provides links to understanding the issues and lists of tips on everything from conserving energy to reducing your junk mail.
Green-e: Renewable Electricity Program — Inspired by the success of the recycling logo, the Green-e logo is a way for customers to easily identify “green” electricity products. The project is the nation’s first voluntary certification and verification program for green electricity products. We strive to inform consumers, so that they may easily identify certified green electricity products and make responsible choices about the power they purchase.
Greenpeace International — As borders and definitions dissolve, protecting the environment is increasingly a test of democracy. “Environment” can no longer be meaningfully separated from health, quality of life, democracy, education, economy, or trade. Citizens can act across borders for or against international brands, not just via the media but increasingly direct, independent of the media, via the Internet.
Honor the Earth — Honor the Earth is a national foundation and advocacy organization that supports front-line Native environmental work. Our mission is to increase funding and public support for native communities protecting the Earth we all share.
Hugs For Homeless Animals — Dedicated to homeless and displaced animals.
IGC Internet — As a project of Tides, IGC shares the vision to actively promote change toward a healthy society, one which is founded on principals of social justice, broadly shared economic opportunity, a robust democratic process, and sustainable environmental practices. We believe healthy societies rely fundamentally on respect for individual rights, the vitality of communities, and a celebration of diversity.
In Defense of Animals — Our hope is that this website will provide our members, students, and interested people the latest information on all of our campaigns and introduce IDA and the fight for animal rights to people who have encountered our site while browsing the Internet. This website was created as a resource to aid in our fight to end the exploitation and abuse of animals.
International Primate Protection League — The International Primate Protection League was founded in 1973, and, since this time, has been working continuously for the well-being of primates. IPPL has Field Representatives in thirty-one countries. Its advisory board is composed of experts from the fields of zoology, anthropology, medicine, biology, veterinary medicine, and psychology. Many IPPL officers have lived for long periods with primates in their natural habitats.
Jane Goodall Institute — The Jane Goodall Institute advances the power of individuals to take informed and compassionate action to improve the environment of all living things.
Last Chance For Animals — Last Chance for Animals (LCA) recognizes that animals have the ability to experience pain and, as such, they deserve certain basic rights that protect them from pain caused by humans. LCA believes that non-human animals should not be subjected to suffering and exploitation by humans because alternatives exist for nearly every traditional “usage” of animals.
League of Conservation Voters — The League of Conservation Voters works to create a Congress more responsive to your environmental concerns. As the bipartisan political voice for over nine million members of environmental and conservation groups, LCV is the only national environmental organization dedicated full time to educating citizens about the environmental voting records of members of Congress.
Missing Pet Network — The MPN is a group of volunteers sponsored by the USDA Animal Care Office who help people find missing pet animals. We accept no money, make no endorsements, and use no advertising on our MPN web pages.
National Arbor Day Foundation — We help people plant and care for trees and encourage the celebration of Arbor Day to advance global environmental stewardship for the benefit of this and future generations. Our Vision...We envision a world where trees and forests are abundant, healthy, sustainable, and highly valued by all people.
National Audubon Society On-Line — The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity. Founded in 1905, the National Audubon Society is named for John James Audubon (1785–1851), famed ornithologist, explorer, and wildlife artist.
National Resources Defense Council — NRDC uses law, science, and the support of more than 400,000 members nationwide to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. In addition to our New York headquarters, we have three regional offices.
Nature Conservatory — The mission of the Nature Conservancy is to preserve plants, animals, and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
New American Dream — New American Dream helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life, and promote social justice.
Noah’s Ark Foundation — The Noah’s Ark Animal Foundation’s mission is to love, protect, and care for animal’s lives through its shelter and sanctuary, humane programs, and unique natural approach to health care. Noah’s Ark exists to heal the sick and injured, rescue the lost and abandoned, and give new hope to neglected animals so that they may discover their true destiny and potential upon the earth.
North American Association for Environmental Education — The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) is a network of professionals, students, and volunteers working in the field of environmental education throughout North America and in over fifty-five countries around the world. Since 1971, the association has promoted environmental education and supported the work of environmental educators. There are many environmental interest groups and many organizations dedicated to improving education. NAAEE uniquely combines and integrates both of these perspectives and takes a cooperative, non-confrontational, scientifically-balanced approach to promoting education about environmental issues.
PelicanNetwork Arts and Entertainment Lifestyle Guide — PelicanNetwork is a club for empowering the ethics and principles of community service, conservation, and artistic expression. Members can support products, goods, and services that other people with principled beliefs have produced or approve. A significant portion of the proceeds from purchases through PelicanNetwork will be directed to the nonprofits to which our members belong. The purpose of PelicanNetwork is to promote environmental sustainability and artistic awareness. Our strategy is to accomplish that by enhancing the buying power of our market.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), with more than six hundred thousand members, is the largest animal rights organization in the world. Founded in 1980, PETA is dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals. PETA operates under the simple principle that animals are not ours to eat, wear, experiment on, or use for entertainment.
PetRescue.com — Mission: To pursue the rescue and rehabilitation of homeless animals; To provide no-kill sanctuary for cats and dogs in need; To pursue the placement of adoptable animals; To provide long-term care for the aged, infirm, and unadoptable animals; To make available low-cost spay/neuter services to the public; To participate in feral cat fix-release programs where appropriate.
Population Connection — Population Connection is a national nonprofit organization working to slow population growth and achieve a sustainable balance between the Earth’s people and its resources. We seek to protect the environment and ensure a high quality of life for present and future generations. Population Connection’s education and advocacy programs aim to influence public policies, attitudes, and behavior on national and global population issues and related concerns.
Primate Freedom Project — The specific purpose of this project is to create a public awareness of the conditions and uses of primates used in research.
Rainforest Action Network — Since it was founded in 1985, the Rainforest Action Network has been working to protect tropical rain forests and the human rights of those living in and around those forests. From the beginning, the network has played a key role in strengthening the worldwide rainforest conservation movement through supporting activists in tropical countries as well as organizing and mobilizing consumers and community action groups throughout the United States.
Rainforest Alliance — The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of tropical forests for the benefit of the global community. Our mission is to develop and promote economically viable and socially desirable alternatives to the destruction of this endangered, biologically diverse, natural resource. We pursue this mission through education, research in the social and natural sciences, and the establishment of cooperative partnerships with businesses, governments, and local peoples.
Rainforest Information Centre — We are a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to the protection of the Earth’s remaining rain forests and the indigenous people who depend on them. The Rainforest Information Centre (RIC) was born out of the successful struggle to save the subtropical rain forests of New South Wales, Australia, in the early 1980s. Since then, we have been involved in campaigns and projects which protect rain forests and at the same time recognize the legitimate development aspirations of rainforest peoples.
Redefining Progress — Redefining Progress is a public policy organization that seeks to ensure a more sustainable and socially equitable world for our children and our children’s children. Working both within and beyond the traditional economic framework, RP generates and refines innovative policies and ideas that balance economic well-being, the environment, and social equity so that those living today and those who will come in the future can have a better quality of life.
Sea Turtle Restoration Project — The Sea Turtle Restoration Project (STRP) fights to protect endangered sea turtle populations in ways that meet the ecological needs of the sea turtles and the oceans and the needs of the local communities who share the beaches and waters with these gentle creatures.
Sea Turtle Survival League: Caribbean Conservation Corporation — The Sea Turtle Survival League was launched as a permanent program of CCC in 1993. Drawing on CCC’s three decades of international sea turtle conservation experience, the STSL is improving the survival outlook for marine turtles in the United States, especially in Florida, by (1) raising national awareness, (2) advocating for protection of sea turtles and their habitat, and (3) empowering small, local sea turtle groups.
Sierra Club — Sierra Club Mission Statement: to explore enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; and to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environments.
Simple Living Network — The Simple Living Network is a small, grass-roots, on-line service that provides information about publications and tools for those wanting to learn how to live a more conscious, simple, healthy, and restorative lifestyle. We have worked hard to remove the “fluff” and organize our website in a logical fashion. Our focus is strictly upon presenting free Community Services and resources that may help you change your lifestyle.
Sled Dog Action Coalition — Committed to improving the lives of Iditarod sled dogs and providing truthful information about their treatment.
SOS Rhino — SOS Rhino is a nonprofit foundation that provides funds and technical assistance for in-situ and ex-situ research, education, public awareness programs and events, and endeavors directed to secure the survival of the rhinoceros.
State PIRGs: Public Interest Research Groups — The state PIRGs are leading environmental and consumer watchdog organizations serving to preserve the environment, protect consumers, and promote democracy.
Student Conservation Association, Inc. — The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s largest and oldest provider of national and community conservation service opportunities, outdoor education, and career training for youth. SCA volunteers and interns annually perform more than one million hours of conservation service in national parks, forests, refuges, and urban areas in all fifty states.
Student Environmental Action Coalition SEAC — Pronounced “seek,” as in “seeking” — is a student and youth run national network of progressive organizations and individuals whose aim is to uproot environmental injustices through action and education. We define the environment to include the physical, economical, political, and cultural conditions in which we live. By challenging the power structure which threatens these environmental conditions, SEAC works to create progressive social change on both the local and global levels.
Surface Transportation Policy Project — The goal of the Surface Transportation Policy Project is to ensure that transportation policy and investments help conserve energy, protect environmental and aesthetic quality, strengthen the economy, promote social equity, and make communities more livable. We emphasize the needs of people, rather than vehicles, in assuring access to jobs, services, and recreational opportunities.
Save the Tiger Fund — Accurate and up-to-date information is vital to making good decisions. Information concerning tigers and their habitat is changing every day. This website and the 1-800-5tigers information line were created to provide the public, scientific, and conservation communities with an international forum for exchanging information relevant to the preservation of wild tigers across Asia and in zoos worldwide.
Trees for the Future — Trees for the Future promotes and supports reforestation and environmentally sustainable land use, in cooperation with local groups and individuals in their own communities around the world. By providing seeds and guidelines for these projects, Trees for the Future offers people around the world an opportunity to benefit from improved crop yields, erosion control, and protection of their water supply.
Women’s Environment and Developmental Organization — The Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) is a global organization working to increase women’s visibility, roles, and leadership in public policymaking through peace, gender, human rights, environmental, and economic justice campaigns; through advocacy nationally, regionally, at the United Nations, and in international financial institutions; and through local actions.
Women’s Voices for the Earth — Women’s Voices for the Earth is a grassroots environmental justice organization. Our mission is to empower women and others who historically have had little power in affecting environmental policy to create a society that is ecologically sustainable and socially just.
World Conservation Union — For more than half a century, IUCN has endeavored to shape a just world that values and conserves nature. Its mission is to influence, encourage, and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. IUCN is the world’s largest environmental knowledge network. Within the framework of global conventions, IUCN has promoted sustainability and helped over fifty countries to prepare and implement National Conservation Strategies.
World Resources Institute — World Resources Institute provides information, ideas, and solutions to global environmental problems. Our mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment for current and future generations. Our program meets global challenges by using knowledge to catalyze public and private action.
World Wildlife Fund — Known worldwide by its panda logo, WWF is the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organization with 4.7 million supporters and a global network active in some one hundred countries. WWF’s mission is to protect nature and the biological diversity that we all need to survive.
Worldwatch Institute — Worldwatch is a nonprofit public policy research organization dedicated to informing policymakers and the public about emerging global problems and trends and the complex links between the world economy and its environmental support systems.
Yellowstone Park Foundation — The Yellowstone Park Foundation is a nonprofit organization created by a group of concerned citizens working with the National Park Service to preserve, protect, and enhance Yellowstone National Park and to enrich each visitor’s experience. The foundation funds projects and programs which otherwise would go unfunded.
YES World — Youth for Environmental Sanity (YES!) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1990 by sixteen-year-old Ocean Robbins and nineteen-year-old Ryan Eliason. Since then, YES! has become one of the most successful youth-run environmental organizations in the world. YES!’s national speaking and workshop tour has given inspirational presentations for 600,000 students in thousands of high school assemblies and college venues. The YES! Tour has shared a message of hope and a call to action for healthy people and a healthy planet with youth in forty-two states.
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