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Environmental Advocacy Organizations

Religious Organizations Working on Advocacy

(See also Action Plan)






The Center for Respect of Life and Environment

Earth Sangha: Buddhism in Service of the Earth

Indigenous Environmental Resources

Indigenous Environmental Network
The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER)
First Nations Environmental Network
Native Americans and the Environment

Islamic Foundation for Ecology and Environmental Sciences

Orthodox Church and the Environment

Quaker Earthcare Witness

Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth

Environmental Groups Working on Advocacy

Save Our Environment Action Center: A National Coalition for the Environment A collaborative effort of the nation's major environmental advocacy organizations to use the internet to increase public awareness and activism on today's most important environmental issues. Member organizations also have their own advocacy work:

American Rivers American Rivers, founded in 1973, is dedicated to protecting and restoring rivers for people, fish and wildlife.

Defenders of Wildlife Defenders of Wildlife fights powerful special interests to save endangered wildlife, habitat and biodiversity. Join Defenders Electronic Network to save something wild for future generations!

Earthjustice As the non-profit law firm for the environment, Earthjustice protects people, wildlife and natural resources by providing free legal representation to citizen groups to enforce our environmental laws.

Environmental Defense Founded in 1967, Environmental Defense links science, economics, and law to create innovative, equitable, and cost-effective solutions to the most urgent environmental problems.

Environmental Defense Action Network : at E-mail action alerts from any of their partner groups listed.

Friends of the Earth As the U.S voice of an international network spanning 70 countries, Friends of the Earth champions a more healthy and just world.

Greenpeace Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses non-violent direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

League of Conservation Voters
As the bipartisan political voice for the national environmental community, LCV publishes the National Environmental Scorecard, which rates members of Congress on key environmental votes. They publish a National Environmental Scorecard, which “provides objective, factual information about the environmental voting records of all Members of Congress. There is also a full 50 State Scorecard. It is also on the Web at

National Audubon Society The National Audubon Society conserves and restores natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and Earth's biological diversity.

National Environmental Trust With experience in media relations, issue campaign management, government affairs, federal environmental law, and investigative research, NET provides public education campaign and communications expertise on national environmental issues.

National Parks Conservation Association Protecting and enhancing America's National Park System for present and future generations. Ten parks are in critical condition. You can help.

National Wildlife Federation Education, inspiration and action, helping people from all walks of life to restore and safeguard the wildlife and wild resources of our world.

Natural Resources Defense Council NRDC uses law, science, and the support of its members to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and ensure a safe and healthy environment for all people.

Physicians for Social Responsibility PSR works at the intersection of environment and health, striving to protect Americans through education and action about global warming, toxics, drinking water quality and antibiotic resistance.

Sierra Club Sierra Club works to inspire all Americans, and every public official, to protect the natural world that surrounds and sustains us, for our families, for our future.

The Ocean Conservancy Through science-based advocacy, research, and public education, the Ocean Conservancy informs, inspires and empowers people to act for the care of the oceans.

The State PIRGs
The State PIRGs protect public health and the environment. We organize citizens against threats to clean air and water, to prevent global warming and preserve natural resources.

The Wilderness Society Wilderness Action Center Protecting America's Wilderness since 1935 through the potent combination of science, advocacy and education.

Union of Concerned Scientists Action Center UCS Action Center at The Union of Concerned Scientists is a nonprofit partnership of scientists and citizens combining rigorous scientific analysis, innovative policy development and effictive citizen advocacy to achieve practical environmental solutions.

World Wildlife Fund WWF in Action The global conservation network known by its Panda logo, dedicated to preserving wildlife and wildlands through science, policy advocacy and the Conservation Action Network.

Other Environmental Organizations are listed by topic in the Sections on Problems and on Solutions

Training Courses on Advocacy

1) Activist Toolkit an online library of "how-to" documents to help you use technology in your work to protect the environment. One/Northwest: On-line Networking for the Environment. See

2) The Virtual Activist: A Training Course at NetAction

3) Activist Toolbox-Campaign Strategy 101. TOOLS FOR CITIZENS Tips and ideas for enhancing your political voice, by 20/20 Vision

4) Activist Toolkit Tools for Change

Contacting State and Federal Legislatures

Contacting the Congress an up-to-date database of congressional contact information for the 109th Congress.

Environmental Laws and Regulations the EPA Website at - Information about innovative public policies underway at the state level, a publication of the Pew Center on the States, a research project administered by the University of Richmond, and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. - To help keep concerned citizens informed about innovative public policies underway at the state level. is a publication of the Pew Center on the States, a research project administered by the University of Richmond, and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

The League of Conservation Voters publishes an annual National Environmental Scorecard,

Federation of State Conservation Voter Leagues

National Resources Defense Council US Law and Policy

Legislative Watch

The National Conference of State Legislatures

The Center for Responsive Politics

The Institute on Money in State Politics

Federal Legislative Information
US House of Representatives:
US Senate:
Bureau of National Affairs:
Congressional Quarterly:

Advocacy Groups by Topic

Scorecard by Environmental Defense. Search by issue and by zip code-for information about local air pollution and interactive maps. You can fax a polluting company, contact your elected representatives, or volunteer with environmental organizations working in your community. It ranks and compares the pollution situation in areas across the US. Scorecard also profiles 6,800 chemicals, making it easy to find out where they are used and how hazardous they are.


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