Here are a few organizations generally characterized by a high degree of environmental activism. They may work locally, nationally, or internationally to promote the preservation of species, ecosystems, natural resources, and work toward a more just and sustainable society.
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Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, Inc.
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League
PO Box 88
Glendale Springs , NC 28629
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League is a regional, community-based, non-profit environmental organization. Our founding principles are earth stewardship, environmental democracy, social justice, and community empowerment. Participates in a variety of campaigns on various issues, organizes chapters and offers resources.
Center for the Biology of Natural Systems
City University of New York
Flushing, New York 11367-0904
The CBNS is a research organization located at Queens College in New York with experience in the analysis of environmental, energy, and resource problems and their economic impacts. The Center analyzes the origins of environmental, energy, and resource problems, assesses alternative solutions, and monitors the effects of efforts to solve the problems. The Center also assists government agencies and community organizations with technical and educational services
Center for Neighborhood Technology
2125 West North Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60647
The CNT is an organization based in Chicago which promotes public policies, new resources and accountable authority which support sustainable, just and vital urban communities. Offers programs and resources in energy cooperatives, green infrastructure, transportation, economic development, water, car sharing, wireless community networks, climate change and much more.
1612 K Street NW, Suite 600
Washington DC 20006
Co-op America, 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.
The Green Pages is the online version of Co-op America's popular National Green Pages directory of thousands of socially and environmentally responsible businesses, products and services, with special offers and discounts on products. And there are information and tips on "green shopping" and how to support companies which do well by doing good.
Dream Change Coalition
P.O. Box 31357
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420
The Dream Change Coalition is a grass roots movement of people from many continents and cultures who are dedicated to creating new values and new ways of living. The DCC has three primary goals: to inspire earth-honoring changes in consciousness, conserve forests, and apply indigenous wisdom in ways that foster environmental and social balance
Earth Island Institute
300 Broadway, Suite 28
San Francisco, CA 94133-3112
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.
145-157 St John Street, 2nd floor
London, England EC1V 4PY
Ekklesia promotes post-Christendom approaches to social policy, nonviolence and conflict transformation, environmental action, the politics of forgiveness, economic sharing, support for migrants and displaced people, freedom of expression, restorative justice, a positive (relational) approach to sexuality, non-compulsion in religion and belief, the engagement of theology with science and culture, respectful engagement with those of other faith and non-religious convictions, and church as alternative community. Ekklesia provides a syndicated daily international and domestic news briefing service and e-bulletin.
Energy Efficient Homes
The Energy Efficient Home Article resource directory provides easily understood information about energy efficient homes. It is filled with practical information about home heating, home cooling, solar energy, wind power, energy savings, healthy living, alternative energy, solar panels, solar power, energy star, utility bills, energy efficiency, energy efficient home construction, energy efficient materials, green building, home mortgages, global warming, sustainability, tax credits, home improvements and more.
P.O. Box 8102
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
This site, by a non-profit organization, is a grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with over 375,000 users daily in more than 150 countries. Envirolink is “dedicated to providing you with the most comprehensive, up-to-date environmental resources available.”
257 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10010
Environmental Defense, (which began as the Environmental Defense Fund) attempts to find solutions for environmental problems, believing that a healthy environment and a healthy economy are not mutually exclusive ideals. Their Web site contains information on how the average person can help, including tips on recycling and recycled materials, and how one can help solve the problem of global warming.
702 H Street, NW
Washington , D.C. 20001
The goal of Greenpeace is to ensure and preserve biodiversity. They wish to stop pollution and promote peace and nuclear disarmament. They embrace the principle of non-violent protest, believing that non-violent confrontation at the scenes of environmental abuses will draw attention to the abuses and thereby help to stop them. Their outlook is global and they have offices in many countries around the world.
Heritage Forests Campaign
1200 Eighteenth Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
A coalition of local and national groups with the goal of gaining permanent protection for 60 million acres of pristine roadless areas in our National Forests-America's Heritage Forests. Offers advocacy, tips in enjoying national forests, updates on policy and other advocacy helps.
1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 701
Washington DC, 20036
InterAction is a coalition of more than 150 non-profit organizations working worldwide for social and environmental justice
2200 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650
Arlington, VA 22201-3357
The mission of the Millennium Institute is to promote peace, justice, and sustainability. The Institute tracks reports and indicators about the state of the earth, and provides computer simulation tools for developing alternative strategies for development. The Millennium Alliance for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability is a coalition of citizens, cities, national governments, international organizations, corporations, schools, religious and spiritual associations, media, and non-governmental organizations.Global 2000 Revisited is an excellent book which highlights current ecological trends, as well as asks difficult questions about humanity's relationship to creation. Many of the questions are specifically directed to people of faith and religious communities.
National Association of Conservation Districts
509 Capitol Ct. NE
Washington , D.C. 20002
The National Association of Conservation Districts is national voice for the nation's 3000 local soil and water conservationdistricts. They work with federal and state government agencies and business partnerships to promote natural resource conservation on private land. For nearly 40 years they have promoted an annual Soil and Water Stewardship Week observance. Much of the focus has been on providing materials for use by church leaders within their normal worship services and other church activities.
National Audubon Society
New York, NY 10003
Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.
National Wildlife Federation
11100 Wildlife Center Drive
Reston, VA 20190-5362
The National Wildlife Federation is a non-profit membership organization working to preserve wilderness and wildlife through education and political advocacy. A variety of educational resources and activities are available for children, youth and families.
Natural Resources Defense Council
40 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
Telephone: (212) 727-2700
Fax: (212) 727-1773
The NRDC's mission is to establish that a sustainable society and good stewardship of the earth must be central ethical imperatives for us. They affirm that humans are an integral part of the environment, and say that we must work to protect nature in such a way that the long-term welfare of present and future generations is enhanced. They actively seek to counter the disproportionate environmental burdens of some groups of people which are caused by economic or social injustices.
The Nature Conservancy
4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100
Arlington, VA 22203-1606
The Nature Conservancy is a US-based organization that buys waters and lands in order to preserve species and their habitats. They manage the largest private system of natural preserves in the world, and have programs in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. Also, check out their chat rooms, which allow discussion of some favorite nature hobbies.
Project Nature Connect
P. O. Box 1605
Friday Harbor, WA 98250
"Wellness for person, planet and spirit.” A project of the Institute of Global Education, in association with United Nations Department of Public Information.
Rocky Mountain Institute
1739 Snowmass Creek Road
Snowmass, CO 81654-9199
An independent, nonprofit research and educational foundation which seeks ideas that transcend ideology, and that harness the problem-solving power of free-market economics. Their mission is tofoster the efficient and restorative use of resources to make the world secure, just, prosperous, and life-sustaining. We do this by inspiring business, civil society, and government to design integrative solutions that create true wealth.
227 Cape Jellison Rd.
Stockton Springs, ME 04981
( 207) 567-3056
SeedTree is a non-government organization making an international effort to protect and regenerate endangered forest ecosystems and biodiversity by planting trees of diverse species, encouraging renewable energy, especially biogas systems, and fostering sustainable human ecological and economical development.
The Sierra Club
85 Second Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
The Sierra Club has a political emphasis in its programs. They try to influence public policy decisions through legislative, administrative, legal, and electoral means. Their Web site contains some good information about public policy decisions which affect the environment.
Student Conservation Association, Inc
689 River Road, PO Box 550
Charlestown, New Hampshire 03603-0550
Non-profit/educational organization which places volunteers for seasonal work on public lands and with public agencies such as the National Park Service. Programs open to high school and college students and other adults.
Target Earth International
Post Office Box 10777
Tempe, AZ 85284
This organization is dedicated to helping relieve both justice issues and environment issues worldwide. Their motto is "Serving the Earth, Serving the Poor."
Trees for the Future
9000 16th Street
Silver Spring, MD 20907
Trees for the Future is a non-profit organization initiating and supporting agroforestry self-help projects in cooperation with groups in developing countries. Of special note is the article on Issues and Positions which can be accessed by the "What's Hot" link on the Home Page.
Union of Concerned Scientists
2 Brattle Square
Cambridge, MA 02238-9105
An independent, nonprofit organization of scientists and other citizens concerned about the impacts of advanced technology on society. It Focuses on global environmental problems, energy policy and technology, nuclear power safety, and arms control. Free brochures are available on a variety of topics, such as Solar Power, Nuclear Power, How you can fight Global Warming, and Renewable Energy and Developing Countries. Through its Global Resources Program, UCS seeks ways to help humans live within the limits of the Earth’s natural resources while ensuring an adequate standard of living for all people. The web site takes a broad look at the topics of Biodiversity, climate change, ozone depletion, and population.
United Nations Environmental Program
UNEP Regional Office for North America
1707 H Street, NW, Suite 300
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 785 0465
Organized as a consequence of the 1972 Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment, UNEP “provides an integrative and interactive mechanism through which a large number of separate efforts by intergovernmental, non-governmental, national and regional bodies in the service of the environment are reinforced and interrelated. UNEP was established as the environmental conscience of the United Nations system, and has been creating a basis for comprehensive consideration and coordinated action within the UN on the problems of the human environment.” They have a very large web site, covering all the environmental issues.
West Michigan Environmental Council
1007 Lake Drive SE
Grand Rapids MI 49506
We are a non-profit environmental advocacy and education organization committed to citizen empowerment. with a staff of eleven, nearly 1000 members and many dedicated volunteers who serve on the board, work on issue committees, help with programs and projects and assist staff and interns with work in the office. Their focus is on land use, transportation, water quality, sustainable business, environmental health, ecology & spirituality, and green and open space as they apply to the west Michigan region. WMEAC has been a leading voice for environmental protection in West Michigan since 1968.
1615 M St, NW
Washington, DC 20036
A non-profit membership organization devoted to preserving wilderness and wildlife, protecting America’s prime forests, parks, rivers, deserts and shorelands, and fostering an American Land ethic. Begun in 1935, they still issue an urgent call for “spirited people who will fight for the freedom of the wilderness.”
World Conservation Monitoring Center
219 Huntingdon Road
Cambridge CB3 0DL, UK
+44 (0)1223 277314
WCMC “provides information services on the conservation and sustainable use of the world’s living resources, and helps others to develop information systems of their own.
1776 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036-1904
This organization is working toward an environmentally sustainable society which does not threaten the health of the natural environment nor the well-being of future generations. They see as their mission the goal of raising public awareness of environmental hazards around the world such that we will begin implementing effective policy responses. The Institute publishes State of the World and Vital Signs each year, two books which track the progress toward a sustainable society
World Wildlife Fund
1250 24th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037
They are known worldwide by its panda logo, WWF is the world's largest and most experienced independent conservation organization with 4.7 million supporters a global network of 24 National Organizations, 5 Associates, and 26 Programme Offices. The WWF Network, made up of more than 3,500 dedicated professionals, invested $252 million in 1995 in its action-oriented conservation programme and support services in 96 countries. WWF draws its strength from being global in outreach and local in implementation. WWF's mission is to conserve nature and ecological processes by: preserving genetic, species, and ecosystem diversity ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable now and in the longer term, for the benefit of all life on Earth WWF's ultimate goal is to stop, and eventually reverse, the accelerating degradation of our planet's natural environment, and to help build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.