Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is a nonprofit membership-based organization dedicated to the protection of endangered native wild animals and plants through the conservation of biodiversity. Through their 3-pronged approach: state and local, national and international and lobbying in the courts, DOW fights the issues of protecting biodiversity on multiple fronts.
Earthjustice uses the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, preserve places and wildlife — to advance clean energy to combat climate change. Started as an effort to save the natural mountain valley from over commercialization, Earthjustice was founded by a collective of attorneys and conservationists who believe that today’s environmental and world challenges can be tackled through legal means.
The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Their bold mission is to the change the country’s perception of how to talk about the planet and its conservation. The Center for American Progress trusts that the country can implant an effective government to champion diversity.
Since its creation by Congress in 1984, the nonprofit organization NFWF has become one of the world’s largest conservation grant-makers. Working with both the public and private sectors to protect and restore our nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats, NFWF supports conservation efforts in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Its projects — more than 14,000 since its founding – are rigorously evaluated and awarded to some of the nation’s largest environmental organizations, as well as some of the smallest. NFWF’s financial commitments to the conservation mission now hold funds of $2.9 billion.
The Nature Conservancy addresses the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale. It is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people, by addressing the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale. Thanks to the support of more than 1 million members, the organization has built a tremendous record of success since its founding in 1951. Having protected more than 119 million acres of land and thousands of miles of rivers worldwide, they operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally including all 50 states and more than 35 countries worldwide.
Pesticide Action Network (PAN) North America, works to create a universal, thriving food system. In an attempt to combat the use of pesticide manufactured and utilized by biotech corporations , PAN places the health and economic control back in the hands of farmers, farmworkers and rural communities. PAN works with those on the frontlines to tackle the pesticide problem — and reclaim the future of food and farming.
PAN North America is one of five regional centers worldwide, linking local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens’ active network.
Founded in 2005 by Robert Redford and his children, the Redford Center harnesses the power of film, video, and new media to increase public engagement on frontline issues and support like‑minded community efforts. By distributing storytelling tools and creatively developing education platforms and action campaigns, the Redford Center inspires meaningful progress on the issues at hand.
The Redford Center collaborates with artists, activists, business leaders, and philanthropists to aid in the empowerment of all people to take part in doing something on a local and global scale.
The nonprofit Sonoran Institute, founded in 1990, works across the rapidly changing West to conserve and restore natural and cultural assets and to promote better management of growth and change. The Institute’s community-based approach emphasizes collaboration, dissemination of accurate information, practical solutions and big-picture thinking. The Sonoran Institute inspires and enables community decisions and public policies that respect the land and people of western North America.
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we’ve made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.
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