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The Union of Concerned Scientists is an advocacy organization that conducts rigorous, independent scientific research to help solve our planet’s most pressing problems. Their main focus areas are clean energy, clean vehicles, food, global warming, nuclear power, and nuclear weapons. The organization has over 500,000 supporters. Their website offers in-depth information on all of the campaigns that are underway and you can easily get involved by instantly sending letters to legislators and decision makers using prefilled email forms.
Omega Institute is a nonprofit organization founded on the holistic worldview that the well-being of each of us is deeply connected to the well-being of all living things. Since 1977, Omega has offered educational experiences that inspire an integrated approach to personal and social change. The Omega Center for Sustainable Living demonstrates and teaches what is possible through regenerative design. Housed in the Eco Machine building, visitors and students can learn how to create a path toward a sustainable future. Omega also offers hundreds of workshops, conferences, and teacher training programs in the areas of body, mind, spirit, health, relationships, creative expression, leadership, and sustainable living.
World Resources Institute is a global research organization dedicated to protecting the environment for current and future generations. Their main areas of focus are catalyzing a low-carbon economy, advancing clean energy, reducing the environmental impact of the world's food systems, reducing forest loss, mitigating global water risks, and scaling sustainable urban transport solutions. World Resources Institute takes action by partnering with governments and businesses. For example, last year World Resources Institute was instrumental in obtaining pledges to restore millions of acres of land in Latin American, getting commitments from 300 cities to take action to manage greenhouse gas emissions, and convincing 400 large companies to reduce food waste by 50%. World Resources Institute practices sustainability within their operations as well through sustainable investing, sustainable purchasing, and green office space. Their website is an excellent source for worldwide news about sustainability initiatives.
Rainforest Action Network is an activist organization that campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants, and the natural systems that sustain life. The organization focuses on preserving rainforests, protecting the climate, and defending human rights. They approach these issues through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action. Rainforest Action Network envisions a world where forests become healthy, rights of all communities are respected, and corporate profits never come at the expense of people or the planet. Their website offers easy ways to get involved or tweet about current pressing issues.
Pesticide Action Network is an activist organization working to create a safe food system. Pesticides have resulted in health and economic burdens on farmers, farmworkers, and rural communities. Pesticide Action Network works with consumers, health organizations, environmental groups, and the agricultural community with the goal of creating actions that challenge the global proliferation of pesticides. Their current campaigns focus on protecting children from pesticides, helping farmworkers, protecting pollinating insects, stopping pesticide drift, and reducing pesticides in food. You can easily get involved in any campaign by visiting their website and taking actions steps like quickly submitting letters to decision makers online.
Earth Island Institute was founded in 1982 by environmentalist David Brower as an umbrella organization that allows small environmental initiatives to quickly get started. Earth Island Institute provides administration and program management for projects that address pressing environmental and social issues. Since their founding, Earth Island Institute has provided fiscal sponsorship to more than 100 projects around the globe. By sharing resources, Earth Island’s organizations benefit from the synergistic exchange of experience and ideas, making its members more effective together than apart. Some of the current groups within Earth Island Institute include Bay Area Wilderness Training, Ethical Traveler, Project Coyote, International Marine Mammal Project, Plastic Pollution Coalition, Sacred Land Film Project, and Women’s Earth Alliance. Earth Island Institute also publishes the award-winning Earth Island Journal that is known for its investigative reporting and inspiring stories about environmental action. You can read the current issue of Earth Island Journal on their website.
Mother Nature Network is one of the most visited online sites for news and information about the environment and responsible living. Its content is easy-to-understand and is targeted for people who want to make the world a better place. Time has been called Mother Nature Network “The Green CNN”. Online content is divided among eight different channels: Earth Matters, Health, Lifestyle, Tech, Money, Food, Home, and Family. Articles are updated in each category throughout the day.
New Dream – formerly The Center for a New American Dream — empowers individuals, communities, and organizations to transform the ways they consume to improve well-being for people and the planet. The organization works with individuals and communities to counter the commercialization of our culture, support community engagement, and conserve natural resources. It seeks to change social norms around consumption and consumerism and to support the movement of individuals and communities pursuing lifestyle change and community action. New Dream’s overall goal is to change behavior, attitudes, and social norms to reduce consumption, build community, and improve quality of life.
The Environmental Working Group a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. The Environmental Working Group includes a team of scientists, policy experts, lawyers, communication experts, and programmers who stand up for public health when government and industry won’t. They publish reports, online databases, and communications campaigns that educate and empower consumers to make safer and more informed decisions about the products they buy and the companies they support. In response to consumer pressure initiated by The Environmental Working Group, companies have given up dangerous ingredients and improved their practices. Covering a wide range of environmental topics, the Environmental Working Group publishes information about tap water, shampoo, sunscreen, household cleaners, pesticides in food, fracking, and GMOs and they present their findings on their visually friendly website.
Context Institute is a nonprofit research organization that explores the meaning of humane sustainable culture and how we can get there. The organization publishes InContext, an online journal offering a wealth of articles about sustainability and the development of thought related to sustainable culture.
Bioneers is a nonprofit educational organization that highlights visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. Bioneers connects with people through national conferences, radio programs, books, and media projects such as Leonardo DiCaprio’s film The 11th Hour. Bioneers also provides sustainability educational materials to schools and colleges, sponsors a women's leadership program, and leads efforts to help re-indigenize our societies.
Northwest Earth Institute was founded in 1993 with a simple objective: to give people a framework to talk about our relationship with the planet and to share in discovering new ways to live, work, create, and consume. Northwest Earth Institute provides easy and fun ways for people to create positive action for the environment. One of the ways they do this is through the EcoChallenge program. EcoChallenge helps you share your own stories about how you live, work, create, and consume. Through their online platform, you can work with a community of people who all want to make changes for the better. Most participants really do make personal changes like buying more local and organic produce, reducing household waste, becoming more politically involved in environmental issues, and reducing energy and water consumption.
Findhorn is a spiritual community, ecovillage, and international center for holistic learning. As one of the largest and most successful intentional communities in the world, Findhorn has long been known for helping unfold a new human consciousness for creating a positive and sustainable future. The Findhorn Foundation offers a range of workshops and events at the Community. Some workshops specifically address sustainability. Findhorn's sustainable values are expressed through ecological houses, innovative use of building materials, their living sewage treatment facility, and electricity-generating wind turbines. Sustainable values are also expressed in the community’s social, economic, and educational initiatives. The Findhorn ecovillage is a model for the complex problem of how to transform human settlements into full-featured sustainable communities that are harmlessly integrated into the natural environment. The Findhorn community offers many ways for people to experience the community including seven-day introductions where visitors are introduced to the principles and activities on which the community is based.
Green America is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1982 whose mission is to harness the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. Known for their publications like The National Green Pages, Green America Magazine, and the Guide to Socially Responsible Investing, Green America is a leader on many fronts. The four main strategies Green America pursues are empowering individuals to make purchasing and investing choices that promote social justice and environmental sustainability, demanding an end to corporate irresponsibility, promoting green and fair trade business principles, and building sustainable communities in the US and abroad. They actively work to make progress on these strategies through a broad range of campaigns and programs. Some of their current programs include a campaign to help consumers identify non-GMO foods, a campaign urging electronics companies to provide safer factories, helping consumers purchase fair trade products, helping consumers find products that are not from sweatshops or child labor, promoting responsible credit cards from
Citizens for Health is an advocacy organization working to improve consumer access to natural health choices, including choices other than therapeutic drugs, surgery, and radiation. Natural health therapies can reduce costs and reduce dangerous and expensive side effects. Citizens for Health advocates for issues like food labeling, limiting GMO’s, removal of toxic chemicals from children’s toys, and helping citizens have access to dietary supplements, home births, acupuncture, naturopathy, and holistic healing. Their website offers details on these issues and more along with current actions and ways you can help.
Consumer advocate Debra Lynn Dadd provides information about nontoxic products through books, newsletters, and consulting services. Her website provides a wealth of information about how to recognize toxic chemicals that are harmful to your health and how to protect yourself from them. It addresses all aspects of being healthy in a toxic world, including finding toxic free products, how to detox toxic substances from your body, and how to repair the damage toxic chemicals have done to your body. The site also includes hundreds of links to non-toxic products that benefit your health and the environment.
Natural Living for Women is a free educational website developed by Pamela Barnes with the goal of providing a reliable resource for information to make natural living easy. The website includes information to help you find natural skin care and beauty products, organic products of all kinds, fabrics and great styles for eco-friendly clothing, and green choices for the home. By providing articles and product guides, the site helps you make informed choices that are better for you and your family and kinder to people, animals, and the environment.
VegWeb offers the largest collection of vegetarian recipes. For 20 years, VegWeb has presented recipes and information about vegan and vegetarian food. They seek to support a healthy, compassionate lifestyle that is a smart, thoughtful, and sensitive step toward a sustainable future for humans, animals, and the environment. Their website offers over 15,000 recipes including photos, clear instructions, and user comments.
The Vegetarian Resource Group is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public on vegetarianism and veganism and the related issues of health, nutrition, ecology, ethics, and world hunger. They publish The Vegetarian Journal and offer cookbooks, pamphlets, and article on vegetarian issues. The organization also assists businesses and individuals at schools and workplaces to develop nutrition-related publications and answer questions about vegetarian and vegan diets. Their website is full of information including free access to The Vegetarian Journal.
Since 1987, Social Venture Network has been connecting the leaders of socially responsible enterprises and socially concerned investors to share wisdom, form strategic alliances, and explore new solutions that build a more just and sustainable economy. Social Venture Network seeks to transform the way the world does business by leveraging its members' collective strengths of leadership, knowledge, and enterprise. The organization offers inspiring conferences including the Fall Conference, local gatherings, and the Sustainable Business Leadership Forums. They also provide the SVN Book Series and a news site called SVN Weekly covering the latest news in socially responsible business.