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World Resources Institute

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

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

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.

Natural Resources Defense Council

The Natural Resources Defense Council is one of the most powerful environmental groups. They have more than two million members and 500 scientists, lawyers, and advocates across the globe. The Natural Resources Defense Council works to safeguard the air, water, plants, animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. The Natural Resources Defense Council website is full of simple action steps you can take to help the environment, from signing a petition online to learning about how to conserve energy and resources at home.

Earth Island Institute

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.

Care2 - Petitions for Change

Care2 was founded in 1998 with a simple mission: to help make the world a better place. Their 37 million users start and join thousands of petitions supporting animal welfare, environmental issues, wildlife, women's rights, and human rights. When you create or sign a petition through Care2, you become part of the Care2 community where each participant helps each other.  Your signature conveys your support for the issues you care about. Care2 petitions cover a wide range of environmental issues like protecting endangered wildlife, advocating for sustainable energy policy, requesting better funding for climate change research, or urging states to ban the use of pesticides. Care2 partners with environmental and conservation organizations to help grow the impact. It is easy to find a cause to support by visiting the Care2 website.

Global Exchange

Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic, and environmental justice. Global Exchange tackles some of the most critical issues of our time like challenging corporate power, reducing our oil addiction, creating local green economies, campaigning for fair trade, monitoring elections, and training young adults in green careers. Global Exchange partners with Green America to put on the annual Green Festival, the largest sustainability event in the world. Each year the festival gets closer to being a zero-waste event. Over the last 25-years, Global Exchange has actively worked on behalf of workers, small farmers, the environment, and vulnerable communities around the world. Global Exchange also organizes socially conscious travel around the globe through their Reality Tours. Their 5-minute action program allows you to immediately make a difference on a cause by submitting an email right from the Global Exchange website.

Green America

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

American Wind Energy Association

The American Wind Energy Association is a national trade association that represents the interests of America’s wind energy industry - the country’s fastest growing energy sector. Together, with hundreds of member organizations, the American Wind Energy Association works to help drive wind energy demand and to make it as cost-competitive as possible. Wind Energy supplies affordable, reliable energy while also contributing to a cleaner and safer environment. Wind energy is one of the most cost effective solutions for cutting carbon pollution, reducing U.S. carbon emissions every year by more than 132 million metric tons, equivalent to eliminating the emissions from 28.1 million cars. The American Wind Energy Association office practices sustainability initiatives to reduce their operational impact on the environment.

350.org

350.org is building a global climate movement. Their online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are coordinated by a global network active in over 188 countries. The number 350 means climate safety: to preserve a livable planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million to below 350 ppm. 350.org supports the global grassroots movement that holds our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. That movement is rising from the bottom up all over the world and is uniting to create solutions that will ensure a better future for all.