There are so many amazing people out there working with organizations doing important, powerful work on behalf of the environment. This post is dedicated to highlighting some of these organizations. If you are thinking of making a donation in the new year, consider making a monthly recurring donation to one of these organizations.
As a side note, I believe a commitment to monthly recurring donations is superior to one-time donations spread out between organizations. When organizations are able to rely on a steadier stream of funds, they are able to focus more attention (& funding) on their programs and less attention on fundraising.
At Earth Justice, the belief is that true and lasting change happens when the power of the law is on your side. That is why the earth needs a good lawyer. Earth Justice holds those who break our nation’s laws accountable for their actions, representing every one of their clients free of charge. They focus on 3 keys goals: protecting wildlife and wild places, health communities, and the pursuit of a healthy climate thru clean energy. LINK
Union of Concerned Scientists
The UCS scientists and engineers develop and implement innovative, practical solutions to some of the planet’s most pressing problems. Current focus areas include combating global warming, developing sustainable ways to feed, power, and transport ourselves, fighting misinformation, advancing racial equality, and reducing the threat of nuclear war. Current 5 year (2016-2020) plan. LINK
At Greenpeace, they believe that “as citizens in an interconnected global community, we have a moral obligation to take action against the injustices visited on the Earth in a peaceful, non-violent manner. We challenge the systems of influence and privilege that destroy the environment and place disproportionate burdens on the economically disadvantaged and the vulnerable.” LINK
Environmental Working Group
The EWG works to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment using breakthrough research and education to drive consumer choices and civic action. They work to create consumer guides (i.e. measuring the safety of drinking water in your neighborhood, or researching pesticides in produce, or guide to bug repellents, etc.), compile research reports, and highlight daily issues you should be aware of. LINK
National Resource Defense Council
The NRDC works to safeguard the earth – its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. They work to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water and the wild, and to prevent special interests from undermining public interests. Programs include those supporting a clean energy future, human health, wildlife and wild lands, sustainable communities, safe and sufficient water, ocean health, and more. The remaining amount is spent on overhead and fundraising. LINK
Ocean Conservancy creates science-based solutions for a healthy ocean and the wildlife and communities that depend on it. It works to counter threats like the onslaught of ocean trash, overfishing, and ocean acidification and studies the impact of climate change on the ocean. LINK
Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth fights to protect our environment and create a health and just world. They seek truth and expose those who endanger the health of people and the planet for corporate profit. They organize to build long-term political power and campaign to change the rules of our economic and political systems that create injustice and destroy nature. LINK
The Rainforest Alliance is a network dedicated to conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behavior. They work to build strong forests and healthy communities through creative, pragmatic collaboration. LINK
Alternatively, it’s also valuable to support smaller, local organizations in your community. Take some time to find some local non-profit organizations doing important work – perhaps you can get involved as well.
Lastly, if you’re short on cash, consider giving your time via online activism (i.e. signing online petitions, emailing your government representatives, etc.).