The environment is in trouble. Land continues to be cleared for agriculture and development. Rivers continue to be dammed. Thousands of species (16,000 to be more specific
) are currently facing global extinction. Think about that number...there aren't 16,000 species of bird in the entire world.
The good news is that there are lots of groups out there doing their best to defend wildlife and wilderness. Many work here in Washington, and they can all use our support.
So, instead of wading through spam email or wasting your time learning the complex operation of the "Delete" key, I've compiled a list of websites for such organizations. Each site contains lots of information on environmental issues and suggestions on ways we can help.
- The Wilderness Society
[Note: I'm partial to this one: I'll be working for them as of 5/24]
"Deliver to future generations an unspoiled legacy of wild places, with all the precious values they hold: Biological diversity; clean air and water; towering forests, rushing rivers, and sage-sweet, silent deserts."
- Defenders of Wildlife
'Dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities.'
- The Union of Concerned Scientists
"A nonprofit partnership of scientists and citizens combining rigorous scientific analysis, innovative policy development and effective citizen advocacy to achieve practical environmental solutions."
- The Sierra Club
"Our Mission Statement: 1. Explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the earth. 2. Practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources. 3. Educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment. 4. Use all lawful means to carry out these objectives."
- Natural Resource Defense Fund
"The Natural Resources Defense Council's purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends..."
- League of Conservation Voters
"The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is the political voice of the national environmental movement and the only organization devoted full-time to shaping a pro-environment Congress and White House."
- Greenpeace USA
"Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses non-violent direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future."
NOTE--This list is stolen, blatantly, from a longer, more complete list compiled by California State University at Chico that can be found here