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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found BPA in 95% of all people tested.
 
 Advocacy: see Environmental activism for environmental groups...
www.worldadvocacy.com
World Advocacy, a good listing of the world's advocacy groups. You are welcome to add your non-profit advocacy group to the list.
www.uspirg.org
U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups, stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our environment. They organize citizens against threats to clean air and water, to prevent global warming and preserve natural resources.
www.clientearth.org
Client Earth. Lawyers working to protect the environment through advocacy, lobbying, litigation and research. Their legal teams are interdisciplinary including scientists, economists and policy experts who work with green groups, academics and the leading edge of industry and governments. Europe based.
   
Over 16 percent of Ithaca, NY residents (about 5,000 residents) walk to work,
that is the highest percentage in the nation.
Best Green Places Study- Sperling's BestPlaces.
 
 Agriculture:
www.navdanya.org
Navdanya is a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers' rights and is actively involved in the rejuvenation of indigenous knowledge and culture. It has created awareness of the hazards of genetic engineering, defended people's knowledge from biopiracy. Based in India. Established by Dr. Vandana Shiva.
www.pewtrusts.org
Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology's reports, fact sheets, polls and conferences served as a respected information source on agricultural biotechnology and related policy issues for legislators, educators, the public and the media in the US and globally. Although the project concluded its work in 2007, its resource materials remain available here.
www.organicconsumers.org
Organic Consumers Association's Action Center. Numerous issues to take up actions against, Monsanto, Mad Cow, Factory Farming, Policy, Food Safety, etc.,etc....
 
 Animal Advocacy: see Animal Welfare page and Wildlife below...
   
Estimates of appropriations to fight terrorism and for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan
were $858 billion during mid-2001 to mid-2008.
news.yahoo.com
 
 Climate Change:
www.wecansolveit.org
We Campaign is a project of The Alliance for Climate Protection, a nonprofit, nonpartisan effort founded by Nobel laureate and former Vice President Al Gore. The goal of the Alliance is to build a movement that creates the political will to solve the climate crisis - in part through repowering America with 100 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources within 10 years."
www.theclimateproject.org
Alliance for Climate Protection's mission is to persuade the American people — and people elsewhere in the world – of the importance and urgency of adopting and implementing effective and comprehensive solutions for the climate crisis. Al Gore is Chairman of the Board.
www.edf.org
Environmental Defense Action Fund is the lobbying arm of Environmental Defense Fund, dedicated to educating the public about sound environmental policy and promoting lasting solutions to protect the environmental rights of all people. Operation Climate Vote. Climate action in the news and actions to take now.
www.greenpeace.org
Greenpeace's ExxonSecrets is a research project highlighting the more than a decade-long campaign by Exxon-funded front groups - and the scientists they work with- to deny the urgency of the scientific consensus on global warming and delay action to fix the problem.
www.ucsusa.org
Union of Concerned Scientists is a leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices. ***
www.350.org
350 is the red line for CO2. 350.org is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world
around solutions to the climate crisis. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. Coordinating a planetary day of action on October 24, 2009.
www.risingtidenorthamerica.org
Rising Tide is an international network born out of the conviction that corporate-friendly and state-sponsored “solutions” to climate change will not save us. As a matter of survival, we must decrease our dependence on the industries and institutions that are destroying the planet and work toward community autonomy and sustainable living.
www.climateactivism.org
Parents for Climate Protections participates in local fairs and events with family-oriented letter-writing campaigns.
www.biologicaldiversity.org
Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute was founded to confront global warming and brings a strong climate focus to each of their five program areas — Biodiversity, Public Lands, Oceans, Urban Wildlands, and International — to unite all in a coordinated strategy to protect species and ecosystems from the sweeping and potentially catastrophic effects of warming.
www.climatelaw.org
Climate Justice Programme, a collaboration of lawyers and campaigners around the world encouraging, supporting, and
tracking enforcement of the law to combat climate change.
On this site you can find information and documents on many of the legal initiatives that have been brought under various
legal theories in national and international forums.
 
 Coal:
sierraclub.org/coal
Sierra Club's "Move Beyond Coal" Campaign aims to eliminate one-third of the nation's global warming emissions, by: Challenging new coal plants across the country; increasing efforts to retire the dirtiest old power plants and addressing the entire coal cycle, including mountaintop removal mining, etc.
 
 Community Action:
www.bucketbrigade.net
Global Community Monitor is an environmental justice and human rights non profit that empowers industrial communities to recreate a clean healthy and truly sustainable environment. Community Environmental Protection builds on successful strategies used to hold major corporations accountable in the U.S and throughout the world. Through GCM, local community struggles are linked and their efforts multiplied.
www.cbecal.org
Communities for a Better Environment is an environmental health and justice non-profit, promoting clean air, clean water and the development of toxin-free communities in California. Regional.
www.bucketbrigade.net
Bucket Brigade 'is a air quality measuring tool that dozens of communities are using to find out for themselves what chemicals are in the air.  Armed with their own data communities are attaining impressive reductions of pollution, safety improvements and increasing enforcement of environmental laws.’
www.farmland.org
American Farmland Trust, a nonprofit organization works to stop the loss of productive farmland and to promote farming practices that lead to a healthy environment. Working with farmers and ranchers, political leaders and community activists, AFT has helped to permanently protect more than a million acres of America's best farm and ranch land.
www.rootedincommunity.org
Rooted In Community National Network is a national grassroots network that empowers young people to take leadership in their own communities. We are a diverse movement of youth and adults working together and committed to fostering healthy communities and food justice through urban and rural agriculture, community gardening, food security, and related environmental justice work.
www.chej.org
Center for Health, Environment and Justice can help your community if you are facing an environmental health risk. From leaking landfills and polluted drinking water to incinerators and hazardous waste sites, we can help you take action towards a healthier future. Community Organizing Services.
   
Recycling aluminum requires 95 per cent less energy than producing the virgin metal.
 
 Competitions:
www.bfi.org
Buckminster Fuller Institute Challenge- awards a $100,000 prize each year for comprehensive solutions that radically advance human well-being and ecosystem health.
 
 Consumerism:
www.newdream.org
Center for a New American Dream, non-profit works with individuals, institutions, communities and businesses to conserve natural resources, counter the commercialization of our culture and promote positive changes in the way goods are produced and consumed.''
www.simpleliving.net
Simple Living Network, newsletter, community forums, study circles, tips.
Corporate Accountability:
www.stopcorporateabuse.org
Corporate Accountability International has been waging winning campaigns to challenge corporate abuse for more than 30 years. They have waged winning campaigns against some of the world’s most destructive global corporations. Cast your vote for the most abusive corporation of the year.
 
 Cosmetics:
safecosmetics.org
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is a national coalition of nonprofit health and environmental organizations whose collective goal is to protect the health of consumers and workers by requiring the personal care products industry to phase out the use of dangerous chemicals and replace them with safer alternatives.
www.ewg.org
Environmental Working Group's team of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers and computer programmers pores over government data, legal documents, scientific studies and their own laboratory tests to expose threats to our health and the environment, and to find solutions. Campaigns such as the call for a Kid-Safe Chemicals Act. Links to EWG's Skin Deep Database.
 
 Cultural:
www.survivalinternational.org
Survival International helps tribal peoples protect their lives, lands and human rights. Aims for a world where tribal peoples are free to live on their own lands, safe from violence, oppression and exploitation. Fights for the rights of tribes all over the planet. Lots of info/maps/media on their site. They take no money from governments...
www.blueearth.org
Blue Earth raises awareness about endangered cultures, threatened environments and social concerns through photography. By supporting the power of photographic storytelling, they motivate society to make positive change.
www.bridgesweb.org
Bridges to Understanding uses digital technology and the art of storytelling to empower and unite youth worldwide, enhance cross-cultural understanding and build global citizenship.
   
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage”
Anais Nin
 
 Democracy:
www.lcv.org
League of Conservation Voters is turning environmental values into national priorities.  To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV’s mission is to advocate for sound environmental policies and to elect pro-environmental candidates who will adopt and implement such policies. Through our National Environmental Scorecard and Presidential Report Card we inform the public about the most important environmental legislation of the past Congressional session and show them how their own and other representatives voted.
www.moveon.org
MoveOn.org Civic Action, a nonprofit, primarily engages in campaigns to reform the media and other work aimed at bringing back the democratic process by making sure legislators hear their voices.
www.aidemocracy.org
Americans for Informed Democracy, a non-partisan 501, coordinates town hall meetings on America's role in the world, hosts leadership retreats, and publishes opinion pieces and reports on issues of global importance.
www.uspirg.org
U.S. Public Interest Research Group's mission is to deliver persistent, result oriented public interest activism that protects our health, encourages a fair sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democratic government.''
www.commoncause.org
Common Cause a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen's lobbying organization promoting open, honest and accountable government by attempting to ensure that government and political processes serve the general interest, rather than special interests; curb excessive influence of money on government decisions and elections; promote fair elections and high ethical standards for government officials; and to protect the civil rights and civil liberties of all Americans.
www.americaspeaks.org
AmericaSpeaks’, a nonpartisan, non-profit, whose mission is to reinvigorate American Democracy by engaging citizens in the public decision-making that most impacts their lives by leading the development of a national infrastructure for democratic deliberation (such as 21st Century Town Meetings) that institutionalizes the links between decision-makers and citizens in determining public policy.
www.oidp.net
International Observatory on Participatory Democracy.   Network of municipalities and stakeholders in participatory democracy experiments, a common space to share the Participatory Democracy experiences that lead towards achieving higher levels of equality, empowered citizenship, greater legitimisation of and trust on public authorities, and greater efficiency in public policy.
www.citizen.org
Public Citizen is a national, nonprofit fighting for openness and democratic accountability in government, for the right of consumers to seek redress in the courts; for clean, safe and sustainable energy sources; for social and economic justice in trade policies; for strong health, safety and environmental protections; and for safe, effective and affordable prescription drugs and health care.
 
 Developing World:
www.thirdworldtraveler.com
Third World Traveler posts articles and book excerpts that offer an alternative view to the U.S. mainstream media about the state of American democracy, media, and foreign policy, and about the impact of the actions of the United States government, transnational corporations, international financial institutions, and the corporate media, on democracy, social and economic justice, human rights, and war and peace, in the Third World.''
   
Product Global warming potential
kg CO2 -eq per kg of product:

Sheep 17.4
Beef 12.98
Pig 6.35
Poultry 4.57
Milk 1.32
Bread wheat 0.80
Potato 0.21

(kg CO2 equivalents on a 100 year time scale per kg product).
Calculations were based on UK data (Foster et al., 2006).
From Greenpeace Cool Farming report.
 
 Environmental Activism:
www.greenpeace.org
GreenPeace. An international non-profit that fights to save the planet. ***
www.nrdc.org
Natural Resources Defense Council, environmental action group, combines the grassroots power of 1.2 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals. ***
www.ewg.org
Environmental Working Group uses the power of public *** information to protect public health and the environment. EWG, a non-profit organization founded the EWG Action Fund, which advocates on Capitol Hill for health-protective and subsidy-shifting policies. EWG specializes in providing useful resources (like Skin Deep and the Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides in Produce) to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change.
www.pewtrusts.org
Pew Charitable Trust educates the public and policy makers about the causes, consequences and solutions to environmental problems. They promote strong conservation policies in the United States and internationally. Pew applies a range of tools in pursuit of practical, meaningful solutions—including applied science, public education, sophisticated media and communications, and policy advocacy.   Much of their work is done through three campaigns, Climate Change Campaigns, Marine Conservation Campaigns, Wilderness and Public Lands Campaigns. ***
www.ucsusa.org
Union of Concerned Scientists is a nonprofit partnership of scientists and citizens combining rigorous scientific analysis, innovative policy development and effective citizen advocacy to achieve practical environmental solutions. ***
www.sierraclub.org
Sierra Club's members and supporters are more than 1.3 million of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, they work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. ***
www.earthfirstjournal.org
Earth First! Journal, formed in 1979, is a voice of the radical environmental movement. Publishes a bi-monthly journal, containing reports on direct action; articles on the preservation of wilderness and biological diversity; news and announcements about radical environmental groups; investigative articles; etc...
www.foei.org
Friends of the Earth International. The world's largest grassroots environmental network, uniting 69 national member groups and some 5,000 local activist groups on every continent. With over 2 million members and supporters around the world, we campaign on today's most urgent environmental and social issues.
www.earthrights.org
EarthRights International, a nonprofit group of activists, organizers, and lawyers with expertise in human rights, the environment, and corporate and government accountability. ERI documents human rights and environmental abuses in countries where few other organizations can safely operate. ERI holds corporations accountable for fair human rights, labor, and environmental practices no matter where they do business. ERI litigates in U.S. courts on behalf of people around the world whose earth rights have been violated by governments and transnational corporations. ERI teaches people about their earth rights and remedies, especially people living under repressive regimes.
www.ciel.org
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) is a nonprofit organization working to use international law and institutions to protect the environment, promote human health, and ensure a just and sustainable society. Services include legal counsel, policy research, analysis, advocacy, education, training, and capacity building. Program areas include Chemicals, Climate Change, Biodiversity and Wildlife and Human Rights and the Environment, etc.  Based in California, Wash DC, Geneva.
globalinheritance.org
Global Inheritance is an organization working to reinvent activism for today's young generation by focusing on the power of creativity to communicate and push for social change while rejecting conflict.
www.earthworksaction.org
EarthWorks is a non-profit dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral development, in the US and worldwide. EARTHWORKS works toward clean water, healthy communities and corporate accountability.
www.saveourenvironment.net
Save Our Environment Action Center -- a collaborative effort of the nation's most influential environmental advocacy organizations harnessing the power of the internet to increase public awareness and activism on today's most important environmental issues.
www.risingtidenorthamerica.org
Rising Tide North America, part of an international network dedicated to building grassroots movements against the root causes of climate change. Against carbon offsets, trading, sequestration, clean coal, nuclear agro-fuels.
www.wilderness.org
Wilderness Society uses scientific expertise, analysis and bold advocacy at the highest levels to save, protect and restore America's wilderness areas. Programs Include; Protecting the last great American wilderness area, the Arctic Wildlife Refuge, from oil and gas drilling; Staving off logging and road building on 58 million acres of roadless lands; Curbing the abuse of our lands by off-road vehicle users; Protecting America's wild places in Alaska and the lower 48 states from rampant oil development.
www.earthjustice.org
Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. ***
globalresponse.org
Global Response organizes, at the request of indigenous peoples and grassroots organizations, urgent international letter campaigns to help communities prevent many kinds of environmental destruction.  Campaigns: change monthly...
www.chej.org
Center for Health, Environment and Justice can help your community if you are facing an environmental health risk. From leaking landfills and polluted drinking water to incinerators and hazardous waste sites, we can help you take action towards a healthier future.
 
 Environmental Forums:
www.bioneers.org
Bioneers is a forum for connecting the environment, health, social justice, and spirit within a broad progressive framework. Conferences, blogs, events.
www.oriongrassroots.org
Orion Grassroots Network connects and strengthens grassroots groups, so they can do their good work better.
   
"The Dueling Loops of the Political Powerplace"
This paper presents an analysis of the social side of the sustainability problem using a simulation model.
The model shows the main source of change resistance is a fundamental structure
called the dueling loops of the political powerplace... ***
thwink.org/sustain/articles/005/DuelingLoops.pdf
 
 Food:
www.sierraclub.org
The Sierra Club has launched a campaign against genetically engineered foods, and is targeting Kraft Foods, which is the largest packaged food producer in America. Philip Morris, the tobacco giant, owns most Kraft's stock.  Instructions on how you can help.
pirg.org
The state PIRGs and Genetically Engineered Food Alert are urging Kraft Foods and other food companies to stop using genetically engineered ingredients until mandatory and thorough testing, labeling and liability standards are in place. Instructions on how you can help.
www.organicconsumers.org
Organic Consumers Association's Action Center. Numerous issues to take up actions against, Monsanto, Mad Cow, Factory Farming, Policy, Food Safety, etc.,etc....
 
 Forests: see Forests page as well...
ran.org
Rainforest Action Network (RAN) runs hard-hitting campaigns to break America's oil addiction, reduce our reliance on coal, protect endangered forests and Indigenous rights, and stop destructive investments through education, grassroots organizing and nonviolent direct action.
www.forests.org
Forest Protection Portal.  Ecological Science Based Forest Preservation & Conservation Advocacy which provides Forest Protection News, Information Retrieval Tools and Original Analysis.
www.wrm.org.uy
World Rainforest Movement is an international network of citizens' groups of North and South involved in efforts to defend the world's rainforests. Some of their programs include- Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations, Stop GE Trees and the Carbon Sinks Watch.
www.savebiogems.org
NRDC's BioGems Defenders. Each year, NRDC specially selects wild places across the Americas that face an imminent threat of destruction: pristine coastlines; ancient forests; and unspoiled wildlife habitats to focus on and protect.
Genetic Engineering:
globaljusticeecology.org
Global Justice Ecology Project's STOP Genetically Engineered Trees Campaign.GJEP's co-founders have been leaders in the effort to end the genetic engineering of trees since 1999.
www.organicconsumers.org
Organic Consumers Association Action Center. See latest campaigns. ***
truefoodnow.org
True Food Network is Center for Food Safety’s grassroots action network. The True Food Network is where concerned citizens can voice their opinions about critical food safety issues, and advocate for a socially just, democratic, and sustainable food system. Join the Network to receive free action alerts. See campaigns.
www.gefoodalert.org
GE Food Alert - A coalition of seven organizations united in their commitment to testing and labeling genetically engineered food. While GE Food Alert no longer hosts joint campaigns, it has, over time become a valuable resource for anybody who is concerned about the food we eat, who owns it and how it is produced. The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy continues to maintain the site and provide new content. Information on genetically engineered food, food safety, intellectual property rights, food security and more.
  
'Just 10% of the world´s population (western Europe and north America)
consumes more than 50% of the world’s paper.'
www.shrinkpaper.org
 
 Health:
www.ewg.org
Environmental Working Group (EWG) uses the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG, a non-profit organization founded the EWG Action Fund, which advocates on Capitol Hill for health-protective and subsidy-shifting policies. EWG specializes in providing useful resources (like Skin Deep and the Shoppers' Guide to Pesticides in Produce) to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change.
www.pewtrusts.org
Pew Environmental Health Commission's Environment Group and Health and Human Services Program operates a joint initiative on environmental health to modernize Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) to emphasize better protections for children.
www.noharm.org
Health Care Without Harm. A global coalition of 473 organizations in more than 50 countries working to protect health by reducing pollution in the health care sector.
capwiz.com
Research!America. Advocacy & Action for Health Research. Keeping track of Issues, Legislation and Key Votes for Research to Improve Health.
 
 Human Rights:
www.avaaz.org
Avaaz uses the collective force to send hundreds of thousands of messages to political leaders telling them to save a crucial summit on climate change or to hold hundreds of rallies across the world calling for action to prevent a genocide, or to donate hundreds of thousands of euros, dollars and yen to support nonviolent protests.   In just one year, they’ve grown to over 3.2 million members... Across the world, most people want stronger protections for the environment, greater respect for human rights, and concerted efforts to end poverty, corruption and war.
www.rfkcenter.org
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights is dedicated to advancing human rights. RFK Children's Action Corps, Speak Truth to Power program, RFK Human Rights Award, RFK Book and Journalism Awards and a fun yearly on-line charity event.
 
 Humanitarian Aid:
www.clintonglobalinitiative.org
Clinton Global Initiative, non profit, a non-partisan catalyst for action, bringing together a community of global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Focus on education, energy & climate change, global health, and poverty alleviation.
 
 Junk Mail: see Organizations page for more...
donotmail.org
Do Not Mail is collecting names on a petition (50,000 and counting) to show our government and the direct mail industry that we want a national registry to give us an easy and comprehensive way to opt out of junk mail. We’re also supporting state initiatives that will establish Do Not Mail registries for their citizens. Until we get a national registry, you can use our opt-out tool to reduce your junk mail. While this won’t stop all your junk mail, it’s a good start. ''
catalogchoice.org
Catalog Choice is a free service that allows you to decide what gets in your mailbox. Catalog Choice is a sponsored project of the Ecology Center.
   
'More than 100 billion pieces of junk mail are delivered in the U.S. each year,
which comes out to 848 pieces per household. Every year,
more than 100 million trees are cut down to make junk mail'
donotmail.org/downloads/ClimateReport.pdf
 
 Marine Conservation/Fish: see fish page also...
www.endoverfishing.org
Pew Environment Group. End-Overfishing is a national effort to ensure that the National Marine Fisheries Service adopts regulations that provide regional fishery managers with clear guidelines for use in establishing annual catch limits that end overfishing. In regions with significant overfishing problems, the Pew Environment Group is conducting intensive campaigns aimed at strengthening fishery management practices to ensure that regulations are followed.
www.seashepherd.org
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is an international non- profit, marine wildlife conservation organization whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
www.oceanconservancy.org
Ocean Conservancy promotes healthy and diverse ocean ecosystems and opposes practices that threaten ocean life and human life. Through research, education, and science-based advocacy, Ocean Conservancy informs, inspires, and empowers people to speak and act on behalf of the oceans.
www.oceanlegacy.org
Conserve Our Ocean Legacy Campaign is a non-profit, non-partisan campaign building support for ocean and fish protection.
www.wdcs.org
Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society's Mission is to be the global voice for the protection of whales, dolphins and their environment.
www.earthisland.org
International Marine Mammal Project works to make oceans safe for marine mammals worldwide. Strives to eliminate dolphin mortality, stop commercial whaling worldwide, to promote sustainable fishing, and to protect the habitat of whales, dolphins, and other marine species. Earth Island Institute.
 
 Marine Conservation/Oceans:
www.pewtrusts.org
Pew’s marine conservation campaigns, seek to protect the nation’s fisheries and ocean wildlife, including marine mammals, birds and invertebrates, both in the United States and around the world.''
www.oceanconservancy.org
Ocean Conservancy. Promotes healthy and diverse ocean eco-systems with four critical objectives: Restore Sustainable American Fisheries, Protect Wildlife From Human Impacts, Conserve Special Ocean Places and Reform Government for Better Ocean Stewardship.
www.oceanlegacy.org
Conserve Our Ocean Legacy Campaign is a non-profit, non-partisan campaign building support for ocean and fish protection.
 
 Marine Conservation/Rivers:
www.waterkeeper.org
Waterkeeper Alliance is a voice for waterways and their communities worldwide. Champions clean water and strong communities.
internationalrivers.org
International Rivers' mission is to protect rivers and defend the rights of communities that depend on them. We oppose destructive dams and the development model they advance, and encourage better ways of meeting people’s needs for water, energy and protection from damaging floods.
www.americanrivers.org
American Rivers a national organization that stands up for healthy rivers through national advocacy, innovative solutions and a network of strategic partners.
riverkeeper.org
Riverkeeper's mission is to safeguard the ecological integrity of the Hudson River, its tributaries and the watershed of New York City (protecting the city's drinking water supply) by tracking down and stopping polluters. New York.
   
Plantation workers receive about one per cent of a banana's retail price.
 
 Oil:
www.greenpeace.org
ExxonSecrets is a Greenpeace research project highlighting the more than a decade-long campaign by Exxon-funded front groups - and the scientists they work with - to deny the urgency of the scientific consensus on global warming and delay action to fix the problem.
oilchangeusa.org
Oil Change USA is a non-partisan, tax-exempt organization dedicated to exposing and countering the influence of Big Oil in the U.S. government.
priceofoil.org
Oil Change International, as above, activist resources.pq
www.environmentalintegrity.org
Oil Refinery Permits-  A Handbook for Citizen Participation in the Permitting of Oil Refineries under the New Source Review Provisions of the Clean Air Act. Environmental Integrity Project 2007.
www.setamericafree.org
Set America Free Coalition has three major goals: Educate people about the danger of the U.S. dependence on foreign oil and the need for fuel choice; Increase public demand for and use of flexible fuel vehicles and plug-in hybrids; Support policy solutions that increase fuel choice.
   
More insecticides are used on cotton than any other crop in the world.
 
 Pesticide Protection Orgs:
www.chem.unep.ch
United Nations Environment Progamme.  Info on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), chemical substances that persist in the environment, bioaccumulate through the food web, and pose a risk of causing adverse effects to human health and the environment. i.e., PCBs, Dioxins, etc.
www.panna.org
Pesticide Action Network North America PANNA works to replace pesticide use with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives.''
www.enviroblog.org
Environmental Working Group.  Discussion of the latest science and news on toxins in your food, water, and air, and what government agencies should be doing to protect public health. Enviroblog is a project of Environmental Working Group Action Fund.''
www.beyondpesticides.org
Beyond Pesticides (formerly National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides) a non profit, works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides. Great news blog. **
www.peri.umass.edu
Political Economy Research Institute, U Mass at Amherst. Corporate Toxics Information Project develops and disseminates information and analysis on corporate releases of toxic chemicals and the resulting exposures of communities to pollution hazards.
 
 Petitions:
www.care2.com
Care 2 on line petition site. Take action and sign, browse, or start a petition.
www.credoaction.com
Credo Action Web site plugs you into a network of like-minded citizen activists and provides easy and effective ways to take action. Part of Working Assets which was created in 1985 on a strong foundation of beliefs, a credo. Supporting peace, equality, human rights and the environment.
www.biologicaldiversity.org
Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law, and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction. Action Alerts page...Current action campaigns for endangered species and wild places.
 
 Politics: see Democracy above and Politics page
thebreakthrough.org
Breakthrough Institute "is committed to creating a new progressive politics, one that is large, aspirational, and asset-based. Believe that any effective politics must speak to core needs and values, not issues and interests, and we thus situate ourselves at the intersection of politics, policy, philosophy, and the social sciences."
   
"Half of the trees cut commercially around the world end up in paper products."
www.shrinkpaper.org
 
 Renewable Energy:
www.ei2025.org
Americans for Energy Independence has merged to become Apollo Alliance- a coalition of business, labor, environmental, and community leaders working to catalyze a clean energy revolution in America to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, cut the carbon emissions that are destabilizing our climate, and expand opportunities for American businesses and workers.
www.repp.org
Renewable Energy Policy Project's goal is to accelerate the use of renewable energy by providing credible information, insightful policy analysis, and innovative strategies amid changing energy markets and mounting environmental needs by researching, publishing, and disseminating information, creating policy tools, and hosting highly active, on-line, renewable energy discussion groups.
www.energyjustice.net
Energy Justice is the grassroots energy agenda, supporting communities threatened by polluting energy and waste technologies and advocates a clean energy, zero-emission, zero-waste future for all.
www.wecansolveit.org
We Campaign is a project of The Alliance for Climate Protection - a nonprofit. The goal of the Alliance is to build a movement that creates the political will to solve the climate crisis - in part through repowering America with 100 percent of its electricity from clean energy sources within 10 years.
action.sierraclub.org
Sierra Club's Big Picture. Steps to take to help establish a clean energy future. Easy and given one at a time.
www.25x25.org
"25x25" is a rallying cry for renewable energy and a goal for America – to get 25 percent of our energy from renewable resources like wind, solar, and biofuels by the year 2025.
www.ucsusa.org
Union of Concerned Scientists is a nonprofit partnership of scientists and citizens that aims to enact federal and state policies that support renewable energy. ***
apolloalliance.org
Apollo Alliance is a coalition of business, labor, environmental, and community leaders working to catalyze a clean energy revolution in America to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil, cut the carbon emissions that are destabilizing our climate, and expand opportunities for American businesses and workers.
push.pickensplan.com
Push.PickensPlan – or “Push” – is a place to interact with fellow Pickens Plan supporters.  Discuss strategies for encouraging elected officials support policies that move America towards energy independence, network with fellow Pickens Plan supporters, and take ACTION!
www.2020vision.org
2020 Vision and 2020 Vision Education Fund are dedicated to solving global challenges where international security, energy and the environment come together. We see that today's great global challenges are linked, and we strive to find overarching solutions. To achieve our goals, we work with Congress, the media, on college campuses and in communities across the country. We are committed to stopping global warming, preventing the next oil war and working for a smarter security policy.
energyactioncoalition.org
Energy Action Coalition- see youth section below.
   

ExxonMobil posted profits of more than $40 billion in 2007.
And a record $14.83 billion in profits for the third quarter of 2008,
and a record $45.2 billion for 2008.

 
 Sustainable Development:
www.iclei.org
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is an international association of local governments as well as national and regional local government organizations that have made a commitment to sustainable development. Over 968 cities, towns, counties, and their associations worldwide comprise ICLEI's growing membership. ICLEI works with these and hundreds of other local governments through international performance-based, results-oriented campaigns and programs.
www.greenforall.org
Green For All is a national organization dedicated to building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Links activists and advocates, organizations, policy makers, practitioners, and business, labor, and community leaders together in dialogue to advance the vision of a green economy that benefits all Americans...
www.thwink.org
Thwink.org focuses on how to move the modern environmental movement out of the Initial Failure Mode to the Eventual Success Mode as quickly as possible, so we can solve the sustainability problem before the human system becomes too weakened, distracted and demoralized to solve it.'
www.citnet.org
Citizens Network for Sustainable Development, a network of US NGOs and grassroots organizations focused on sustainable development issues, as they apply locally and globally. Supports citizen-led activities in development, monitoring and implementation of sustainability initiatives, promoting civil society participation in important policy fora, and connecting individuals and organizations. Maryland.
www.worldwatch.org
Worldwatch Institute blends interdisciplinary research, global focus, and accessible writing and is a leading source of information on the interactions among key environmental, social, and economic trends.
www.globalexchange.org
Global Exchange is a membership-based international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. Organize consumers and citizens to use collective power to persuade decision-makers to change their behavior.
   
"Less than 21% of all pesticides sold in U.S. have been adequately tested for carcinogenicity.
Less than 10% have been adequately tested for their ability to cause genetic mutations, and less than 40% have been adequately tested for their potential to cause birth defects."
ccmhi.com/ThePesticidePicture.htm
 
 Volunteering:
www.dosomething.org
Do Something.  Search for volunteer oportunities near you. A website community where young people learn, listen, speak, vote, volunteer, ask, and take action to make the world a better place.
www.idealist.org
Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives.
www.seniorcorps.org
Senior Corps program is managed by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Senior Corps connects today’s over 55s with the people and organizations that need them most. We help them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Senior Corps currently links more than 500,000 Americans to service opportunities.
volunteeringinamerica.gov
Volunteering in America Web site- access volunteering trends, statistics, tools, resources, and information for the nation, U.S. regions, states, and major cities. You will also be able to see how states and cities rank on different factors related to volunteering.
www.americorps.gov
AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities a year to adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups.
www.habitat.org
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need.
www.liveunited.org
United Way is a national network of nearly 1,300 local organizations...that work to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. Common focus areas include helping children and youth achieve their potential, promoting financial stability and independence, and improving people’s health.
www.wwoof.org
WWOOF organisations link people who want to volunteer on organic farms or smallholdings with people who are looking for volunteer help. WWOOF is an exchange - In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles.
www.amizade.org
Amizade empowers individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning.  Programs combine Community-Driven Service, Deliberate Learning, Intercultural Immersion and Exchange, Consideration of Global Citizenship, Reflective Inquiry.    
www.takepart.com
Member's Project from American Express and TakePart -- an independent online community that connects its members directly to the issues that inspire them to engage, contribute and take action. Search for the volunteer opportunity that’s right for you. You can search by area of focus and location. Good local projects.
   
30 years ago, when the FDA set standards for cough and cold medicines,
no separate studies were done as to the affects of these medicines on children.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081002
 
 Wildlife: see Animal Welfare page as well...
www.biologicaldiversity.org
Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law, and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction.  See their numerous-effective campaigns... ***
www.nwf.org
National Wildlife Federation inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. With over 4 million members, partners, and supporters they actively educate, inspire, and promote achievable solutions to everyday Americans in communities from coast-to-coast.
www.audubon.org
National Audubon Society conserves and restores natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and Earth's biological diversity.
www.defenders.org
Defenders of Wildlife, a national, nonprofit fights powerful special interests to save endangered wildlife, habitat and biodiversity. Dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.
www.worldwildlife.org
World Wildlife Fund, the global conservation network known by its Panda logo, is dedicated to preserving wildlife and wildlands through science, policy advocacy and the Conservation Action Network.
www.savebiogems.org
NRDC's BioGems Initiative harnesses the power of citizen activism to help ensure that North and South America's last wildlands and rarest wildlife treasures -- our BioGems -- remain wild for the sake of a sustainable planet and all future generations.
 
 Woman:
www.rachelsactionnetwork.org
Rachel's Action Network (RAN), a nonpartisan 501 organization encourages women to participate in the political process and promotes women leaders who advocate for a healthy environment.
   
The US Department of Health and Human Services reports that organophosphate pesticides are now in the blood of 95% of Americans it has tested. And the levels are twice as high in children's blood than in adults.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Second National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals.
US Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2003.

www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm
 
 Youth:
www.itsyournature.org
Natural Resources Defense Council's site for the youth movement...videos, music, activism.
www.itsgettinghotinhere.org
Its Getting Hot in Here.  A voice for/of the student and youth leaders of the global movement to stop global warming. Online community, one hundred writers from around the world.
energyactioncoalition.org
Energy Action coalition unites a diversity of organizations in an alliance that supports and strengthens the student and youth clean energy movement in North America. The work of Energy Action is focused on four strategic areas: campuses, communities, corporate practices, and politics.
www.yesworld.org
YES! is a nonprofit organization that connects, inspires and empowers young changemakers to join forces for a thriving, just and sustainable way of life.  Our three program areas are Global Leadership Jams, Leveraging Privilege for Social Change, and Supporting Aligned Movements.
www.thepeoplespeak.org
The People Speak, a community of young people who are passionate about global issues. Here, you can exchange ideas and perspectives with young people from around the world and learn more about how you can make a difference.
Since the campaign began at the United Nations Foundation in 2003, there have been more than 20,000 TPS activities reaching young people in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Links to ongoing campaigns, programs and contests.
globalinheritance.org
Global Inheritance is an organization working to reinvent activism for today's young generation by focusing on the power of creativity to communicate and push for social change while rejecting conflict.
www.seac.org
SEAC- a grassroots coalition of student and youth environmental groups, working together to protect our planet and our future. Through this united effort, thousands of youth have translated their concern into action by sharing resources, building coalitions, and challenging the limited mainstream definition of environmental issues. focus to stop mountaintop removal mining.
www.bridgesweb.org
Bridges to Understanding uses digital technology and the art of storytelling to empower and unite youth worldwide, enhance cross-cultural understanding and build global citizenship. Volunteer opportunities.
www.rootedincommunity.org
Rooted In Community National Network is a national grassroots network that empowers young people to take leadership in their own communities. We are a diverse movement of youth and adults working together and committed to fostering healthy communities and food justice through urban and rural agriculture, community gardening, food security, and related environmental justice work.
 
 Youth- Volunteer Opportunities:
www.dosomething.org
Do Something.  Search for volunteer oportunities near you. A website community where young people learn, listen, speak, vote, volunteer, ask, and take action to make the world a better place.
www.alternativebreaks.org
Break Away's mission is to train, assist, and connect campuses and communities in promoting quality alternative break programs that inspire lifelong active citizenship.
www.thesca.org
Student Conservation Association is a nonprofit organization that offers conservation internships and summer trail crew opportunities to more than 3,800 people each year. SCA members complete projects in every conservation discipline - from archeology to zoology - and everything in between.
www.amizade.org
Amizade empowers individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning.  For youth-Community-Driven Service- Ongoing Service-Learning Placements and Individual Internships for University Credit.
www.i-to-i.com
i to i. Student volunteers enjoy travel adventure abroad while assisting important environmental and community projects. Volunteer in Africa, Asia, Australasia and Latin America from as little as two weeks up to several months.
www.ecovolunteer.com
EcoVolunteer- protect nature and its inhabitants. By helping local organizations with their conservation projects. Fees and min age of 18.
www.organicvolunteers.com
WWOOF.  World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms is a cultural exchange. In return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts offer food, accommodation and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyles. People interested in experiencing a sustainable lifestyle use the list to make contact with hosts and setup visits. Hosts and volunteers work out the details of their own arrangements. Lots of posts!
   

 

 
 
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