SOCIAL ISSUES for our ENVIRONMENT

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Big money in politics adversely affects the health of our planet and the well being of its inhabitants.  You can shift the paradigm with our political solutions and by taking action with these nonprofits, empowering them to affect change.

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350.jpg350.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.

We believe that a global grassroots movement can hold 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 the solutions that will ensure a better future for all.


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Americans Against Fracking is comprised of entities dedicated to banning drilling and fracking for oil and natural gas in order to protect our shared vital resources for future generations. Fracking and drilling associated with fracking pose a direct and immediate threat to the drinking water, air, climate, food, health and economies of communities across the United States.

Their goal, quite simply, is to ban fracking. To that end, they support federal, state and local efforts to ban fracking, enact moratoriums and to stop practices that facilitate fracking like natural gas exports, frac sand mining and the construction of pipelines.

From halting plans to open the Delaware River to fracking, to passing over 250 municipal measures against the practice, the movement to protect Americans from fracking has won significant victories. Regulations alone won’t protect us from this toxic, polluting process—we need to ban fracking now.

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“Right now, some people are trying to make easy money, and meanwhile ruin this country’s future, by a thing called ‘fracking.’” – Yoko Ono

Artists Against Fracking works to expose and stop the harmful and contaminating practice of fracking for natural gas and oil through mass awareness and peaceful democratic action. At its core, we believe that fracking for shale gas is a danger to New Yorkers. Inevitably, the process leads to the  release of toxic chemicals — many of which are unknown and unreported — into our air and water.

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Ben and Jerry’s Foundation’s interests are in furthering social justice, protecting the environment and supporting sustainable food systems. They are committed to supporting non-violent, thoughtful and strategic approaches that are utilizing grassroots organizing strategies to work for social change.

People most affected by a problem are in the best position to determine the solutions to that problem. True change occurs only when underlying, systemic forces are understood and addressed. Grassroots, constituent-led organizing is among the most effective means to create social change.

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At the Center for Biological Diversity, they believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, they work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. They do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

The Center for Biological Diversity wants those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

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Today, climate change is standing in the way of a healthy tomorrow for all of us. But at Climate Reality, they know that practical solutions are right in front of us. We can create a healthy, sustainable, and prosperous future by making a planet-wide shift from dirty fossil fuels to clean, reliable, and affordable renewable energy.

Reaching net zero carbon emissions is the key to our collective prosperity and well-being for all – and we can take a huge step closer if we all work together. So they're uniting millions to make our leaders seize this historic moment and sign a strong agreement in Paris and will work to continually reduce emissions and expand renewable energy in the years that follow. It’s our opportunity to put the planet on a path to the future we want – and we’re grabbing it with both hands.

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For more than 25 years, Conservation International has been protecting nature for the benefit of everyone on Earth. But they're not a run-of-the-mill environmental organization. They're more like a human organization. We know that human beings are totally dependent on nature — and that​ when they work to save nature, they’re really working to save everyone. CI is helping to build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet, for you and for everyone.

CI's work focuses on science, policy, and partnership with businesses and communities. The organization employs more than 1,000 people and works with 2,000+ partners in more than 30 countries. CI has helped establish 1,200 protected areas across 78 countries and protected more than 730 million hectares of land, marine and coastal areas.

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CREDO is a social change organization that supports activism and funds progressive nonprofits—efforts made possible by the revenues from their mobile phone company, CREDO Mobile. They have raised over $80 million for Democracy Now!, Brennan Center for Justice, Doctors Without Borders, ACLU, EFF, Planned Parenthood, 350.org and hundreds of other nonprofit groups.

CREDO Action, channels the power of its 3.5 million members to fight for progressive change. They've generated over 16 million letters and phone calls to decision-makers in Washington D.C., in state and local governments, and in corporate headquarters across the country. Their members have submitted their signatures over 127 million times on CREDO petitions and in public comments to government agencies.

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The Democracy Initiative seeks to restore the core principle of political equality.

Labor, civil rights, voting rights, environmental, good government and other like-minded organizations with broad memberships are committed to building a movement to halt the corrupting influence of corporate money in politics, prevent the systemic manipulation and suppression of voters, and address other obstacles to significant reform, including the abuse of U.S. Senate rules that allow a small minority to obstruct deliberation and block action on legislation addressing the critical challenges facing our nation.


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The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) is a global initiative focused on “making nature’s values visible”. Its principal objective is to mainstream the values of biodiversity and ecosystem services into decision-making at all levels. It aims to achieve this goal by following a structured approach to valuation that helps decision-makers recognize the wide range of benefits provided by ecosystems and biodiversity, demonstrate their values in economic terms and, where appropriate, suggest how to capture those values in decision-making.

 

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EDF Action is the political action partner of Environmental Defense Fund. With a dedicated team of lobbyists, political strategists and communications professionals, they build strong, bipartisan support for transformative environmental protections. By cultivating unlikely political support and mobilizing an army of concerned citizens, they work toward revitalizing our fragile wetlands, keeping toxic chemicals out of our homes and bodies and delivering climate change solutions big and small.

Wherever environmental rules or legislation are being developed – in the chambers of Congress, the offices of government, or in the state legislatures – EDF Action is there.

 

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The Environmental Media Association believes that through television, film and music, the entertainment community has the power to influence the environmental awareness of millions of people. A venerable liaison between the entertainment industry and the environmental community, our role is active and diverse. The annual EMA Awards honor film and television personalities, productions, musicians and musical tours that convey environmental messages in the most creative and influential ways. The EMA Green Seal Awards honor productions and corporate entertainment offices that go green ‘behind the scenes.’ In tandem with the Green Seal Awards, EMA offers practical guidance on how the entertainment industry and individuals can green their day-to-day lives.


FWW.jpgFood & Water Watch champions healthy food and clean water for all. We stand up to corporations that put profits before people, and advocate for a democracy that improves people’s lives and protects our environment.  We are working to create a healthy future for our families and for generations to come—a world where all people have the resources they need, including wholesome food, clean water and sustainable energy. Making this happen requires organizing people from all over the country to build a large movement with the political power to make our democratic process work. Large numbers of people are a countervailing force to corporations “buying” public policy.

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The Franciscan Action Network is a nonprofit grassroots organization amplifying the justice efforts of Franciscans and Franciscan-hearted people around the country. They invite you to join the growing movement that endures from St. Francis of Assisi and his call for compassion for the poor and for creation over 800 years ago.

One of their early leaders was Margaret Mary who worked as director of faith outreach at Bread for the World. She had a unique perspective on the connection between what happens in Washington and what happens at the UN.

FOElogo.jpgFriends of the Earth strives for a more healthy and just world. They understand that the challenges facing our planet call for more than half measures, so they push for the reforms that are needed, not merely the ones that are politically easy. Sometimes, this involves speaking uncomfortable truths to power and demanding more than people think is possible. It's hard work. But the pressures facing our planet and its people are too important for us to compromise.

They are members of Friends of the Earth International, a global network representing more than two million activists in 75 different countries. In the United States, they advocate in the halls of Congress, in state capitals, and with community groups around the country. With offices in Washington, D.C., and Berkeley, CA, and members in all 50 states, we urge policymakers to defend the environment and work towards a healthy environment for all people.

 

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Generation Progress is a national organization that works with and for young people to promote progressive solutions to key political and social challenges. Formerly known as Campus Progress, they are expanding our programs in activism, journalism, policy research and advocacy to engage all Millennials, not just those on college campuses. Generation Progress engages a diverse group of young people nationwide, inspires them to embrace progressive values, provides them with essential trainings, and helps them to make their voices heard—and to push policy outcomes in a strongly progressive direction.

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The GMO Action Alliance is an alliance of grassroots organizations from states across the U.S., working together to educate people about the issues with genetically engineered crops and foods, connect people with their communities, and empower people take back control over their food.

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GMO Free USA’s mission is to harness independent science and agroecological concepts to advocate for sustainable food and ecological systems. They educate consumers and other stakeholders about the potential hazards of genetically engineered organisms and advance the application of the Precautionary Principle.

Their vision is Food transparency. Food and environmental justice. To see a world where we have full disclosure of what is in the food we eat and how it is produced. To see a world whose food and ecological systems are clean, accessible to all, and fully protected from GMO contamination. To see the private, governmental and public sectors follow the Precautionary Principle.

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Green America's mission is to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society.

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Green Lifestyles Network is a solutions-based non-profit organization which answers your questions and concerns about living in synergy with our environment.

Green Lifestyles.org provides opportunities to get involved, affect change, be heard, and influence others for the benefit of all living beings through their multimedia website which includes Green Lifestyle TV. They also provide sustainable living recommendations, projects, products and business opportunities.

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Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement’s mission is to empower and unite grassroots people of all ethnic backgrounds to take control of their communities; involve them in identifying problems and needs and in taking action to address them; and be a vehicle for social, economic, and environmental justice.
NRDC.jpgNRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of more than 2 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of nearly 500 lawyers, scientists and other professionals. Their dedicated staff work with businesses, elected leaders, and community groups on the biggest issues we face today. Priorities include:

    Curbing Global Warming and Creating the Clean Energy Future
    Reviving the World's Oceans
    Defending Endangered Wildlife and Wild Places
    Protecting Our Health by Preventing Pollution
    Ensuring Safe and Sufficient Water
    Fostering Sustainable Communities

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Oil Change International is a research, communication, and advocacy organization focused on exposing the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitating the coming transition towards clean energy. They focus on the fossil fuel industry because they view the production and consumption of oil, gas and coal as sources of global warming, human rights abuses, war, national security concerns, corporate globalization, and increased inequality. They also see fossil fuel industry’s interests behind every major barrier to a clean energy transition.
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The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.

The OCA represents over two million online and on the ground network members, including several thousand businesses in the natural foods and organic marketplace. Our US and international policy board is broadly representative of the organic, family farm, environmental, and public interest community.
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Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing and non-violent direct action.

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Restore the Earth Foundation’s mission is to restore the Earth’s essential forest and wetland ecosystems. They envision the Earth in balance—its original vitality and natural abundance available to all, for generations to come. They’re working to restore one million acres of degraded land in the Mississippi River Basin—North America’s Amazon—to its natural state. Their work directly supports the agenda set by the global community and the United Nations, and they are proud to support targets 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, and 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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Thirty years ago, a group of surfers from Malibu, California, were concerned about the health risks associated with environmental threats posed by escalating coastal development at their favorite surf spot. They took action. Not even they could have envisioned the history they were making when they succeeded in protecting their beloved surf spot.

Since their inception, the Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organizations dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Today, they have 84 chapters, plus 30 high school and college clubs, and more than 250,000 supporters, volunteers and activists around the country. They are working on about 100 different campaigns in four core areas: beach access, clean water, coastal preservation (coastal development) and ocean protection.

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The fight for clean water is a fight for one of the most basic and essential human rights. With water resources declining in quality and quantity in virtually every part of the world, communities everywhere are looking for ways to protect this right.

Waterkeeper Alliance provides a way for communities to stand up to anyone who threatens this right—from law-breaking corporate polluters to irresponsible governments. On over 260 waterways, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf of Mexico, the Amazon to the Ganges, Waterkeepers are on patrol, in boats ranging in size from kayaks to research vessels.

Part scientist, teacher, and law officer, every Waterkeeper combines firsthand knowledge of their waterway with an unwavering commitment to the rights of their community and to the rule of law. Whether they’re on the water tracking down polluters, in a courtroom advocating for stronger enforcement of environmental laws, rallying community support in town meetings, or in a classroom educating young people, Waterkeepers speak for the waters they defend.

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