It is so easy to find beauty in our planet, no matter what part of the globe you call home. What may be less obvious are the human-caused changes to the Earth that aren’t so beautiful. Oceans are rising and becoming more acidic, unpredictable weather patterns are emerging, and entire species are vanishing along with our forests.
It is more urgent than ever before that we, as global citizens, take action in educating ourselves on the human and industrial actions that are changing our climate. It is equally important that we do everything we can to conserve the planet that our lives depend upon. The following are some of the organizations that make it easy for us to become aware of our most urgent environmental issues and take action!
Featuring environmental campaigns for Earth Day and every day, The Earth Day Network coordinates events that range from local to worldwide to raise awareness about climate change. Get clean energy ideas for you and your community, and discover existing campaigns that you can become a part of like Billion Acts of Green and The Canopy Project.
Founded in 1969, friends of the Earth is a global network that represents over 2 million activists in 76 countries. Their mission is for a more healthy and just world. They fight for what is needed in the long term by studying state and federal policy and actively campaigning on environmental and social issues. The “Take Action Center” addresses the urgent issues of the Trump agenda and provides contact information for you to let your representatives know where you stand.
With almost 3 million members and supporters, the Sierra Club has a mission to promote education on the responsible use of the planet’s resources. They intend to use all lawful means necessary to protect and restore the quality of our environment. Founded in 1892, the Sierra Club is responsible for helping pass groundbreaking federal laws such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act. Currently, you can take part in letting Congress know you want to protect our coastal communities from Trump’s offshore-drilling plans.
The World Wildlife Fund has been working since 1969 to achieve a balance between our demands on the planet and conserving the variety of life that exists here. The WWF focuses on six major goals – forests, oceans, wildlife, food, climate & energy, and fresh water. Their mission is work on each goal with collaborated local-to-global efforts. The “You Can Help” section provides tips for living green and ways that you can campaign with WWF.
Conservation International has been empowering people to conserve natural resources for almost 30 years. Their work includes field projects that will benefit approximately 12 million people and 1 billion acres of land, and campaigns to help businesses minimize their environmental impact. This website includes a section titled “What You Can Do” for some ideas of small steps you can take to improve and protect our planet.
The Rainforest Alliance has a mission to revolutionize business and land-use procedures by turning them into sustainable practices. They work with farmers, foresters, and hundreds of businesses to minimize environmental harm and to provide positive changes to both communities and the planet. Their site includes a list of everyday actions you can take to reduce your own environmental impact.
This organization is focused entirely on our Earth’s oceans. Since it was founded in 2001, Oceana has already protected over 1 million square miles of ocean. The website includes ways for you to “take action,” including petitions you can sign to save dolphins and stop offshore drilling. You can also sign up to receive updates and action alerts.
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve natural resources all over the globe. This organization supports conservation efforts in 69 countries to preserve Earth’s biodiversity by protecting the land and water all life forms need to survive. Their site includes a “Get Involved” section with ideas on ways for you to take action with volunteer opportunities, a photo contest, and more.
The goal of WCS is to conserve the world’s 15 largest wildlife areas. Collectively, these regions are home to more than half of Earth’s biodiversity. They have plans for the future protection of the world’s wildlife and strategies for success. The website has plenty of actions you can take right now to get involved, such as petition to tell the Trump administration that you stand for the conservation of wildlife.
EDF has fought for the protection of environmental laws for over 50 years. With over 2 million members, this group is determined to fight for our environmental protection rights through Congress and any by avenue possible. You can take action on their site by writing to elected officials and sharing links to EDF news on social media.
Greenpeace has a global mission to protect wildlife, forests and oceans from the impacts of climate change caused by human and industrial activity. They support campaigns that will bring positive changes, including a goal of zero deforestation by 2020. Visit the site to find out how you can volunteer, start your own local campaign, or start your own petition.
NatureServe is a network that gives people access to the resources they need to learn about becoming environmentally responsible. NatureServe also keeps the public informed about rare and threatened species and where they are found to bring attention to the resource management of those areas. Find conservation projects that you can support and become a part of.
Earthjustice is the largest nonprofit environmental law organization in the country. They represent clients for free in the pursuit of clean energy, healthy communities, and a healthy climate. The website answers questions about writing effective action letters to newspapers, Congress, or the White House. The “take action” section allows you to find actions to take on your top issues.
This site helps individuals and businesses assess their carbon footprint and find ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Carbonfund.org supports projects that fall under the categories of energy efficiency, forestry, and renewable energy. You can actually calculate your family’s carbon footprint here. You can also find projects to get your family or business involved.
NatureBridge offers environmental education resources to teachers, students, and families. The goal of this organization is to teach climate literacy to children and teens through environmental science programs taught in the great outdoors. Find out more about educational resources available, or find a summer program for your family.
The mission of this project is to build safe, sustainable homes for people in need. Established in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Make It Right is now sharing knowledge about affordable green building around the country. Find out how you can take a tour or volunteer to do landscaping or gardening at one of the Make It Right construction sites. Also, get ideas about green features you can add to your home.
Care 2 Petitions has over 40 million members that unite on causes such as the environment, human welfare, and animal rights. Do you want to tell Coca Cola to keep their plastic out of our oceans or sign a petition to stop Trump’s offshore drilling plans? You can do that here, and you can also start your own petition for good.
Go Petition is a site where you can go to support the causes that you care about most, or you can start a petition. Here you will find active campaigns that support humanitarian and environmental issues. An urgent petition that is now available on the site allows you to tell the Trump administration that you do not want the Environmental Protection Agency shut down, you do not want to cancel the Paris Agreement, and you do not want funding for clean energy research to end.