The first Earth Day in April 1970 marked, in a sense, the beginning
the environmental movement in this country. Today hundreds of
groups across the country are working to protect and improve the
environment in areas from local habitat regeneration to protecting
oceans to disposing of electronic waste to global climate
change. Some are skeptical about climate change, but there is
no doubt that it is the dominant environmental issue of the day.
Critics argue that a cap and trade plan to address
greenhouse gas emissions would have devastating economic effects.
America's energy diet is a subject of
great concern, as four decades after the
1973 Arab oil embargo we have not shaken our dependence on foreign
There are those who advocate "drill, baby, drill" while others are
focus on alternatives and energy efficiency.
The White House: Energy & Environment
of the world's largest environmental information clearinghouses."
"works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to
and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now
participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest
civic observance in the world."
TOP NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS
Environmental Defense Fund
"We partner with businesses, governments and communities to find practical environmental solutions."
"We're progressive environmental advocates who pull no punches and
speak sometimes uncomfortable truths to power."
"Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning
organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communications to
expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are
essential to a green and peaceful future."
"America's largest conservation organization. We work with more than 4 million members, partners and supporters in communities across the country to protect and restore wildlife habitat, confront global warming and connect with nature."
"NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental
combining the grassroots power of 1.3 million members and online
activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350
lawyers, scientists and other professionals."
"the leading conservation organization working around
the world to
protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.."
"We are the oldest, largest, and most influential
environmental organization in the United States."
"The world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United States and close to 5 million globally. WWF's unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature."
American Tradition Partnership
"dedicated to fighting environmental extremism and promoting responsible development and management of land, water, and natural resources in the Rocky Mountain West and across the United States."
"CFACT combines the passion of environmentalism with
solutions of markets and technologies to help solve many of the world’s
most pressing concerns."
"founded in 1995 to resurrect the GOP's great
and to restore natural resource conservation and sound environmental protection as fundamental elements of the Republican Party's vision for America."
advocates for sound
environmental policies, elects pro-environment candidates who will
adopt and implement such policies, provides the state
and sustain their mission."
"a ministry that seeks to educate, equip, inspire, and mobilize Christians in their effort to care for God's creation, to be faithful stewards of God's provision, and to advocate for actions and policies that honor God and protect the environment."
"a national, strategic partnership between labor
environmental organizations dedicated to expanding the number and
quality of jobs in the green economy."
make green buildings available to everyone within a generation."
"promotes green design and responsible recycling in
GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
"the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO)..."
(founded in 2006 by Al Gore) "With more than 5,000,000 members worldwide, the Alliance is a unique non-profit, non-partisan organization that is committed to educating the global community about the urgency of implementing comprehensive solutions to the climate crisis." The Climate Project, Repower America
"an affiliate network of the Climate
Action Network International (CAN),
a worldwide network of more than 400 Non-Governmental Organizations
(NGOs) from 85 countries working to promote government, private sector
and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to
ecologically sustainable levels."
ClimateWorks partners with an international network of
support smart policies in the geographic regions and economic sectors
that have the greatest potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
"a commentary site on climate science by working
for the interested public and journalists. We aim to provide a quick
response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes
missing in mainstream commentary. The discussion here is restricted to
scientific topics and will not get involved in any political or
economic implications of the science.."
here's an assortment of groups positions and
activities on climate change:
Ben & Jerry's | Center for Public Integrity | Environment America | Environmental Defense Fund | Friends of the Earth | Greenpeace USA | National Resources Defense Council | National Wildlife Federation | Pew Project on National Security, Energy & Climate | Union of Concerned Scientists | U.S. Chamber of Commerce | U.S. Conference of Mayors || BP | Chevron | ConocoPhillips | ExxonMobil | Shell || Edison Electric Institute
"produces an ambitious program of research and educational projects in defense of free-market environmentalism... devoted to sound science and market-based, rather than government-based, solutions to environmental problems."
"Cooler Heads Coalition"
by Marc Morano
"all the junk that's fit to debunk" also Green Hell Blog "How
Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop
"Our network of 93 national committees represents over 3000 member organizations including governments, industry and expert institutions. Our mission is to promote the sustainable supply and use of energy for the greatest benefit of all."
"dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means
economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection."
"a partnership of major donors interested in solving
world's energy problems. Our mission is to advance energy efficiency
and renewable energy — new technologies that are essential
components of a clean energy future."
"a coalition of labor, business, environmental, and
working to catalyze a clean energy revolution that will put millions of
Americans to work in a new generation of high-quality, green-collar
"By 2025, America's farms, forest and ranches will
provide 25 percent
of the total energy consumed in the United States, while continuing to
produce safe, abundant, and affordable food, feed and fiber."
"unify policymakers, regulators, business leaders, and
public behind a common sense energy strategy to help keep America
secure, prosperous, and clean."
"a blueprint to reduce foreign oil dependence by
harnessing domestic energy alternatives, and to buy us time to develop
even greater new technologies."
"committed to protecting American national and economic security by combating oil dependence."
American Enterprise Institute-Energy and Environment
The Brookings Institution-Energy | Environment
Cato Institute-Energy and Environment
Center for American Progress-Energy and Environment