Sites that are concerned with environmental issues
350.org - To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 392 parts per million to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number -- it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.
Austin Green Art - Here's an example of a local artist (in Austin, Texas) creating a fantastic organization that facilitates public art projects based on engagement with environmental themes. AGA has produced "dozens of public programs, with dozens of community partners with scores of artists and thousands of participants." Check them out and get inspired!
Basel Action Network - BAN is the world's only organization focused on confronting the global environmental injustice and economic inefficiency of toxic trade (toxic wastes, products and technologies) and its devastating impacts.
Blue Ocean Institute - Carl Safina's Blue Ocean Institute works to inspire a closer relationship with the sea through science, art, and literature. They share reliable information that enlightens personal choices, instills hope, and helps restore living abundance in the ocean.
The Center for Biological Diversity - From their website: "At the Center for Biological Diversity, we 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, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive. We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive."
The Census of Marine Life - This fascinating site is "a growing global network of researchers in more than 70 nations engaged in a ten-year initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life in the oceans -- past, present, and future."
The Center for a New American Dream - The Center for a New American Dream helps Americans consume responsibly to protect the environment, enhance quality of life and promote social justice. This amazing website is a comprehensive guide to consuming responsibly and sustainably, listing over 100 items on their "Conscious Consumer Marketplace" page.
Co-op America - Co-op America's mission is to harness economic power -- the strength of consumers, businesses and the marketplace -- to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. With a network of over 2,000 contributing businesses, this organization is the first stop in becoming a sustainable consumer in the 21st century.
Container Recycling Institute - CRI plays a vital role in educating policy makers, government officials and the general public regarding the social and environmental impacts of the production and disposal of no-deposit, no-return beverage containers and the need for producers to take responsibility for their wasteful packaging.
20 Simple Steps - Did you know that Americans are the biggest polluters in the world? Today the average American uses enough energy to release about 50,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, the major contributor to global warming, per year. Here are 20 simple steps you can do to bring that number down.
Earth911.org - This website allows you to enter your zip code to find out what recycling options are available in your area. Pretty cool, eh?
Earth Institute, at Columbia University - The Earth Institute at Columbia University brings together talent from throughout the University to address complex issues facing the planet and its inhabitants, with particular focus on sustainable development and the needs of the world's poor. The Earth Institute is motivated by the belief that science and technological tools already exist, and could be expanded, to greatly improve conditions for the world's poor while preserving the natural systems that support life on Earth. The Earth Institute is run by Jeffrey Sachs, an incredibly articulate, passionate, and intelligent advocate for the poor throughout the world.
Earth Policy Institute - The purpose of the Earth Policy Institute is to provide a vision of what an environmentally sustainable economy will look like and a plan for how to get from here to there.
Earthwatch - Earthwatch Institute exists "to promote the sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships among scientists, the general public, educators, and businesses. We believe that decision-making involving these issues not only requires objective scientific data from the field, but must engage the general public through active participation in the scientific process if it is to become widely accepted and effective." Support this fantastic organization - you might even want to volunteer on an Earthwatch research expedition. Researchers need you at sites from St. Croix to Madagascar!
EatWild.com - Eatwild's state-by-state Directory of Farms lists more than 800 pasture-based farms. It is the most comprehensive source for grass-fed meat and dairy products in the United States and Canada.
EcoBusinessLinks.com - Looking for organic food, cheap solar energy, a sustainable house, organic cotton, a vegetarian date, an organic farm, a sustainable community, green blogs, or eco products? Take a look at this site.
Ecofish - As a consumer, you vote every day! Ecofish is a company located in New England that believes that "ultimately the force for change in marine conservation is the consumer." Put your money with a company that is ecologically responsible. As their web site makes clear: "EcoFish's mission is to make a positive impact on helping reverse the decline of marine bio diversity, by providing the consumer with seafood choices which our Seafood Advisory Board deem originate from ecologically sound fisheries. When the consumer purchases seafood from an ecologically sound fishery, this will undoubtedly reduce the pressure on depleted and threatened species."
Eco-Mom Alliance - Join this 9,000-strong group that's helping to change the way we consume at home in order to help preserve our planet for the next generation.
Environmental Defense Fund - Since 1967, E.D.F. has linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems. In addition, their sister site, Oceans Alive, has a terrific page which outlines which fish we are good to eat (sustainably fished) and which fish we should avoid (for environmental reasons). Check it out!
Environmental News Network - This site is a terrific resource for all the latest environmental news happening around the world.
Envirolink.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the most comprehensive, up-to-date environmental resources available on the Internet. EnviroLink is a grassroots online community uniting millions of people around the world.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.gov) - This is the eCycling page of the EPA which lists ways to donate or recycle your old computer or electronic device. A fantastic resource for recycling those dangerous and wasteful electronics that permeate our lives.
EPEAT - A free electronics rating system funded by the Environmental Protection Agency that is meant primarily for bulk buyers but useful for individuals, too. Electronics -- only computers now, with more products to follow -- can achieve ratings of gold, silver or bronze.
ExxonSecrets is a website set up by Greenpeace to detail how ExxonMobile funds the climate-change skeptics. You have got to see the web of connections to believe it: ExxonMobile has spent over $12 million since 1998 funding this climate-skeptics industry.
FishBase - Fish, Fish, and more Fish! It's all here on this site which contains practically all fish species known to science. Although catering to different professionals such as research scientists, fisheries managers, and zoologists, FishBase is the number one resource on the web for data on fish.
FishPhone - FishPhone is Blue Ocean’s sustainable seafood text messaging service that instantly puts sustainable seafood information at your fingertips. To find out about your seafood choice, text 30644 with the message FISH and the name of the fish in question. We’ll text you back with our assessment and better alternatives to fish with significant environmental concerns.
GlobalExchange - In a world where the economics of quantity fuels corporate power and political greed, the elite are reaping profits while working people and the planet are left to pay the price. In response to the global degradation caused by this system of elite globalization, Global Exchange envisions an alternative economics of quality centered upon protecting international human rights to ensure that the cost of globalization does not come at the expense of us all. Read their guide: "Ten Ways to Democratize the Global Economy."
Grassroots Environmental Education - The mission of Grassroots is to educate the public about the links between common environmental exposures and human health, and to empower individuals to act as catalysts for change within their own communities.
GreenDisk - Here is one place for you to responsibly and securely dispose of all your computer-related waste, spent supplies and obsolete accessories. GreenDisk handles all your technotrash disposal needs from a CD to a PC and just about everything in between. You can even buy GreenDisk recycled products.
Green Energy News - A fantastic site which has weekly news updates on the comings-and-goings of the nascent Green industry. Get in at the ground level!
Green For All! - Green For All is a national organization dedicated to building an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. By advocating for local, state and federal commitment to job training, job creation, and entrepreneurial opportunities in the emerging green economy -- especially for people from disadvantaged communities --Green For All fights both poverty and pollution at the same time.
Greenmuseum.org - Dedicated to "art that helps improve our relationship with the natural world," greenmuseum.org is an online museum of environmental art which attempts to advance creative efforts that will improve our relationship with the natural world. Their stated goal is "to inform, inspire and connect people through environmental art and encourage the creation of new work that serves our communities and ecosystems."
Green Power Network - Your one-stop shop for all there is to know about the Green Power Industry. Nationwide, more and more consumers are demanding clean power. Since generating electricity is the number one cause of pollution in the United States, it's no wonder that the Green Power movement is finally catching on. Learn more about this exciting new industry at this incredibly comprehensive web site.
Green Toys - This very simple and eas- to-navigate site sells children's toys made of recycled milk jugs: Tea Set, Indoor Gardening Kit, Sand Play Set, and Cookware and Dining Set.
Grist Magazine - Grist is an online environmental magazine who's credo is: "Pull no punches, take no prisoners, accept no advertising. Eschew the wealth and fame that so often seduce online environmental journalists. And try to have a better sense of humor than a pack of fur protesters."
GrowNYC.org - GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit which improves New York City’s quality of life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.
How Green is My Town? - is a project of Grassroots Environmental Education, a non-profit organization based in Port Washington, New York. They ask a simple question: "How is your town doing in its efforts to be green?" Then they help connect the dots to a greener community!
Humane Society of the United States - "Promoting the Protection of All Animals" is their motto, and indeed, is important for all humans to remember. As their site states: "The human-animal bond is as old as human history. We cherish our animal companions for their unconditional affection and acceptance. We feel a thrill when we glimpse wild creatures in their natural habitat or in our own backyard." Visit their site and support what they do - for all of us!
Investing In Nature - Read about one corporation's contribution to major environmental projects sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund and Botanic Gardens Conservation International. Read the press release, too.
Liquid Solar - LiquidSOLAR.org is "committed to telling the world about what Exxon doesn’t want you to know… that you can burn vegetable oil in your diesel engine.The modifications are minimal and require almost zero knowledge of the workings of a diesel engine." This is for real!
Monterey Bay Aquarium - This web site provides many services to the Bay Area community in California, but also provides a nationwide program called "Seafood Watch." This program is designed to raise consumer awareness about the importance of buying seafood from sustainable sources. The site recommends which seafood to buy or avoid, helping consumers to become advocates for environmentally friendly seafood. Monterey Bay Aquarium is also partners of the Seafood Choices Alliance where, along with other seafood awareness campaigns, we provide seafood purveyors with recommendations on seafood choices.
MyGreenElectronics.com - Like Earth911.org, you can search by zip code for recycling programs near you. An essential resource when trying to find a place to send your old, broken digital camera to get recycled.
NASA Climate Change site - The go-to website for all things Climate Change, with amazing images and every science fact available to mankind!
New Society Publishers - New Society Publishers' mission is to publish books that contribute in fundamental ways to building an ecologically sustainable and just society, and to do so with the least possible impact on the environment, in a manner that models this vision.
New York City Recycling - This site from NYC.gov is the comprehensive one-stop page that covers the What and How to to recycle in the five bouroughs of New York City. For instance, this page is called the NYC Wastele$$ site which also links to announcements of special drop-off days for used electronic equimpent.
New York Restoration Project - Founded by Bette Midler, NYRP restores, revitalizes and develops under-resourced parks and community gardens throughout the city’s five boroughs.
Orion Grassroots Network - The Orion Grassroots Network is the fastest-growing network of environmental and community organizations in North America. The Network now actively supports 546 nonprofit organizations with several new member groups joining each week. The Orion Grassroots Network connects the full diversity of groups involved in the social and environmental movement and engages them in coordinated campaigns on regional, national, and global issues.
The Pacific Institute - Celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2007, The Pacific Institute is an independent, nonpartisan think-tank studying issues at the intersection of development, environment, and security. Their aim is to find real-world solutions to problems like water shortages, habitat destruction, global warming, and environmental injustice. They conduct research, publish reports, recommend solutions, and work with decision makers, advocacy groups, and the public to change policy.
RealClimate - is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists. As their site states: "We aim to provide a quick response to developing stories and provide the context sometimes missing in mainstream commentary." This site is not to be missed!
Recycling: Computers and Electronics & Other Material - Earth 911 is one site that being one of many. In the New York City metropolitan area, Per Scholas, located in an empowerment zone in The Bronx, has a 100,000 square foot recycling facility capable of processing more than 500,000 dead monitors, CPUs, and printers annually. They also employ students to assemble reconditioned computers. Natural Resources Defense Council has an awesome site with lots of links, as well.
ReconnectPartnership.com - Reconnect offers an easy, convenient and responsible way to recycle used computer equipment. You can drop off any brand of used equipment at participating Goodwill donation centers in your area. It's free, and you'll get a receipt for tax purposes. Find a location with their searchable data base by zip code.
Responsible Shopper alerts the public about the social and environmental impact of major corporations, and provides opportunities for consumers and investors to vote with their dollars for change. They focus research on companies that are subjects of consumer and shareholder action campaigns, and that have significant influence in their industry. Changing these companies could lead to significant industry-wide reform.
SIGG Water Bottles - Ditch your throw-away plastic water bottles and snag one of these beauties from Switzerland. You'll not only save money (since public water is free), you'll help cut down on all the CO2 emissions associated with the bottled water industry.
Slow Food USA - Recognizing that the enjoyment of wholesome food is essential to the pursuit of happiness, Slow Food USA is an educational organization dedicated to stewardship of the land and ecologically sound food production. And this, from their site: "To be worthy of the name, Homo Sapiens should rid himself of speed before it reduces him to a species in danger of extinction. A firm defense of quiet material pleasure is the only way to oppose the universal folly of Fast Life.
The Story of Stuff - From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns.
TerraPass - Carbon Offsets is what this site is all about. You see, your car dumps thousands of pounds of carbon into the air every year, and through TerraPass, you can purchase a carbon offset, or Terrapass, if you will. Basically, when you buy a Terrapass you help fund a project that removes from the environment the equivalent amount of carbon that your car puts into it. Very simple. And Terrapass brokers the whole deal, making a little bit of money during the transaction to fund their growth. Guilt-free carbon emissions is what we're talkin' about! In fact, Ford Motor Co. has partnered with TerraPass and encourages their drivers to buy carbon offsets.
The Sierra Club - Visit their web site, join the club, support the preservation of our environment! If not for this organization and others like it, Corporate America would just continue to do what it's supposed to do: maximize profits at any cost, including the total consumption of our natural resources. The Sierra Club is leading the charge in helping us citizens push back this inevitable grab of resources so that our children can inherit a clean and healthy Mother Earth!
Tony Wu's Silent Symphony - Absolutely gorgeous underwater photography, showing us land-lovers the beauty underneath.
Toxics Targeting - Now you can instantly check for hidden environmental hazards before buying a home or property in New York State. Toxics Targeting's free internet map identifies more than 270,000 abandoned landfills, industrial dumps, leaking tanks and other reported pollution threats.
Urban Organic - This web site services the New York Metropolitan area, delivering organic foods for a very small charge. Another web site servicing the entire United States is VillageOrganics. You vote every day that you spend money as a consumer. Support certified organic! Here's why...
Walmart Chronicles - This series at GreenBiz.com takes a close look at what Walmart is doing to reduce its environmental impact and how the influence from the Environmental Defense Fund is critical to affecting change at Walmart.
World Watch Institute - Founded in 1974, the Institute is a non-partisan organization that examines how we consume, why we consume, and what impact our consumption choices have on the planet and other people. The credibility and accessibility of Worldwatch research has made its publications popular among a cross-section of society, from government and business decisionmakers to the media, students, and the general public.
World Resources Institute - World Resources Institute (WRI) is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to find practical ways to protect the earth and improve people's lives. This is a very comprehensive site and should be a first stop on any initial inquiry into the environmental movement of the 21st century.
World Wild Life Fund - Join and support this very important organization so that "working together, we can leave our children a living planet."
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