10 Environmental Nonprofit Organizations That Are Changing the World

Get to know several environmental nonprofits — including the Cornucopia Institute, Friends of the Earth, the Nature Conservancy and the Sierra Club — working tirelessly to protect natural resources and solve pressing issues facing our planet.

  • Climate Rally
    350.org and the Sierra Club organized the Forward on Climate rally — attended by an estimated 40,000 people — held in Washington, D.C., in February 2013.
    Photo by Flickr/Ben Schumin

  • Climate Rally

As we celebrate Earth Day this April, we salute some of our favorite environmental nonprofit organizations protecting the health of people, wildlife and our planet.

350.org. An international campaign dedicated to fighting climate change, 350.org gets its name from the maximum level of atmospheric carbon dioxide — 350 parts per million (ppm) — that climate scientists agree will maintain our planet’s long-term ecological health. Now, the level is 400 ppm, and it’s rising by 2 ppm each year. This group organizes in 188 countries and strives to revolutionize the climate movement.

Cornucopia Institute. This plucky nonprofit, headquartered in Cornucopia, Wis., supports sustainable agriculture and often challenges Big Ag and even the USDA — and wins. On Cornucopia’s website, you’ll find the latest updates regarding toxic pesticides, genetically modified foods and more, along with “score cards” that rate the sustainability of different food brands.

Earth Policy Institute. This group, founded by internationally renowned environmentalist Lester Brown and based in Washington, D.C., produces authoritative reports on global issues, as well as detailed roadmaps for how to solve interconnected environmental and social challenges. The Institute’s thorough reports on climate, energy, population, agriculture, transportation and more are clear and compelling.

Friends of the Earth. Whether via exposing corruption in Keystone XL pipeline proposals or persuading thousands of grocery stores not to carry genetically modified salmon, this nonprofit is a hard-hitting voice pressing for change locally, on the global stage, and politically in the halls of Congress.

Natural Resources Defense Council. The NRDC uses law, science and the support of 1.4 million members and online activists to protect wild places and foster a safe and healthy environment for people and wildlife alike. With a staff of more than 350 lawyers, the Council is one of the most powerful groups fighting to create a clean-energy future, protect endangered species and revive the world’s oceans.

Saltwater Sid
4/21/2021 4:36:06 PM

It's time to green major league sports. The sun shines all day, stop wasting energy on night games. Climate controlled stadiums? Play and watch in real weather or don't play at all. Ice rinks? Move to Canada to play. Use commercial transportation for road games. It's time for a major visible impact! Green the Majors!

9/13/2017 2:02:59 PM

NRDC is not taken seriously by respectable environmentalists.

9/13/2017 2:02:58 PM

NRDC is not reputable among real environmentalists

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