Earth Day 2018
April 22 is Earth Day. But for nonprofits dedicated to protecting animal and plant species from extinction, keeping our landscape from more resembling a moonscape, and preserving the quality of our air and water, every day is Earth Day. Here are 10 of the many that do just that:
National Parks Conservation Association
The National Parks Conservation Association works to ensure that our national parks and monuments are welcoming and well funded, well managed, and well protected for generations today and tomorrow.
“NPCA is a great advocate for our National Parks. The association keeps me well informed through email newsletters of top issues they are working on. The magazine has exposed me to so many of our national resources I wasn’t aware of and we’ve incorporated visits to these locations into our travels.”
“I’m a frequent visitor to our national parks and am personally familiar with the important contributions of this important association.”
Ocean Defenders Alliance
Huntington Beach, Calif.
Ocean Defenders Alliance works to clean and protect marine ecosystems, focusing primarily on the reduction and removal of manmade debris that poses serious threats to ocean wildlife and habitats.
“Ocean Defender Alliance has made me more aware of the detrimental impact that marina debris has on the environment. Perhaps more importantly they have shown that local action can have a positive effect.”
Amazon Conservation Association
The mission of the Amazon Conservation Association is to protect the world’s most diverse landscapes, train the next generation of Amazonian conservationists, and partner with communities to support livelihoods that sustain biodiversity.
“Wonderful NGO with a great mission and vision. Their work with local people is amazing and they protect millions of acres of rainforest. Keep supporting them while they fight the good fight.”
International Rivers Network
The International Rivers Network protects rivers and defends the rights of communities that depend on them. It works to stop destructive dams and promote water and energy solutions for a just and sustainable world.
“International Rivers is an amazing force for protecting and revitalizing the world’s rivers and the cultures and and traditions that flow with them. They have done so much around the globe to link water and human rights that they should be recognized for this important work every day of the year.”
Endangered Special International
San Francisco, Calif.
Endangered Species International is strongly committed to reversing the trend of human-induced species extinction, saving endangered animals, and preserving wild places!
“I’ve been a financial supporter of Endangered Species International for over seven years. They are passionate defenders of endangered species and their HABITATS! They are doing a extraordinary work and our donations are put to the best use possible.”
Center for Biological Diversity
The Center for Biological Diversity believes 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, the center works to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction.
“The Center for Biological Diversity is a brave, scientific advocacy organization for wildlife and their wild habitats. Subscribe to their newsletter, and see the wild world–and its environmental crises, and the solutions that are being applied to them–open up before you. It’s vital work, and it’s done well by The Center for Biological Diversity.”
Palo Alto, Calif.
Canopy plants and cares for trees where people need them the most—bringing the life-giving benefits of trees to the schools, neighborhoods, and public spaces of the San Francisco Mid-Peninsula.
“My sons fondly remember planting trees at a Canopy Martin Luther King Jr. Day event and hope to participate in another event soon. They got to help with the whole tree-planting process, from digging the holes to admiring the new trees. Canopy is so right that growing greener communities and empowering youth go hand in hand. Thanks to Canopy for all its wonderful work!”
Reef Environmental Education Foundation
Key Largo, Fla.
REEF conserves marine water ecosystems for their recreational, commercial, and intrinsic value by educating, enlisting, and enabling divers and other marine water enthusiasts to become active stewards and citizen scientists.
“This is an excellent nonprofit that benefits scientific research while educating the general public. They offer free education to all interested individuals. They increase awareness while promoting protection of the oceans we all share.”
Rattlebox Nature Center
Rattlebox Nature Center provides individuals of all ages and capabilities with hands-on experience that will better their understanding of the critical role that animals play in the health and welfare of our world.
“This unique nature center allowed me to expose my granddaughter to a world far beyond her suburban princess environment, where she learned to love, appreciate, and respect animals. Children learn important life lessons by using the contact and care they acquire here, and by bringing it back into their own lives.”
Buffalo Field Campaign
West Yellowstone, Mont.
Buffalo Field Campaign is the only group working both in the field and in the policy arenas to stop the harassment and slaughter of America’s last wild buffalo.
“Dedicated, passionate, communicative non-profit that is working to inspire the protection and freedom of our mighty buffalo. Thank you for all your hard work and devotion.”
These organizations are just some of the many nonprofits doing their part to make the world a more livable place. So whether your passion is protecting animals, beautifying the environment, stopping pollution, or preserving wetlands, GreatNonprofits has got something for you! We’ve only got one planet, so do your part today to save it!