Environmental Activist Groups
One of the ways individuals can get involved to help save the planet is by joining or donating to environmental non-profits. You may know about the big names like Greenpeace and the Sierra Club. However, there is a whole world of non-profits, each with its own unique mission to save the planet. We've highlighted a few examples of some lesser known groups with links to donate.
Earthjustice was formed in 1997 after initially being the Sierra Club's legal defense subdivision. Its mission is based on the legal justice of wildlife, communities, and clean energy. The non-profit sees itself as the most important organization in terms of policy for the Earth and its inhabitants. The organization focuses on practical legal situations in which they can make real life alterations to degressive environmental acts and laws.
A well known legal victory for the organization includes regaining protections for Grizzly Bears in the Yellowstone National Park. This came after President Trump's administration removed the species from the federal threatened and endangered species list. This decision triggered the organization of a trophy hunt that would bring pressure upon the Grizzly population in and around Yellowstone. Earthjustice represented the Northern Cheyanne Native American Tribe in their advocacy for the species to be reinstated on the endangered species list.
The organization realizes that despite equal protection under American law, people of low socio-economic status are not afforded the same legal rights as others. That is why the organization's framework is based on diversity and inclusion and are a voice for the voiceless in the fights for fair labor. A large percentage of their cases involve fighting for poor communities made up of people of color large corporations whose plants are damaging the community's health. The organization is currently fighting for strawberry pickers in California who claim to have negative health effects from pesticides.
Global Coral Reef Alliance
The Global Coral Reef Alliance was formed in 1994 to raise awareness for the condition of coral reefs around the world. Coral Reefs are some of the most diverse and valuable ecosystems that the Earth has and are estimated to provide $375 billion each year to the global economy. However, they only cover around 1% of the Earth's surface (Costanza et al. 1997).
GCRA notices just how integral to the environment coral reefs are as they are the habitats of millions of species of marine life. Much of their work deals with protecting and establishing technologies that assist poor communities that live near coral reefs. An example of this would be their plan to connect 128 homes and businesses to a water treatment facility in West End Roatan, Honduras. This successful expedition decreased the health concerns that were prevalent in this community with safe drinking water.
They also work in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program to help nations across the globe to set up plans for coral reef restoration and conservation.