"The environment is everything that isn't me" - Albert Einstein
EARTH, ECOSYSTEM, & AIR PROTECTION
In the not so distant past, before the onset of the dramatic human population expansions of the past 150 years, vast expanses of forests and wildlands covered most of the earth's surface. These diverse wildlands, not recognizing country specific or political boundaries, supported the many ecosystems containing all the life above the ocean's surfaces on the entire planet.
In today's times, these ecosystems and undeveloped peices of terra firma still perform the same task of planetary life support as they have for millenia untold, however, now face a challenge they have never faced before. Due to an endless list of modern day environmental travesties, the earth's ecosystems are dwindling fast.
The rapid exploitation of resources and species over the past 200 years has been nothing short of astounding and dramatic. The result is a state of declining health that can only be corrected by the same species responsible for its current state of fragility...
Let's do something about it. Human beings cannot survive on a planet devoid of ecosystems and the creatures that live within them...
Here are a few of the more involved organizations working hard and making differences in the health and well being of our planet's forests and ecosystems:
EARTH ISLAND INSTITUTE- (In their own words...)
Earth Island's Project Network consists of more than 30 projects worldwide. Through innovative education and activist campaigns, they are addressing many of the most pressing social and environmental issues: Protecting rainforests, marine mammals, sea turtles, and indigenous lands, promoting organic and sustainable agriculture, ecological paper alternatives, and the emerging Russian environmental movement, pursuing community-based habitat restoration, reduction of marine pollution, and development of urban multicultural environmental leadership.
DAVID SUZUKI FOUNDATION
Since 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation has worked to find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us. Focusing on four program areas – oceans and sustainable fishing, forests and wild lands, climate change and clean energy, and the web of life - the Foundation uses science and education to promote solutions that help conserve nature.
Tel: (541)344-8004 Fax:(541)344-.7688, PO. Box 1415, Eugene OR 97440
In the beginning, grassroots and hardcore, Earthfirst was known as a "movement" rather than an actual organization for many years due to their ability to create corporate headaches and effect creative environmental campaigns that made a difference...without having prosecutable activists to pick on... now, they still do the same stuff, but they have a website...
THE NATURE CONSERVENCY- (* DECEPTION ALERT! SEE OUR SPOTLIGHT STORY NOW *)
Their Stated Mission: The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
The Worldwatch Institute offers a unique blend of interdisciplinary research, global focus, and accessible writing that has made it a leading source of information on the interactions among key environmental, social, and economic trends. Our work revolves around the transition to an environmentally sustainable and socially just society—and how to achieve it.
There are many internet sites out there interested in supporting sustainable policies for co-existence of all species and ecosystems:
Science and technology site with excellent section on the environment.
IN DEFENSE OF ANIMALS (IDA)-
131 Camino Alto Mill Valley, CA 94941, (415) 388- 9641 Fax: (415) 388- 0388
"Working to protect the rights, welfare, and habitats for animals."
A powerful, highly influential and effective animals rights organization covering a variety of different issues.