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Different charities that work to help the environment

Charities impacting the environment

In an era where governments and corporations across the world devastate the environment and develop raw natural resources for their own profit, it is up to a handful of charities to help educate people about the problems such practices create. From a focus on the earth to its farming lands, some are concerned with helping people as well as the landscape while others focus on the largest area by volume–the sea. In all cases, their work results in benefits that will be felt for years. That said, some charities do more work with greater results than some might have ever imagined because the world’s preservation is our survival.

1. Earth Day Network

As the world’s largest environmental movement, Earth Day Network (EDN) has worked tirelessly over the past 50 years to educate, diversify, and mobilize the environmental movement across the globe. Although EDN is the main organization involved in Earth Day, it also is a driving force in a variety of projects, such as fighting against deforestation, raising awareness regarding climate change, and restoring the tree canopy in urban settings. To achieve these goals, staff and volunteers work via a combination of public policy, consumer campaigns, and education.

How does it help the ecosystem?
The Earth Day Network is responsible for breakthrough legislation, such as the Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and the Clean Air Act. Pollution in our water and air makes water unsafe to drink, our air unsafe to breathe, and puts our wildlife in jeopardy. New legislation championed by EDN has led to a significant decrease in the pollution of our water and air.

2. Environmental Working Group

Best known for their release of the annual “Dirty Dozen”, this environmental group focuses on informing the public about pesticide concentrations in conventionally grown foods. The Dirty Dozen is a list that ranks from the highest to the lowest concentration levels the amount of pesticide on our produce. In addition, this non-profit and non-partisan organization’s mission is to empower individuals to enjoy healthier lives and healthier environments. To achieve this mission, Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) activities include breakthrough public education, which results in informed choices and informed environmental actions within the communities.

Comprised of scientists, lawyers, and policymakers, EWG makes sure that you are informed on a multitude of health and environmental issues. They disseminate this information to the public through such avenues as communication campaigns, mobile apps, and their online database where you can learn about a variety of things that have the potential to negatively impact our environment and your health.
– fracking
– genetically modified organism (GMO)
– pesticides
– tap water
– household cleaners
They also provide information on large agribusinesses that utilize your tax dollars and explain why this occurs.

How does it help the ecosystem?
EWG helps to protect and educate the public by empowering consumers to make informed decisions in numerous areas of their lives, including which companies to support. In fact, in response to consumer pressure, many companies have changed their practices and now provide more environmentally friendly products.

3. Marine Conservation Institute

More and more, marine life is being threatened by climate change and pollution. For instance, plastic dumped in our oceans has resulted in the suffocation, starvation, and drowning of fish, seabirds, and sea turtles. In response, the Marine Conservation Institute was founded to protect the Earth’s largest life support system–our oceans.
In addition to providing 50 percent of the oxygen we breathe and stores 50 times more carbon dioxide than our atmosphere, a healthy marine system is vital for our well-being, health, and survival. Additionally, ocean-dependent businesses provide employment for almost three million people while the ocean itself provides an essential ingredient for medications and a variety of foods. One of the main goals of this group is to identify and advocate for marine ecosystems in need of protection.

How does it help the ecosystem?
An integral part of the success of this organization is its willingness to partner with others. As such, one of their main goals, the Blue Parks Award, is to develop a worldwide system to protect marine life and ensure its diversity continues into the future. For instance, they are actively involved in the California Seamounts Coalition, an organization dedicated to protect deep-sea marine life living off the coast of California. In addition, the Marine Conservation Institute is actively involved in preserving our oceans’ coral ecosystems. Finally, one of their main projects, Global Ocean Refuge System, is an internationally collaborative, science-based effort to mobilize efforts to protect–at a minimum–30 percent of the Earth’s oceans by 2030.

4. Friends of the Earth

Made up of a variety of autonomous organizations, Friends of the Earth work together to understand and act upon the causes of our most pressing environmental issues. This democratic group is made up of 73 members from different countries. The members meet every two years for one week to discuss the organization’s policies and decide on which environmental problems to address.

How does it help the ecosystem?
Friends of the Earth are involved in a myriad of environmental issues, such as campaigns against the use of neonicotinoid pesticides that kills bees. Bees are responsible for helping to pollinate our plants. Without their help, many plant populations would decline, and with this decline comes a decline in our oxygen supply, many of our food sources, and many animal habitats. Plants also help to regulate our climate and control the world’s water supply.
Another main concern of this charity is to stop the havoc the production of palm oil wreaks on the environment. For instance, the production of palm oil is largely responsible for Indonesian deforestation, which has resulted in the destruction of habitats and contributes to climate change. Additionally, wastewater from palm oil factories releases methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas and is 34 times more powerful in its ability to absorb the heat from the sun than carbon dioxide, both of which result in warming of the atmosphere. As the atmosphere warms, it impacts rainfall amounts, evaporation, and snowfall volume. In turn, these changes impact our water supply as well as the quality of our water by accelerating water pollution due to the increase in water temperatures.

5. Ocean Conservancy

Ocean Conservancy is dedicated to promoting ocean health by advocating for the cessation of such things as offshore drilling, an activity that has a long history of catastrophic failure. Additionally, members are dedicated to educating people on a whole host of threats, such as algae bloom and ongoing water pollution. Finally, they are dedicated to helping limit ocean trash, which gets broken down into micro-particles, which fish and ocean mammals often consume.
Looking forward, they also maintain a loud voice against global warming and the pending effect on Florida’s coast. As sea waters rise, both human and animal costs will be in the billions.

How does it help the ecosystem?
Ocean conservancy organizes environmental clean-up efforts for its volunteers, and they also help volunteers donate their time and efforts to sanctuaries for injured wildlife. Finally, they work hard to patrol beaches and identify and protect Sea Turtle nests. Through their ongoing efforts, they have a wide, positive impact across the entire Florida coast, helping to protect is wildlife through cleaning efforts and setting up safe zones for their young.

6. Rainforest Alliance

Rainforest Alliance helps educate the world about the importance of the Earth’s lungs, which clean the air and help oxygenate the atmosphere. Additionally, they help people understand the impact thriving rainforests have on the stability of the global weather systems, helping to absorb light, alter wind patterns, and impact ocean currents. Without them, the earth’s already increasing temperatures will accelerate, impacting wildlife and the millions of native inhabitants that call rainforests home.
However, their primary focus is the inhabitants of threatened environments like the rainforests. By helping to educate and support farmers, they help communities survive in harsh farming environments by increasing sustainable practices.

How does it help the ecosystem?
The Alliance’s efforts help to increase the sustainability of existing farmland across 130 countries and have resulted in such things as increased supply chain for the all-important banana market in Columbia. They have managed to create sustainable farming practices for over 7,000,000 hectares and in doing so have helped communities acquire a foothold in the rainforests without destroying valuable limited resources.

What can you do to help?
There are tons of different environmentally conscious charities out there. All of which are looking for citizens to help in their efforts by donating their money or their time. Topical Penguin Clothing works to give back to charities such as this, by donating 10% of our profits. If you’re interested in giving back to the environment, then head over to our shop and see if any penguin apparel that jumps out!