Ranked Nonprofits: Local Climate Change 2010

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The longer we wait, the harder the problem will be to solve. -John Kerry
The longer we wait, the harder the problem will be to solve. -John Kerry

The Cause: The eight warmest years since 1880 have all occurred since 2001 and it is estimated that temperatures will probably rise a further 1.1 to 6.4 °C (2.0 to 11.5 °F) during the twenty-first century. Human activity has caused most of this observed temperature increase, and if global warming causes are not addressed, these changes will lead to tremendous climate disruptions around the world.

The Scope: Bay Area climate change experts identified 15 top climate change-related nonprofits working in the San Francisco Bay Area. These organizations include associations, advocacy groups focused on transportation, research organizations, grassroots organizers, policy focused organizations, open space advocates, organizations promoting clean energy solutions and sustainability, environmental health justice organizations, and more. Read more about the scope of the research here: http://www.myphilanthropedia.org/blog/2010/02/25/bay-area-climate-change/


97 Local Climate Change experts recommended the following 15 outstanding nonprofits.
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Top Nonprofit Mission
1 Medal-small-2010 Union of Concerned Scientists
The Union of Concerned Scientists is a nonprofit partnership of scientists and citizens combining rigorous scientific analysis, innovative policy development, and effective citizen advocacy to achieve practical environmental solutions.
2 Medal-small-2010 Sierra Club
Sierra Club's mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
3 Medal-small-2010 ICLEI-Local Governments For Sustainability
ICLEI is an international membership association of local governments dedicated to climate protection and sustainable development.
4 Medal-small-2010 Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
NRDC's mission is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.
5 Medal-small-2010 350.org
350.org is building a global grassroots movement to solve the climate crisis.

350 means climate safety. To preserve our planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 394 parts per million to below 350 ppm. But 350 is more than a number—it's a symbol of where we need to head as a planet.

Our online campaigns, grassroots organizing, and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by thousands of volunteer organizers in over 188 countries.

6 Medal-small-2010 Greenbelt Alliance
Greenbelt Alliance protects open spaces and creates vibrant places throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. They work in partnership with diverse coalitions on public policy development, advocacy, and education.
7 Medal-small-2010 TransForm
TransForm works to create world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond. It builds diverse coalitions, influence policy, and develop innovative programs to improve the lives of all people and protect the environment.
8 Medal-small-2010 Rainforest Action Network (RAN)
Rainforest Action Network's mission is to want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.
9 Medal-small-2010 Climate Protection Campaign
The Climate Protection Campaign mission is to create a positive future for our children and all life by inspiring action in response to the climate crisis. They advance practical, science-based solutions for achieving significant greenhouse gas reductions.
10 Medal-small-2010 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 the world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, they work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. They do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive.
11 Medal-small-2010 The Energy Foundation
The Energy Foundation is a partnership of major donors interested in solving the world's energy problems. Their mission is to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy — new technologies that are essential components of a clean energy future.
12 Medal-small-2010 ClimateWorks Foundation
ClimateWorks is an international philanthropic network dedicated to achieving low-carbon prosperity.
13 Medal-small-2010 Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
Through organizing, political education, leadership development, and advocacy, the Ella Baker Center unlocks the power of low-income people, people of color, and their allies to transform California and inspire the world.
14 Medal-small-2010 Communities for a Better Environment (CBE)
The mission of Communities for a Better Environment is to achieve environmental health and justice by building grassroots power in and with communities of color and working-class communities.
15 Medal-small-2010 Acterra: Action for a Sustainable Earth
To bring people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet.


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