Ranked Nonprofits: National Climate Change 2009

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Climate change should be seen as the greatest challenge to face man. -Prince Charles
Climate change should be seen as the greatest challenge to face man. -Prince Charles

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: National climate change experts identified 15 top climate change-related nonprofits working at the national level in the US and in some parts of the world. These organizations include grassroots organizers, policy advocates, conservation groups, and lobbyists, and address issues like sustainability, air pollution, water pollution, environmental justice, and more.


139 National Climate Change experts recommended the following 15 outstanding nonprofits.
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Top Nonprofit Mission
1 Medal-small-2009 Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
The Natural Resources Defense Council's purpose is to safeguard the Earth. They work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life and to defend endangered natural places. They seek to establish sustainability and good stewardship of the Earth as central ethical imperatives of human society. NRDC affirms the integral place of human beings in the environment. They strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations.
2 Medal-small-2009 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. We seek to ensure that all people have clean air, energy, and transportation, as well as food that is produced in a safe and sustainable manner.
3 Medal-small-2009 World Resources Institute
The World Resources Institute's mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.
4 Medal-small-2009 Pew Center on Global Climate Change
The Pew Center on Global Climate Change's mission is to provide credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions that address global climate change. The Pew Center provides a forum for objective research and analysis and for the development of pragmatic policies and solutions. Now in its 10th year, the Pew Center has become a leading voice for sensible action to address the most pressing global environmental problem of the 21st century.
5 Medal-small-2009 Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Defense Fund is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Since 1967, they have linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems. Guided by science, EDF evaluates environmental problems and works to create and advocate solutions that win lasting political, economic and social support because they are nonpartisan, cost-efficient and fair.
6 Medal-small-2009 Sierra Club
The 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.
7 Medal-small-2009 National Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Federation inspires Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.
8 Medal-small-2009 World Wildlife Fund
The World Wildlife Fund's mission is the conservation of nature. Using the best available scientific knowledge, they work to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems by protecting natural areas and wild populations of plants and animals; promoting sustainable approaches to the use of renewable natural resources; and promoting more efficient use of resources and energy and the maximum reduction of pollution.
9 Medal-small-2009 The Nature Conservancy
The mission of The Nature Conservancy 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.
10 Medal-small-2009 League of Conservation Voters
The League of Conservation Voters' mission is to advocate for sound environmental policies and to elect pro-environmental candidates who will adopt and implement such policies.
11 Medal-small-2009 Alliance for Climate Protection
The Alliance for Climate Protection's mission is to persuade the American people of the importance and urgency of implementing effective solutions for the climate crisis. The Alliance is undertaking an unprecedented mass persuasion exercise based on scientific facts. Through a new combination of non–partisan alliances and innovative communication techniques the Alliance will present the facts and solutions about climate change to the public in an accurate and compelling manner.
12 Medal-small-2009 ICLEI-Local Governments For Sustainability
ICLEI is an international membership association of local governments dedicated to climate protection and sustainable development.
13 Medal-small-2009 Energy Action Coalition
The Energy Action Coalition unites a diversity of organizations in an alliance that supports and strengthens the student and youth clean energy movement in North America. The partners of Energy Action work together to leverage collective power and create change for a clean, efficient, just and renewable energy future. The work of Energy Action is focused on four strategic areas: campuses, communities, corporate practices, and politics.
14 Medal-small-2009 Greenpeace
Greenpeace's mission is to expose global environmental problems, ensure that the Earth is able to nurture life in all its diversity and promote solutions for future generations. Greenpeace, Inc. is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.
15 Medal-small-2009 1Sky
1Sky's goal is to build a diverse, society-wide mobilization that will convince the US federal government to take bold action by 2010. To identify the steps that US leaders need to take in order to shift the US away from global warming and towards the prosperity of a green economy. They have engaged a network of leading scientists and economists to create the 1Sky Solutions.


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