Ranked Nonprofits: National Climate Change 2012

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"Global warming is too serious for the world any longer to ignore its danger or split into opposing factions on it." -- Tony Blair
"Global warming is too serious for the world any longer to ignore its danger or split into opposing factions on it." -- Tony Blair

The Cause: The average temperature of the Earth’s surface has increased by about 1.2 to 1.4ºF since 1900, and with that has come a host of changes in other aspects of climate such as precipitation and storminess (EPA). Climate change affects people, plants, and animals in a variety of ways, and scientists have observed that some changes are already occurring (EPA).

The Scope: Experts were asked to recommend up to four nonprofits and up to two promising start-up nonprofits having a significant impact in the field of climate change at the national level. Recommended nonprofits could address the issue from various perspectives, including the environment, energy use, and sustainability. They could also utilize a variety of approaches including conservation, education, research, policy, and advocacy.


121 National Climate Change experts recommended the following 18 outstanding nonprofits.
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Top Nonprofit Mission
1 Medal-small-2012 Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
The Natural Resources Defense Council's purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends.
We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life -- air, land and water -- and to defend endangered natural places.
We 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.
We strive to protect nature in ways that advance the long-term welfare of present and future generations.
We work to foster the fundamental right of all people to have a voice in decisions that affect their environment. We seek to break down the pattern of disproportionate environmental burdens borne by people of color and others who face social or economic inequities. Ultimately, NRDC strives to help create a new way of life for humankind, one that can be sustained indefinitely without fouling or depleting the resources that support all life on Earth.
2 Medal-small-2012 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.

3 Medal-small-2012 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.
4 Medal-small-2012 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.
5 Medal-small-2012 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.
6 Medal-small-2012 Ceres
Ceres's mission is: Mobilizing investor and business leadership to build a thriving, sustainable global economy
7 Medal-small-2012 Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Defense Fund’s mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems.
8 Medal-small-2012 National Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Federation® -- Inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children's future.
Wildlife's ability to survive the challenges of the 21st century is becoming outpaced by the events that are transforming our world. Global warming, the loss of habitat, and people becoming more disconnected from nature than past generations are converging on a dangerous path for our planet. The work of NWF and our affiliates across the country provides answers to these challenges and will help ensure America's wildlife legacy continues for future generations.
9 Medal-small-2012 Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES)
Launched in November 2011, C2ES is the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, long recognized in the United States and abroad as an influential and pragmatic voice on climate issues. The Pew Center’s founder, Eileen Claussen, and its senior team continue to lead the effort.

At C2ES, we believe that ensuring safe, reliable, affordable energy for all – while protecting the global climate – is a paramount challenge of the 21st century. We see signs of progress around the world. But far greater effort is needed if we are to keep these challenges from becoming true crises. Now more than ever, we need committed voices with the expertise to cut through complexity and craft innovative solutions; the independence to separate fact from fiction; and the credibility to work with all sides to build common ground.
10 Medal-small-2012 Greenpeace
Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful protest and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.
11 Medal-small-2012 US Climate Action Network
USCAN’s mission is to support and strengthen civil society organizations to influence the design and development of an effective, equitable and sustainable global strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure its implementation at international, national and local levels.
12 Medal-small-2012 ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability
ICLEI's mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local governments to achieve tangible improvements in global sustainability with special focus on environmental conditions through cumulative local actions.
13 Medal-small-2012 Climate Solutions
Climate Solutions works to accelerate practical and profitable solutions to global warming by galvanizing leadership, growing investment and bridging divides.

Since 1998, Climate Solutions has pioneered the vision and cultivated political leadership in the Northwest for the proposition that clean energy and broadly-shared economic prosperity can go hand-in-hand. Through our Business Leaders, New Energy Cities, and Harvesting Clean Energy programs, Climate Solutions builds a powerful constituency for local, regional and national action on climate and clean energy.
14 Medal-small-2012 Earthjustice
Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment.
15 Medal-small-2012 The Climate Reality Project
Climate Reality Project's Mission is to reveal the complete truth about the climate crisis in a way that ignites the moral courage in each of us.
16 Medal-small-2012 Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth defends the environment and champions a healthy and just world.
17 Medal-small-2012 Center For Clean Air Policy (CCAP)
The mission of Center for Clean Air Policy is to significantly advance cost-effective and pragmatic air quality and climate policy through analysis, dialogue and education to reach a broad range of policy-makers and stakeholders worldwide.
18 Medal-small-2012 The Nature Conservancy
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.


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