5 Climate Change Organizations to Support for Earth Day
As we celebrate Earth Day, we need to recognize the dire state of our precious planet. As climate change increases in intensity, we are on the cusp of a worldwide climate disaster. The time to act has come. Here are five climate change organizations you can support in honor of Earth Day.
Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI)
Initially created in 1984 by a nonpartisan Congressional caucus, the EESI promotes environmental sustainability and clean energy. The EESI no longer receives congressional funding and relies on private donations. However, the organization works closely with leaders on Capitol Hill to inform policies that will protect the environment and move the nation towards clean energy solutions. Their bipartisan board of directors seeks to educate Congress and move the country away from fossil fuels and carbon emissions.
EESI also works closely with rural electric companies to ease reliance on non-renewable resources. Many rural customers struggle to afford utility bills. To that end, EESI is dedicated to finding solutions that not only help the planet, but also help individuals living in rural areas.
Palo Alto, CA
For 50 years, Acterra has encouraged citizens to protect and preserve our planet and its resources. Today, the organization focuses heavily on reversing climate change and creating sustainable solutions throughout northern California.
As one of the nation’s oldest climate change organizations, Acterra focuses on educating and equipping citizens to help them combat climate change in their local communities. Science-based training programs focus on individual impacts, transportation initiatives, zero-waste lifestyles, and watershed management, and habitat restoration. Organizers also work closely with local businesses to help them reduce their carbon footprint by incorporating sustainable energy solutions.
Seeds of Solidarity
Seeds of Solidarity is combating multiple social and environmental issues through one comprehensive organization. At the Seeds of Solidarity Farm, volunteers work with low-income youth, many who regularly go hungry and do not have access to fresh foods. The founders strive to teach children, youth, and their families how to “grow food anywhere,” eliminating hunger and creating healthy lifestyles.
In addition, Seeds of Solidarity is working to combat climate change through the Seeds of Solidarity Education Center. Along with workshops on gardening and healthy food choices, the organization addresses climate change and how industrial farming and food waste contribute to the problem. Seeds of Solidarity encourages participants to adopt environmentally-friendly methods of food growth, food use, and food waste management.
Amazon Conservation Association
The Amazon region is vital to the health of our planet. But deforestation and wildfires threaten the health of this delicate ecosystem. The Amazon Conservation Association uses a multi-pronged approach to protect the Amazon, conserve its resources, and empower indigenous populations who rely heavily on the land’s natural resources.
The Amazon Conservation Association protects millions of acres in Peru and Bolivia. Through biological research, local education and conservation programs, and training programs for indigenous people, this nonprofit is helping to protect one of our planet’s most significant resources.
One of the top-rated climate change organizations in America, Ceres is tackling environmental activism through a powerful network of donors, influencers, and policymakers. Along with focusing on ways to slow and reverse the effects of climate change, Ceres also focuses on water scarcity and pollution, inequitable workplaces, and outdated economic systems.
Ceres has a multi-faceted approach to combating climate change. First and foremost, the organization relies on donors and leaders who work to influence corporations and encourage sustainable business practices. By creating a more sustainable workplace, Ceres also aims to change the economic climate in America, creating a safer planet and a fairer economy for all citizens.
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