CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY INC

Rating: 4.86 stars   893 reviews

Issues: Animals, Environment

Location: PO Box 710 Tucson AZ 85702 USA

Mission: At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature;to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law, and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters, and climate that species need to survive.We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.
Results: According to the LA Weekly, we're "pound for pound, dollar for dollar, the most effective conservation organization in the country."
Programs: Climate Law Institute, Endangered Species, Oceans, Public Lands, Urban Wildlands
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 27-3943866
(520) 623.5252
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I'm a wildlife biologist, conservation advocate, and habitat restoration volunteer, who has been continually impressed with the legal, political, and environmental scope of such a small and mighty non-profit! This organization is continually challenging government leaders and agencies, big business, and everyday individuals to take a look at the implications our actions have on the earth around us--and on ourselves. They are not afraid to use legal action repeatedly to stop seriously imperiled animals and habitat from vanishing forever, nor do they shy away from the socio-political issues, such as our unsustainable world population explosion, that cause great species decline. The CBD's work has had direct, positive results in wildlife conservation, and in education of everyday people on the intrinsic importance of biologcal diversity. Therefore, I am a proud supporter of their amazing efforts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing action alerts I took that later helped preserve wildlife and/or habitat. CBD's ability to get so many people involved online puts pressure on decision makers, corporations, and politicians to act responsibly toward the environment.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They infuse some humor into the difficult work they do and show you the positive effects of our activism.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Very kind and willing to take the time to engage in conservation discussions either in person or online.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make a greater impact on reproductive education worldwide; expose more of what government and corporate leaders do behind closed doors that puts money far ahead of animal and human health; have more international impact on conservation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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9 people found this review helpful

The Center for Biological Diversity is one of my favorite non-profit organizations because you can be a supporter even when money is tight. I say this because of the plethora of opportunities they offer to get involved in species protection by sending letters, making phone calls, signing petitions, and even handing out endangered-species condoms to raise awareness of the negative effects of over-population. When I was laid off from my job last year, I was able to continue to support the Center's efforts through activism, even when I couldn't write a check. Now that I am employed once again, I feel like I never took a break from being an advocate for animals and the environment.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the targeted email notifications about actions I can take locally and nationally by contacting representatives and decision-makers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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10 people found this review helpful

As a person with a lifelong concern for earth's ever-diminishing inventory of plant and animal species -- and the natural ecosystems where they live -- which now constitutes an extinction crisis, I have come to know that the Center for Biological Diversity is remarkably effective at rescuing U.S. endangered species from extinction. Many decades ago the U.S. Congress passed the Endangered Species Act, and most of the Center's work is simply making U.S. government administrations act to protect endangered species in accordance with the provisions of this act -- which they frequently have not and still do not always.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

visiting biological preserves that were created in response to successful lawsuits against government agencies by the Center.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

prevent even more of our precious natural biological heritage here in the U.S. from becoming extinct.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I admire their tirelessness in pursuing meaningful protection for our wild lands and animal and plant life. I also think they have been especially effective in gaining protection, winning important court battles and educating the public about new and important issues in conservation and wildlife protection.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the empowerment and voice they offer to the public.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that they give me an easy way to speak with lawmakers and other authorities and executives. They also bring news stories I had not heard of to my attention and do a lot of the tedious but important work for the good of all of us.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, thoughtful and optimistic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

effectively improve things for many of the important issues facing the environment today, from mountaintop removal coal mining to excessive offshore oil drilling. I see that they are quite effective even when it comes to tough issues.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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10 people found this review helpful

CBD is very knowledgeable on a wide range of issues. I appreciate the fact that they make it easy for me to send letters to politicians and organizations on issues that are important to me.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They keep me informed on issues important to me in their newsletters, AND allow me to easily take action on those issues.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Stop coal mining, and other filthy industry.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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9 people found this review helpful

This group reminds our whole society what responsibility and activism really mean. The individuals at CBD prioritize the welfare of all living beings above their own careers and salaries. Lots of other "environmental" groups have far larger memberships (and far larger budgets) and achieve far, far less toward defending the rights and livelihoods of all living beings. CBD use the tools put in place by our own society to look after the welfare of our living planet. This is far more to all of our benefits than pushing forward economic earnings at the expense of our natural world. Please let your political representatives know that you also support the CBD in their ethical and heroic work!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I'm a year-round Alaskan resident. While many Americans are content with the myth that the North is an untouched paradise, the CBD are some of the only folks stepping up to the plate to actually safeguard some of the last healthy ecosystems left.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make them an official department of the federal government, with final veto power over the Departments of Agriculture and Interior.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

1)Their regular email updates, and opportunities to contribute letters (with all contact info already taken care of). 2)Even though they're poor, they rarely ask for cash 'cause they know informing you and helping you be active are worth more!!!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

committed, tireless, and never forgetting the primacy of the larger priorities.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Maybe burn it to show America that money does not equate power, and an informed, involved and active citizenry is worth far more.

Ways to make it better...

they lived in my town.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

They acheive most of their effects by utilizing legal mechanisms that could hypothetically be removed by legislators. Also, in some cases, the critical legal tools needed for proper oversight actually don't exist, or don't apply (e.g., some state lands)

One thing I'd also say is that...

If they ever need to recharge on the beauty and grandeur of nature, i'll take any of them for free on my sailboat to watch group-feeding humpback whales, coastal grizzlies, wolves, etc., here in Alaska.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

their true concern and fight for the environment, and all it's creatures is astonding. globally as well as local and regional concerns

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

environmental concerns

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About every month

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2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

The Endangered Earth series is a godsend for me in my busy day - succinct articles that are still full of information, with links to more in-depth coverage. Please keep up the good work!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it gives me solid, factual information.

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About every week

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2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I really like the Center for Biological Diversity because they are so committed to the environment. They are very effective, despite being a fairly small organization. They also stick to their beliefs, even if it's not a popular or exciting topic. From protecting tiny plants in the desert to tackling a huge controversial issue like human overpopulation, they are consistent and passionate. I know that when I dontate to their organization, my money will be used effectively and for something I care deeply about.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing their success in many lawsuits they have filed against polluters, etc.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make them bigger, so they could be even more effective.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their passion and committment to the environment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

save many more endangered species and protect more of our wild places.

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

limited funds.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

What I like about the Center for Biological Diversity, is that they're all walk and very little talk. They don't make much noise or get a lot of coverage like Greenpeace or similar organizations, but that is because they're too busy working and suing government agencies, reckless companies, and anyone else, who is not abiding by the law. They also help enact legislation and lobby, so they're one of those behind the scene organizations that gets a lot of work done, and not much credit. I think this is better and more effective than appear to be a tree hugging - whale saving fringe group.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've heard the results of court decisions in the news, where the CBD sued somebody and won.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They are very effective, they don't beg for money. They get much better results than direct action environmental groups, which many times are just perceived as being "too extreme" and end up turning people off, instead of actually changing things.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

I haven't worked with anyone directly there

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make sure a lot of environmental laws were strictly enforced and it would also lobby to change things in favor of biological diversity. But more importantly, I'm sure they would make those 10 million bucks go much further than any other organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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