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Causes: Animals, Biological & Life Sciences, Environment, Forest Conservation, Land Resources Conservation, Protection of Endangered Species

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

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144 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a member of the Center for Biological Diversity. They are here in Tucson and I have been able to volunteer at their headquarters. I have witnessed the devotion of staff members to working to protect both animals and plants that are under stress from Climate Change, habitat loss, dangerous chemicals, or other hazards. This is really important to me because so many environmental organizations specialize in one or two species. They are doing great things that will of course impact other plants and animals, but The Center is working across the entire wildlife spectrum. They use their legal skills and research talent to save so many. I am not wealthy but I give what I can and volunteer as needed to help the Center with their work. Barbara Cain

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an online activist for this organization for several years. For decades they've been one of the most reliable advocates for endangered species, mostly through legal and policy work. While this very important strategy continues, I love that they have expanded their strategies to include raising awareness of some of the broader threats to endangered species, such as gender inequality and its impact on unsustainable population growth; over-consumption, including food waste, our animal product-centered diets and the meat, dairy, egg and fishing industry's irresponsible practices, and our fossil fuel-based economy. Many large groups don't address some of these more controversial issues but since they are some of the biggest drivers of extinction and habitat loss, they must be addressed in more visible ways. I also love that the CBD team advocates for endangered species because protecting them is the smart thing to do for our environment AND because it's the right thing to do for the wild animals themselves. Not all groups have such a strong ethic towards animals. They produce great e-newsletters and whenever CBD has an online call to action, I get involved. Please support this organization with donations and your activism.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a local coordinator for a Friends of the Earth Group in Torfaen, South Wales, UK, I relish receiving reports from the Center for Biological Diversity as it encourages us to continue to work for our own local biodiversity. I love to read about the species of creatures I will never see but rejoice in their existence. Also we are battling to prevent fracking from taking place in our lovely country of Wales and your experiences of this dangerous practice informs our arguments in opposing such plans here.
Well done CBD! Keep up the good work.

Ira G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe their work and campaigns makes a difference on this planet and they are so knowledgeable and passionate about their work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I like best about the Center for Biological Diversity is that it stands up for species other than our own and tries to educate folks about the harms of human activities. I try to spread these messages by distributing the Center's Endangered Species condoms during Earth Day events.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Biological Diversity is a great nonprofit that has helped me to open my eyes to the issues around me. There are a lot of causes to donate to, but I can't donate money right now. Fortunately there are also petitions to sign and letters to write! This organization helps helping in the way you can!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity does the most research on the most minute issues that could directly affect wildlife and plant species and the environment. Very few, if any, vital topics escape their review. This is followed up by specific plans of action for each item. The Center also has the most elaborate auxiliary network of co-sponsors and publicity groups.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Keeps me up to date with environmental news,before I just hoped the world would get better but now I know what state the world is in and what I can do to help thx to them

Nimueh R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Center for Biological Diversity accomplishes great missions, identifies areas needing support, takes important steps legally and through activism to bring public attention to serious environment issues, and consistently deeply impacts our world positively. I highly recommend Center for Biological Diversity for all the support possible!

8 Susanne8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is the only enviromental group that I know of which tackles the single most important issue of our time: too many people! All of our problems result from the fact that 7 billion people exceed the carrying capacity of this planet.