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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 have been a member of old line environmental groups since about 1977, and still am. These groups are now appearing to me to make deals with corporations and the government, which I can not accept as the best deal for the planet. CBD is sueing, instead of making deals. CBD does their research and sues agancies for not following their own regulations. They draw a line and stick with it. There is no compromise in the fight for animals and plants, habitats and our air and water.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people at the Center for Biological Diversity are the most serious, dedicated and effective people I have ever met. The director is highly intelligent, totally dedicated and works 24/7. He has surrounded himself with truly outstanding people. The center has tackled issues other environmental organizations are afraid to address, because CBD does not accept contributions from polluters or other corporate environmental criminals as do some other organizations. This organization has done more to protect threatened and endangered species and the environment than all the large "mainstream" organizaitons put together. I am honored to volunteer with this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity has done far more than any organization that I support! They had achieved numerous victories for our dear Planet... Well done!

6 annieframe

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent information which is always structured and easy to understand. A breath of fresh air to all who love the earth and everything in it.

6 dieters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity serves - different from other organizations - the whole range of ecologically relevant topics. This means inclusion of not only the exorbitant demands of our human species, but also its exorbitant number, which is far beyond the carrying capacity of our earth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I am proud to be associated with the Center for Biological Diversity. This organization uses not just political action, but it is also successful at litigating within the Court system creating true and long-term change. They have been successful, where others have failed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CBD is by far the most effective environmental organization in existence. It exhibits a rigorous thoroughness that sets the gold standard for other organizations. CBD eschews compromise and is tireless in wide ranging efforts that protect and enhance habitat, species and the planet. Campaigns and efforts are well chosen, and results are unparalleled.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

the fact that with little fund raising notices, they send most of their email letters out with what they are doing and accomplishing which is quite alot in terms of habitat protection and seem to me to be one of,if not the best at getting things done in terms eco protection.great org,can't say enough good things about them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I receive the email newsletter of the Center, and find it to be the best update on issues affecting the environment. I particularly appreciate the opportunities offered to sign petitions. My only criticism has been the Center's condom campaign that was followed up with self-congratulatory comments related to what readers were told was the campaign's success. What had been a consistent emphasis on eco-concerns that we need to address--suddenly degenerated by bringing sex into the equation. I shouldn't have been surprised (given our culture's sex obsessions). It was only a matter of time before someone on the Center's staff (or other group seeking the Center's blessing on its agenda) championed the idea of conjuring up for readers the image of an erect penis needing a sheath. What else does mention of the word "condom" bring to mind? But that's not my only philosophical problem with this decision of the Center. Rather, by raising the flag of population control, the Center crossed the line into dangerous moral territory. It's a slippery slope to raise the specter of population control--the Holocaust being a paradigm for the topic. The Hutu-Tutsi and Darfur slaughters are of more recent vintage. What's the connection you ask? Namely, with the Center associated with waving condoms, it is within the camp of others who have very clear ideas of WHICH humans need to be eradicated. Prior to this campaign, the Center's focus was on very concrete issues which could galvanize activists like myself. It was disheartening to see the Center take our minds off the concrete issues of saving creatures, and deflect our attention to copulating humans in different parts of the world. Will a sterilization campaign be next? Or is chemical castration possible via tapping into water systems? You get my point. And it's the only point that I hold as a criticism. I've been positive in telling others about the Center, and forwarded its newsletters to people. However, if this condom thing gets much more play, you'll lose me. I'm a PhD anthropologist university professor.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love how the Center for Biological Diversity Inc. fights for wildlife and wildlands. We need them in so many ways. Besides fighting for the Earth's biological diversity, they keep me informed on all fronts of court cases, wildlife and wildland in peril, political moves that greatly affect our Earth and let me know how I can be active in fighting for Earth's future.