This is an organization that actually makes a difference in getting the public's -- and lawmakers and industry's -- attention to environmental issues and wildlife concerns without the drama and hyperbole used by other nonprofits. The Center for Biological Diversity often is favorably mentioned in mainstream media as having been responsible for spearheading efforts to effect positive change to major, high-profile government or industry programs/projects that challenge the viability of the environment and stressed/threatened wildlife.
I am a retired US Forest Service Wildlife Biologist who had a 32 year career with the Agency and land management issues. Sometime during that career the Center came into focus taking the lead on many critical wildlife habitat controversies and all I can say is...Thank the Universe for their presence! Often when I feared the worse for the fate of key habitats and species protection, the Center was and still is there to serve as one of the most effective stalwharts to force, and sadly I do say force the Land Management Agencies to do the right thing for the land and its creatures and obey the land management plans, laws, regulations and policies the Agencies are directed by. The Center is a skilled reviewer of Agency plans and land management proposals, knows how to comment effectively, and develop and argument that time and time again wins when the issue has to go before a judge. Without the Center I dare say alot more critters and habitat would be on their way out, degraded or placed in extinction jeopardy even further. The Center effectively keeps our Land Management Agencies honest . Its one of the best right along with Defenders of Wildlife, Audubon and Earth Justice League.
My career has been in research to conserve the nation's natural resources, so I know what is needed to do so. The Center for Biological Diversity is a highly effective NGO that does what it takes to protect vulnerable wild animals and plants and their required habitat. So effective my congressman once stated that this organization is his greatest nemesis in promoting logging and other development on public lands. The CBD holds quarterly phone briefings on their progress and listens to what members have to say. I have made this .org the principal beneficiary of my estate because of their work.
This request for a review comes at an interesting moment for me. I am a professional in the sense that I am a writer and teacher who is devoted to earth based consciousness. http://deenametzger.net. And so always attuned to what we might really do and become on behalf of restoring creation before the earth and all its beings are doomed by human activity. [Perhaps also known in a small way as an elephant whisperer.] Last week, before a workshop back east, i began thinking about the Center, your newsletter and activities, and noticing how much attention I pay when i see Karen Suckling's name and so I decided to go on line and see who you each are. I was deeply taken by the list of younger, for the most part, passionate, devoted, skilled, ethical human beings working in individual ways on behalf of the earth. i am grateful for your devotion to the large and the small,. Your sense of connection to the local particular as well as global need. Though I am not financially able to support you in the ways I wish i could, or rather support the work in the ways I would if i had the means, i do feel that we are in profound alliance. My hope is that our gifts and mandates will find ways to collaborate on behalf of the future and all beings. Deena Metzger
I would like to thank the important efforts by the Center for Biological Diversity particularly with raising concerns about the antiquated and outdated slaughter practices of the Wildlife Service, fighting for numerous species protections from corporate and developing interests and the pawns within government itself and lastly the most challenging of issues - the human population explosion!
I am deeply impressed by the Center for Biological Diversity's excellent, dedicated environmental work. As an environmental advocacy organization, it educates about a diverse variety of issues, offers expert advice on ways to reduce negative impact on the earth and action alerts, and firsthand experiences from the front lines of environmental crusading. I highly recommend supporting this organization.
The Center For Biological Diversity is at the forefront of any major issue affecting our wildlife or environment. If you sincerely care about animals, the environment, conservation, and all things
inter-related, than the Center For Biological Diversity is your best source of knowledge.
They are definitely on top of their game and any breaking news or important issues, is immediately
addressed and dispersed to members. Why is this so important? Because the faster we are informed
of issues, the quicker we respond and it vastly increases our ability to resolve them.
If you really care about our environment and wildlife and have a thirst for knowledge, then you have to
be a part of the Center For Biological Diversity. They are simply the best.
As a Biology professor I have admired the work of the Center for Biological Diversity since I learned about them several years ago. They are down in the trenches doing the hard legal work that needs to be done to protect our environment. They also do a great job of getting the word out as to what the problems are and how you can help. Their recent landmark victory to speed up the evaluation of hundreds of candidate endangered species that had been lying in administrative limbo for decades was just one of their important victories. I strongly support the work they do and wish I could do more.
Not only are they doing great work but their emails to the general public are very helpful, encouraging and informative.
My recent experience with this group was very troubling. They seemed more interested in having petitions accepted than protecting the environment. When invited to help protect fish "on the ground", our local community was told that the CBD had "no responsibility" to act at the local level. I personally found their local rep to be rude, vulgar, and very unprofessional. Local environmental groups have distanced themselves from them now and they have few local allies. My personal opinion is that this group is more of a lawsuit factory than a protector of the environment. I hope this changes in the future, as those of us interested in protecting the environment rather than making headlines could use all the help we can get.