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Causes: Botanical, Horticultural & Landscape Services, Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: Environmental Defense Fund's mission is to preserve the natural systems on which all life depends. Guided by science and economics, we find practical and lasting solutions to the most serious environmental problems. What distinguishes Environmental Defense Fund is the combination of what we protect and how we protect it. We work to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet. This has drawn us to areas that span the biosphere: climate, oceans, ecosystems and health. Since these topics are intertwined, our solutions take a multidisciplinary approach. We work in concert with other organizations — as well as with business, government and communities — and avoid duplicating work already being done effectively by others.

Results: Learn more about our results over the past 50 years at https://50years.edf.org/

Geographic areas served: 15 countries including the US, China, UK and Mexico

Programs: Climate, Energy, Environmental Health, Oceans, and Partnerships.

Community Stories

373 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Has helped me immensely to understand problems with our laws in regards to climate change and environmental policies and gives me non-offerwhelming ways of helping.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There really isn't a story, rather a kudos to Environmental Defense! Without sustaining our environment, we won't have anything. I have read and learned (and donated when able) and subsequently done my part. My granddaughter is 8 years young and picks up litter on the streets (after which we assure a good scrubbing :-) and she does not hesitate to tell anyone - classmates, family members, anyone who will listen - why things should or should not be done! I share with her all that I have learned over the many years and implemented into my life to assure that when I am gone, she will remember and continue to save what we have.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you for all you do for the animals and our world to make it a better, healthier, more productive place. Your tireless efforts do make a difference. It is an uphill battle but you continue to help the public see how important it is for all of us to take a part in making it better.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Environmental Defense Fund and its organization has consistently been on the forefront of the issues that matter to the future of this planet and what we leave to the next generation. Protect the air, water and land that we and all life need to sustain us! I would recommend the support of the EDF to everyone.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organisation is the perfect way for the very few to organise and become the voice of many thousands, I support almost 100% of the petitions and know that my small voice is joined by so many more that it has made a difference.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is one of the first groups I have taken a part of that makes you realize you really can make a difference by signing a petition and expressing your opinion. Thank you EDF for all that you do!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi there. My name is Melissa. I would like everyone to know Environmental Defense cares so much for our people, earth and animals! Please support them in any way you can! Peace and Love to EVERYONE!

Nora23

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EDF has been influential in keeping me informed about important issues, and allowing me to have access to petitions I wish to sign. I am grateful for the opportunity they afford me to have my voice heard.

Donor

Rating: 5

EDF fights the battle we as individuals couldn't do. They fight for clean air, protect animals & many other issues. I contribute monthly & hope you do too!

Terry90

Volunteer

Rating: 5

By trusted God to show you to help other from nonprofit. It the best i have seen they care about the environmental Defense try to get you help by suggest something. Cathy Riggs

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I decided to get involved with the edf because I strongly believe that the environment is the most important thing that we must protect. Nature can survive without us but we can't survive without nature. That's why I wanted to join this organization to be someone that can make a positive impact on the environment.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Environmental Defense Fund is vital in order to save our Planet Earth.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

EDF was captured more than a decade ago by neoliberal politics and economics leading to advocacy for private ownership of public trust resources. The organization responds to libertarian and conservative funding organizations and foundations in creating so-called "market based solutions" to air and water pollution, overfishing and depletion of marine fishing species and bycatch and protection, ignoring ecosystem integrity and the right of the public to manage and control the use and consumption of public trust resources. The organization supports austerity in the federal budget and opposes regulation by government trustees responsible for managing public trust resources on behalf of the public which actually owns them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EDF has helped to keep me better informed on many different issues including those involving air pollution factors, concerns/problems with what goes into many of our foods, climate change and endangered animals.

Through my contact with EDF I have been able to directly get in touch with my congressman and senators and in return have received replies back from those elected officials letting me know my voice had been heard on issues that are important to me.

EDF provides a great insight into matters going on in our world that should concern us all but are not necessarily heard on the news or posted as a headline or a must read article on the internet.

DaMeteor

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

This is amazing, great environmental stuff finally. Sticking it up to China and the U.S. Cause what's more important: The short term benefit of one species or the long term benefit of ALL species and the Earth. Do you want your children to live in a world tomorrow that is toxic and radioactive or a world that is at least livable.

Donor

Rating: 5

EDF is one of the most responsible and focused of any of the many environmental organizations in the United States. It's work is supported by strong scientific evidence, and its efforts to educate the public are remarkably effective. Those of us who care about the environment should be at the front in supporting and endorsing EDF.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Not too many things in life bring instant and long-lasting satisfaction. Supporting EDF excels at doing both!! Support EDF and you will be doing something really good for this world we live in and make yourself feel really good at the same time.

1 Claudio A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

for save the others life, aid them, give support and services required when necessary, we are present as non profit charity, as a means to whom reffer when necessities are more and high and one had not money. We do so for love and with love, searching to redone the will of smile, the will of live to more and do so gratuitely and not for gain. Surely we need money for our activity, but it is thanks people we may. We are here for alls have a situation of stress, of economic difficulty and say:ask us what you need, we are here for done answers. claudio alpaca

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I appreciate everything the Environmental Defense Fund does to help protect our mother earth!

Donor

Rating: 5

EDF wages battle on behalf of the planet against powers that individuals like me cannot face. I am grateful for EDF, and for its approach to environmental activism: scientific, legally defensible, and tenacious. EDF's ability to work with the "opposition" to deliver a win-win solution is impressive.

Carolyn109

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Environmental Defense Fund is one of the two best advocates for the environment. The other is the Sierra Club. The EDF works tirelessly to identify problems, devise solutions and make the public aware of what is happening to our environment. I personally believe that we should be stewards of the Earth and EDF fits perfectly with my philosophy.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

People who want to live a long healthy life will support EDF because their ultimate goal is to solve the world's serious environmental problems....climate change, toxic ocean water and agricultural growth, are at the top of the list . What's important is that EDF coordinates with the government and various businesses to analyze and find the best scientific, environmental, and economical solutions that our planet is facing. Every US state and country should coordinate with EDF to find out the latest discoveries and changes, provide information, and contribute monetarily. I think of EDF as a non-spiritual God.

1 Teddy B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's killing everything we need to keep our world healthy.To the world out there it is now time to act. If you sit back and wait to see what the future brings that will be one big mistake. Wake up have a coffee then call out. Reach out to those who are in charge of our country. Tell them they have to protect our oceans, rivers and streams. They need to act quickly to save us from disaster. Reduce carbon emissions and noxious fumes from escaping into our air destroying our ozone. Stop spraying our land with chemicals. Wake up people wake up

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If you want to support climate change avoidance practices, wildlife and sustainability on planet Earth, then look no further than the Environmental Defense Fund. Your one stop shop for clean air, water & wildlife protection.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EDF is an outstanding organization advocating for all issues from global warming, alternative energy sources, wildlife extinction, etc. EDF covers the entire spectrum of the environment

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EDF is a passionate nonprofit that continually keeps me informed on important environmental news. They make it really easy to not only stay informed, but to also take action. Their recommended letters to senators and members of congress are a great way to voice your opinion. I know that my one letter doesn't matter, but if enough of us send them it makes an impression. Strength in numbers! I highly recommend joining EDF in their fight to make our planet better.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for your web-site like others, most people in the World probably wouldn't really know how much Mother-Nature changes? The creatures of the Earth really need help from the acknowledgement that we all do really Care! Thanks for listening,......

Philip20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Environmental Defense Inc provides a great way to keep involved with today's environmental issues, as well as express your own opinions.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Studied many other options before joining the EDI. Organization, depth of leaders, focus of purpose and available resources all played a big part in my decision. EDI can make a difference with your help.
Please join and participate.

Craig Domin

Rajeev S.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a steward for the ENVIRONMENT it is a honor for me to recommend this nonprofit called EDF. I praise the scientific approach used by EDF to restore our environment for the sake of all living entities !
May God bless America and EDF !

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Donor

Rating: 5

I started contributing to the EDF several months ago. Growing up in a small town surrounded by National Forest, as a kid I always just assumed that everyone lived in small towns with natural beauty and abundant resources around them. However, the more I learn about the rest of the world, the more acutely aware I become of the fact that mankind's industrious nature is causing severe damage to our life support system. As far as we currently know, we are the only planet with abundant, highly diversified life- yet we seem to be set on destroying it as fast as we can.
It is immensely reassuring to read the reports from the EDF about their multifaceted approaches to solving major environmental problems. Instead of an adversarial attitude, the EDF is working with peoples, governments, and corporations to show them a more efficient way to continue their ways of life while simultaneously slowing- and eventually reversing- the damage they inflict on the environment. I am hopeful that this trend will not only continue, but expand exponentially across the planet towards a better future for both humans and the planet. We are but a link the in the chain, and cannot survive without abundant plant and animal life around us.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

EDF does what is needed to preserve the flora and fauna of our only world against those who would despoil the planet for greed and profit. As the world's population increases, there will continue to be pressure on finite resources which cannot be replaced. Whole animal species are becoming extinct due to the activities of man and continuous and concerted efforts are needed to preserve what remains.

Africa is suffering from overpopulation and drought which is causing pressure on animal species that are being hunted and poached for "bush meat" and their body parts. Large areas of the Amazon rainforest are being destroyed for timber, mining, and grazing land for non-native species. The rainforest is an essential component of our climatic ecosystem and will lead to disastrous consequences for future generations if not controlled.

Physicist Stephen Hawking estimates that the human species will not last for another hundred years at the rate we're despoiling the planet through wars and exploitation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EDF is remarkable in all that they to and stand for. I'm proud yo be affiliated with them and will continue to back them and give any support I can for as long as I am able. They fight the good fightbfor so many that don't even realize their lives are bettered because of what EDF does. Thanks for all you do and god bless, Rob

Donor

Rating: 5

EDF as only one agenda -- a better world -- and they use every bit of legal Arsenal to make it one!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Any time after a foundation like this one can move the people and the government forward to resolving our environmental problems it is a great step forward for our planet.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I love you guys. Thanks for all of your hard work, let's do it together!

Cameron3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

EDI is a wonderful nonprofit organization! It exceeds my expectations of what an effective nonprofit organization is capable of.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Found this site through other similar organizations. EDF does a fantastic job on handling very tough issues. GOOD JOB

Donor

Rating: 5

EDF helps me know the most important environmental causes that I don't have time to research. It's research based with much of the latest first sources in science, agriculture and technology to help make decisions about causes to act on. I enjoy its easy to understand features and the in depth stories and resources to check into. It also allows me to act on impacting the politicians who are and are not making the causes I care about.

Michael366

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am writing this review with limited experience with the EDF. In fact, I just joined the EDF, but every petition I have seen so far aligns with the most pressing global issues for future generations in preserving the precious balance of the ecosystem. As modern industrial and "postindustrial" nations, we still live in a world that exists through the natural environment's generosity in allowing us humans to inhabit its space. And we have disrupted this environment with such rapidity and ferocity that I fear for the immediate generations to follow. Now, I recognize that I have not directly addressed the EDF in its specific causes, but I believe I am addressing the importance of the kind of work that the EDF does because many people do not consider the damage we do to the balance of the environment even in terms of all biological, geological, chemical, and natural organisms and elements that are necessary for maintaining the world for future generations. The EDF, for me, is focused on these oft-ignored, crucial aspects of the environment.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EDI helps me stay connected with the single most important issue that needs attention by our politicians and society. It provides me with up to date and focused information about action I need to take, and makes it easy for my voice to be heard to my representatives. I really appreciate it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great site which allows me to be politically active and fight for progressive change.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a Registered Nurse of nearly 34 year's and a Huge a
Animal Advocate. Donate, sign petitions, do whatever it takes to help save all animals. They cannot speak for themselves but we can. Make a Difference !!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They keep very up-to-date on the latest environmental issues and send out alerts to the public on events happening which affect the entire world around us. Climate change is real and they are doing all they can to stop the on-going pollution of our air, water, and land so that we can slow down and negate the effects of climate change.
Thank you for your great work !
Sincerely, Greg Ellsworth, Portland, Oregon

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The EDF site has brought many issues to my attention,things that I wouldn't have been made aware of.Just want to say a big THANK YOU&keep me informed with the things that matter to me.

Allison57

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

EDI has made it tremendously easy to assist in supporting and preserving our environment. Respect is returning for our life supporting Mother Earth--who loves and supports our very intimate life's needs.

~To Mother Earth our Love, Blessings and Gratitude for her continuing unconditional support of our Life with Love. Thank you grand Mother!~ALC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just another person out here trying to get it figured out.
This movement gets me in a better mood each time It pops up with organized, realistic, ways to do something for the greater good.
I can't say I have done the most, but having the ability to quickly make my mark on problems we do indeed face, has been a pleasure to say the least.
Our world is unique and we only have one of them.
We should work together to take care of her rich soil if we want to continue to benefit from her.
Keep up the good work, Ill voice my opinion to help as much as i can.
Thank you

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Ilove you all for everything you do for so many beings,both people and our precious animals as well as the environment . Could'nt imagine life without you wonderful dedicated people.Thank You,GOD Bless You All.XXXXXXXXXXOOOOOOOOOO

Terry84

Donor

Rating: 5

Highly rated charity per the Charity Navigator website spends the bulk of its funds protecting the environment. A lot of bang for the buck.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

By virtue of the existence of the Environmental Defense Fund, not only are we being informed of non-useful, harmful and crucial events and trends, but we are given an organized forum in which to participate, voice our opinions, and exert positive changes.
Not all causes are on the same level of importance to all of us, but the Environmental Defense Fund provides a much-needed, ongoing-base of information.

Jasmin C.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thanks to EDF, we have a fighting chance to bring about change for a better, cleaner future.

Donor

Rating: 5

It is imperative that we stand together to fight for a cleaner and healthier planet for our children and their children. EDF is on the front line fighting that battle each day and we all need to stand with them. I'm proud to be a donor and wish I could do more.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Solid group here and fighting the good fight on many fronts.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think that EDF is a great non-profit who makes it easy to let our Congressmen/women know how we feel with what they are doing or not doing for the environment. We should all take a part in this cause as it affects us all at some level. If animals or plants go extinct we all lose and eventually we will be the endangered species. I hate to see any animal whether land or sea be abused in any way. Thank God we have organizations that care and are willing to put in the work to make our voices heard.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non-profit group far exceeds my expectations. I first learned about learned about the policies the EDF is advocating for on the site: change.org , and I was thoroughly amazed. Their attention to the details that our planet and our world are facing right now because of pollution and global warming in general is exceptional and I hope they keep up the great work. .The quality of work they do everyday blew my mind and I hope I can contribute more to their organization over the years. I am currently a first-year in college at the University of Washington: Bothell and am planning on eventually majoring in Environmental Studies (BA). I hope someday, I can come together with these great people and help them shape the future on conserving and saving this planet in the near future. Thank you.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am both concerned and disturbed by the many chemicals and "toxins" in our foods and environment. Having a super-sensitive reaction to preservatives and many of the dyes used to "better color" our foods, I appreciate The Environmental Defense Fund and their HARD work to make changes and "move mountains"!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Our planet and its countless life forms need more protection than ever before. Human civilization puts enormous pressure on formerly pristine environments. Those habitats and their inhabitants in distress require our protection and support.
I believe that EDF steps in and up to this important task. As a concerned human being I am very grateful for the efforts EDF is making to preserve all the precious life that is now in jeopardy.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think this non-profit is focused on the right things...how people affect the environment and how the environment affects people.

And focusing on improving the quality of life for everyone and the planet itself.

Rhonda36

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having followed the tremendous effort of Environmental Defense Inc. I must say that I can not think of a more worthy cause than defending our environment. The Environment is something that we ALL have in common, and we all must work together to have a safer, cleaner environment. Thank you, for all that you do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great forum for interacting with a concerned community. Supporting this nonprofit is a joy, they enable you to make your voice heard with so many other caring ones.

Roberta21

Donor

Rating: 5

EDF is an excellent advocate for the environment and the creatures that thrive there, including humans. If you can spare some cash, they'll put it to good use.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With all the different and serious issues facing our environment, EDF pulls resources of people, funding, and volunteering together to maximize efforts to protect our environment . It's wonderful to have one place to go for answers of what is happening and what is needed. I applaud their efforts to protect people, animals, plants, oceans, and air. I also commend them for all of their hard work getting information out and encouraging all of us to help in their efforts by signing petitions and personally urging assistance from government agencies and elected officials.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

EDF always has their finger on the pulse to fight for change to protect. EDF is a true friend and fights for the rights of our planets' animals, climate and overall environment. Thank you EDF.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel we need leaders in everything in life .People need a push and a pull when comes to correcting the wrongs in life..your service has the potential to follow through with important issues of the environment.I've been there at the jobs sites contaminated with chemicals in the 70's,80's whereas the companies owner's do not care for the welfare of the workers'health or even their families..i know first hand how important it is to clean up the environment!Your service is a great platform to deal those issues..We need a heavy finger to point at the ways of those responsible for environmental breakdown..Thank You...Dwayne J.Olds