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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.