Environmental Defense Incorporated

Rating: 4.53 stars   280 reviews 2,688

Issues: Environment

Location: 257 Park Ave S New York NY 10010 USA

Mission: Environmental Defense Fund is a leading national nonprofit organization representing more than 700,000 members. Since 1967, we have linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society''s most urgent environmental problems.

Environmental Defense Fund is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are access to clean air and water, healthy and nourishing food, and flourishing ecosystems.

Guided by science, Environmental Defense Fund evaluates environmental problems and works to create and advocate solutions that win lasting political, economic and social support because they are nonpartisan, cost-efficient and fair.

Environmental Defense Fund believes that a sustainable environment will require economic and social systems that are equitable and just. We affirm our commitment to the environmental rights of the poor and people of color.

As an American organization, Environmental Defense Fund will always pay special attention to American environmental problems and to America''s role in both causing and solving global environmental problems.


Our initiatives comprise an integrated strategy to cut global warming pollution and prevent catastrophic climate change.

1 National Policy
Uniting climate, energy and the economy

 2 International Work
Promoting a global framework that links climate with development

 3 State and Local Campaigns
Demonstrating the best policies and building national momentum

 4 Business Partnerships
Building strategic partnerships to drive environmental solutions


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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm really not sure what to say. Of all the advocacy groups I have become a part of, yours has the most diversity of issues that desperately need to be addressed and I admire the fight you give on behalf of them all. You are true heroes and I feel privileged to do whatever I can to help. Thanks. Jacque Marshall

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Rating: 5 stars  

I support EDF because they stay true to their word. If you want straight from the hip environmental information then EDF is a nonprofit you should look in to.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I are always looking for ways to help get our environment, our planet, our home on track for the future. We found out our planet actually needs a lawyer, or two, or three!! There is no better way to supplement the work of charitable, nature or wildlife organizations that help our planet , than by supporting those that take up the torch in the courts. Environmental Defense Fund Inc. is one of those top-notch "defenders" of our planet, our home.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Environmental Defense Fund is a no-nonsense, science based, on-the-ground advocate for our environment. I am proud of EDF's many accomplishments, from working with McDonalds way-back-when to replace their styrofoam hamburger boxes, to holding oil companies responsible for their devastating spills, and, most recently, for working with the Chinese government to get them on board with essential efforts to prevent global warming. I sleep better at night knowing that I am a part of EDF's efforts to create a greener, cleaner world for myself, my children and grandchildren, and all the innocent wild creatures of this amazing planet we call home.

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Rating: 4 stars  

You mention activity in the EU, but I found no details on your website !
As a UK national and resident, what are you doing in EU, including UK ?
John Bassendine

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Rating: 5 stars  

So many of us stand by and allow our world to be used wrongly by those who should know better. The folks at EDF are the few who care for the many.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a 100% disabled two tour Vietnam Combat veteran. I came back and got a Ph. D. so I could teach the horrors our Imperial Power is seducing our young, as it did myself, to impose upon the world's innocent people and the planet. Unfortunately for me, my teaching career was stopped cold by sudden onset of and permanent and total incapacitation with PTS; this has prevented me from teaching in a formal institution due to the social stigma attached to folks the government calls heroes while leaving us frevented from and alienated from professional occupations. I have dedicated my life to taking action and teaching where I can, usually with individuals, and also with trading stories of "what brought you to this work." Most contacts are much younger, eager to learn from the experienced and educated, and willing to make heroic efforts to achieve what needs achieving. And they need all the help they can get. EDF is one of the very few organizations that is interested only in doing what needs to be done, and in guiding those who need the guidance to taking the most urgently needed action precisely when it is most likely to be effective.

I admit my stomach churns with someone calling me a hero. What is heroic about having your society and government seduce and then rape one's innocent and pure patriotism? What is heroic about being reduced to a violent warrior trained and pushed into situations where survival requires of one the violent demolition of innocent peoples and their cultures? What is heroic about being seduced into destroying the planet just so a few insanely and irresponsibly wealthy psychopaths can steal a few more billions from society's most destitute, impoverished ahd dispossessed?

Be that as it may, Iunderstand that is not what EDF means to tap into, and elicit from the veterans of the Imperial terrorism the US Government imposes upon the world's innocent and the planet's life. EDF is rightfully pointing out to the young and innocent that they are indeed taking up a non-violent and noble path against all that is rotten and corrupt in this very empire. For this EDF needs all the help they can muster.

Thank you for hearing me out.


Walter J Smith
Enterprise, Oregon
Founder, Climate Watch Wallowas

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great source of independent non partisian information and a go to resource regarding products harmful to humans, animals & the environment

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Rating: 5 stars  

As you may know, the world is under constant attack to it's ecosystems whether by megacorporations or uninformed individuals. Environmental Defense is one of a handful of organizations that is actually doing something about it. By informing the public to the latest problems and suggesting possible solutions ED has been quite helpful in giving us a way to combat the tragedy that seems to be occurring on a daily basis. If you are concerned with the plight of our planet I strongly suggest joining ED and supporting them in any way possible.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I believe EDF is the premier environmental organization in the country/world. The scope of their involvement is truly amazing. Keep up the good work.

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