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Center for Biological Diversity Inc

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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

Community Stories

145 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I support several environmental organizations but none keep me engaged and involved like the Center for Biological Diversity. Whether it be local efforts or global marches, CBD is on top of what needs to be done and more importantly what I need to do for the Earth and her environs. And somehow they keep the work fun!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a member of the Center for Biological Diversity. They are here in Tucson and I have been able to volunteer at their headquarters. I have witnessed the devotion of staff members to working to protect both animals and plants that are under stress from Climate Change, habitat loss, dangerous chemicals, or other hazards. This is really important to me because so many environmental organizations specialize in one or two species. They are doing great things that will of course impact other plants and animals, but The Center is working across the entire wildlife spectrum. They use their legal skills and research talent to save so many. I am not wealthy but I give what I can and volunteer as needed to help the Center with their work. Barbara Cain

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been an online activist for this organization for several years. For decades they've been one of the most reliable advocates for endangered species, mostly through legal and policy work. While this very important strategy continues, I love that they have expanded their strategies to include raising awareness of some of the broader threats to endangered species, such as gender inequality and its impact on unsustainable population growth; over-consumption, including food waste, our animal product-centered diets and the meat, dairy, egg and fishing industry's irresponsible practices, and our fossil fuel-based economy. Many large groups don't address some of these more controversial issues but since they are some of the biggest drivers of extinction and habitat loss, they must be addressed in more visible ways. I also love that the CBD team advocates for endangered species because protecting them is the smart thing to do for our environment AND because it's the right thing to do for the wild animals themselves. Not all groups have such a strong ethic towards animals. They produce great e-newsletters and whenever CBD has an online call to action, I get involved. Please support this organization with donations and your activism.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a local coordinator for a Friends of the Earth Group in Torfaen, South Wales, UK, I relish receiving reports from the Center for Biological Diversity as it encourages us to continue to work for our own local biodiversity. I love to read about the species of creatures I will never see but rejoice in their existence. Also we are battling to prevent fracking from taking place in our lovely country of Wales and your experiences of this dangerous practice informs our arguments in opposing such plans here.
Well done CBD! Keep up the good work.

1 Robinistanbul

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been a silent follower of the Centre (British spelling, sorry, as I'm an English teacher) for some years, maybe since its inception. I look forward to the newsletter, as it keeps me in touch with the natural world. Living in one of the major metropolises on our beleaguered planet, Istanbul, Turkey, I can feel a connection with the great American outdoors, and the work of others striving to protect it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Living far away in Istanbul, Turkey, I appreciate the work of these folk at the Centre for Biological Diversity in keeping me updated on issues that matter to me - on the protection of the planet and its species. Keep up the good work guys! Rob Lewis

Ira G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe their work and campaigns makes a difference on this planet and they are so knowledgeable and passionate about their work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I like best about the Center for Biological Diversity is that it stands up for species other than our own and tries to educate folks about the harms of human activities. I try to spread these messages by distributing the Center's Endangered Species condoms during Earth Day events.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Biological Diversity is a great nonprofit that has helped me to open my eyes to the issues around me. There are a lot of causes to donate to, but I can't donate money right now. Fortunately there are also petitions to sign and letters to write! This organization helps helping in the way you can!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity does the most research on the most minute issues that could directly affect wildlife and plant species and the environment. Very few, if any, vital topics escape their review. This is followed up by specific plans of action for each item. The Center also has the most elaborate auxiliary network of co-sponsors and publicity groups.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Keeps me up to date with environmental news,before I just hoped the world would get better but now I know what state the world is in and what I can do to help thx to them

Nimueh R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Center for Biological Diversity accomplishes great missions, identifies areas needing support, takes important steps legally and through activism to bring public attention to serious environment issues, and consistently deeply impacts our world positively. I highly recommend Center for Biological Diversity for all the support possible!

8 Susanne8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is the only enviromental group that I know of which tackles the single most important issue of our time: too many people! All of our problems result from the fact that 7 billion people exceed the carrying capacity of this planet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Center for Biological Diversity is one of the most clear-sighted and determined of all the wildlife/environmental groups that I am aware of. Their record for filing the critical lawsuits on behalf of animal welfare is the highest. Joy Knobloch, President, Township Wildlife Society, Manhattan, IL 60442

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the Center for Biological Diversity! If you care about wildlife, conservation, and protecting endangered species, this charity deserves your support. It is also the only environmental group with the guts to speak openly about how human overpopulation is negatively affecting the environment and causing a mass extinction event right now. Creative programs like the endangered species condom hand-out make this charity stand out. They have been successful in helping to establish endangered species status for dozens of in-need critters, and I will continue to support them in the fight to protect them!

1 Denise85

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe in the causes that this effective
nonprofit supports, and I have learned a great deal from their newsletters. I am grateful to my friend for having spoken to me about them. I will continue to lend my support to their work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is a tireless supporter of wildlife and the environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have long been an environmental supporter for saving the planet and the wildlife that lives with us here. Over the years I have taken an interest in many organizations that say they are committed to fighting degradation. In fact, though, The Center for Biological Diversity is the single organization that I have discovered actually does the research, takes the action and continues to fight even when they lose battles. Also, they spend their funds on the fight, not on frills, high salaries and fancy offices. They do the work, day after day and year after year. Wish I could clone them. For these reason, I put my money where my mouth is by donating monthly to support their efforts and dream someday of winning the lottery so I can make a giant donation.

In addition to being a donor, I respond to every request those at the Center make for me to take action to contact government agencies, congress, etc. knowing that the work of members is critical to the Center's success.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is very efficient and deserves all the recognition it can get

Iris4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity does a lot of extremely important work on our behalf and on behalf of wildlife and our environment. It gives people a place to go to voice their concerns about the environment and wildlife.

It helps to educate the public and the government about concerns vital to us all and it does based on sound science

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity does a great deal of good. It works to keep the public accurately informed about wildlife and the environment. It gets the facts straight. It also helps the Public to take an active role in fighting for the survival of wildlife and the environment and in the protection of human health.

I am very proud to have this organization to keep me informed and to allow me to help wildlife and the environment

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Whatever the Center for Biological Diversity espouses checks out, on further research, to be worthy and important. They use their funds wisely and seem to us to be a model of rectitude.