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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

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145 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Laura H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These people are AWESOME! I highly recommend you sign up for their email newsletters. You can sign petitions to help animals and the environment. They are doing work for the environment that desperately needs to be done!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love these guys. They help the environment so much and are very passionate. They rock!!!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization does a great job researching and being on top of issues that affect the health of our planet. They analyze the information and educate the general public about what needs to be done to protect our planet. They do a great job raising consciousness on these matters and providing tools to bring about positive change.

jmuhj-acat

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An organization whose accomplishments far outshine its small size and visibility relative to a lot of the large, high-profile, famous groups, the Center for Biological Diversity concentrates on the harsh realities of what we as a species are doing to the planet and the other species with whom we (are supposed to) share our only home. Instead of beating their own drum and shouting to gain attention in the media, the Center gets to work and wins protections for species and habitat, educating the public along the way. I can't think of another group that does more to endeavor to save our planet, our fellow animals, and, in so doing, ourselves. Contributors can rest assured that their donations will be well and honestly spent doing what they actually donate to and for.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

If I was to choose one environmentally active organization to support, it would be no contest -- The Center for Biological Diversity is the winner. Unlike the more (in)famous large environmental organizations, the Center is small, but packs a huge wallop when it comes to fighting the good fight for the earth we all live on and those who live on it with us. Instead of paying their CEO and staff huge salaries to jet around to meetings and summimts, the Center uses our hard-earned donations to actually get what we want done, to sustain this planet and make it a better place for us all to live on. Not only does the Center fight to preserve the environment we all share and which sustains us all, it also "gets" the connection between runaway human overpopulating and the plummeting quality of life human beings are experiencing worldwide, as more and more hungry mouths compete for fewer and fewer food, water, and space resources. For the maximum effectiveness for your buck, the Center for Biological Diversity is the clear choice.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Consistantly giving a voice to all the creatures without one, and all environment issues that are overlooked or brushed under - the Center for Biological Diversity is getting the tough stuff done. What an amazing group. Kudos, and keep up the good work of making change and fighting for what's right

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Barbara Cain. I am a retired teacher in Tucson, AZ. I have supported the work of the Center for Biological Diversity for many years with whatever financial contributions I could manage. However, last Spring I answered the call for a volunteer data entry person. I have been averaging 5-8 hours a week at the Tucson office entering important data into their system. The Center does valuable work fighting to save wildlife and our fragile environment. They are working to stop Climate change before it is too late!
I am impressed with the staffs' devotion to the environment in every aspect of the office routine. I hope that when I finish with the data entry , they will have some other way for me to contribute to their ongoing projects. They are an effective organization in our fight to save the Earth. I am a member and a supporter.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel that the Centre is doing a fantastic job on behalf of all of us who care for our endangered planet. Without there care in wanting to protect but wildlife and the environment, our world, which has been sadly neglected by governments around the world, the world would be in a far worse state than it is at present. I encourage everyone to stand up and be counted in the Center aim to protect and preserve our world, which is being destroyed by governments thinking only of the short term profits. Our world is not like a holiday home that we can change when we get fed up with it. If we continue to destroy it as we are we will destroy ourselves at the same time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is international in its scope, targeting the needs from "down under" Australia to "south of the border" Mexico. Its clients range from reefs to redwoods, from the smallest insect to our giant whales.
Their call to action is impressive as well as their organizational ties to other environmental groups. They well understand that " It takes a village" to allow for improvement and change.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These days, our environment needs all the help it can get. The Center for Biological Diversity has impressed me with their activism and effectiveness.

marl

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit works tirelessly to protect our environment, natural habitats, endangered species and much more. Because they are science-based, they understand the interrelatedness of all living beings and base their work on projects that will be successful because of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is key to educating Americans on why environmental issues are so important. Without diversity, our chances for a healthy planet are slim. As Michael Pollan writes about our food production, one of its problems is the monoculture which requires that farmers use more and more fertilizers to keep the crops from being destroyed by pests specific to that plant. On the other hand, farmers who use a multiple crop approach fare so much better and often don't need the same amount of pesticides. Diversity is the key to a strong environment and that's what this organization works towards.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The information and action of Center staff is first-rate in the business. Their work is timely, forward-looking and highly effective. Species needing protection have no greater friend!

Stewart R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They do a lot for animal's welfare. Anything we can do to help them is supreme.

Debra27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The most effective environmental group there is, protecting species through litigation to uphold and strengthen the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water and Clean Air Acts. They are the reason I can
sleep at all at night! You won't find a stuffed animal or tote bag on CBD, and they have no lobbyists
in Washington D.C. They back down from no one, and don't compromise protecting the existence in
our world of the vast diversity of wild animals and plants. They do so though science, law and creative
media.
Please watch this new info. video & I'm pretty sure you'll soon be another devoted volunteer for CBD.
Sign/Forward their vital Petitions Please!!!
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/support/video.html

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've supported the Center for Biological Diversity since their early years and began volunteering in their headquarters just over a year ago. Working side-by-side with staff confirmed my belief that CBD is constituted of incredibly intelligent and hard-working people who are fully dedicated to saving endangered species. They work efficiently, run a frugal office, walk the talk in the best of ways, and have amassed a huge portfolio of successes in protecting wildlife and habitat. As human beings, they are the cream of the crop.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the Center for Biological Diversity years ago, and while my membership has expanded to many other environmental groups as well, my contributions to this group have increased! They are unique in that they battle the issues legally, lawsuit after lawsuit, to protect land, water, air, climate, species and ecosystems. Their financial record is impeccable, so giving to them is giving to the causes, effectively. They are smart folks, choosing issues that matter to the sustainability of our planet, based in hard science. I am so proud of the Center. Their website is excellent, educating me on issues and their actions. When I vacationed in New Mexico last winter, I was appalled at the effort to eradicate the few remaining wolves, vowing never to return to that state, and saw first hand what the Center is up against when they fight to protect a rare and endangered species. I love so many environmental groups t is hard to choose only one, but if one deserves an A+, is the the Center for Biological Diversity. Tia, a member from Maine.

Ro L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a fan and member of the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) for many years now. They absolutely put their money where their mouth is, by keeping members current on all the latest environmental destruction and preservation news in the USA and beyond, going into legal battle to stop governement and corporate devastation to wildlife and wild lands, and motivating with successful drives to get us all involved as active citizens to email, call, or gather for the sake of biological diversity preservation. I'm especially impressed by them being one of the few organizations to seriously address overpopulation, which is by far the number one reason we are experiencing rapid climate change, running out of natural resources, and sending species to extinction. There's just far too many of us and finite space. My only concern is that CBD has supported the construction of industrial sized solar and wind power grids in the western deserts, which have very delicate, rare ecosystems that are being severely compromised by these developments. We should be promoting solar and wind in cities, on warehouse rooftops, vacant lots, and anywhere else that is already degraded--but not pristine desert lands. Other than that, their record is fantastic on conservation of our species and wild places.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became interested with the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) while I was in college, about 3 years ago. I initially enjoyed reading their updates about POSITIVE environmental victories. Unsurprisingly, many of these victories could be attributed (in large part) to the efforts of CBD. They operate with passion and efficiency in a system I'm sure they (like many) would love to see changed. The greatest thing about the CBD is their work yields results and changes frequently increasing the amount of protected land for our beloved wildlife. Dedicated to Biological Diversity, I have enjoyed their events that I attended. They gave me free condoms to pass out at my college as part of their "hump smarter" campaign, designed to raise awareness about human overpopulation. Now that I'm making money, I'll probably make some donations to them too because their most important work involves hiring the best lawyers. Which is not cheap. CBD is by far my favorite non-profit out there. Sign up for their newsletter and you'll be uplifted about the changes you can make for the future of our widlife, and ourselves.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

For years I have been reading the news from the Center for Biological Diversity and responding as well as I was able--sending small donations and signing petitions. When an opportunity to volunteer in their San Francisco office came along, I jumped at it. It is so satisfying to see up close how hard working and upbeat this group of people is, how well they work together and how they are on top of so many issues, day to day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5



Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education & Experience Center has been selected for the 2012 Best of Naples Award in the Wildlife Sanctuaries category by the Naples Award Program. Naples Award Program Honors the Achievement
July 26,2012 Shy Wolf's Mission is to To provide sanctuary for exotic animals in need of rescue and refuge, while screening and re-homing those better suited to family life.
To educate the global community about the needs of these animals, how they come to be in rescue, and the role and importance of their wild counterparts in order to create empathy and understanding of the lessons they have to teach, and how each person can make a difference in the world around us. Please help Shy Wolf to continue in this volunteer effort. Claudia Dannelly

Robin48

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I rely on Biological Diversity's e-news to keep me up to date on ACTION alerts that are important to me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I find the Centre for Biological Diversity Inc an extremely good charity that addresses the vital needs of our innocent animals, our environment, and thus our standards of living. They are always up-to-date, relevant and humanitarian in their choices of issues on which they move to act on. I give them 5 stars.