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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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59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the leaders in this country for taking decisive action to save endangered species. Without their work, hundreds of species would be extinct or going extinct, and corporations would go unchecked in their development and destruction of endangered species habitat.

I was particularly impressed with their work with the oil spill in the Gulf. They were instrumental in uncovering the government collusion before and during the spill, and in being effective watchdogs during the cleanup process.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity does not back down when it comes to protecting creatures large and small. They have some of the brightest and most passionate scientists and lawyers working at all cost to preseve biodiversity on our planet. They are one of the most effective conservation organizations and I always feel very confident contributing to them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Center's newsletter provides one of the very few places where one can find out the details of what is really happening. In an age where sound bites dominate the major news outlets, the Center for Biological Diversity is an essential source of information to keep democracy functioning and give imperiled species a chance at continuing to survive.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I enjoy every newsletter! Very informative read! Stories of hope, success, and action. Easy to use website allows me to share with others important information and actions to take. I can't express how important organizations such as this are in defending the earth's precious abundance. In today's society, legal action is a successful means of peaceful protection of what we need and love, from the careless greed of corporations and senseless destruction of everything beautiful and sacred. I love everything about the Center for Biological Diversity and if I won the lottery I just might give them most of it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Center for Biodiversity is the only environmental activist group I know that is on top of all legislative & judicial developments and uses the courts to defend the environment against corporate & government infringement and actually WINS THEIR CASES. They were the only PAC I knew who was warning folks not to support the most recent "Clean" Energy bill because it was actually going to strip away the protections of the Clean Air Act which is the only tool we've got for regulating greenhouse gas emissions and averting climate change before it it too late to stop runaway changes that could make this planet uninhabitable.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My organization did a three-year campaign with CBD (successful!) against a proposed coal mine and railroad in New Mexico and Arizona. CBD was top-notch: the staff delivered consistently what they promised and the work was excellent, creative and relentless. CBD never lost sight of the goal nor fell for arguments to

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a wildlife biologist, conservation advocate, and habitat restoration volunteer, who has been continually impressed with the legal, political, and environmental scope of such a small and mighty non-profit! This organization is continually challenging government leaders and agencies, big business, and everyday individuals to take a look at the implications our actions have on the earth around us--and on ourselves. They are not afraid to use legal action repeatedly to stop seriously imperiled animals and habitat from vanishing forever, nor do they shy away from the socio-political issues, such as our unsustainable world population explosion, that cause great species decline. The CBD's work has had direct, positive results in wildlife conservation, and in education of everyday people on the intrinsic importance of biologcal diversity. Therefore, I am a proud supporter of their amazing efforts.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a professional biologist and have long known that human overpopulation is the Mother of All our problems. CBD is the only major environmental organization that declares this and is doing something about it. And I love your lawsuits!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is a very needed and unique source of scientific and legal expertise that has managed to leverage it's small size to make a very large impact. I applaud them for their effort and there tactics and encourage them to keep on doing what they are doing.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I really trust CBD to study the issues and take the position that is best for bio diversity ...without compromise. This distinguishes them from so many other green groups. In particular, their work on climate issues has been stellar.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love my Endangered Earth electronic newsletters! They keep me informed about the business side and political status of many issues I am interested in and would otherwise be unaware. It also provides super convenient opportunities to take action and let my voice be heard with the people that make a difference on the issues. Thanks bunch for all you do for the environment!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The wolves and the eagles tear down the amoebas of pork fat and myopic blundering. Less poetically, this is one of the most effective organizational structures non-profit or not.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have enjoyed working with CBD over the past year on threats to species in Nevada as it relates to water use and the encroachment of development on habitat. Their lead in Nevada is a great voice for the Center. His prior work experience with local governments has proven invaluable in terms of gaining access and building power around theses issues. His hire was a great decision by CBD and they should be commended for their thoughtfulness in staffing this position. I also really enjoy hearing from industry and elected's when CBD gets involved in an issue in Las Vegas. CBD's presence raises the bar for accountability and provides a great basis for organizing. Thank you CBD!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first volunteered for CBD nearly a decade ago. They are my favorite environmental NGO because CBD doesn't let politics or corporate funding get in the way of saving wildlife. Further, CBD has been one of the most aggressive groups in using the law to raise climate change related concerns. CBD has been very active in my home state of Alaska and I hope their presence continues to grow there. There are so many threats - from ice dependent critters in the Arctic to large-scale clearcut logging and wood biofuel development proposed by the so-called Tongass "Futures" Roundtable. Thanks CBD.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When I worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service I though Kieran was a pain in the ass. But after a while I realized that we needed him when politics made natural resource decisions and not science. I still work for the govenment with another agency and anm grateful that the Center for Biological Diversity is the watchdog for the environment. Hopefully with the Bush years over we can get species protected again.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity has accomplished a tremendous amount of success towards conserving America's environment. Their professional legal and scientific staff consistently acheive great strides towards creating environmental sustainability of our nation's natural heritage.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is one of the hardest-hitting and most effective organizations out there for protecting endangered species and habitat. Their staff is superb, and their public outreach is remarkable. I read their alerts and updates faithfully, because I know I will learn about both the science and the politics in one fell swoop.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Center is at the forefront of most major environmental issues facing our world today, and certainly of the most urgent ones. Their staff are incredibly dedicated and intelligent, and they work tirelessly towards the organization's goals. The result is an extremely successful organization that is helping to make this world a better place, for people and for the critters.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization that gets great results -- 93% success rate, millions of acres of habitat protected, great staff, lean mean endangered species machine.