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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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486 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Pete K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a financial supporter of the Center for Biological Diversity for a long time, over ten years. They are passionate defenders of endangered species, very effective in winning court cases, and also very effective communicators. I'm very glad that they are joining with others in a broad effort to resist the Trump administration's vicious attacks on the environment, through the Trump Resistance Fund. Please donate!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is a highly effective advocate for endangered species and the environment, that works well with other environmental organizations and usually wins key lawsuits protecting endangered species. Their email action alerts are well worded and make it possible for many grass roots activists, including myself, to help defend endangered species.

Peter E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

As a volunteer activist working to protect southern Arizona's last remaining intact desert river ecosystem, the San Pedro watershed, I can say from my experience that CBD is more willing to take on powerful interests than many environmental groups. While some groups are perpetually seeking compromises that often benefit the god of growth at the expense of wild areas, CBD understands the importance of protecting the last remaining habitat zones and wildlife corridors. This tends not to be a popular approach for maintaining an environmental organization these days, because there is a much smaller donor base in the more remote areas. Rather than mostly doing "safe" projects that attract big corporate donors and government grants, CBD is more willing to stick their neck out.

3 Alexandra S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Center for Biological Diversity Inc covers a wide range of topics and shows awesome videos.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is on it! They keep me informed about critical issues and make it easy for me to take action to change it. Additionally, it's easy to share links with Pinterest, FB and Twitter to get others involved as well. And they're also fun (Endangered Species Condoms, anyone?) and progressive. They do good work and are one of my favorites.

2 Lisa550

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A wonderful non-profit organization, dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and defense of all forms of life, and our planet, as a whole. I am very proud and honored to play a significant role in the success of its campaigns, etc., especially those that bring about much-needed change in the way that man treats its precious animals. Thank you to all the amazing people at the Center for Biological Diversity, for all that you do to ensure a better tomorrow for everyone and everything without a voice.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Center for Biological Diversity seems to be one of the most effective nonprofits for environmental protection.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Center for Biological Diversity provides me the very best information about recent activity of governments, non-profits and others who are either forwarding or retarding the health and diversity of our species. Its actions in court are important for combating irresponsible organizations in their rush to exterminate some of the most important creatures on the planet.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Simply put, I can trust the Center for Biological Diversity to stand up for the earth and its precious non-human denizens, flora as well as fauna!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you are a lover of all creatures great and small and you wish to see knowledgeable, tough people throwing their heart and soul into protecting the earth, this is the organization for you. The Center for Biological Diversity constantly goes to bat in courtrooms across the world to protect threatened species--from big, charismatic mammals to tiny snails and delicate flowers. They are passionate and fearless!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is one badass environmental group. They're smart, dedicated, and determined. And they win.

John389

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Can't get better information about the environment.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent communication with members; up-to-date alerts; willing to go to court if necessary to protect the natural world.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this organization for too many reasons to list. First and foremost, however, I get the sense that the CBD is ready to jump in to defend our natural world no matter what their current workload might be. I find the Center's indefatigable attitude personally inspiring. Whenever I buy a Powerball ticket I imagine myself inviting Kieran Suckling out for an hour long lunch with a monster check in my pocket. Kieran and the CBD's entire staff have earned my respect and gratitude. The CBD is one of this country's gems.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity's Endangered Earth online newsletter is stellar. In succinct summaries (with links to more detail ) it brings attention to environmental/habitat/species issues, how you can help make a difference (e.g., signing petitions), and where efforts in conservation have been successful.

It is clear to me that the Center for Biological Diversity is passionate about their work, and are able to use their resources effectively to make a difference. Please support their efforts!

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I get e-mail from from too many environmental protection groups to keep up with but I always read mail from the CfBD. I feel they target the right individuals & departments to achieve the greatest results.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center takes on many challenges and is successful much of the time. Their newsletter keeps me informed (including an article about an endangered species that I had never heard anything about before that lives in my own city!) Their tireless work gives me hope and motivation.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I began singing many online petitons a few years ago.
This particular site goes above and beyond to aid and protect our wild animal individuals not to disparage any of the myriad sites that have only the best interests of our beautiful animal kingdom both wild and domestic.
I am proud to be a part of this site and the many others that allow me to participate singing online petitions.

1 mylesmom

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Biogical Diversity is one of my favorite environmental groups. They fight tooth and nail to protect our environment and the animals by going to court and not giving up. And they win more often than not. With so much destruction by the corporations and special interest groups who care only about their own greedy agendas, it's great to know that the Center is on the front lines every day doing everything they can to help keep the environment and the animals safe.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I love the Center for Biological Diversity because they are aggressive in defending the animals and our environment. When they go to court, they win most of the time. When they don't, they keep fighting. Whenever I get down about all the destruction caused by human greed and ignorance, I remember the Center is always on the job, battling the evil forces.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I live in Australia and I really appreciate getting newsletters from Biological Diversity Inc. It keep me informed about issues occurring in the United States and the petitions that are often attached to the newsletters help me feel more like a global citizen. They are obviously a very busy and productive organisation because they are involved in a lot of areas, from individual species to climate change issues. I find that they are a very reputable source of information and a great defender of the environment.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity has motivated me to take numerous actions on behalf of wildlife and the environment. They are one of only a few environmental advocacy groups that encourage their members to eat less meat and go vegan. Animal agriculture is barbaric and a leading cause of the greenhouse gas pollution that is causing a dangerous global warming that threatens not only wildlife but humans too.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity deserves great credit for encouraging their members to reduce their consumption of animal products. Animal agriculture is responsible for significant deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions that are devastating the Earth's environment and driving a dangerous global warming. Adopting a vegan diet is a win, win, win for the environment, human health, and of course all the billions of animals killed cruelly every year in factory farms.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I believe The Center for Biological Diversity does more to preserve wild animal and plant habitats, protect endangered species and public lands, and promote a sustainable human population than any other single group. And they are a lean an efficient organization deserving of everyone's generous support.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CBDI consistently addresses environmental issues with legal action and/or campaigns for public action to preserve native species and their habitats.