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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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374 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Scott Slocum

Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is a brave, scientific advocacy organization for wildlife and their wild habitats. Subscribe to their newsletter, and see the wild world--and its environmental crises, and the solutions that are being applied to them--open up before you. It's vital work, and it's done well by The Center for Biological Diversity.

Donor

Rating: 5

So, today the 6 year old grand-dau. says, "...Mimi, why do you like plants and animals so much?" as I look on their kitchen table at the flyer that her school's environmental club is going to Wild Basin on nature hike, bring lunch, etc...The sponsor says that she is the youngest in the club and the most engaged and organized. I am giving money for snacks. So, I say, " UUHHHHMMM, well my daddy was a farmer and mama was a gardener" as she wanders to the window filled with cuttings of scallions and some kind of Asian bamboo-looking plant that her dad will soon cook with.
My yard that she sees often is filled with plants from my mother's garden...day lilies that she hybridized, and strange little red cannas. She died in 1992, but still lives among the other plants from seeds that I "liberated" from various neighbors while walking with Jamie Brown, the brown lab, and my husband, who believes that to be a form of stealing. I, however, believe that the seeds parent's would be pleased if they could see them now.
Lately I built a fence(big fence out of cedar posts and goat wire) around bird feeders to keep new neighbor cat from killing the wild parrots originally from Argentina who now are in the yard daily with many occasional birds and the locals.... doves, grackles with one leg, squirrels who bury everything, including grapes.... My husband spends ridiculous dollars on wild bird seed, by the 100 pound sacks. He had to get a dolly so he would not hurt his back bringing the sacks into the house.
We live in a neighborhood that was little post-WWI cottages that are mostly McMansions now, except for us and a few others. We do not have a "manicured lawn" like a dentist office, but the morning glories, red cardinal climber, gourds, pumpkin, and other vines are getting to be exceptional.
So, I am happy to donate to like-minded, or actually, love-minded people. Keep up the fine work.
Mimi

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Donor

Rating: 5

A top-tier team of tough, smart, literate, professional, courageous, passionate visionary warriors, working effectively on multiple high-priority environmental fronts.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a group that seems to be aware and "on top" of issues and events as they happen, AND THEY GET INVOLVED. They are real people who can even be contacted directly, and they reply back - VERY UNUSUAL for most organizations these days. If you are interested in wildlife, this is an EXCELLENT GROUP.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Global wildlife populations remain under siege and the illegal wildlife trade flourishes. We are losing species and habitat on almost every front. That's why I support Endangered Species International (ESI) and The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), both doing an incredible job. ESI is saving so many species and habitats on the ground where CBD does not operate like in the rainforest of Congo. CBD is doing a great job by protecting the endangered species act and making sure endangered species are included and can recover!

5 Memo T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I feel like by taking on small actions with them, I am helping make the world a better place.

2 Duke B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I SO appreciate finding this non-profit! Because their efforts are targeted at everything wild, its efforts affect every life form on this planet.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity Inc. Is a non-profit organization that is in the trenches actively getting the job done. This nonprofit organization has lawyers and scientists on their team to speak up for the environment, the animals and our planet. I wholeheartedly support them and love the results of their hard work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CBD has an outstanding Executive Director and smart, talented staff. They use the law to protect land and species, and they win. I have included the organization as a beneficiary on my retirement account.

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Donor

Rating: 5

"Center for Biological Diversity" works tirelessly to fight for the protection of endangered and the environments they depend on to survive!
Via their regular newsletters, I can keep up to date on their various campaigns, and celebrate the many victories won for fellow inhabitants of our home!

1 Mark148

Donor

Rating: 5

The biodiversity crisis is the greatest deathward movement of our age, existentially surpassing even the climate crisis. I am very encouraged by the Center for Biological Diversity's passionate involvement in learning about challenges to species' survival, in publicizing what they've learned, and in finding ways for themselves and allied activists to take action in the face of those challenges. The news items they share are always interesting, sometimes depressing -- for it's good, healthful and responsible for us to know the worst -- , but sometimes also uplifting and enjoyable. Hopefully more people will come to appreciate them and their work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity have kept me well informed about the situations and plights of very many wildlife species, from many different groups, so I have great admiration for them as educators. I am especially interested in wolves, because of their very long and ongoing history of being cruelly and irrationally persecuted in this country, and therefore I appreciate the information about wolves that the Center provide, as well of course as all the activism that the Center are engaged in, on behalf of wolves and of many other kinds of animals too.

Donor

Rating: 5

No organization does more to protect our Mother Earth. Please, everyone support the Center in all of the good work it does and information that it disseminates to all of us.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity actually DOES something to protect our planet!

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Jeffrey30

Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is foremost of all the so-called "environmental" organizations who understand the priceless value of all life on earth. I have stretched my own budget to donate more because of the extinction crisis. If some label this successful group as "radical," then I'm proud to be radical.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a conservationist for half a century or so... I still have my emblematic "patch" from the original Earth Day in 1972. Though not a lawyer myself, I was present at the birth of Conservation Law, and personally knew David Sive, John Hamilton Adams, and other lawyers who initiated this. I remember the photo of David Sive on the front page of the Sunday NY Times, in the early 70s, in a report on the first major environmental law test before the U.S. Supreme Court -- a suit endeavoring to protect sea otters off Alaska from practice shelling by the U.S. Navy.... I have the highest opinion of the Center for Biological Diversity. BRAVO!

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm not sure if anything more can be said about the stellar work the Center for Biological Diversity is engaged in. There are a lot of groups out there who collect a lot of money for online petitions or advertising, with opaque management and questionable results. I see the Center on the ground taking legal action, bringing gains for our collective future that we can be proud of. I chose to become a quarterly donor so that they can continue their amazing work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Of all the non-profits I have donated to or worked with, I rate the Center for Biological Diversity at the top. Their legal efforts on behalf of threatened and endangered species, using existing law to force higher levels of protection, have been the most effective actions taken to preserve the lands, waters, plants, and wildlife of our country since the signing of the Endangered Species Act. If protecting nature is your cause, there is no better organization you could contribute to!

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Donor

Rating: 5

A long supporter of many national environmental groups, I started to also support the Center For Biological Diversity, because of their focus on protecting wildlife without giving in to a quick compromise that other groups do, at the expense of not really providing the protections wildlife needs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Love this Nonprofit because every living thing is a big deal to CBD...every one! I read my news letters, take action immediately, and see new results from past situations. Keep up the amazing work to protect our Earth from the tiniest to the largest! Yes, I donate!!! :D. I've enclosed a few pics of our rescued fur babies and our girls who are much older now. My reasons for stepping up, getting involved, becoming vegetarian, and sharing information. Thank God they do their part as well, but the fur babies maybe not as much...;D!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This sums it up: "Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species..." The CBD is one of the most effective environmental organisation I've supported--mostly, I believe, because of their unique means of using the law to require government organisations to do what they're supposed to be doing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been supporting the Center (I'm in the UK, but will use the American spelling) for many years. Their campaigns have informed, depressed and elated me so much that this year I quit my job teaching in medical schools to gain a postgraduate degree in Environmental Science and change careers to work on habitat conservation and restoration. I salute the dedicated people at the Center for Biological Diversity and thank all their supporters.