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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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373 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

Center for Biological Diversity hits all the most important issues of our time:
Overpopulation
Extinction
Global Warming
Loss of habitat for endangered species
Colony Colapse Disorder
Auctions and Leases on Public Lands for Petroleum and Mineral exploration and
Grazing on Public Lands
Plus many more important issues

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is one of my very favorite environmental organizations. They do great science and use all the available tools, from writing letters to negotiating and legal action, to attain their objectives. They have a great and well-deserved reputation for getting the facts right and for being effective. They get involved in all the most important issues. They really accomplish a lot.

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Donor

Rating: 5

CBD is among the top three of about 50 environmental/conservation organizations I support on a regular basis. CBD stands well above most others because of its combination of outstanding science and incisive legal action to ensure our laws are enforced for the sake of all species of animals and plants. I had the opportunity to participate in one of their annual retreats and became better acquainted with the staff. CBD is extraordinary in drawing attention to how HUMAN OVERPOPULATION is the root cause of most of our environmental and conservation problems: the rampant conversion of natural lands and resources (e.g. water) to suit the desires of endless humans.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am so proud that Center for Biological Diversity is located in Tucson where I live. Southern Arizona is one of the most biologically diverse regions of North America. Center for Biological Diversity is a conservation leader in efforts to protect the many and varied ecosystems in my home region. It's leadership on environmental issues around our beautiful country is to be commended. As a former National Park Service seasonal Ranger in Yellowstone, Crater Lake, and Mt. Rainier, I truly depend on Center for Biological Diversity to keep me updated on western conservation issues.

Donor

Rating: 5

CBD is a wonderful and awesome group. I have been a donor for many years and am proud of the work they do. They are a nonprofit that I trust and believe in strongly. I look forward to being a part of their work for many years to come!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have contributed to, supporting the Center for Biological Diversity for 15 years or more. They post monthly newsletters outlining their accomplishments and activities and alerting us to new threats. Frequent emails provide opportunities to sign petitions which gives us a voice to support our wildlife all around the country. I would say, based on the newsletters I receive, that they have done more than any other organization to stand up for the small plants and animals which support integral habitats around the US than any other organization I am aware of, succeeding in gaining endangered status for many of them. I trust and believe they will use my donations for the climate and the wildlife to make a stronger statement and action for preserving our World's climate, and continue to do so!

Dorelle A.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support the Center for Biological Diversity because it continues to received 4 stars on Charity Navigator. Additionally, I receive their email alerts and respond to their call for action because they give me just enough information to help me decide if it is a cause I want to support and not so much information that I get bogged down and do too little to raise awareness of environmental problems. Like everyone, my email inbox is overflowing and I can't respond to every call for action. I trust this center for accurate, concise information.

Donor

Rating: 5

What I like best about the Center for Biological Diversity is that they take significant action on behalf of the environment; they don't just talk, march and complain. They understand that saving the smallest and seemingly insignificant plant or animal is as, or more, important than action on behalf of charismatic megafauna. In addition they are willing to take on the underlying, difficult and controversial issues that affect the environment, like animal agriculture and human overpopulation.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support this organization wholeheartedly. Its efforts are astonishingly effective and far-reaching. It is everywhere you want to be, fighting every noble battle with intelligence, ardor and elegance. A rare source of pure goodness, to be celebrated and supported!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Most effective environmental group around. They're everywhere at once, protecting species and habitat. Boots on the ground, lawsuits in the courts, the depth and width of the organization's activism is breathtaking. It gives me rare hope.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I cannot say enough about this wonderful and caring environmental organization! I have met several of their staff at wildlife hearings in northern California and each time they have been very courteous, knowledgeable and accessible. They present themselves and others with great integrity. They are extremely well researched on the issues they defend; for example, bobcat trapping in California and endangered species protection for the wolf in California. I highly recommend them as a very active resource for a vast array of issues from protecting public lands to calling attention to small unknown amphibians that face loss of habitat.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the most effective environmental organizations out there. They don't miss a beat -- keeping tabs on all of the most pressing wildlife and environmental issues, and taking and encouraging effective action to make things right. I am so impressed with this group. I have little $$ to give but this incredible group is always among the organizations I support with donations whenever I can. And I never pass up an opportunity to sign a petition they're circulating, because they've done the research and their actions cause results. Thank you for existing, CBD!

1 Cristy M.

Donor

Rating: 5

Hands down the best environmental protection org out there today. I've been a member for around 15 years now and have watch them do amazing things in the courts, stopping some heinous destruction of wild places and critters. I love that they connect the dots, that everything on this planet is connected. The death of one species affects everything all the way up the food chain. It isn't something that happens in a vacuum. I love that they fight just as hard for a snail or plant and they do for wolves and clean water. Because it all matters, it's all connected.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Center for Biological Diversity is possibly the most effective environmental organization in existence. They are completely dedicated to preserving endangered species regardless of size or popularity. I am a monthly, sustaining contributor and will continue for as long as necessary.

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Donor

Rating: 5

it always tells it as it is and does its best to help the living things of this planet

1 Pat_74

Donor

Rating: 5

pertinent, factual and intelligent data; dedicated, science- and evidenced-based, intelligent activism

1 Cathleen4

Donor

Rating: 5

Outstanding group. Truly dedicated and passionate about preserving our wildlife heritage for future generations.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A great nonprofit. They are a diversified group that helps clean up the planet, protects wildlife, and helps to preserve our protected lands, among other worthwhile endeavors. What that means in the end is that this group is helping the WORLD. I am very appreciative of this group and all others like it. I gladly make donations and sign petitions that come from Center for Biological Diversity.

Donor

Rating: 3

Each time I open a message from the Center for Biological Diversity, my hope in the future rises. This organization takes on some of the toughest challenges in behalf of endangered species and it gets results. Sure, there is plenty to be discouraged about, this is no pollyanna organization, it tells us of the ignorant and selfish actions of fellow humans that are destroying wolves many of us worked so hard to save, for instance. But always there is something being done, something to take part in. These folks know how to take effective action in the courts and society. I've given up on some of the large environmental organizations, but my regard for the CBD keeps rising.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a Subscriber for a number of years. From what I've read, the Center for Biological Diversity is one of the few that really works for the preservation and protection of our wild lands and wild life.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Biological Diversity says it all. The CBD can be found anywhere that there is a need for a defender - whether It's wildlife protection, water conservation, or climate change. I make it priority on my donations list. Because I'm limited in what I can give, I like to know that what I do makes a difference. They apparently have good lawyers because I frequently get updates about successful lawsuits. And while protests and petitions have their place in forming opinions, successful lawsuits are key to protecting our environment.

Donor

Rating: 5

One of the very few organization willing to talk about how human over population is destroying the planet. It's not a popular topic but it is an essential one.

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Donor

Rating: 5

They're one of the few, if not the only, nonprofit to acknowledge that human over population is at the root of the massive animal extinctions, global warming and the world-wide environmental crisis we are facing, and to actually try to do something about it. (Thanks for the condoms, guys!) We need more nonprofits that are willing to tell it like it is.

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