My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Ocean River Institute Inc, Cambridge, MA, USA
Ocean River Institute is a deeply moral, science-based, passionate, focused, and effective advocate for the health of our oceans, rivers, and all the ecosystems of life that they sustain. This New England-based organization, led by Rob Moir, has identified threatened places and wildlife I had never known of, such as the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge in Florida and all its inhabitants (and you can buy wonderful socks that will help save the fish, and other wildlife depicted on them). ORI is acutely sensitive to climate change and global warming--the primary challenge to our survival and the survival of 4.5 billion years of life's evolution on our planet. Please go to their "Causes" page on their website, and become involved!
"Causes: The Ocean River Institute provides individuals around the world with specific opportunities to make a difference saving wildlife, protecting ecosystems, in environmental education, science, and conservation."
Review for Rainforest Trust, Warrenton, , USA
World Land Trust-US is one of _the_ most effective organizations doing the crucial work of saving contiguous habitats and ecosysytems for the entire chain of life that is sustained by them. I first learned about the WLT-US through the WLT-UK, about 10 years ago, when I made a donation "to the World Trust Action Fund to purchase, protect and manage ONE ACRE of threatened elephant habitat " in memory of a friend's mother. The donation was "earmarked for the Wild Lands Elephant Corridor project in the Garo Hills District between the Seiju and Rewak national parks in northern India. The WLT is working here with local partner organisation, the Wildlife Trust of India." The work of the WLT-US focuses on this kind of absolutely essential and critical habitat protection, which also joins with indigenous peoples to protect their homes and lives from the rampant destruction being done to our deeply wounded Earth by senseless "development" and corporate greed. The work of the WLT is dedicated to healing and saving what 4 billion years of evolution on this planet has developed, and to restore balance and health to our only home that sustains us all in an intricate and inseparable web of life, in which we are but a part.
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Review for Buffalo Field Campaign, West Yellowstone, MT, USA
Buffalo Field Campaign is one of the wisest, most compassionate and caring organizations of dedicated people who truly understand the meaning of our place as human animals among other animals and all life on Earth. We are all related. We are all interdependent. We all share this small planet in an enormity of galaxies and an ancient universe, and our sacred responsibility as humans is to walk humbly and lightly on this Earth, to protect its life, to halt ANY destruction and the 7th extinction of biodiversity that we are now bringing about, and which will inevitably include our own, unless we wake up. As a lifelong "animal person," advocate and activist for human and environmental justice, as a cofounder and coordinator of a small nonprofit fair trade indigenous organization, I am honored to be able to speak personally and professionally on behalf of BFC. Working on a shoestring they are with the bison to be free. They understand. They care. The bison respond and migrate and follow their ancient paths, and together we can all live--from the tiniest microorganisms to the largest mammals--in Yellowstone, in the Northern Rockies, in this particular amazing ecosystem, wisdom and real science may intersect and prevail. And if it does, it's BFC who stands with the bison at its center. "But ask now the animals, and they shall teach you; and the birds of the sky, they will tell you. Or speak to the earth and it will teach you; and the fishes of the sea shall inform you." (—Job 12:7-8)
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One of my poems was published as "Last Words"in the BFC email newsletter.I've had a letter published in a local Montana newspaper (Bozeman Times) supporting BFC and against the harassment and canned "hunts" and slaughter of the bison. I've signed many petitions, called the governor of Montana and the BLM and FWS to urge them to free the bison: to end the hazing, to set aside land for the ancient bison migration paths, to stop forcefully vaccinating bison with unproven and dangerous vaccinations, and more.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Fund their grants and give them the money they need to become even more effective. Help them forge alliances with other powerful environmental groups and the legal help they need to protect the bison and all the ecosystem. BFC staff and volunteers live on very little. They need funds to do their work. They are with the bison in the field 365 days a year, and endure enormous stress and harassment while remaining totally nonviolent. They are a model for advocacy, activism, and compassion.