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  • Global Response
    Members of all ages help communities around the world prevent environmental destruction. At the request of local communities, Global Response issues Action Bulletins (hard-copy and email) that describe specific environmental crises. Members write letters to government and corporate decision makers; participate in global citizen cooperation and earth stewardship.

  • Air Pollution and Respiratory Health
    The Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch of the National Center for Environmental Health directs the fight of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) against respiratory illness associated with air pollution. We can help state and local health organizations in a number of ways.

  • Alliance To End Childhood Lead Poisoning
    The Alliance To End Childhood Lead Poisoning is a national, non-profit, public interest organization created to launch a comprehensive attack on the epidemic of childhood lead poisoning. Its mission is to frame the national agenda, formulate innovative approaches, and bring critical resources to bear to prevent childhood lead poisoning.

  • Alternatives for Community & Environment
    Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE) is a community-based, non-profit environmental justice law and education center. ACE works in partnership with community groups from low income communities and communities of color and helps them address their environmental and environmental health issues by providing free legal, educational and organizing services.

  • Aza's Web
    The American Zoo and Aquarium Association is encouraging children to become involved at a local level in environmental conservation. The web site encourages children to voice their opinions about the environment and help kids make constructive decisions that positively affect nature.

  • Canada's Green-Lane - Environment
    Environment Canada's vision is to see a Canada where people make responsible decisions about the environment; and where the environment is thereby sustained for the benefit of present and future generations.

  • CENTER FOR HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT AND JUSTICE
    CHEJ is the only national environmental organization founded and led by grassroots leaders. After winning the federal relocation of residents victimized by toxic waste at Love Canal, Lois Gibbs and other local activists were inundated with calls from people around the country who were facing similar threats and wanted help. CHEJ was founded in 1981 to address this need. Over the years, CHEJ has worked with grassroots community groups on a broad range of environmental issues, including toxic waste, solid waste, air pollution, incinerators, medical waste, radioactive waste, pesticides, sewage and industrial pollution.

  • Chem-Tox
    The site provides links to research finding health disorders resulting from exposure to common chemicals and pesticides.

  • Children's Environmental Health Network
    The Children's Environmental Health Network is a national multi-disciplinary project whose mission is to promote a healthy environment and protect the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards.

  • Childrens Health and the Environment
    World Health Organization collection of fact sheets and teaching aids, covering indoor and outdoor pollution, parasitic disease vectors, school environmental safety, and other topics.

  • Childrens Health Environmental Coalition (CHEC)
    CHEC is a charitable, nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public, specifically parents and caregivers, about environmental toxins that affect children't health. As a nation and as individuals, we must safeguard our precious children from the poisons in the food they eat and the air they breathe.

  • Children's Health Protection - EPA
    The Office of Children's Health Protection supports and facilitates work done within the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Office's activities include: Implementing the President's April 1997 Executive Order to Protect Children from Environmental Health and Safety Threats. The Office is working to ensure that EPA fulfills the requirements of the Executive Order to ensure that new policies, programs, activities or standards address the unique risks to children presented by environmental health or safety threats.

  • Conservation International
    CI is a nonprofit organization using science, economics, policy, and community involvement to promote biodiversity conservation worldwide.

  • Drug Safe
    Life Education Australia's drug and health education programs for schools and the community are developed and delivered in consultation with students, teachers, families and health promotion.

  • Earth Share
    Earth Share, a federation of America's leading non-profit environmental and conservation organizations, works to promote environmental education and charitable giving through workplace giving campaigns. Earth Share is an opportunity, a system, and an answer for environmentally conscious employees and workplaces to support dozens of environmental groups at once through a charitable giving drive.

  • Earthwatch Institute
    The mission of the Earthwatch Institute is to promote sustainable conservation of our natural resources and cultural heritage by creating partnerships between scientists, educators and the general public.

  • Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute
    Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (EOHSI) sponsors research, education and service programs in a setting that fosters interaction among experts in environmental health, toxicology, occupational health, exposure assessment, public policy and health education. The Institute also serves as an unbiased source of expertise about environmental problems for communities, employers and government in all areas of occupational and environmental health, toxicology and risk assessment. Various projects are currently underway at EOHSI that deal with the effects of the environment on the reproduction and development of humans and on the ecosystem.

  • Environmental Cyber Schoolhouse
    The Environmental Cyber Schoolhouse is an interactive, web-based curricculum for 7th, 8th and 9th graders that teaches students about the role of biomedical research in environmental toxicology on our well-being.

  • Environmental Defense
    Environmental Defense is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are clean air and water, healthy and nourishing food, and a flourishing ecosystem.

  • Environmental Defense Fund
    Environmental Defense is a not-for-profit environmental advocacy group with four main goals: (1) Stabilizing the Earth's climate, (2) Safeguarding the world's oceans, (3) Protecting human health, and (4) Defending and restoring biodiversity.

  • Environmental Health Coalition
    EHC is dedicated to the prevention and cleanup of toxic pollution threatening our health, our communities, and the environment. We promote environmental justice, monitor government and industry actions that cause pollution, educate communities about toxic hazards and toxic use reduction, and empower the public to join our cause.

  • Environmental Health Foundation
    The Environmental Health Foundation has funded research at major medical institutions. One study dealt with lead poisoning in children and predisposing factors. A current study is looking at children's asthma from an environmental viewpoint. The Environmental Health Foundation also has a program that sends speakers to schools to teach children about environmentally linked diseases and how to prevent them through simple, commonsense lifestyle changes.

  • Environmental Working Group
    The Environmental Working Group has produced research reports on the amount of pesticide residues present in foods that children typically eat (Pesticides in Children's Food, 1994) and in commercially available baby food (Pesticides in Baby Food, 1995). Another report, A Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce (1995) gives families the information they need to avoid foods commonly contaminated with multiple pesticides and to substitute fruits and vegetables with equal nutritional value and lower pesticide residues.

  • Environment Now
    Environment Now is a private foundation dedicated to protecting, preserving and restoring the environment of California.

  • First Nations Environmental Network
    The First Nations Environmental Network is a Canadian national organization of individuals, non-profit groups and Indigenous Nations who are actively working on environmental issues.

  • Forest Conservation Archives & Portal
    The mission of Forests.org is to contribute to the conservation of rainforests, forests, biodiversity, indigenous cultures and the climate through targeted informational networking. This site is dedicated to ending deforestation, preserving old-growth forests, conserving all forests, and commencing the age of forest restoration.

  • Friends of the Earth
    Friends of the Earth is the world's largest federation of environmental groups, uniting close to one million activists worldwide.

  • Global Environment Outlook
    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is proud and pleased to present the first report in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) series. This groundbreaking report presents information on the state of the global environment. It indicates that world-wide, profound changes continue to occur in social, institutional and economic systems.

  • Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility (GBPSR)
    Further educate the medical community on the linkages between environmental exposures and health. Activate the medical community to protect the environment and public health. Assist community groups with technical issues relating to human health and environmental exposure. Participate in public policy debates on public health and environment issues.

  • Green Elephants
    The Green Elephants are a non-profit organization that was organized to assist our community in making our neighborhood environment better.

  • Greenpeace
    Greenpeace is an independent campaigning organization that uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

  • GreenSun.org
    The mission of greenSun.org is to share information with people about the benefits of using the sun to save energy, help stop deforestion, and aid distressed people in third world countries.

  • Grist Magazine: Take Action: Toxic Waste
    Grist, a project of Earth Day Network, tackles environmental topics with energy and fresh perspective. Our goal is to inform, entertain, provoke, and encourage creative thinking about environmental problems and solutions.

  • Healthy Building Network
    The Healthy Building Network advocates the use of safer, ecologically superior building materials as a means to a healthier indoor environment and global environmental preservation.

  • Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
    Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies provides its membership with information on children's health issues including environmental issues (mostly lead poisoning) through speakers, newsletters and conferences.

  • Heartwood
    Heartwood: an association of groups, individuals, and businesses dedicated to the health and well being of the native forest of the Central Hardwood region, and its interdependent plant, animal, and human communities.

  • International Wildlife Education & Conservation
    Our mission is to educate people to the reasons why it is so important to ensure the future of animals and how it can be accomplished through public education, hands-on projects, and conservation of habitats. Other goals of IWEC are to promote the healing benefits of the human-animal bond and promote animal well-being in captivity and in the wild.

  • Keep America Beautiful
    Keep America Beautiful, Inc is a national, non-profit public education organization dedicated since 1953 to empowering local people to take responsibility for enhancing the community environment. Our programs are focused on enabling local volunteers to acquire the skills, tools and resources to work together in building more beautiful, more engaged and better quality communities.

  • Kids For A Clean Environment
    An international children's environmental organization started in 1989 by a nine-year old, established to help children who wanted to learn more about the world in which they live, provide a way for children to be involved in the protection of nature and connect children with other children who shared their concerns about global environmental issues.

  • Kids for Saving Earth
    The mission of KSE is to educate, inspire, and empower children to protect the Earth's environment. KSE Worldwide provides action-oriented educational materials to kids, families, groups, classrooms and schools.

  • Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation, Inc.
    Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation, Inc. (LEAF) is the only environmental public interest law firm in Florida, Georgia and Alabama that focuses solely on the protection of human health from toxic contamination. LEAF is known for its work on underground injection wells, anti-degradation, dioxin and community assistance.

  • Louisiana Environmental Action
    Louisiana Environmental Action network (LEAN) is a coallition of grassroots environmental organizations and individuals who are working to make Louisiana safe for future generation.

  • National Audubon Society
    The mission of the National Audubon Society is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

  • National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides (NCAMP)
    National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides (NCAMP) was founded in 1981 as a broad coalition of health, environmental, labor, farm, consumer and church groups and individuals who share common concerns about the potential hazards associated with pesticides. NCAMP addresses those sub- populations most vulnerable to pesticide poisoning-children, pregnant women and agricultural workers-through its work on integrated pest management for schools, endocrine disruption and wood preservative products.

  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
    Human health and human disease result from three interactive elements: environmental factors, individual susceptibility and age. The mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is to reduce the burden of human illness and dysfunction from environmental causes by understanding each of these elements and how they interrelate.

  • National Parks Conservation Association
    Since 1919, the National Parks Conservation Association has been the sole voice of the American people in the fight to safeguard the scenic beauty, wildlife, and historical and cultural treasures of the largest and most diverse park system in the world.

  • National Religious Partnership for the Environment
    The mission of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment is to permanently integrate issues of environmental sustainability and justice across all aspects of organized religious life.

  • National Safety Council, Environmental Health Center
    The mission of the Environmental Health Center (EHC) is to foster improved public understanding of significant environmental health risks and challenges facing modern society. This goal reinforces the National Safety Council's commitment to increased and more effective citizen involvement in safety, health and environmental decision- making.

  • National Wildlife Federation
    The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to educate, inspire and assist individuals and organizations of diverse cultures to conserve wildlife and other natural resources and to protect the Earth's environment in order to achieve a peaceful, equitable and sustainable future.

  • National Wildlife Federation/Schoolyard Habitats
    Your school campus can provide unique, hands-on, outdoor learning opportunities by turning it into a habitat-based learning site. In fact, your schoolyard can become an important part of a functional ecosystem that not only provides essential wildlife habitat, but provides inspiration for learning for students, teachers, and the community.(environment)

  • Native Forest Council
    Native Forest Council is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to ending all resource extraction on publicly owned land.

  • Natural Resource Defense Council
    NRDC uses law, science, and the support of more than 400,000 members nationwide to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.

  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
    To provide leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, improve, and sustain our natural resources and environment.

  • NewDream.org
    The Center for a New American Dream - Helps individuals and institutions reduce and shift consumption to enhance our quality of life and protect the environment.

  • North American Association for Environmental Education
    NAAEE is a network of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting a healthy, sustainable environment through education. In its work, NAAEE takes a cooperative, nonconfrontational approach to promoting education about environmental issues.

  • North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks
    The North American Guidelines for Children's Agricultural Tasks were developed under the direction of the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety to assist adults in assigning farm jobs to children 7 to 16 years, living or working on farms.

  • Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP)
    The Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP) works to protect people and the environment by advancing healthy solutions to pest problems.

  • Pesticide Action Network North America
    Pesticide Action Network North American (PANNA) advocates the adoption of ecologically sound practices in place of pesticide use. PANNA works with more than100 affiliated organizations in Canada, Mexico and the US, as well as with Pesticide Action Network partners around the world to demand that development agencies and governments redirect support from pesticides to safe alternatives

  • Physicians for Social Responsibility
    The Environment and Health Program was established to expand PSR's mission to encompass new challenges to human health posed by contamination of the environment due to human activities. The Program addresses: dioxin and medical waste incineration, pesticides, safe food and drinking water, clean air and water and children's environmental health. Two problems that pose a particular threat to a sustainable global future and remain areas of high priority are contamination of the environment by persistent toxic chemicals and the health effects of global climate change. (child environment)

  • Preventing Harm
    Awareness of learning and behavioral disorders is reaching more and more people, either first hand or through someone we know. Can toxics in our air, water or food combine with other factors to keep our children from reaching their full human potential? How can we protect our children from environmental harm during vulnerable periods of development? This site is about learning more, finding resources, sharing what we learn, and taking action for our families and communities.

  • Probe International
    Probe International educates Canadians about the environmental, social, and economic effects of Canada's aid and trade abroad. We monitor and expose the devastating effects of projects financed by Canadian tax dollars through international financial institutions like the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank and through bilateral agencies like the Canadian International Development Agency and the Export Development Corporation.

  • Rainforest Action Network
    Since it was founded in 1985, the Rainforest Action Network has been working to protect tropical rainforests and the human rights of those living in and around those forests. From the beginning, the Network has played a key role in strengthening the worldwide rainforest conservation movement through supporting activists in tropical countries as well as organizing and mobilizing consumers and community action groups throughout the United States.

  • Safe Kids Now
    The National Enviromental Trust (NET) "Safe Kids Now" Campaign provides the latest news and updates on children's health and the environment including work on toxic toys and toxic foods.

  • Second Nature
    Second Nature is a nonprofit organization that helps colleges and universities expand their efforts to make environmentally sustainable and just action a foundation of learning and practice. Education for Sustainability (EFS) is a lifelong learning process that leads to an informed and involved citizenry having the creative problem-solving skills, scientific and social literacy, and commitment to engage in responsible individual and cooperative actions.

  • SOCM: Save Our Cumberland Mountains
    Tennessee grassroots citizens organization in its 30th year of working for social, economic and environmental justice. Our members live in many different states of the USA.

  • State and Territorial Air Pollution Program
    The State and Territorial Air Pollution Program Administrators (STAPPA) and the Association of Local Air Pollution Control Officials (ALAPCO) are the two national associations representing air pollution control agencies in the 54 states and territories and over 150 major metropolitan areas across the United States

  • The African Conservation Foundation
    This portal provides in-depth information about conservation issues and initiatives in Africa. The online searchable databases showcase, promote and provide background information on almost 300 conservation organisations and protected area institutions across the continent.

  • The Children's Environmental Health Network
    The Children's Environmental Health Network is a national multi-disciplinary project whose mission is to promote a healthy environment and protect the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards.

  • The Globe Program
    Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to study and understand the global environment. Students and teachers from over 6,500 schools in more than 80 countries are working with research scientists to learn more about our planet.

  • The National Association of Physicians for the Environment
    The National Association of Physicians for the Environment (NAPE) works to involve physicians and other health care professionals, particularly through their geographic and medical specialty organizations, to deal with the impact of pollutants on organs and systems of the human body.

  • The National Center for Lead-Safe Housing
    The National Center for Lead-Safe Housing was founded to bring the public health, housing and environmental communities together to combat our nation's epidemic of childhood lead poisoning.

  • The Natural Resources Council of Maine
    "Protecting, conserving, and restoring Maine's environment,now and for future generations"

  • The Nature Conservancy
    The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

  • Tropical Rainforest Coalition
    To preserve tropical rainforest ecosystems, their indigenous people and cultures at the local level through enabling volunteerism and through community education, and at the international level through technical and financial support for recognized organizations involved in the conservation of tropical rainforests

  • United Earth Alliance
    The United Earth Alliance is a global initiative dedicated at helping combat humanitarian and environmental issues around the world.

  • United Nations Environment Programme
    A coordinated network of Collaborating Centres is the core of the GEO process. These centres have played an increasingly important role in preparing GEO reports. They are now responsible for almost all the regional inputs, thus combining top-down integrated assessment with bottom-up environmental reporting.

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Children's Health
    Office of Children's Health works to make the protection of children's health a fundamental goal of public health and environmental protection in the United States.

  • US/State Public Interest Research Groups
    he State PIRGs created the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) in 1983 to act as watchdog for the public interest in our nation's capital, as much as PIRGs have worked to safeguard the public interest in state capitals since 1971.

  • Vermont Public Interest Research Group
    VPIRG's mission is to promote and protect the health of Vermont's environment, people, and locally-based economy.

  • World Wildlife Fund
    Known worldwide by its panda logo, WWF is the world's largest and most experienced independent conservation organization with 4.7 million supporters and a global network active in some 100 countries. WWF's mission is to protect nature and the biological diversity that we all need to survive.

  • Young Environmentalists Action & Education Network
    Children, K-8, and Teachers: Young Environmentalists' Actions (YEAs) are a great way for classrooms and families to learn about current, urgent environmental crises, and how to write effective letters. Some of our best letter-writers are children!

  • Young People Trust for the Environment
    The Young People's Trust for the Environment is a charity which aims to encourage young people's understanding of the environment and the need for sustainability.


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