This list of NGOs focused on the environment by no means covers all the groups around the world working for change.
We will be adding more organizations in due course.
1. Earth Day Network
Coordinating worldwide events for Earth Day and beyond. Features environmental tips, clean energy campaigns, activist networks, an eco-store and the magazine, Grist.
2. Friends of the Earth
An NGO that focuses on the economics of sustainable growth.
3. Earth First! Newswire
A project of Earth First! Journal, this movement serves to provide news and information about direct action in defense of living systems and the natural world.
4. Environmental Defense
A non-profit environmental advocacy group with four main goals: stabilizing the Earth’s climate, safeguarding the world’s oceans, protecting human health, and defending and restoring biodiversity.
5. Earth’s 911
A public and private sector partnership that aims to empower the public with community-specific resources to improve the quality of life.
Deep Green Resistance says it is “an analysis, a strategy, and a movement being born, the only movement of its kind.”
7. Earth Times
Covers news and issues affecting the environment, education, society, business, culture, nature, media, politics and population.
8. Greenpeace International
An independent campaigning organization which uses non-violent, creative confrontation to expose global environmental problems, and to force the solutions which are essential to what they believe can be a green and peaceful future.
9. Sierra Club
The Sierra Club is a long-standing U.S. environmental group. They have a campaign to reverse global warming.
10. Environmental News Network
ENN covers breaking environmental news including pollution issues.
11. Environmental Defense
A non-profit environmental advocacy group with four main goals: stabilizing the Earth’s climate, safeguarding the world’s oceans, protecting human health and defending and restoring biodiversity.
12. World Wide Fund International
The world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organization, with around 5 million supporters and a global network of 27 national organizations, 5 associates and 21 program offices.
13. Climate Ark
Performs full text searches of educational and activist Web sites. Also includes an archive of “popular media and environmental group information” on climate change and other environmental topics.
14. United Nations Environment Programme
Information on the environmental initiatives undertaken by the UN.
15. Conservation International
Focuses on trying to preserve and promote awareness about the world’s most endangered biodiversity through scientific programs, local awareness campaigns and economic initiatives.
16. 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 the earth’s biological diversity.
17. The Nature Conservancy
This NGO’s focus is saving the Last Great Places.
18. Clean Up Australia
An Australian organization that works to clean up environmental pollution and to teach citizens how to lead greener lives.
19. Alliance to Save Energy
A coalition of prominent business, government, environmental and consumer leaders.
20. National Wildlife Federation – NWF
The U.S.-based NWF focuses its efforts on five core issue areas: Endangered Habitat, Water Quality, Land Stewardship, Wetlands, and Sustainable Communities.
A great resource on the world’s science and medicine.
22. Union of Concerned Scientists
The Union of Concerned Scientists works to ensure that all people have clean air and energy, as well as safe and sufficient food.
23. American Rivers
North America’s leading national river-conservation organization.
24. Office of Wetlands, Oceans, & Watersheds
The U.S.-based OWOW provides information to raise public awareness and encourage involvement in water quality issues.
25. Rainforest Action Network
Working to protect tropical rainforests and the human rights of those living in and around those forests.
Promotes human rights and sustainable development.
27. Audubon Institute
The Audubon Institute’s goal is to foster appreciation and, ultimately, conservation of these ecosystems, which are showcased in a collection of ten museums and parks dedicated to nature.
28. Earthwatch Institute
A non-profit environmental and wildlife organization.
29. World Watch Institute
Worldwatch is dedicated to fostering the evolution of a society in which human needs are met in ways that do not threaten the health of the natural environment.
Helps protect rainforests, wildlife and parks by donating land.
31. The Rainforest Site
Visitors to The Rainforest Site can save a free area of rainforest.
CNN’s nature and science news section.
33. Climate Institute
The Climate Institute works to protect the balance between climate and life on earth by facilitating the dialogue among scientists, policy makers, business executives and citizens.
A web magazine dedicated to everything that has a modern aesthetic yet is environmentally responsible.
35. Save Our Environment
Overall goal is to increase public awareness of environmental issues. SOE publishes press releases, reports, and fact sheets exposing environmental issues.
36. Council on Environmental Quality
Learn about the U.S. White House initiative to cut paperwork and develop new partnerships with industry, landowners and the states to provide more flexibility for the regulated community in return for better environmental results.
37. Urban Land Institute
The ULI tackles such issues as traffic and land use, parking, transit villages and other transportation issues both public and private.
38. Wildlife Conservation Society
Utilizes the resources of wildlife parks with worldwide field projects to inspire care for nature and provide leadership in environmental education.
39. Resources for the Future
A non-profit and non-partisan think tank that conducts independent research rooted primarily in economics and other social sciences on environmental and natural resource issues.
40. The Wilderness Society
Works to protect America’s wilderness and to develop a nationwide network of wild lands through public education, scientific analysis and advocacy.
41. Environment News Service
Latest environmental news headlines, message board, links and more.
42. Earth Site
The official site of International Earth Day.
43. Sustainable Communities Network
Linking citizens to resources and to one another to create healthy, vital and sustainable communities.
44. WWF Canada
WWF Canada pursues a mission to save life on Earth through four conservation programs: Endangered Species, Endangered Spaces and Wildlife Toxicology in Canada and an International program in Latin America.
A digital forum on global climate policy.
46. BBC-Science & Nature
Colorful news site with information on space, animals, special environmental topics and more.
This organization is the major meeting point for people and organizations in search of useful, free, and independent information regarding fair trade, corporate social responsibility, responsible consumption, ethical investment, alternative energies and related topics. .
48. The Earth Charter Initiative
A statement of ethical principles that will guide the conduct of people and nations towards each other and the Earth to ensure peace, equity and a sustainable future.
Solutions to the problem of the urban automobile.
50. American Wind Energy Association
AWEA advocates the development of wind energy as a reliable, environmentally superior energy alternative in the United States and around the world.
A group of companies who collectively offer solutions and strategies to address indoor air quality and related environmental issues.
52. The Cousteau Society
Provides information and insight on environmental issues to inspire better protection of the Earth, named after the founder.
53. David Suzuki Foundation
A Canadian environmental research and education organization, names after the founder.
Comprehensive site for rainforest information and resources.
55. E Magazine
An environmental magazine celebrating over 10 years in print.
56. National Council for Science and the Environment
NCSE (formally the Committee for the National Institute for the Environment) works to improve the scientific basis of environmental decision making. Site includes research publications on a number of environmental issues.
57. Ocean Planet
This exhibition reminds us that in ways we may never have even considered, we’re all seafarers, and it offers us ways to become more seaworthy–to think about what everyone can do to conserve the Ocean Planet.
58. Amazon Watch
Amazon Watch works to defend the environment and rights of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin.
59. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
60. America’s Wetlands
This site will give you a better understanding of the rich variety of wetlands, their importance, how they are threatened, and what can be done to conserve them for future generations.
61. Animal Diversity Web
This site includes information about the structure and classification of animals, basic concepts of ecology and evolutionary biology, and brief reports on dozens of animals.
62. Alternative Technology Association
A non-profit community group that aims to use and promote environmentally friendly technology, including renewable energy sources such as the sun, wind and water; building with natural materials and conserving energy.
63. Recycler’s World
A world-wide trading site for information related to secondary or recyclable commodities, by-products, used and surplus items or materials.
64. Energy and Environmental Research Center
The philosophy of the EERC is to improve global quality of life by providing leadership in visionary multidisciplinary research and development leading to demonstration and commercialization of innovative, clean, efficient energy technologies.
A resource that provides expertise on recycling and composting.
66. Global Forest Watch
Global Forest Watch seeks to catalyze changes in forest use to meet human needs and better protect forest ecosystems.
67. The World’s Shortest Comprehensive Recycling Guide
A long list of basic recycling tips and categories.
68. National Resources Defense Council
NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy group that uses law, science, and the support of their 400,000-plus members to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.
69. Center for Clean Air Policy
Seeks to promote and implement innovative solutions to major environmental and energy problems which balance both environmental and economic interests.
EcoWorld provides internet users comprehensive information on the state of planetary ecosystems and projects underway, everywhere, to preserve and restore species and ecosystems.
71. Environmental Support Center
An environmental movement offering support from the grassroots up.
72. EPA Global Warming Site
A site that focuses on the global warming problem and what it is and what can be done to reverse its effects.
73. The American Solar Energy Society
ASES is a American organization dedicated to advancing the use of solar energy for the benefit of U.S. citizens and the global environment.
74. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources and conducts research to improve people’s understanding and stewardship of the environment.
75. Competitive Enterprise Institute
Non-profit public policy organization regulating environmental policy among others.
76. Our Planet Magazine
The United Nations Environment Programme’s flagship magazine for environmentally sustainable development.
A non-toxic, sustainable and educational store.
78. The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
Track the progress of the 1971 intergovernmental treaty which provides the framework for U.S. action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources.
79. Pollution Prevention Institute
The Pollution Prevention Institute (PPI) assists small businesses to efficiently and economically reduce and control their wastes.
80. United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
World Meteorological Organization coordinates global scientific activity in several areas, including air pollution research, climate change and ozone depletion studies.
An environmental website for eco-living and conservation.
82. Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center
CSERC serves as a defender of more than 2 million acres of forests, rivers, lakes, wetlands, road-less areas, old growth groves, scenic oak woodlands, and other precious areas within the central region of the Sierra Nevada, U.S.A.
83. Environmental Concern, Inc.
A non-profit organization dedicated to wetland restoration, research, and education.
84. Earthhope Action Network
Resource for environmental activism and information.
A non-profit that works to protect the rainforests.
86. Wetlands Regulation Center
Acts as a service to all persons interested in the laws, policies and regulations concerning activities regulated under Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act in waters of the United States, including wetlands.
87. Karma Vision TV
Karma Vision’s mission is to foster social responsibility by stimulating action on crucial public issues including protection of the environment.
88. Wilderness Committee
Canadian citizen-funded wilderness preservation organization.
89. Farmland Information Center
The FIC is a clearinghouse for information about farmland protection and stewardship. It is a partnership between the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and American Farmland Trust.
90. The Scientific Alliance
A new organization which offers a rational, scientific approach to the environmental debate.
91. Environmental Leadership Program
Non-profit organization working to create a new generation of environmental leaders.
Scorecard combines data from over 200 different U.S. state and federal databases to profile local environmental problems and the health effects of pollution.