The Natural Resources
NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science, and the support of more than 1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild
places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things. Worth Magazine has named NRDC one of America's 100 best charities, and
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A Message from NRDC's
President and Executive Director
of the year's biggest environmental stories was one NRDC generated, and it
exemplifies our remarkable accomplishments: as we defended our nation's
environmental laws against an administration intent on dismantling them,
we also went on the offensive, pursuing long-term strategies to protect
the wilderness and wildlife we cherish and the environment our children
story dates back to 2001, when the vice president convened a task force to
plot the nation's energy future and came up with a plan that calls for
more subsidies to polluting industries, more reliance on oil, more nuclear
power. NRDC lawyers filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act
to learn how the task force conducted business, but the administration
refused to comply. As the vice president hid behind executive privilege,
the press and other groups also called for action. NRDC broke the logjam
first: we took our case to court and compelled the government to turn over
its records, revealing that industry lobbyists wrote much of the nation's
that's only half the story. To counteract bad ideas you need good ones.
Long before this administration took office, NRDC recognized that the
nation must determine its energy course safely and soundly. We crafted a
plan showing Americans how to shake our oil dependence and strengthen our
is NRDC at our best, fighting back yet moving forward, and it is one story
among dozens. As we battled rollbacks at the federal level, we gained
ground at the state level. Our litigators stopped polluters in Maine, and
our policy experts helped pass a clean car law in California.
Internationally, we sent a team to Johannesburg to seek concrete
commitments to solve global environmental problems. Our BioGems campaign,
backed by hundreds of thousands of NRDC supporters, helped secure
protections for endangered wild places throughout the Americas. We set in
motion the environmental movement's most aggressive program to stop global
warming. We developed a farsighted plan to preserve the world's oceans.
In this climate of unprecedented challenges, NRDC has never been stronger. More than an organization of gifted scientists and tough-minded lawyers, we are global thinkers and innovators, policy analysts, legislative experts, and communications strategists. And fueling our efforts are 1 million members and activists. With your involvement, we are defending the environment with passion, protecting wildlife and wild places with determination, and forwarding environmental solutions with creativity. We couldn't do it without you.
Program focuses on clean air standards, global warming,
transportation, energy efficiency, renewable energy and electric-industry
Program works on issues involving safe drinking water, pesticides,
industrial chemicals and other environmental health threats (especially to
children), and looks for opportunities to reduce the use and release of toxics into the
Program, often in association with other programs, works on
rainforests, biodiversity, habitat preservation, oceans and marine life,
nuclear weapons and global warming.
Program works to protect the biological, ecological and natural values
of our national forests, parks and other public lands, to promote improved
management of private forest lands, and to reduce U.S. consumption of
products made from wood.
Program surveys and analyzes developments on a variety of nuclear
weapon issues ranging from keeping track of global arsenals and the status
of arms treaties, to the problems of waste and fissile material
disposition, security and control.
Program focuses on environmental problems confronting our major urban
centers and surrounding areas. Major issues include air and water quality,
habitat and open space, garbage and recycling, transportation, water
supply, sprawl, and environmental justice.
Water and Coastal Program works to
protect and restore the nation's water quality, fish populations, wetlands
and oceans and undertakes key regional initiatives in pursuit of these
goals in areas such as the Everglades, San Francisco Bay, the San Joaquin
River, the Channel Islands and the New York/New Jersey Harbor-Bight.
The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national, non-profit
organization of scientists, lawyers and environmental specialists
dedicated to protecting public health and the environment. Founded in
1970, NRDC has more than 550,000 members nationwide, served from offices
in New York, Washington, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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