The Forest Justice campaign is working with young people to have an impact on reducing tropical deforestation at the local, national and international level. There are lots of things you can do to help stop tropical deforestation and support forest communities.
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is a national alliance of local state and federal resource professionals. PEER’s environmental work is solely directed by the needs of its members. As a consequence, we have the distinct honor of serving resource professionals who daily cast profiles in courage in cubicles across the country.
Public employees are a unique force working for environmental enforcement. In the ever-changing tide of political leadership, these front-line employees stand as defenders of the public interest within their agencies and as the first line of defense against the exploitation and pollution of our environment. Their unmatched technical knowledge, long-term service and proven experiences make these professionals a credible voice for meaningful reform.
PEER works nation-wide with government scientists, land managers, environmental law enforcement agents, field specialists and other resource professionals committed to responsible management of America’s public resources. Resource employees in government agencies have unique responsibilities as stewards of the environment. PEER supports those who are courageous and idealistic enough to seek a higher standard of environmental ethics and scientific integrity within their agency. Our constituency represents one of the most crucial and viable untapped resources in the conservation movement.
Objectives of PEER
• Organize a broad base of support among employees within local, state and federal resource management agencies.
• Monitor natural resource management agencies by serving as a "watch dog" for the public interest.
• Inform the administration, Congress, state officials, media and the public about substantive environmental issues of concern to PEER members.
• Defend and strengthen the legal rights of public employees who speak out about issues concerning natural resource management and environmental protection. Provide free legal assistance if and when necessary.
Citizens are mobilizing. In the United States and around the world, over 350 groups are now working on coal issues. Most of these are locally based organizations whose effectiveness is often overlooked. The mission of CoalSwarm is to assist this movement by building shared resources. Our CoalSwarm wiki, created in collaboration with the Center for Media and Democracy, provides a constantly expanding body of information that anyone can add to and utilize.
CoalSwarm is a project of the Earth Island Institute, which was founded by environmental pioneer David Brower as an incubator for innovative projects in ecology and social justice.
Ecosystems Climate Alliance
The Ecosystems Climate Alliance (ECA) is an alliance of environment and social NGOs founded in December 2008 committed to keeping natural terrestrial ecosystems intact and their carbon out of the atmosphere, in an equitable and transparent way that respects the rights of indigenous peoples and local communities.
ECA recognises that avoiding emissions of terrestrial carbon stored in the soils and biomass of forests, peatlands and wetlands represents an important opportunity for cost-effective greenhouse gas mitigation. ECA advocates climate, forest and land use policies to give strong, equitable, transparent and positive incentives free of perversities for avoiding the degradation of terrestrial carbon stores and for rehabilitating degraded land, supported by effective forest governance, robust monitoring and demand-side policies to ensure meaningful outcomes.
I am not totally sold on this organization, as I suspect is it deeply driven by business interests, but I can't say for sure. There are some dubious contributors/particpants to the organization, I think. - DG
Avoided Deforestation Partners is an international network of thinkers, strategists and practitioners, founded by leaders in forest carbon policy and project implementation, science, finance, and conservation in 2007, to support international efforts to halt tropical deforestation.
NCAR provides the university science and teaching community with the tools, facilities, and support required to perform innovative research. Through NCAR, scientists gain access to high-performance computational and observational facilities, such as supercomputers, aircraft and radar - resources researchers need to improve human understanding of atmospheric and Earth system processes. NCAR and university scientists work together on research topics in atmospheric chemistry, climate, cloud physics and storms, weather hazards to aviation, and interactions between the sun and Earth. In all of these areas, scientists are looking closely at the role of humans in both creating climate change and responding to severe weather occurrences.
Environmentalists Against War is a network of environmental organizations and individuals that opposed the US attack on Iraq. We continue to oppose the social and environmental impacts of war and militarism, in the US and internationally.