Through the use of law, science and the support of more than 1 million members, the NRDC strives to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things Acknowledged as one of the most effective lobbying and litigating group on environmental issues, the NRDC has numerous victories to it's credit. From the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1971 to the present, whether working for clean air standards, renewable energy, the protection of our national forests, parks and public lands, rainforests, biodiversity, habitats, oceans and marine life, or fighting against environmental health threats and global warming, the NRDC was, and still is, in the front line of these battles. For more information about its numerous important programs, please visit:
"Saving the last great places on Earth", part of the Conservancy's mission, is no idle boast. In 1961 the Conservancy received its first conservation easement, on six acres at Gallup Salt Marsh in Connecticut. Since then the use of conservation easements has successfully protected millions of acres of wildlife habitat and open space. In addition to Chapters in all 50 states, Canada and Mexico, the Conservancy is also active outside North America. From the seascapes and rainforests in the Caribbean, the great Maya Forest-home of the endangered jaguar - in Central America, the world's largest wetland, the Pantanal and the magical Galapagos Islands in South America, to Indonesia's coral reefs and the jagged peaks of China, the Conservancy helps to preserve these treasures and thereby also the plants, animals and natural communities that call these habitats home. These are just a few of the Conservancy's projects, there is much more to discover at:

In 1971, motivated by their vision of a green and peaceful world, a small team of activists set sail from Vancouver, Canada, in an old fishing boat. These activists, the founders of Greenpeace, believed a few individuals could make a difference. Their mission was to "bear witness" to US underground nuclear testing at Amchitka, a tiny island refuge for sea otters, bald eagles and other wildlife, off the West Coast of Alaska, which is one of the world's most earthquake-prone regions. Although they were intercepted before reaching Amchitka and the US still detonated the bomb, word reached the public, it responded and the island was later declared a bird sanctuary. Today Greenpeace has offices in 41 countries and 2.8 million supporters engaged in numerous global environmental campaigns. Its non-violent direct actions and lobbying efforts helped to produce significant results on a number of fronts. The banning of: nuclear atmospheric tests, commercial whaling, the use of driftnets, sea dumping of radioactive and industrial waste, illegal logging and the use of persistent organic pollutants (POPs - dangerous chemicals that build up in the environment and pose a serious threat to human health), to name a few. Greenpeace's efforts also contributed to the creation of the Kyoto Protocol, the protection of Canada's Great Bear Rainforest and numerous other natural treasures. Its campaigns are worldwide and extraordinarily broad in range and scope. For much more information on its projects and achievements, please visit:

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