Monday, December 5, 2016 | By Sahari McCormick | No Comments
Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.
Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is a major national conservation organization focused solely on wildlife and habitat conservation and the safeguarding of biodiversity. They believe in the inherent value of wildlife and the natural world, and this singular focus defines their important niche in the environmental and conservation community and serves as the anchor for our organizational values.
Defenders’ approach is direct and straightforward – They protect and restore imperiled species throughout North America by transforming policies and institutions and promoting innovative solutions – and this approach makes a lasting difference for wildlife and its habitat:
• On the ground at the state and local level, developing practical, innovative programs that protect and restore key species and habitats and inform our national policy work.
• With state, national and international policy makers to secure laws and policies that protect animals and their habitats. They are widely recognized by their peers and policymakers for the effectiveness of our advocacy work, particularly with the Department of the Interior and Department of Agriculture and are known for being the most effective advocate for wildlife funding in the federal appropriations process.
• In the courts establishing legal safeguards for native wildlife and fighting efforts to roll back environmental protections. They act as legal counsel on behalf of a population segment that cannot act for itself, North America’s wildlife.
For more information, visit their website at Defenders.org.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 | By Sahari McCormick | No Comments
No farms, no food. That’s the message of an organization called the American Farmland Trust.
35 years ago, visionary farmland conservationists founded American Farmland Trust. It’s now part of a national movement to save the land, soil, water and people needed to feed America, and the world.
According to the organization, it’s an uphill battle. Every hour, more than 40 acres of farm or ranch land is lost to urban sprawl or development. Every year, 1.7 billion tons of topsoil is lost to erosion each year in the U.S. That’s enough to fill 1,200 Empire State buildings.
From the halls of Congress to local councils, the American Farmland Trust fights for programs and policies that protect farmland, food and the environment. By mobilizing partners and engaging citizens, they advocate for the changes needed to sustain America’s farmland and the farmers who grow our food.
Since AFT’s founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, the organization has helped save millions of acres of farmland, and led the way for establishing sound environmental practices on millions more.
Want to help? Find out more here. www.farmland.org
Monday, October 3, 2016 | By Sahari McCormick | No Comments
Honey bees support billions of dollars in agriculture. But today, a major decline in honey bee health has put agriculture, healthy lifestyles, and worldwide food security at risk.Many of the nutritious fruits and vegetables we enjoy require honey bee pollination – approximately 1 in 3 bites of the food we eat! The Honey Bee Health Coalition brings together beekeepers, researchers, government agencies, agribusinesses, growers, conservation groups, manufacturers, consumer brands and other key partners with the goal of reversing recent declines in honey bee health and ensuring the long-term health of honey bees and other pollinators.
More information is available at Honey Bee Health Coalition.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 | By Sahari McCormick | No Comments
Environment America is a state-based citizen-funded environmental advocacy group fighting to protect the places we love and advance the environmental values we share. Through 29 state affiliates, Environment America advocates raise awareness of environmental issues, such as clean water, solar power, bee populations and climate change. This grass roots organization has a great public awareness website with news releases and articles of issues such as bee populations, fracking, national parks and more.
To learn more go to Environment America.