10 organizations that protect the environment
Mahatma Gandhi once said that â€śEarth provides enough to satisfy every manâ€™s needs, but not every manâ€™s greed.â€ť This statement seems to become more true every year, with what Al Gore describes in his book â€śThe Futureâ€ť as â€śunsustainable growth in consumption, pollution flows, and depletion of the planetâ€™s strategic resources.â€ť
With this in mind, we tell you about 10 organizations that are working to reverse this trend by protecting and conserving the environment. All 10 of these organizations have four-star ratings from Charity Navigator and at least $13.5 million in total annual expenses.
1. Conservation Fund
Since its founding in 1985, the Conservation Fund in Arlington, Va., has protected more than 7 million acres of land in all 50 states. With a mission of saving land for future generations, the fund considers its â€świn-winâ€ť philosophy of balancing environmental and economic interests to be what sets it apart from other groups. The fundâ€™s overall conservation strategy has three units. The first is conservation real estate, or securing lands of both public and private interest; the second is sustainable programs, including a leadership network and a conservation institute; and the third is conservation ventures, some being sustainable forest management and green business lending. This three-pronged conservation strategy is assisted by the fundâ€™s strong partnerships with communities, businesses, and the government. The fund says that the No. 1 reason its partners keep coming back is â€śwe keep finding new ways to get conservation done.â€ť
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