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February 11, 2011

10 Environmental Organizations to #FollowFriday

This week's #FollowFriday list features environmental organizations, especially those that focus on the rainforest.  For self promotion purposes we included ourselves, but also to demonstrate the powerful link between animal, human and environmental health.  These organizations may be well known, and we were saddened by a lack of a Twitter presence of many great rainforest and conservation organizations that are not as well known.  Next week, we plan to highlight smaller grassroots organizations that may not be on Twitter, but deserve recognition.  Here we have, for February 11, 2011, our #FollowFriday list of environmental organizations.  This Valentine's Day, remember to LOVE THE PLANET too!

@AmazonCares - Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education & Safety 
@AmazonWatch - Amazon Watch
@captainplanetfd - Captain Planet Foundation
@nature_org - Nature Conservancy
@Rainforest2Reef - Rainforest 2 Reef
@RAN - Rainforest Action Network
@RnfrstAlliance - Rainforest Alliance
@RainforestUS - Rainforest Foundation
@rainforest4ever - World Land Trust-US (WLT-US)
@Sierra_Club - Sierra Club

Amazon CARES
Yes, we admit to self promotion here.  An animal charity may not seem like a conservation charity as well, but everyday Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education & Safety (CARES) proves that animal, human and environmental health are linked.  CARES seeks better health and living conditions for ALL living beings of the Peruvian Amazon region. This includes appropriate care, respect, and protection from cruelty and neglect.  The world is focused on the important global and environmental issues facing the Amazon Rain forest region.  Naturalists, biologists, environmentalists and wandering souls visit Iquitos in droves.  Sadly, this region had NO programs in place for DOMESTIC animal welfare. This is the reason that Amazon Community Animal Rescue, Education and Safety (CARES) was founded in 2004.  Citizens with a desire to protect countless stray animals stepped in to create programs that the government did not provide.  Since 2005, Amazon CARES has made amazing progress in the promotion of animal and public health.

Amazon Watch
@AmazonWatch Amazon Watch is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. They partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon's ecological systems. They envision a world that honors and values cultural and biological diversity and the critical contribution of tropical rainforests to our planet's life support system. They believe that indigenous self-determination is paramount, and see that indigenous knowledge, cultures and traditional practices contribute greatly to sustainable and equitable stewardship of the Earth. They strive for a world in which governments, corporations and civil society respect the collective rights of indigenous peoples to free, prior and informed consent over any activity affecting their territories and resources. Amazon Watch commit, in the spirit of partnership and mutual respect, to support their indigenous allies in their efforts to protect life, land, and culture in accordance with their aspirations and needs.

Captain Planet Foundation

The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to fund and support hands-on, environmental projects for children and youths. Their objective is to encourage innovative programs that empower children and youth around the world to work individually and collectively to solve environmental problems in their neighborhoods and communities. Through environmental education, Captain Planet Foundation believes that children can achieve a better understanding and appreciation for the world in which they live.

Nature Conservancy
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters that they need to survive. The Nature Conservancy is proud of what they have accomplished since their founding in 1951: The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide — and they operate more than 100 marine conservation projects globally. They have more than 1 million members and work in all 50 United States and more than 30 countries around the world — protecting habitats from grasslands to coral reefs, from Australia to Alaska to Zambia. The Nature Conservancy addresses threats to conservation involving climate change, fire, fresh water, forests, invasive species, and marine ecosystems. 

Rainforest 2 Reef
Rainforest2Reef is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the biological corridor stretching from the rainforest of the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve to the Mesoamerican Reef. Rainforest2Reef’s mission is to protect biodiversity, maintain ecosystem services, and slow climate change by safeguarding tropical forests, coral reefs and the corridors connecting these threatened habitats. They do this by working in partnership with local communities to protect ecologically important lands through innovative mechanisms, using sound scientific research to manage and monitor protected areas, and developing non-extractive economic activities that improve livelihoods of local people. 

Rainforest Action Network
Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.
On an annual budget dwarfed by those of the companies we target, RAN has helped convince dozens of corporations including Home Depot, Citigroup, Boise Cascade, and Goldman Sachs to change their practices. RAN helped to protect millions of acres of forests in Canada, Indonesia, Brazil, Chile and beyond.
Rainforest Alliance
The Rainforest Alliance was created in 1987 with a mission to protect our planet’s resources and the wildlife and people that depend on them. They promote sustainable and economically viable forestry, agriculture and tourism practices. By working collaboratively with land-users, corporations and community organizations we are helping to transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers. Rainforest Alliance works to bring these responsibly produced goods and services to the global marketplace where the demand for these products continues to grow. Their practical approach and numerous successes with partners in developed and developing countries to empower local people to protect vital habitats demonstrate new ways of doing business while protecting the environment and promoting biodiversity.
Rainforest Foundation
In 1989, Sting and Trudie Styler founded The Rainforest Foundation in response to a direct request for help from a Kayapo Indian leader in Brazil who was seeking to protect his peoples' land and culture. The organization's initial project led to a role coordinating the first ever privately funded demarcation of Indian land in the region. Since then the Rainforest Foundation has grown into a small network of 4 independent organizations in the US, the UK and Norway, working collectively in 20 rainforest countries around the globe. Collectively they have helped protect 28 million acres of forest. The mission of the Rainforest Foundation is to support indigenous and traditional people of the world's rainforests in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfill their rights.

Sierra Club
The Sierra Club is America's oldest, largest, and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the US. Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself.

World Land Trust-US (WLT-US)
The mission of World Land Trust-US is to provide local conservation organizations around the world the financial resources they need to purchase and protect critical lands for biodiversity conservation. We specifically target lands that are critical for preventing immediate species extinctions and are exceptionally rich in biological diversity.  World Land Trust-US has dedicated 21 years to saving rainforests and endangered species, buying real acres in real places and protecting them forever. To date, WLT-US has saved 1.7 million acres of rainforest and other critical habitats at imminent threat.

 Researched and written by Manuela