Can We Make A Difference?

MAKING A DIFFERENCEApple Mouse

At this time in my life, I am very clear that I Can Make A Difference In The World.  Not by any major presence on the world stage but rather in the daily, mindful activism available to me on the internet.  Yes, I am a MOUSE WARRIOR. The Mouse is attached to my keyboard and the Warrior is connected to my love for the planet and all sentient beings.  I am pleased to share my current list of organizations I actively petition for.  And I hope there is something on the list that will inspire you to get involved and Make A Difference.

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

California State Parks Foundation  (CSPF)       www.calparks.org
Dedicated to elebrate, improve and defend California State parks

Center for Biological Diversity      www.DemocracyinAction.org
The Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction.

Earthjustice.org      www.earthjustice.org
Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment.  Formerly Sierra Club Legal Defense

Environmental Defense Fund     www.edf.org
Passionate environmental advocates who believe in prosperity and stewardship grounded in science

Global Witness       www.globalwitness.org 
Highlighting the links between environmental exploitation and human rights abuses, particularly where natural resources such as timber, diamonds and oil are concerned.

Greenpeace     www.greenpeaceusa.org
Greepeace is the largest independent direct-action environmental organization in the world.  They do not take money form government or corporations.  Their only bottom line is a green and peaceful future.

Heifer Project    www.heifer.org
Working with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth through giving families a source of food rather than short-term relief caught on and has continued for over 65 years. Today, millions of families in 128 countries have been given the gifts of self-reliance and hope and have “passed the gift on”.

League of Conservation Voters     lcv.org
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) is a national non-profit organization that works to turn environmental values into national priorities. To secure the environmental future of our planet, LCV advocates for sound environmental policies, elects pro-environment candidates who will adopt and implement such policies, and provides state LCVs with the resources and tools to accomplish and sustain their mission.  They focus on U.S. Congress — information on proposed legislation, how Senators and Representatives voted on environmental issues, and pre-election evaluations …

Moms Clean Air Force       www.momscleanairforce.org
Moms Clean Air Force is national movement of more than 50,000 moms — and dads too! — who are protecting our children’s right to clean air — just as our parents fought for us, forty years ago, when the Clean Air Act was first passed.

National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA)     www.npca.org  
To protect and enhance America’s National Parks for present and future generations.

National Resources Defense Council (NRDC)    www.savebiogems.org
Launched in 2001, NRDC’s BioGems Initiative harnesses the power of online citizen activism to help save our continent’s most endangered natural treasures — our BioGems — for the sake of a sustainable planet and all future generations. Each year, we mobilize 1.3 million NRDC Members and online activists to bring overwhelming pressure to bear on governments and companies bent on industrializing the world’s last wild places.

National Wildlife Federation    www.nwf.org
Inspiring Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future

Organic Consumers Association    www.organicconsumers.org
The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics

Pesticide Action Network North America (PAN)    www.panna.org
Pesticide Action Network North America works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. As one of five PAN Regional Centers worldwide, we link local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens’ action network. This network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to ensure the transition to a just and viable society.

Save Our Environment.Org   www.saveourenvironment.org
A national coalition of the nation’s most influential environmental advocacy organizations harnessing the power of the internet to increase public awareness and activism on today’s most important environmental issues.

Sierra Club      www.sierraclub.org
Since 1892, the Sierra Club has been working to protect communities, wild places, and the planet itself. We are the largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization in the United States. And our founder, John Muir, appears on the back of the California quarter.

Student Conservation Association  SCA      thesca.org
Provides students of all ages in the USA the opportunity to serve and protect national parks, forests and urban communities.

Union of Concerned Scientists      www.ucsusa.org
The Union of Concerned Scientists is the leading science-based nonprofit working for a healthy environment and a safer world. UCS combines independent scientific research and citizen action to develop innovative, practical solutions and to secure responsible changes in government policy, corporate practices, and consumer choices.

Wildlife Conservation Society     www.wcs.org
The Wildlife Conservation Society, founded in 1895, has the clear mission to save wildlife and wild places across the globe. With a commitment to protect 25 percent of the world’s biodiversity, we address four of the biggest issues facing wildlife and wild places: climate change; natural resource exploitation; the connection between wildlife health and human health; and the sustainable development of human livelihoods.

The Wilderness Society     wilderness.org
The wilderness Society’s mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places.  they are the leading American conservation organization working to protect our nation’s public lands, the 635 million acres collectively owned by the American people and managed by our government.


SOCIAL CAUSES

AVAAZ.org        www.avaaz.org
The world’s largest and most effective online campaigning community for change.

Care2 Causes       www.care2.com
An online community empowering people to lead a healthy and green lifestyle while taking action on important causes – 19,480,103 members

Change.org        www.change.org
A leading platform for social change, empowering anyone, anywhere to start petitions that make a difference on the web. Their mission is to build an international network of people empowered to fight for what’s right locally, nationally, and globally. We believe that building momentum for social change globally means empowering citizen activists locally.

Global Fund for Women       www.globalfundforwomen.org
The Global Fund for Women plays a leading role in advancing women’s rights by making grants that support and strengthen women’s groups around the world. We mobilize and redistribute resources that enable women to develop creative solutions to local, regional, and transnational challenges. We bring grantees and donors together in an international network that promotes women’s action for social change, equality, peace, and justice worldwide.

Green Lifestyles     www.greenlifestyles.org
Committed to raising consciousness of sustainable solutions for embracing life fully

National Partnership for Women & Families     www.nationalpartnership.org
Taking action since 1971, we have been changing the world in ways that make life better for women and families.  Our goal is to create a society that is free, fiar and just.  Where nobody has to experience discrimination, all workplaces are family friendly, and no family is without quality, affordable health care and real economic security.

SumOfUs       www.sumofus.org
A world-wide movement of people like you, working together to hold corporations accountable for their actions and forge a new, sustainable path for our global economy.
MICROENTERPRISE ORGANIZATIONS

ACCION International      www.accion.org
A microfinance and microlending organization, giving people the financial tools they need to work their way out of poverty.

BRAC.NET
Works with people whose lives are dominated by extreme poverty, illiteracy, disease and other handicaps.

KIVA    www.kiva.org
A non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

SEVA Foundation (Selfless Service)     www.seva.org
Since 1978, Seva has been a leading innovator in building partnerships that deliver cost-effective, culturally-informed health services for some of the world’s most vulnerable — including women, children, and indigenous peoples.

Women for Women International       www.womenforwomen.org
Changing the world, one woman at a time. Since its creation, Women for Women International has given hope to more than 398,000 women survivors of war and conflict and helped them move toward economic self-sufficiency with our year-long program of direct aid, rights education, job skills training, and small business development. We have distributed $103 million in direct aid, microcredit loans, and other program services.,

World Vision Micro     www.worldvisionmicro.org
Works to create self-sustaining solutions for the entire community by developing all aspects of a community, Micro not only serves to stimulate the economy, but empowers people to work towards creating a healthy, prosperous community.

 

FOOD

Feeding America      www.feedingamerica.org
The mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

Food Democracy Now       www.fooddemocracynow.org
A grassroots community dedicated to building a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers and nourishes families.

Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN)      www.foodallegry.org
A trusted source for food allergies, FAAN focuses on education, awareness, research and advocacy

GM Free      www.gmfree.org
Keep us up to date with the latest news on the issue of genetically modified (GM) food and crops

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition    www.sustainableagriculture.net
An alliance of grassroots organizations that advocates for federal policy reform to advance the sustainability of agriculture, food systems, natural resources, and rural communities.  NSAC’s vision of agriculture is one where a safe, nutritious, ample, and affordable food supply is produced by a legion of family farmers who make a decent living pursuing their trade, while protecting the environment, and contributing to the strength and stability of their communities.

Organic Bytes   www.organicconsumers.org
Health, Justice and Sustainability News from the Organic Consumers Assoc.

San Diego Roots: Sustainable Food Project     www.sandiegoroots.org
Educating, cultivating and empowering sustainable food communities in San Diego County

Slow Food USA  www.slowfoodusa.org
Slow Food is an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is part of a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members in over 150 countries, which links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)      www.sare.org
Their vision is an enduring American agriculture of the highest quality. This agriculture is profitable, protects the nation’s land and water and is a force for a rewarding way of life for farmers and ranchers whose quality products and operations sustain their communities and society.  Their mission is to advance—to the whole of American agriculture—innovations that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education.

Sustainable Table     www.sustainabletable.org
Educate, advocate & cultivate sustainable agriculture.

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