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    Great Environmental Books:

    The Abstract Wild, Teewinot, Travels in the Greater Yellowstone all by Jack Turner:  He is a naturalist, a mountain climbing guide, and a lover of wild places, wilderness,  and wildlife.  He tells of adventures, showing his awe and love of nature.


    -  Exposure by Robert Bilott  :  (about PFOAs)
     Nourishing Waters, Comforting Sky: Thirty-Five Years at a Sandhills Oasis by Stephen R. Jones He describes encounters with birds, deer, swans, owls, snakes. 
    " In the Nebraska Sandhills, ranchers on horseback and in pickup trucks share the range with pronghorn antelope, burrowing owls, and long-billed curlews. The native grasses grow greener as the cattle grow fatter. Throughout the region, river otters and mink swim in streams nourished by springs bubbling up from the High Plains (Ogallala) aquifer. Over years of close observation, Stephen R. Jones has gotten to know the Nebraska Sandhills—the twenty-thousand-square-mile expanse of stunning prairie and thriving wetlands. He has felt the warm breath of a white-tailed doe guarding her spotted fawn, learned to communicate with a family of long-eared owls, and developed an improbable hiking relationship with a wild turkey. He has documented a breeding bird population that is growing more diverse and witnessed the long-awaited return of nesting trumpeter swans.

    These personal stories, accompanied by words of insight from Native American leaders, Sandhills ranchers, and grassland ecologists, help us envision a quiet relationship with the natural world." from the Nebraska Press. 
    He has written other books on prairies and on butterflies.
    List of other books by him:


    The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett




    The Coming Plague by Laurie Garrett : Explanations of how we discover what causes epidemics.






    Last Stand by Richard Manning

    Last Stand by Richard Manning is poetic even though he describes the cutting of forests in Montana by Champion and Plum Creek. He explains the wonderful interconnections of life forms and even how some species depend on forest fires. The black backed woodpeckers favor lodgepole pine forests that have burned in the last 3 years. Their black backs give them camouflage against the charred trees and protect them from predators. The woodpeckers eat beetles that specialize in burned forests. After a few years the woodpeckers move on, leaving holes that make nests for bluebirds. Very old lodgepole pines even give out an audible signal that attracts particular beetles that come to kill the pines. Lodgepole pinecones are adapted to fire - they won’t open until a fire comes through.


    The Last Stand by David Harris about the fight to save the redwoods. In it, he relates that the FDIC and the Office of Thrift Supervision have lawsuits (for $250 million and $900 million, respectively) against Charles Hurwitz, the Texas takeover artist who gained control of the Pacific Lumber Co. with junk bonds and then dramatically increased its rate of cutting. Hurwitz was chairman of the board and the largest shareholder of the United Financial Group that controlled the United Savings Association of Texas, which collapsed and cost the public $1.3 billion. Please ask the President and your congressmembers to push these lawsuits and use the money gained to buy back the redwoods.


    Toxic Sludge is Good for You by John Stauber & Sheldon Rampton describes how public relations firms manage the news and frame issues to smear environmentalists while giving big companies legitimacy and excuses.




    Sultans of Sleaze by Joyce Nelson describes how public relations firms manage the news and frame issues to smear environmentalists while giving big companies legitimacy and excuses.





    Timber Wars by Judi Bari

    Timber Wars by Judi Bari is a good biography by the forest activist who was bombed while organizing save the redwoods rallies.






    Living Downstream by Sandra Steingraber

    Living Downstream by Sandra Steingraber is the story of an Illinois farmgirl turned microbiologist who poetically describes the battles against toxic chemicals and toxic incinerators.





    A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr

    A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr is a dramatic account of the  attorney, Jan Schlichtman,and neighbors in Woburn, MA suing WR Grace and Beatrice Foods  over the solvent poisons in their well water.  Eventually, the EPA takes the evidence that Jan marshalled, and forces the polluters to clean up.  





    Still the Best Congress Money Can Buy by Philip M. Stern

    Still the Best Congress Money Can Buy by Philip M. Stern shows how badly we need campaign finance reform; gives examples of rip-offs given in exchange for campaign contributions.





    Losing Ground by Mark Dowie

    Losing Ground by Mark Dowie illustrates how big companies co-opt or marginalize environmentalists.






    The War Against the Greens by David Helvarg

    The War Against the Greens by David Helvarg tells how mining, logging, oil and other big companies persecute environmentalists.






    Cut and Run by Grace Herndon

    Cut and Run by Grace Herndon is a good book about how logging companies violate land and water quality laws while cutting forests.






    The Animal Smugglers by John Nichol

    The Animal Smugglers by John Nichol provides details of animal poaching and smuggling.






    Grizzly Years by John Peacock

    Grizzly Years by John Peacock details observations of the wild lives of grizzlies in Montana and Wyoming.






    Hope, Human and Wild by Bill McKibben

    Hope, Human and Wild by Bill McKibben tells how people find solutions that build community and help the environment.





    Game Wars by Marc Reisner

    Game Wars by Marc Reisner : Game wardens go undercover in sting operations to stop trade in endangered species.





    Woman in the Mists by Farley Mowat

    Woman in the Mists by Farley Mowat is Dian Fossey's studies of the mountain gorilla.






    The Abstract Wild by Jack Turner

    The Abstract Wild by Jack Turner - He describes ideas of wildness from Thoreau, Muir, and Doug Peacock.   That maybe it is most valuable to have wild places with wild creatures living in great interconnected diversity.   He values the mystery and playfulness of nature and wildness.   





    Bird of Life, Bird of Death by Jonathan Evan Maslow

    Bird of Life, Bird of Death by Jonathan Evan Maslow is a story of birdwatchers seeking the rare quetzlcoatl in Guatemala with local people opposing a dam and protecting rare birds.





    The Grizzly by Enos A. Mills

    The Grizzly by Enos A. Mills :  Accounts of grizzlies in Colorado.






         Abby, Edward: Beyond the Wall

    The Brave Cowboy

    Desert Solitaire

    Down the River

    Fire on the Mountain

    Good News

    The Journey Home

    The Monkey Wrench Gang

    Slumgullion Stew

    Alinsky, Saul: Rules For Radicals

    Audubon Society: Master Guide to Birding

    Field Guide to North American Birds

    Axcell, Cooke & Kinmont: Simple Foods For The Pack

    Barash, David & Judith Lipton: Stop Nuclear War! A Handbook

    Berger, John J.: Restoring the Earth: How Americans are working to renew our damaged environment

    Bigon, Mario & Guido Regazzoni: Morrow Guide to Knots

    Bly, Robert: News of the Universe

    The Winged Life

    Brodeur, Paul: Outrageous Misconduct: The Asbestos Industry On Trial

    Brown, Tom Jr.: Field Guide to City and Suburban Survival

    Field Guide to Living with the Earth

    Field Guide to Nature: Observation and Tracking

    Field Guide to Wilderness Survival

    The Search

    The Tracker

    Bruce, Robert D. & Victoria Perera: The Last Lords of Palenque

    Bulgakov, Mikhail: The Master & Margarita

         Calvino, Italo: The Baron in the Trees


    Italian Folktales

    The Nonexistent Knight,

    Cloven Viscount

         Carson, Rachel: The Sea Around Us

    Silent Spring

    Caufield, Catherine: In The Rainforest

    COE , Gigi, et al: The Home Energy Decision Book

        Cousins, Norman: Anatomy of an illness

    The Healing Heart

    Cousteau, Jacques: Cousteau Almanac

    Craighead, Frank: Track of the Grizzly

    Crampton, C.Gregory: Standing Up Country:

    The Canyonlands of Utah and Arizona

    Creasy, Rosalind: Edible Landscaping

    Cummings, E.E.: 100 Selected Poems

    Ehrlich, Gretel: The Solace Of Open Spaces

    Ehrlich, Paul and Anne: Extinction

    Epstein, Samuel: Hazardous Waste in America

    Fallows, James: National Defense

    Farrell, John A.: The New Indian Wars

    Ferguson, D. and N.: Sacred Cows at the Public Trough

    Feynman, Richard P.: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feyman!

    Foreman, D. (ed): Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching

    Fossey, Dian: Gorillas in the Mist

    Friends of the Earth: Progress as if Survival Mattered

    Gibbs, Lois Marie: Love Canal-My Story

    Giono, Jean: The Man Who Planted Hope and Grew Happiness

    Grahame, Kenneth: Wind in the Willows

    Green, Mark: There He Goes Again: Ronald Reagan’s Reign of Terror

    Ground Zero: What About The Russians and Nuclear War?

    Nuclear War: What’s in it for You?

    Hart, John: Walking Softly in the Wilderness

    Hentoff, Nat: The First Freedom

    Herriot, James: All Creatures Great and Small

    Hibshman, Dan: Your Affordable Solar Home

        Hoover, Helen: The Long Shadowed Forest

    A Place in the Woods

    The Years of the Forest

    Jarrell, Randall: The Animal Family

    Krutch, Joseph: The Voice of the Desert

    LaBastille, Anne: Woodswoman

    Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird

    Lelyveld, Joseph: Move Your Shadow: South Africa Black and White

    L’engle, Madeleine: A Wrinkle In Time

    Leopold, Aldo: A Sand Country Almanac

    Lesley, Craig: Winterkill

    Lopez, Barry: Arctic Dreams

    Of Wolves and Men

    Maclean, Norman: A River Runs Through It

    Mander, Jerry: Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

    Miller, Millie Kinnikinnick: The Mountafn Flower Book

    Milne. A.A. The House at Pooh Corner

    Winnie the Pooh

         McIntyre, Joan:

    The Delicate Are of Whale Watching

    Mind in the Waters

         McPhee, John: Coming into the Country

    The Crofter and the Laird.

    The Curve or Binding Energy Encounters with the Archdruid

    The John McPhee Reader

    The Pine Barrens

    La Place de la Concorde Suisse

    In Suspect Terrafn

    Table or Contents

         Mintz, Morton: At Any Cost: Corporate Greed,

    Women and the Dalkon Shield

    Mitchell, Henry: The Essential Earthman

    Morrison, P.: Powers of Ten

         Mowat, Farley: The Desperate People

    Never Cry Wolf

    People of the Deer

    Sea of Slaughter

    The Siberians

    The Snow Walker

    A Whale for the Killing

    Myers, Norman: The Primary Source

    Tropical Forests and Our Future

    Gaia-An Atlas of Planet Management

    Nader, Ralph & William Taylor The Big Boys

    New York Journal of Medicine World Cigarette Pandemic

         Nichols, John On the Mesa

    The Milagro Beanfield War

    The Nirvana Blues

    The Magic Journey

    O’Dell, Scott: Island of the Blue Dolphins

    O’Hanlon. Redmond: Into the Heart of Borneo

    Patchen, Kenneth: What Shall We Do Without Us

    Pileggi, Nicholas Wiseguy-Life in a Mafia Fami1y

    Rodale, Robert: The Basic Book of Organic Gardening

    Sattler, Helen: Fish Facts & Bird Brains

    Scheer, Robert: With Enough Shovels: Reagan, Bush and Nuclear War

        Schell, Jonathan:

    The Abolition

    The Fate of the Earth

    Schell, Orville: Modern Meat

    Siegel, Robert: Whalesong

    Singer, Isaac Bashevis: Stories for Children

    Small, George: The Blue Whale

    Stokes, Donald W.: A Guide to Observing Insect Lives

    A Guide to Bird Behavior

    Thoreau, Henry David: Walden and Civil Disobedience

    Twain, Mark: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Wallace, David Rains: The Dark Range: A Naturalist’s Night Notebook

    Wambaugh, Joseph: The Onion Field

    White, T.H.: The Once and Future King

    Wilkerson, James: Medicine for Mountaineering

    Wolfe, Joan: Making Things Happen: The Guide for Members of Volunteer Organizations



    Abby, Edward:


    Brave Cowboy - A loner cowboy who loves the wildness of nature tangles with bureaucracy

    and police in a growing metropolis in an effort to help a friend.

    Beyond the Wall - Recent stories of Abbey’s adventures in Pariah Canyon, the Guadalupe

    Mountains, Alaska, Mexican deserts, and the Colorado River.

    Desert Solitaire - Abbey’s philosophical meanderings and adventures as he re-fleets upon

    the desert while working in the national parks.

    Down the River - More Abbey stories.

    Fire on the Mountain - A boy, his grand-father and their friends right to save their ranch

    from becoming part or a missile test range. A mountain lion watches .

    Good News - More Abbey stories; observations.

    The Journey Home - Home spun observations or Death valley, Yosemite and other famous

    and not so famous places and people or the west.

    The Monkey Wrench Gang - His picturesque, rollicking saga or the exploits or a band or

    eco-freaks and cowboy heroes. They strive against dams, power plants, strip mines,

    billboards, and other tendrils or encroaching civilization.


    Animal Welfare Institute:


    Endangered Species Handbook - Everything about endangered species. It includes a list

    of endangered species, or books on them, and or movies about them. It explains how

    extinction occurs due to development, fur trade, repti1e trade, hunting and

    pesticides. It has many stories about the successful protection or rare species, such

    as The Edwards family in British Columbia, who helped save the trumpeter swans,

    “There is no more beautiful and stirring sight in the whole waterfowl kingdom than

    a ‘flight or Trumpeters cleaving through the air against a setting or rugged rocky

    mountains and dark conifers,” wrote Silvia Bruce. It’s great ‘for teachers. It lists

    things you can do.


    Barash, David: Judith Lipton:


    Stop Nuclear War: A Handbook - A description of where we are, the forces propelling us

    toward nuclear war, and what we can do to prevent ft. A hopeful, how to do ft book.

    The book describes how tensions have been reduced in the past by graduated and

    reciprocated initiatives. Kennedy praised the Russians and announced a halt to

    atmospheric tests of nuclear weapons, saying he would not resume them un1ess

    Russia did so first. Khrushchev responded with a planned halt in strategic bomber

    production. Then a hot line was installed, and a huge wheat deal announced. Next

    Kennedy was assassinated. Nixon announce a unilateral halt to the development,

    testing, and production of biological weapons in 1969. Brezhnev offered a decrease

    in tanks and troops in East Germany as long at NATO didn’t increase its missiles,

    but this was not reciprocated by the U.S. This book has great quotes at the beginning of each chapter. “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little,” wrote Edward

    Burke. “Remember your human try and forget the rest,” wrote Einstein. “I believe

    that the problem of lessening the danger of annihilating humanity in a nuclear war

    carries an absolute priority over all other considerations,” wrote Sakharov. The book

    has lists of organizations you can join, sources of information, steps you as an

    individual can take, steps the U.S. can take, how we arrived at the nuclear arms race,

    what the physical effects of a nuclear war would be, the effects of the arms race, and

    an impassioned plea to help.

    Its conclusions to live by are:

    1. Nuclear weapons are wholly evil. They are medically, socially,

    biologically, morally, politically and even militarily unacceptable;

    ultimately they must be eliminated from the earth.

    2. The first step is a freeze on the testing, production, and deployment,

    followed by negotiated reductions.

    3. Nuclear war can not be limited or won. Its consequences are death,

    death, and more death.

    4. Civil defense is neither civil nor defense. It should be opposed.

    5. Possessing more, or more accurate, nuclear weapons does not make a

    country more secure; rather it increases the likelihood of nuclear war.

    6. The U.S. has never been behind U.S.S.R., and is not now.

    7. Although the risk or nuclear war is high, it is a man-made problem, with

    man and woman-made solutions. It is not inevitable.

    8. The movement to stop nuclear war should celebrate lire, bringing people

    together in love, Joy, hope, and nurturance.

    9. Each or us has a profound moral obligation to help stop nuclear war.

    10. Every person counts. We must work together to stop nuclear war.


    Bly, Robert:


    News or the Universe - Collection or 150 poems about nature by Yeats, Frost, Jeffers,

    Snyder, Stufford, Blake, Wordsworth, Williams, Dickinson, Neruda, Roetnite, Rilke,



    Bulgakov, Mikhail:


    The Master and Margarita - A fascinating novel about the devil, a magic pistol-packing cat,

    romance, and individuals fighting against bureaucracy in Russia.


    Carson, Rachel:


    Silent Spring - The classic book about the decline in bird populations a result of DDT and

    other pesticides. Our sale, or banned pesticides, to foreign countries and the recent

    discovery of DDT in U.S. food as a breakdown product or a legal pesticide DOE

    makes this book appropriate now.


    Craighead, Frank:


    The Track of Grizzly - The Craigheads study individual bears in Yellowstone. They study

    the migration patterns using radio collars. They develop an affection for specific

    bears and offer advice on how to protect bears and their habitat.


    Epstein, Samuel:


    Hazardous Waste in America - Case studies of Love Canal, toxic waste dumping, dumping

    effects on ground water, dumping of waste oi1, and midnight dumping. Toxic waste

    law, the technology of disposal, and what we can do comprise the rest or the book.


    Fallows, James:


    National Defense - James Fallow interviewed the military and concluded that the

    military spends too much money on large, complex, unwieldy weapons systems

    that don’t work while ignoring maintenance, training, morale, and suggestions from

    outside the military establishment. His interviews reveal the contrast between

    individuals concern for human life and the careless greed and hubris or the

    bureaucracy or the military-industry complex. Very readable and important. The

    military is becoming as much a show and public relations campaign as the

    presidential elections have become.


    Farrell, John Aloysius:


    The New Indian Wars - This booklet details the plights of different tribes across the U.S..

    Water rights, mineral rights, sacred religious areas, grazing rights, fishing rights.

    Each or these is being wrested away from an Indian tribe. This book portrays specific

    conflicts between development and native culture across the U.S..


    Ferguson, Denzel and Nancy:


    Sacred Cows at the Public Trough - This book details the destruction caused by overgrazing

    on public lands. Wildlife refuges and other public lands are doused with

    pesticides, filled with predator traps, and overgrazed until the water table drops, the

    birds and waterfowl leave, and the native plants are gone.


    Fossey, Diana:


    Gorillas in the Mist - The author tells how she gained the trust of a group of gorillas and

    tried to protect them from poachers.


    Friends of the Earth:


    Progress as if Survival Mattered - To be an effective environmentalist almost requires

    one to be conversant in many diverse fields. Thus Progress is the perfect activist

    handbook because or its wide range or important topics - population control, war,

    wilderness, and so forth. The chapter conclusions, called “Recommended Actions,”

    are especially useful. The person who wants an interconnected view or world

    problems should read this book.


    Giona, Jean:


    The Man Who Planted Hope and Grew Happiness - The true story of a man who planted

    100 acorns a day for 30 years, converting thousands of acres of dry, bare, eroded

    hillsides into lush, moist valleys full of wildlife. This is but 15-20 pages long, but it is

    quite inspirational.


    Green, Mark:


    There He Goes Again, Ronald Reagan’s Reign of Errors - A collection of his errors, and self

    serving stories over the years. Reagan makes up story after story to make his version of the world plausible.


    Lopez, Barry:


    Of Wolves and Man - O’ all the animals on earth, perhaps none have been as

    misunderstood and persecuted as the wolf, canis lupus. After a very readable

    treatment of ’ the wolf ’s ecology, Lopez describes the folklore and troubled

    relationship between wolves and men. Parts of that history will make you cry. This

    book is a “must read” for the serious wildlife lover.


    McPhee, John:


    In Suspect Terrain -

    The Curve of Binding Energy - Ted Taylor, an ex-nuclear weapons designer, explains to

    McPhee how nuclear weapons work and the need to stop them. He explains how

    easy it is for anyone to make a crude nuclear bomb. You get a feel for how scientists

    at Los Alamos think, and understand how he progressed from a weapons maker to

    an antinuke activist.

    Encounters with the Archdruid - David Brower, the founder of Friends of ’ the Earth,

    argues with 3 opponents: a geologist who wants to develop minerals and oil in

    wilderness, has spent more time out in the wilderness than Brower, and knows more

    about the wild animals and plants than Brower; a man pushing for resort

    construction in wilderness; and a dam builder in charge of ’ the dams on the

    Colorado River. The antagonists grow to respect-each other, yet disagree. Brower

    and the dam builder argue about the use of water while rafting down the Colorado

    and exploring its side canyons. McPhee, as usual, shows how the personal history of ’

    each man has shaped his belief ’s and character.

    The John McPhee Reader - Excerpts from his books. Sections on John Bradley, the

    basketball star and now a senator; the people and history of New Jersey’s wild Pine

    Barrens; Arthur Ashe, the first black tennis star; the contemporary relations between

    the laird of Scottish island and its tenant farmers, poised between the 16th and 20th

    centuries; the attempts to make a rigid dirigible that generates winglike lift with its

    deltoid pumpkin seed shape; the story of birch back canoe makers; the story of how

    oranges are grown; and the story of a Georgia naturalist and ecology activist who

    tries to save rivers, inventories natural areas, collects (and sometimes eats) road kills,

    and takes Jimmy Carter for a canoe trip to win his help in preserving a wild river.

    The Crofter and the Laird - A deep, rich tapestry of the relations between an English laird

    and 80 farmers on his island off Scotland. He rents them farms for an average of 15

    pounds/year. Crofter and Laird alternatively enjoy and wish to escape from their

    feudal habits.


    Myers, Norman:


    A Wealth of Wild Species - Norman brings forth the importance of wild species to our

    food, health, comfort and enjoyment. He shows how we could protect native plants,

    insects, fish, snakes, lizards, and mammals for a small investment and reap a vast

    return in terms of discovering and protecting species useful for seeds for crops,

    rubber, energy, timber, nitrogen fixing crops, medicine, and natural pest control. Of

    the estimated 250,000 species or flowering plants, scientist have only analyzed

    5000 species. Out of these 5000, 41 are now used in medicine, generating

    commercial sales of $40 bill ion. This book is full I of stories ranging from that

    or the Green Revolution to particular species found useful for specific drugs and

    crops. William Beeke wrote, ‘’The beauty and genius of a work of art may be

    reconceived, though its first material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony

    may yet inspire the composer; but when the last Individual of a race of living things

    breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass away before such a

    one can be again.”


    Mowat, Farley:


    The Desperate People and The People of the Deer - Detail the forced physical relocations of

    Eskimos and the destruction or their religion and culture. These are sad books, that

    show how we abuse native peoples.

    Never Cry Wolf - Farley Mowat learns to mark his territory as the wolves do, by urinating.

    He eats mice, Eskimos befriend him, and he develops a curiosity and respect for the

    ecology of the North. This is a celebration of wolves.

    A Whale for the Killing - Newfoundland locals, blase about an endangered fin whale

    trapped in a nearby cove, use it for target practice. Farley Mowat tries to save it,


    while its mate waits outside the cove. This book shows how humans can be short-

    sighted and can lack the imagination to value what is truly beautiful.


    Scheer, Robert:


    With Enough Shovels, Reagan, Bush and Nuclear War - This books shows adult politicians

    and military planners talking of winning a nuclear war. They talk of “making

    the rubble bounce,” (i.e. having enough bombs left to threaten renewed devastation).

    A group of right wing extremists complain that the CIA doesn’t show that the

    Russians are far enough ahead of us, so Reagan appoints them to important

    positions in his cabinet defense department, and arms control agency. These people

    believe that by playing nuclear chicken with the Russians, we can force them to

    spend so much on arms that their society will collapse. They accept the possibility

    that this might cause a nuclear war, and they want to be sure we win it. The book

    is full of frightening interviews with Bush, Reagan, and their aides. The quote on

    the albatross/nuke war t-shirt comes from here, as does the comment of T.K. Jones,

    Reagan’s Deputy Under Secretary of Defense, “Dig a hole, cover it with a couple

    of doors and then throw three feet of dirt of top ... It’s the dirt that does it ... if there

    are enough shovels to go around, everybody’s going to make it.”


    Schell, Jonathan:


    The Fate of the Earth - The classic, well written story of how close we are to nuclear war and

    what we estimate the effects of such a war to be.


    Wilkonson, Hoover:


    Medicine for the Mountaineering - A detailed basic handbook for medical care. Written for

    expedition climbers, it is equally useful for day hikes or as a home first aid guide and

    medical reference book.



    Endangered Species

    Global Warming

    • 350.org – organizes protests, divestment campaigns, non-violent civil disobedience, and local and national movements to stop coal and oil companies
    • Greenpeace – protects wildlife and fights global warming and ocean pollution; fights nuclear power and fights nuclear pollution
    • Clean Energy Action – organizes against coal and helps to  fight global warming, they collect success stories from communities around the world that have increased renewables energy sources and efficiency,  they support municipalization of the Xcel, the Colorado elctric utility, keeps investing in coal power plants and opposing a rapid change to efficiency and renewables
    • Sierra Club
    • Rising Tide North America
    • Ruckus Society – provides environmental, human rights, and social justice organizers with the tools, training, and support needed to achieve their goals through the strategic use of creative, nonviolent direct action
    • SustainUS
    • Students for a Just and Stable Future
    • Oxfam – worldwide development organization that mobilizes the power of people against poverty
    • International Trade Union Confederation – uniting autonomous and democratic trade unions
    • ActionAid International – a global movement of people working together to further human rights and defeat poverty for all
    • Friends of the Earth – fights for wildlife and our planet
    • Roots & Shoots – Jane Goodall’s youth-led community action and learning program
    • Earth Guardians
    • Appalachian Community Health Emergency – the first law ever proposed that would end the human rights/health disaster that is Mountaintop Removal in Appalachia
    • Tom Weis


    • Bioneers – an innovative nonprofit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet, with DVDs and radio shows
    • Green America
    • Organic Consumers Association – amazing coalition that fights for organic food, peace, economic justice- against GMOs, antibiotics in foods, pesticides, and toxic chemicals
    • Food and Water Watch – works to make food and water safe
    • Institute for Local Self Reliance – creates local sustainable communities through the smart utilization of local resources
    • Institute for Agricultural & Trade Policy – create environmentally and economically sustainable communities and regions through sound agriculture and trade policy
    • Eco-cycle – pushing the zero waste goal. Boulder requires separation by households, but needs to require it by businesses.
    • Treehugger – partial to a modern aesthetic, it shares sustainable design, green news and solutions

    Environmental Justice

    Environmental and Wildlife Groups

     Sea Life and Whales

    Other Animals

    Citizen Protection

    • Iraq Body Count – tries to establish an independent public database of civilian deaths in Iraq resulting directly from military actions by the USA and its allies in 2003
    • OpenStreetMap – was used in Arab Spring to find out what roads were open and to find shelter and to avoid the military; create maps, show local areas, show where there is safe drinking water, etc.
    • Cultural Survival – partnering with indigenous peoples to defend their lands, languages, and cultures

    Citizen Science






    Human Rights








    Water and Rivers

    • American Littoral Society
    • American Rivers
    • Desert Fishes Council – mission is to preserve the biological integrity of desert aquatic ecosystems and their associated life forms, to hold symposia to report related research and management endeavors, and to effect rapid dissemination of information concerning activities of the Council and its members
    • International Rivers Network – organization working to halt destructive river infrastructure projects, address the legacies of existing projects and improve development policies and practices
    • River Network – helps local groups to protect wild rivers from pollution, development, and dams
    • Water Defense – works to create a world where water is safe to drink, a world where the oceans don’t rise and the economy is powered by clean, sustainable sources of energy like wind, water and solar
    • Clean Water Action – a national citizens’ organization working for clean, safe, and affordable water, and prevention of health-threatening pollution
    • Food & Water Watch – fights fracking and pollution in our food and water


    • Move to Amend – We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights
    • Public Citizen‎ – a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts
    • New Era – organizes youth to vote and participate in politics; because youth are more progressive than older people, they are supporting issues such as sustainable energy, and the municipalizaion of electric companies
    • Public Campaign – ‎stop corporations and wealthy interests from buying our elections
    • Working Families Party – evaluates thousands of candidates every year and only support the ones who stand with us on the issues that matter most to working families, from good jobs to quality schools to fair taxes to clean energy
    • Green Party – acts to improve the quality of our environment and everyday lives
    • Common Cause – fights for good government and fair elections, against fraud


    Election Reform

    • New Era – organizes youth to vote and participate in politics; because youth are more progressive than older people, they are supporting issues such as sustainable energy, and the municipalizaion of electric companies
    • League of Conservation Voters
    • Common Cause
    • Public Citizen‎ – a national, nonprofit consumer advocacy organization founded in 1971 to represent consumer interests in Congress, the executive branch and the courts
    • Public Campaign – ‎stop corporations and wealthy interests from buying our elections
    • OpenSecrets – the most comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis available anywhere; it lists campaign contributions to politicians from companies and individuals
    • Move to Amend – We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights
    • League of Woman Voters
    • Sierra Club Committee on Political Education


    •  – Divest from the nation’s largest Wall Street banks and move to local financial institutions such as credit unions and local banks. Little has changed to prevent another financial crisis or to end ‘Too Big To Fail,’ and with Congress unwilling to act, we are encouraging individuals to take power into their own hands by voting with their dollars and no longer contributing to a financial system that has lead our country astray.  Give people real, concrete actions they can take to create a more sane, stable and localized banking system.
    • US Uncut – direct action against corporate tax cheats and unnecessary and unfair public service cuts
    • Probe International – rethinking foreign aid, restoring accountability, reinvigorating economies, monitors for corruption and fraud in large overseas projects