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http://www.crime.org - The many forms of crime - corporate fraud, street crime, crimes against humanity, etc.
http://www.homeless.org - Sources of assistance for the homeless - inclusing shelters, food banks and work training.
http://www.relief.org - How others can be helped to fight against hunger and poverty.
http://www.addicted.org - Drug addictions, treatments and the recovery process.
http://www.lobbyists.org - The impact of lobbying and legislation that governs such activities.
http://www.diseases.org - Causes and prevention efforts to help third world countries with diseases such as AIDS, TB, malaria, etc.
http://rideplanetearth.org - Protecting our environment from the effects of pollution and other contamination.
http://www.philanthropists.org - Resources for giving and receiving donations.
http://www.marineconservation.org - Protection of our oceans and waterways is vital to our health and safety.
http://www.sexualabuse.com - Understanding the sources of this often silent crime.
http://www.naturalfoods.org - Resources and benefits of eating healthier.
http://www.childrens.net - How to protect our children from school violence.
http://www.publicservice.org - Ways to serve society.
http://www.knowledgeispower.org - Educational methods and the benefits that an education provides.
http://www.warondrugs.org - How to reduce and eliminate the drug problem that plagues society.
http://www.outsource.org - Companies and brands that send their operations overseas.
http://www.speakout.org - How to get involved with social and political issues.
http://www.renewableresources.org - The recycling process for various personal and industrial goods.
http://www.renewableenergy.org - Alternatives to fossil fuels.
http://www.workingpoor.org - Understanding the plight of lower income individuals and families.
http://www.rocktheworld.org - Music of the world with a message.
http://www.middleeastpeace.org - Using peace and democracy to improve our world.
http://www.liberties.com - Views on democracy and its establishment around the world.
http://www.productsafety.org - Consumer action that will improve and product safety and quality.
http://www.disasteraid.org - The delivery of assistance to victims of natural disasters.
http://www.suicideprevention.org - Resources available to prevent suicide and to assist the victims.
http://www.aidsinfo.org - The consequences of AIDS, various treatments, and prevention measures.
http://www.campaignreform.org - Legislative initiatives and the results of revising this political process.
http://www.voterregistration.org - How to register, where to register, and the eligibility requirements of voting.
http://www.wetlandsprotection.org - Saving and preserving these water areas.
http://www.patientsrights.org - Rules and regulations governing medical care that affect the indvidual.
http://www.armscontrol.com - How weapons and weapon systems are affecting the world.
http://www.fastfood.org - The nutritional content of fast food and healthy eating.
http://www.nonprofitmanagement.org - How to build and manage a nonprofit organization.
http://www.volunteerjobs.org - Giving your own time and skills to help others.
http://www.taxreform.org - Recent and proposed changes in our tax system.
http://www.schoolsafety.org - Keeping our kids protected.
http://www.industrialpollution.com - The effect of manufacturing processes on our environment.
http://www.prisonoutreach.com - Providing support, help and education to prisoners.
http://www.scholarshipprograms.com - Information about scholarship programs.
http://www.fightterrorism.com - Information about fighting Terrorism.
http://www.ParentalAdvisory.org - Information about parental advisory.
 


 


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Introduction

Preserving our planet needs to take front stage in the way we live on a daily basis.  For example, global warming is an increasing concern that could exponentially worsen if we continue to ignore the harmful effects of fossil fuels.  Although our trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and this helps to slow down global warming, by ignoring recycling campaigns and choosing to cut down trees for paper production, we contribute directly to climate change.  Irresponsible deforestation is contributing greatly to deaths resulting from floods and landslides.  In 2004, as many as 1700 Haitians died as a direct result of illegal logging and deforestation.   Cars and other vehicles are the primary culprits behind smog.  According to the web site of the Environmental Protection Agency, one of three people in the US is at risk of experiencing respiratory ailments due to smog.

Should we choose to ignore preservation and conservation, our planet’s resources will suffer from mismanagement.  The consequences are critical:

  • Pollution  (air, land and water) from smog, acid rain, animal wastes seeping into our drinking water
  • Disease and pandemics such as SARS, bird flu, asthma and other respiratory diseases
  • Food shortage impacted by breakage in the food chain
  • Poverty – a larger rift will emerge dividing the rich and powerful from the working class
  • Homelessness becomes a natural consequence of poverty
  • Crime such as illicit drugs becomes an option to those in financial despair.
  • Extinction will accelerate, ending all forms of life on our planet

Such consequences affect our daily lives in terms of transportation, heating, housing concerns, etc.  To minimize their effects an important first step is to become an advocate for the issues that are important to your community.

It is easy to keep up-to-date with the issues that affect our environment.  The web provides a wealth of information ranging from the laws before Congress to practical information for home owners and businesses.   It also provides many forums where you not only can share information but meet people and be part of organizations that help you advocate the environmental issues that are important to you.

The following resources accomplish this by allowing you to view bills before Congress, read about environmental issues and concerns, and to not only read about the subject of ecology, but to contribute your own information.

The resources generally fall into four categories: traditional web sites, forums, petitions and blogs.

GovTrack

GovTrack allows you to monitor and track all issues before Congress.  It provides access to all the environmental legislation before Congress.  Use the Monitor option to track the issues and people that are of concern to you.

The Environment News Network

The
Environment News Network
 provides a wealth of information.  This is an excellent site to learn all aspects concerning the environment.  It contains daily news and information within specific environmental areas.   Information includes:

The Medical Scrubs charity Guide

The
Medicalscrubscollection.com
 offers the largest charity for nurses and doctors making basic nurses available in places where medical help and doctors are high in demand. MSC Charity group works hand in hand with Doctors with out borders and Nurses that care and other non profit government organizations.:

  • Today's ENN
  • Today's News
  • Commentary
  • EarthNews
  • Non Profit News
  • Sustainable Economy
  • Science and Technology
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Alternative Energy
  • Water Resources
  • Conservation
  • Ecosystems
  • Wildlife

The Environment Network News also provides Real Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds.  This allows you to automatically receive updates for issues that concern you.

PracticalEnvironmentalism

PracticalEnvironmentalism.org provides everyday information that allows people to be environmentally conscious in today's world.  The site is part of the Alliance for Sustainable Communities whose goal with the site is to share practical environment-related information for the home and business.  Information includes:

  • Tips that conserve energy
  • Environment-friendly products
  • Assistance for other nonprofit organizations

This organization also has a forum on the Care2 web site allowing you to discuss issues about sustainability.

Online Green Parties

There are many Green Party forums.  While most are not officially affiliated with the political party, these forums acts as a virtual soapbox to discuss issues concerning the environment.

Petitions

Petition Site is one tool that allows you to create and sign web-based petitions.  The site offers a variety of petitions relating to environment causes.  Some of these include:

Click here for a list of all the Animal/Environment related petitions.

Petitions.org includes environment-related petitions as well as other subjects. n addition to petitions it includes updates to petitions that have succeeded information on how to write an effective complaint letter, and other tips to help you with your issue of choice.

PetitionOnline.com 
also includes a variety of environment-related petitions.  In addition, it includes an email link of the petition owner that provides an easy way to learn more about that petition. t also includes the link to the organization that is sponsoring the petition.

PetitionThem gives you the power to be an advocate for your environmental concerns.  The site allows you to search petitions by location (International, UKNational, UKLocal, USA, and Europe), and allows you to find petitions based on its signatures (by number of signatures, by name or by date added).

Blogs

Blogs are omnipotent.  They cover ever topic, and not surprisingly there are many that discuss the environment.  Blogs allow you read interesting viewpoints and in many cases respond with your opinion.   Here are some environment-related blogs:

WikiBooks: Basic Ecology

Wiki’s exemplify the Internet's goal to share information.  This online book can teach you about
 Basic Ecology and gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge by allowing you to edit existing material and add new material to the topic.

Virtual World Meets Real World: Meetup

The key to using the Internet for grassroots activism is to bring people together both electronically and physically.  
Meetup.com
accomplishes this by bringing people who share a common interest together.  For example, if you want to meet people who share an interest in the environment, click here.

Meetup allows people from around the world to meet other people with shared interests.  If there is not a group in your area, they can work with you to create one.

In Closing

Ben Franklin said that the power of the press belongs to those that own one.  The Internet and its components (web sites, forums, petitions and blogs) allow anyone to access the power of the press.

To read about conservation and preservation is simply not enough.  As citizens and advocates, we need to engage in activities that actively pursue and support both these ideologies.  Let us gift our children and grandchildren a healthy planet, clean and problem free.

Links to Other Information

Blue Planet: Conservation and Earth’s Poor

Climate Change Upsets the Balance of Our Planet

Destination Conservation

Disposable Planet

Edge of the Global Warming Abyss

Introduction: Planet Under Pressure

Offering bras for women in third world country's

Rising to the Challenge of Saving Our Planet

Save Our Planet

Saving Our Planet One Bag at a Time

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