350 means safety from the climate crisis. To preserve our planet, scientists
tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current
level of 392 parts per million ("ppm") to below 350 ppm. But 350 is
more than a number—it’s a symbol of where we need to head as
a planet. At 350.org, we’re building a global grassroots movement
to solve the climate crisis and push for policies that will put the world on
track to get to 350 ppm.
Conservation International (CI) believes that the Earth's natural heritage
must be maintained if future generations are to thrive spiritually, culturally
and economically. CI's mission is to conserve the Earth's living natural heritage,
our global biodiversity and to demonstrate that human societies are able to
live harmoniously with Nature.
Coffee Kids Grounds for Hope
Kids is an international non-profit organization established to improve
the quality of life for children and families who live in coffee-growing
communities around the world. Coffee Kids works with local organizations
to improve education, health care, economic development and other needs.
Resources Defense Council
Resources Defense Council's purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its
people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which
all life depends. NRDC works to restore the integrity of the elements
that sustain life--air, land and water--and to defend endangered natural
places. NRDC strives to help create a new way of life for humankind,
one that can be sustained indefinitely without fouling or depleting
the resources that support all life on Earth.
Futures applies environmental advocacy and entrepreneurial know-how
to foster the use of agricultural residues and dedicated forest-free
fibers in the pulp & paper, building materials and textile
industries. (415) 561-6546.
develops information, tools, and technical assistance to educate paper
buyers about environmentally sustainable paper options. The nonprofit
Conservatree developed from the environmental paper
company that first introduced most types of recycled printing and writing
papers. Its web site includes a Guide to Environmentally Sound Papers,
along with sources, articles, and news. (415) 721-4230.
Paper, a project of Earth Island Institute, seeks to catalyze a transition
to an ecologically sound pulp and paper industry that protects forests,
prevents air and water pollution, and conserves energy. RTP advocates
using paper efficiently and replacing virgin wood with environmentally
benign non-wood fibers, such as hemp, kenaf, and agricultural wastes.
(415) 788-3666 x 232.
Wildlife Fund's Forests for Life campaign seeks to halt and reverse
forest loss and degradation. WWF advocates doubling America's forest
protected areas and halting the construction of new logging roads in
national forests. Where timbering occurs, WWF urges that it meet the
highest standards of the Forest Stewardship Council. (202) 293-4800.
Consumer's Choice Council
Consumer's Choice Council, an association of 60 nonprofit and governmental
organizations from 25 countries, promotes and protects procurement and
independent, third-party product labeling that benefits the environment,
labor and human rights. The Council encourages the consumer's right
to know about the environmental and social impacts of products in the
global market. (202) 785-1950.
What's That in Your Coffee?
worldwide Oxfam campaign, Make Trade Fair, is drawing international
attention to the rules of trade that cause great inequities between
wealthy and poor nations. On September 18, 2002, Oxfam launched a worldwide
campaign, called "What's That in Your Coffee?," to call attention to the plight
of coffee farmers. 25 million coffee farmers around the world are plummeting
into desperate poverty due to an oversupply of coffee that has driven
down prices paid to growers. Oxfam calls for the major players in the
coffee industry to support a Global Coffee Rescue Program to overcome
the current crisis and create a more stable market.
Forest Stewardship Council is an international nonprofit organization
founded in 1993 to support environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial,
and economically viable management of the world's forests. There is
huge public concern about the destruction of the world's forests. More
and more people demand products that come from well-managed forests.
The FSC is introducing an international labeling scheme for forest products,
which provides a credible guarantee that the product comes from a well-managed
forest. Look for the Council's logo, ?FSC, on all forest products purchased.
52 951 5146905.
Pesticide Action Network is a scientifically reliable source of information
on what compounds your food and environment contains, how dangerous
they are and how to organize to limit or eliminate pesticide use in
your area. (415) 981-1771.
is well known for working to protect the earth's forests and supports
the rights of their inhabitants through education, grass-roots organizing
and non-violent direct action.(415) 398-4404.
Cultural Creatives care deeply about ecology and saving the planet,
about relationships, peace, and social justice, about self-actualization,
spirituality, and self-expression. Surprisingly, they are both inner-directed
and socially concerned; they're activists, volunteers, and contributors
to good causes more often than other Americans. But because they've
been so invisible, they are astonished to find out how many others share
both their values and their way of life. Once they realize their numbers,
their impact on America promises to be enormous, shaping a new agenda
for the twenty-first century.