TopLinks: Environment and Conservation

Al Gore’s Web site
Gore’s site provides information about the initiatives he has taken to fight global warming, earning him a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

Environmental News Network
This site is a great place to become more informed on environmental issues. Click here for timely articles on nature and conservation, society and government, travel and recreation, industrial waste updates, scientific and technological advances, and the weather.

Fight Global Warming
Environmental Defense is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about global warming and spreading ideas about how to combat it.

Forest Ethics
Learn about the successful protest efforts of this nonprofit environmental organization to which Joseph Hart alludes in “Protest Is Dead. Long Live Protest.” The group prides itself on its efforts to encourage corporations to collaborate with them on saving the environment while exposing the inadequacies of those who do not. The site provides links to current campaigns and ways to become involved.

Friends of the Earth
As the "largest international environmental network in the world," Friends of the Earth maintains this site to provide information on several campaigns and programs designed to preserve the environment.

Institute for Global Ethics
An "independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian, and nonpartisan organization" working to raise public consciousness about ethics in a global context. This site works to create an on-line think tank on ethical teaching, business practices and government. Monthly “Ethical Dilemmas” provide an opportunity for users to test their own practical ethicality, and then consider the issues raised by the dilemma.

Joint Center Forms Partnership to Bring More African American Voices into Climate Change Debate
Learn about the Joint Center’s 2007 grant and initiative to promote African American voices in the global warming debate.

MediaStorm: Black Market
MediaStorm produces and publishes detailed news stories coupled with video, audio, and photojournalism. “Black Market” by Patrick Brown, found on the web site, documents the lucrative illegal trade in wildlife, the third largest illegal trade in the world. The site also features a list of links to resources on wildlife conservation.

Michael Pollan's web site
Author Michael Pollan’s website contains a very large links section that offers readers intrigued by his work a great starting point for learning more about sustainable eating, food politics, and animal welfare. The site also features his biography, an archive of his writing, and a schedule for upcoming speaking engagements.

National Audubon Society
The National Audubon Society's mission “is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.” This site features news, archives, and links to environmental and educational sites.

PBS: What's Up with the Weather?
PBS’s “What’s up with the Weather?” is a joint venture between NOVA and Frontline that explores the science and politics behind global warming with a variety of links to related topics.

Pew Center on Global Climate Change
The mission of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change is to provide non-partisan information to policy makers to address global climate change. Click here for state, national, and international initiatives; and business, technological, and economic proposals.

Science and Public Policy Institute
The Science and Public Policy Institute is a nonprofit research and education institute that prioritizes "security of energy supply" over global warming. Their site offers an archive of articles relating to their perspective.

Sierra Club
Founded in the 1890s by John Muir, the Sierra Club has been working to preserve our environment and defend wildlands since its inception. This site provides helpful links and resources on topics as diverse as urban sprawl, the Lewis and Clark expedition, clean water, and population issues. The Web site also offers photographs and history about the work of the organization over the past century.

The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920
This site pulls information from several divisions of the Library of Congress to document the history of conservation in the United States. Click here for a detailed chronology of the movement, with links to prominent people, places, and legislation.

Worldwatch Institute
The Worldwatch Institute is "a nonprofit public policy research organization dedicated to informing policymakers and the public about emerging global problems and trends and the complex links between the world economy and its environmental support systems." This Web site offers links to Worldwatch's magazine and to information on environmental issues. Students should look at the research center page for information on energy, people, economy, and nature.