About Environment America
Who we are
Environment America is a federation of state-based, citizen-funded environmental advocacy organizations. We believe there’s something special about our country — and so much worth protecting and preserving for future generations. From stunning waterways like Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes, to beloved national parks like Acadia and Mount Rainier, America’s natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways.
Yet the places we love and the environmental values so many of us share are too often threatened by powerful industries, short-sighted politicians and more. Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action.
That’s the idea behind Environment America. Together with hundreds of thousands of supporters from all walks of life, we take the kind of action that wins tangible results for our environment.
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State Policy Advocate, Environment Ohio
Director, Washington D.C. office
What we do
Funded by citizen supporters, we research the challenges confronting our environment and educate the public about what’s at stake. Through our research reports, news conferences, interviews with reporters, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor and more, we raise awareness of environmental issues and promote sensible solutions. Our canvassers meet people where they are — in public places or door to door — raising awareness, recruiting new supporters and activists, and securing funds to support our work.
When decisions are being made about our environment, our elected officials hear plenty from oil companies, developers and other powerful interests. We make sure that they hear your voice just as loudly. We make the case for our environment and help people like you make an impact — through petitions, emails, letters, phone calls and more, all delivered to the right people just when it matters most.
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Shortsighted legal decisions have left millions of acres of wetlands and more than half of the nation’s streams vulnerable to pollution and development — putting the drinking water for 117 million Americans at risk. Now, polluters’ allies in Congress are trying to block the EPA from restoring vital safeguards. To protect the rivers, lakes and streams that mean so much to so many of us, we need to show massive public support for clean water.
If we want to spare our children and grandchildren the worst consequences of global warming, we must dramatically reduce the carbon pollution that we pump into the atmosphere. And, as most scientists agree, we better do it soon. Yet Washington is not doing enough, deterred by the influence of Big Oil and the coal industry, and short-term partisan politics in Congress. But our staff and members are proving each day that there is a way forward on global warming. And it starts in the states.
Too much of our energy comes from dirty sources that harm our environment. But by tapping the power of the sun and wind, and using less energy in the first place, we can repower our lives with clean energy that doesn’t pollute and never runs out.
|Environment America annually awards one of our fellows the Stone and Holt Weeks Recruiting Award. This award is given in honor of the work of Stone Weeks and in memory of Stone and his brother Holt – activists who wanted to make the world a better place and had already started down that path at a young age when they were killed in a tragic highway crash in 2009.|