Successful Solutions to Today’s Most Urgent Environmental Challenges

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The times are truly challenging for people and planet. Climate change continues unabated and biodiversity loss is happening at an unprecedented rate.
Environmental organizations are on the frontlines of these battles. Everything these organizations do -- protecting air, land, water and wildlife; growing grassroots and community commitment; educating policymakers and the public; and more – requires financial resources. For more than 30 years, EarthShare and its supporters have contributed significantly to those resources, over $350 million, for environmental and conservation NGOs large and small.
EarthShare achieves this through collaboration and partnership with American workplaces, individuals, and organizations that share our commitment to environmental stewardship. In 2019 we raised more than $4.4M from thousands of U.S. public and private sector employees on behalf of 500 benefiting member organizations working on issues ranging from land conservation and sustainable agriculture, to climate change and biodiversity preservation.
When it comes to environmental action, the gap between the private, public, and nonprofit sectors is shrinking. Companies are recognizing that sustainability must be at the core of their work if they’re to thrive in the coming decades. EarthShare has always existed at the nexus of these sectors. We’re encouraged to see more workplaces take environmental action and will continue to be there to collaborate and help guide and support them.
Your support helps our benefiting member nonprofits continue their regional, national and international efforts to protect and preserve our natural resources, and to seek innovative solutions to today’s most urgent environmental challenges.

Land Conservation:
American Farmland Trust supported and invested in seven organizations in the Hudson Valley helping farmers looking for land, and to help retiring farmers or landowners preserve their land for farming. This will pave the way for a new generation of farmers.
The National Wildlife Federation and dozens of local project partners are collaborating to restore the Great Marsh estuary, which includes New England’s largest saltmarsh.
The Wilderness Society worked with lawmakers and partners to reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. This critical program preserves iconic landscapes in all 50 states at no cost to taxpayers – from maintaining trails and climbing areas, to protecting our national parks from development.

Fresh Water and Oceans:
American Rivers created new avenues for dam and levee removal by securing legislation that requires the US Army Corps of Engineers to consider dam removal and restoration of natural floodplains as a strategy to address underperforming infrastructure.
Ocean cleanup efforts around the world continue to grow. Recent cleanup events marked the first time that more than one million people joined The Ocean Conservancy’s #TeamOcean at the International Coastal Cleanup, removing more than 23 million pounds of trash across 22,300 miles of beaches, coastlines and waterways.

Climate Change:
Thanks to efforts by Food & Water Watch, momentum is building to address climate change by changing our food systems. They hosted an educational webinar series offering compelling data about the waste and pollution created by factory farming, how we got the food system we have today, and the real life impacts mega farms have on people, the environment and the future of our climate. This is part of their campaigns in Iowa, Oregon, and Maryland to put a moratorium on new and expanding factory farms.
REBA, an alliance of large clean energy buyers, energy providers, and service providers that started as an innovative partnership between World Wildlife Fund and three other organizations, has grown to over 200 large energy buyers and 150 providers representing over 90% of the renewable energy deals in the U.S. as of 2019.

Biodiversity
The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) celebrated a conservation win for mountain gorillas after a new census revealed that their total population has surpassed 1,000, up from the previous global number of 880 in 2011. AWF continues to invest in efforts by African governments and local communities to protect wildlife and wildlands on the continent.
The American Bird Conservancy helped protect a 39,915-acre expanse of cloud forest and wetlands in northern Peru within the new Monte Puyo Private Conservation Area.
Defenders of Wildlife won a case in US District Court that will protect the world’s only wild population of red wolves living in eastern North Carolina.

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