It is no secret that President Donald Trump is in search of methods to cut federal spending. Just days after taking office, he cut off all funding to upwards of 19 agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts.
More recently, President Trump made the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) his next target, both by proposing a 30 percent decrease in funding and trimming back on regulations to permit environmentally hazardous activities.
However, hope is not lost. There are several ways to counteract such dramatic environmental setbacks, with the most effective being making donations. Here are 5 environmental charities that deserve your attention and contributions:
This organization is bold in their approach to combating environmental injustice, setting itself apart in its pursuit to “push for the reforms that are needed, not merely the ones that are politically easy.” Some of their accomplishments include: shutting down the nuclear reactors at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in Southern California, blocking the approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and reducing the number of genetically enhanced seafood products in grocery stores. Furthermore, 83 percent of FOE’s funding goes directly toward program expenses, so those who make donations know their money is being put toward the cause rather than an executive’s paycheck.
Greenpeace has been a major player in environmental activism since its inception in 1971. With several active campaigns under way, the Greenpeace team is advocating for several critical causes, such as: fighting global warming via energy reforms, saving the Arctic and the polar ice caps, and protecting our forests — and the creatures that reside in them — from depletion. All funding for Greenpeace comes from public donations, with 79.6 percent of revenue being spent on program expenses,14.2 percent on fundraising efforts, and 6.2 percent on administrative expenses.
An international presence, the Environmental Defense Fund has been combatting environmental decay since 1967. Although the EDF is headquartered in New York, it currently boasts 12 total offices, with 9 established in the contiguous United States and 3 overseas. The organization’s current focuses are solving climate change, restoring oceanic life populations, fighting for sustainable agriculture, and advocating for safer chemicals and cleaner air. With only 2 percent of their funding coming from the United States government, the EDF receives over $132 million in public gifts and grants annually. These funds are spent in the following manner: program expenses (78.5%), fundraising expenses (15%), and administrative compensation (6.5%).
Founded in 1987, the Rainforest Alliance has been striving to build a global alliance in order to strengthen rainforests and rebuild dwindling rural communities. Now, 30 years later, the Rainforest Alliance has made serious headway in reaching that goal, with a presence in 78 countries and counting. Unfortunately, a majority of the Rainforest Alliance’s funding comes from government grants and aid, meaning that its progress could be seriously hindered by President Trump’s inevitable spending cuts. To prevent such a setback and balance the scales, consider making a contribution.
In 1969, the Union of Concerned Scientists was formed in retaliation to the U.S. government’s gross misuse of science. Today, the UCS is concerned with combating climate change via clean energy and vehicles, transforming the United States’ agricultural industry, and preventing the use of nuclear weapons. Funded entirely by public donations and gifts, the UCS strives to make every cent count, spending 77.8 percent on program expenses, 18.3 percent on fundraising, and a mere 3.5 percent on administrative compensation.