Web Resources for Conservation Activism
A number of organizations make information available on the web
for people who would like to participate in national conservation campaigns.
A lot of these sites make it very easy to contact your representatives,
sometimes even supplying a letter that you can click on a button to have
faxed and/or e-mailed to the relevant politician or business leader. Probably
it is better to personalize letters, though, especially if they are going
to local representatives. Some sites also offer the option of signing up
for e-mail alerts when new campaigns are started. Here are some examples
of sites and the issues they are addressing with campaigns now.
National Audubon Society (www.audubon.org)
- Campaigns against bills in the House of Representatives that would increase
hunting on public lands and threaten cormorants.
Natural Resources Defense Council (www.nrdc.org)
- Campaigns for protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)
and prevention of a new commercial airport on the edge of the Everglades.
Sierra Club (www.sierraclub.org)
- Campaigns for protection of the ANWR and to end commercial logging on
Wilderness Society (www.wilderness.org)
- Campaigns for protection of the ANWR and for designation of other natural
areas as national monuments
Karen A. Garrett