“Green awareness” is usually spread by organizations and associations that have dedicated themselves to preserving nature and its species. While some are small, others can be very powerful. The largest ones have enormous influence, that can even span through a number of countries. Although some organizations are non-profit and others aren’t, they are all usually non-governmental, which gives us an indication that their mission for preserving nature and life goes beyond conventional regulations.
Today, we will take an extensive look at a few notable organizations that have an outstanding history of protecting wildlife, nature, and promote a healthy and clean existence. While all of the respective unions we list here have their own classifications, they are usually generalized as environmental organizations. Without further ado, let us begin.
This is probably the most famous environmental organization in the world; known for their direct tactics and strong activism, Greenpeace has offices in more than 39 countries, while it’s headquarters are based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. While a topic of controversy, the year of Greenpeace’s establishment is considered to be 1971. Due to numerous protests and events that occurred prior to this year, it is still difficult to say who exactly partook in creating the organization, although two people are officially credited for it - Irving Stowe and Dorothy Stowe.
The goal of Greenpeace to this day, is “to ensure the ability of the Earth to nurture life in all its diversity”. While this may sound somewhat ambiguous, this statement does imply the preservation of nature and its resources so no wildlife suffers or becomes extinct. Some of the major issues Greenpeace focuses and works on, are overfishing, anti-nuclear issues, commercial whaling, deforestation, and others.
One of the oldest “green organizations” in this list, The Nature Conservancy, started out in Arlington, Virginia in 1951. Its main focus and goal, are to “conserve the lands and waters which all life depends on”. The organization’s influence spans over 72 countries, including all states in the USA. The Harris Interactive analytics company rates the Nature Conservancy as the most trusted international organization every year since 2005.
While indeed a large green organization, The Nature Conservancy has been subjected to much public scrutiny and criticism due to its alleged connection to many companies connected to the oil, chemical, and agricultural industries. While this still remains as a subject for debate, it is enough to destabilize the integrity of the organization itself. Still, the Nature Conservancy is active to this day, trying to preserve lands and waters everywhere.
Just as with Greenpeace, the WWFN is also a widely known association. Recognized by its black and white Panda logo and initially created as the World Wildlife Fund, the WWFN was established in 1961, as an international non-governmental organization with a goal to preserve the wilderness and reduce the human impact on the environment. Working in over 100 countries, the WWFN has made a name for itself as a nature-preserving association.
The WWFN has also been plagued by criticism. Among accusations, are the association’s ties and partnerships to large companies such as IKEA, Coca-Cola, and a few others. WWFN claims that such proceedings were done, so the aforementioned companies would work to reduce their effect on the environment. While there is still other criticism, the WWFN continues its nature-preserving activities to this day.
Some associations that have a mission to introduce a greener way of life, do so with outstanding effort to change the way people perceive nature. Others, while claiming to help the planet, operate under radical principles. Those less-than-reputable organizations, employ very immoral tactics such as posting highly graphic content online and perform “attacks” on public venues, as to spread their “naturalistic propaganda” through scare-tactics and radical public acts.
This is a complicated issue, that has been present since the dawn of the first activists. While there are numerous groups dedicated to the preservation of nature, this often coincides with the battle against companies and corporations that have a major impact on the environment as a whole; and the complexity comes from the fact that the resources needed to raise awareness in society, come from such companies. One thing definitely is for sure – green organizations do make a difference.
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