To create innovative, equitable, and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems and protect the environmental rights of all people, including future generations.
The Environmental Defense Fund was founded in 1967 by a group of scientists who joined forces with a lawyer to go to court on behalf of the environment — a novel approach at the time that marked the birth of modern environmental law. The group's initial efforts resulted in a nationwide ban on the pesticide DDT, which led to population increases of several endangered bird species. EDF eventually teamed with economists, engineers, and computer analysts to find ways to help the environment without harming the economy. The organization still goes to court, but increasingly works directly with business, government, and community groups to work on solutions that make sense for all sectors. EDF now has some 500,000 members and more Ph.D. scientists and economists on staff than any similar organization.
Outstanding Web Features:
The EDF Web site features information on each of the organization's focus areas, including global warming, oceans, and health; scientific facts about global warming; and resources to help reduce your carbon footprint, such as carbon offset information, an energy-saving light bulb guide, tips for driving, an eco-friendly seafood selector, and paper and carbon footprint calculators. The site also offers a number of blogs, podcasts, and RSS feeds as well as links to the organization's Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and Change.org pages and the Web site for Earth: The Sequel, a new book co-authored by EDF president Fred Krupp.