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How Environmental Organizations Work


Global Warming Organizations

Al Gore may have lost the presidency, but his work on global warming won him an Academy Award for "An Inconvenient Truth" in 2006 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. As consolation prizes go, these aren't too shabby.

He also founded the Alliance for Climate Protection, which advocates for laws to reduce CO2 emissions, works to persuade everyone from individuals to corporations to become "carbon neutral," and generates American support for international treaties to reduce greenhouse gases worldwide [source: Alliance for Climate Protection].

Many other organizations are dedicated to reducing greenhouse gases, which scientists say are the reason Earth's temperature has increased 1 degree in the past 100 years. It may not sound like much, but scientists say even a few degrees can cause droughts and flooding as well as damage plants, wildlife and the ecosystems we all depend on [source: Network for Good].

The Union of Concerned Scientists is an alliance of students and faculty at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the general public that gives regular briefings, analysis and recommendations for ways for the government, corporations and consumers can reduce global warming [source: Union of Concerned Scientists]. And the Global Roundtable on Climate Change (GROCC), holds meetings that bring together top executives from global corporations -- including the world's top banks, energy companies and automotive manufacturers -- to discuss technology and policy options for reducing climate change [source: GROCC].

A simple online search will give you a long list of similar climate change organizations you can join. Read on to find out how to support environmental organizations.