Natural Resources Defense Council

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NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.


NRDC's purpose is to safeguard the Earth: its people, its plants and animals and the natural systems on which all life depends. We work to restore the integrity of the elements that sustain life -- air, land and water -- and to defend endangered natural places.


The Air/Energy Program focuses on clean air standards, global warming, transportation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

The Health Program focuses on safe drinking water, pesticides, industrial chemicals and other environmental health threats, and reducing the use and release of toxics into the environment.

The International Program works on rainforests, biodiversity, habitat preservation, oceans and marine life, nuclear weapons and global warming.

The Land Program focuses on the biological and natural values of national forests, parks and other public lands, to promote improved management of private forest lands, and to reduce consumption of products made from wood.

The Nuclear Program surveys and analyzes developments on a variety of nuclear weapon issues ranging from keeping track of global arsenals to the problems of waste and fissile material disposition, security and control.

The Urban Program focuses on environmental problems confronting major urban centers, including air and water quality, habitat and open space, garbage and recycling, transportation, water supply, and sprawl.

The Water and Oceans Program works to protect and restore the nation's water quality, fish populations, wetlands and oceans.


1973 - NRDC begins action that wins phase-out of lead in U.S. gasoline
1978 - NRDC wins fight to remove ozone-depleting CFCs from aerosol cans
1985 - NRDC helps win adoption of national efficiency standards for consumer appliances, saving billions of dollars in electrical bills
2003 - NRDC wins a federal court case stopping the worldwide deployment of a Navy sonar system that would have blasted oceans with noise so intense it could maim, deafen and kill whales.
2005 - NRDC staves off the administration's attempts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.


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Protect Land

Permanent protection

Natural Resources Defense Council

Regular price $40.00

Your donation will assist NRDC in securing permanent protection for millions of acres of parks and wildlands from pollution, oil drilling and mining and other development.

Prevent Contaminants

Clean drinking water

Natural Resources Defense Council

Regular price $75.00

Your donation will help NRDC safeguard the country’s drinking water by pushing for citizens' right to know about contaminants in their water and by conducting scientific research and public education.

Improve Air Quality

Stop pollution

Natural Resources Defense Council

Regular price $50.00

Your donation will support NRDC's effort to improve the nation's air quality by working at every level of government and in the courts to hold power companies, manufacturers and state and local authorities to strict pollution standards.

Curb Climate Change

Energy efficiency

Natural Resources Defense Council

Regular price $30.00

Your donation will help NRDC fight global warming and promote energy efficiency to support a more secure and independent energy future for the United States.

Monitor Beaches

Pollution alerts

Natural Resources Defense Council

Regular price $20.00

Your gift will help NRDC alert U.S. residents to pollution levels at area beaches, so that beachgoers can make safe choices about where to swim.