All evidence points to Donald Trump's presidency being a disaster for the environment. The president-elect detests the Environmental Protection Agency and has hired a climate change denier to oversee the its transition. In 2012, he tweeted that global warming is a "hoax" created by "the Chinese." He wants to back the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, and his presidency could lead to the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. And though he has taken strong stances on the Second Amendment, illegal immigration, law enforcement and political correctness, none of the issues listed on Trump's campaign website speak to environmental concerns (though he has expressed interest in repealing emissions rules in place under the Clean Power Plan).
Despite Trump's anti-environmental positions and his backing by the majority Republican House and Senate, there is still hope to be found in the work of ever-vigilant activists and advocates. However, defenders of the country's land, water, air, and wildlife will be especially busy and in need of support during Trump's term.
Below are just a few of the many wonderful environmental organizations to which you can offer financial support in these dire times. And even if you don't have money to offer, check out their websites for other ways to lend a hand or spread awareness.
Environmental Defense Fund
Founded in 1967, the Environmental Defense Fund, or EDF, is most famous for getting the EPA to ban the DDT chemical in 1972. In the years since, the organization has expanded its efforts from addressing environmental pollutants to also focus on combating climate change and overfishing and advocate for sustainable farming and ranching practices. Donate to the EDF here.
Sierra Club Foundation
The Sierra Club Foundation is the financial support arm of the Sierra Club. Their goals include promoting protections for public land, advocating for the United States to transition to a clean energy economy, and expanding access to the outdoors across cultural and economic lines. The organization's Beyond Coal and Environmental Law Programs will be especially critical during Trump's term. Donate to the Sierra Club Foundation here.
Earthjustice is an environmental organization that works to protect the environment through battles in the courtroom. The organization has many legal and legislative victories under its belt and its attorneys are currently representing the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in its lawsuit against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Donate to Earthjustice here.
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Natural Resources Defense Council has numerous environmental programs focusing on everything from addressing concerns in urban environments to funding scientific research in support of legislative measures and changes. Donate to the Natural Resources Defense Council here.
In addition to its nature conservation work in the United States, this Virginia-based nonprofit partners with local communities all over the world to secure land rights and advocate for environmental protections. Donate to Conservation International here.
All the organizations listed above have national and international reach, but as always check out organizations local to you. Charity watchdog websites such as Charity Watch or Charity Navigator are helpful in ensuring that the money and time you donate to nonprofits are being well-spent. Now go on out there and fight for the earth.