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Is there an environmental issue that you feel strongly about? Get involved! Here's where to find environmental organizations that welcome people like you, who are willing to get involved through activism or volunteering.
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Citizen Science: Opportunities for All
By contributing their observations of the natural world, citizen scientists can participate actively in environmental conservation.

Happy Earth Day 2014!

Gaylord Nelson: U.S. Senator and Earth Day Founder
Gaylord Nelson, U.S. senator and Earth Day founder, was a lifelong environmental activist who had a lasting influence on U.S. environmental policy and the American environmental movement. Gaylord Nelson is best remembered as the founder of Earth Day.

The Five Most Important Things You Can Do for the Environment
If you feel youre not doing enough for the environment by replacing your incandescent light bulbs with CFLs and composting your kitchen garbage, maybe youre ready to make a deeper commitment to environmental stewardship. Some of these strategies may seem a little radical, but they are among the most valuable actions you can take to protect and preserve Earths environment.

When Did the U.S. Environmental Movement Begin?
When did the environmental movement begin in the United States? Can it be traced to a single moment or event, or was it a widespread grassroots movement that grew organically, like many of the crops it now champions? When did the U.S. environmental movement begin?

Environment - What is the Best Way for People to Help the Environment?
There are many ways to help the environment--what's your favorite? Share your best tip for helping the environment with Environmental Issues readers.

Sheryl Crow: Music and Videos
On February 5, 2008, singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow released Detours, her sixth studio album and the most politically and personally outspoken record of her career. Crow, a committed environmental and peace activist, calls Detours “the most honest record I’ve ever made. It’s about being forced to wake up.”

Sheryl Crow Interview: Can [i]Detours[/i] Help Pave the Way to a Better World?
Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow tackles important environmental and societal issues on her new album, "Detours." In a wide-ranging interview, Sheryl Crow speaks candidly with Larry West of About.com: Environmental Issues, about her music, politics and the environment.

Environmental Racism Creates Unequal Health Risks for Poor Minority Communities
Environmental racism still exists in many communities, where landfills, hazardous waste sites and polluting industries are often sited in poor minority communities. The environmental justice movement, inspired by the research of Dr. Robert Bullard, is working to end environmental racism.

Gerald Ford: President and Park Ranger
President Gerald Ford, who died December 26, 2006 at the age of 93, was the only American president ever to have served as a park ranger in the National Park Service.

Environmental Justice Movement Reduces Risks for Poor and Minority Communities
When sociologist Robert Bullard began uncovering the proximity of hazardous waste sites to minority neighborhoods across the American South during the course of his graduate research in the 1980s, the “environmental justice” movement was born.

Justice in Time
Dr. Robert Bullard, the father of the environmental justice movement, has been battling environmental racism since first discovering that landfills and hazardous waste sites were more often sited near poor and minority communities that did not have the political power necessary to fight those decisions. Environmental justice declares that poor people and people of color should not be unequally exposed to environmental hazards.

Want to Save the Planet and Strengthen Your Community? Volunteer!
If you’ve been thinking about volunteering to support the environment or to lend a hand on other important issues in your community, why wait? Besides advancing a cause you believe in and contributing to the health and vitality of the place where you live—both the planet and your neighborhood—you may reap a lot of personal benefits from the time you invest as a volunteer.

Environmental News Sources
Stay informed and up-to-date on worldwide environmental news with this list of the best environmental news sources on the Internet.

“Critter Carols” Protest Efforts to Weaken the Endangered Species Act
To help raise awareness, and concern, about the ongoing efforts of certain industries and their paid lobbyists to persuade Congress to weaken the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Trust put together a collection of "Critter Carols," which provide a lighthearted look at a serious environmental issue.

Environmentalists Sue U.S. Navy to Protect Whales and Dolphins
A coalition of environmental groups is suing the U.S. Navy, charging that the Navy's use of mid-frequency sonar for submarine detection injures and kills many whales and dolphins.

Top Climate Scientist Arrested in White House Oil Pipeline Protest
Hundreds of environmental and climate activists, including NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen, have been arrested outside the White House for protesting the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would carry oil nearly 2,000 miles across the United States, from the tar sands fields of Alberta, Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas.

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