Resources for conscious decision making and active co- creation in this world:
Those of you who want to explore further how you can make a difference and co-create a green, fair and harmonious world, will find a resource list below, which can get you started. It was by no means the intention to create an all-inclusive list and while the author is a member or sponsor of several of the below organizations, they are not listed according to his preference. Most certainly there are a lot of other very important and valuable organizations that currently make a difference in this world and all are saluted for their vision and efforts. The movement towards a humane and sustainable society is like the sea, and consists of a lot of little raindrops. This is your chance to add yours.
Human Rights Organizations
Amnesty International (AI) is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.
www.madre.org MADRE is an international women's human rights organization that works in partnership with women's community-based groups in conflict areas worldwide.
www.hrw.org Human Rights Watch believes that international standards of human rights apply to all people equally, and that sharp vigilance and timely protest can prevent the tragedies of the twentieth century from recurring.
www.hrweb.org/resource.html This page contains names of human rights organizations, other organizations doing substantial amounts of human rights work, and resources (such as libraries and internet-based information) of use to human rights activists and researchers.
www.cartercenter.org The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is committed to advancing human rights and alleviating unnecessary human suffering. Founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, the Atlanta-based Center has helped to improve the quality of life for people in more than 65 countries.
www.motherjones.com Mother Jones is an independent nonprofit magazine whose roots lie in a commitment to social justice implemented through first rate investigative reporting.
www.foe.org Friends of the Earth defends the environment and champions a healthy and just world.
www.grrn.org The Grassroots Recycling Network aims to eliminate the waste of natural and human resources -- to achieve Zero Waste.
Organizations that improve circumstances in poor countries
Oxfam International is a confederation of twelve organizations working together in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice.
www.plan-international.or Plan is a humanitarian, child-centered development organization working with families and their communities to meet the needs of children around the world.
www.care.org CARE is a humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. CARE is dedicated to helping the world's poor children and their families to solve their most threatening problems.
www.doctorswithoutborders.org Médecins Sans Frontières (also known as Doctors Without Borders or MSF) delivers emergency aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics, and natural and man-made disasters, and to others who lack health care due to social or geographical isolation.
www.redcross.int The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is the world's largest humanitarian network, with a presence and activities in almost every country.
World Wildlife Fund is the world's largest independent conservation organization dedicated to the conservation of nature.
www.davidsuzuki.org The David Suzuki Foundation works through science and education to protect the balance of nature and our quality of life, now and for future generations.
www.greenpeace.org/international_en: Greenpeace exists because this fragile earth deserves a voice. It needs solutions. It needs change. It needs action. As a global organization, Greenpeace focuses on the most crucial worldwide threats to our planet's bio-diversity and environment.
www.webdirectory.com Earth's Biggest Environment Search Engine.
www.envirolink.org EnviroLink is a non-profit grassroots online community that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with millions of people in more than 150 countries and provides comprehensive, up-to-date environmental information and news.
The Australian Greenhouse Office (AGO) is the world's first government agency dedicated to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Very informative and action oriented site with ideas that could also be implemented elsewhere.
http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/index.html The EPA Global Warming strives to present accurate information on the very broad issue of climate change and global warming in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society-communities, individuals, business, public officials and governments. (do not include www. in web address)
www.earthwatch.org Earthwatch Institute engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment.
Green Seal is the independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the environment by promoting the manufacture and sale of environmentally responsible consumer products. It sets environmental standards and awards a "Green Seal of Approval" to products that cause less harm to the environment than other similar products.
Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) is an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization that fosters the efficient and restorative use of natural, human and other capital to make the world more secure, just, prosperous, and life sustaining. RMI does this by inspiring business, civil society, and government to design integrative solutions that create true wealth.
www.sierraclub.org The Sierra Club is a nonprofit, member supported, public interest organization that promotes conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy decisions - legislative, administrative, legal and electoral.
The Union of Concerned Scientists works to ensure that all people have clean air and energy, as well as safe and sufficient food. They work to improve the environment in ways that preserve our health, protect our safety, and enhance the quality of life in our communities. They strive for a future that is free from the threats of global warming and nuclear war, and a planet that supports a rich abundance of life.
Fair Trade organizations
The International Fair Trade Organization's (IFAT) members represent the whole Fair Trade chain from product to sale. IFAT's mission is to improve the livelihood and well being of disadvantaged producers by linking and promoting Fair Trade Organizations, and speaking out for greater justice in world trade.
www.fairtrade.net The Fair-trade Labeling Organization is the worldwide Fair-trade Standard setting and Certification organization. It permits more than 800,000 producers, workers and their dependants in more than forty-five countries to benefit from labeled Fair-trade.
www.fairtrade.org.uk The Fair-trade Foundation U.K. exists to ensure a better deal for marginalized and disadvantaged third world producers. The Foundation awards a consumer-label, the FAIRTRADE Mark, to products that meet internationally recognized standards of fair-trade.
www.maketradefair.com Make Trade Fair is a campaign by Oxfam International and it's 12 affiliates, calling on governments, institutions, and multinational companies to change the rules so that trade can become part of the solution to poverty, not part of the problem. The site provides a report that analyses international trade rules, and presents a powerful case for change. Oxfam works from the realization that change will only come when large numbers of people demand it - in rich countries as well as poor.
www.transfairusa.org TransFair USA, a nonprofit organization, is the only independent, third-party certifier of Fair Trade practices in the United States.
www.eftafairtrade.org European Fair Trade Organization.
www.bsr.org Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) is a global organization that helps member companies achieve success in ways that respect ethical values, people, communities and the environment.
www.fairtradefederation.com The Fair Trade Federation is an association of fair trade wholesalers, retailers, and producers whose members are committed to providing fair wages and good employment opportunities to economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide.
Socially & Environmentally Responsible Consumer Info
Co-op America provides practical steps to use your consumer and investment power for social change.
www.greenpages.org The GreenPages is an online directory of qualified green businesses.
www.responsibleshopper.org The Responsible Shopper investigates companies on their social and environmental behavior.
www.newdream.org This is the site of the Center for a new American Dream-Caring for our world, our families, ourselves.
www.myfootprint.org A project of the Center for a New American Dream.
www.organicconsumers.org This site deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, corporate accountability, and environmental sustainability.
www.faireconomy.org United For a Fair Economy is an organization that strives for more equality in the world.
www.newleafpaper.com New Leaf Paper leads the paper industry in the development and distribution of environmentally superior printing and office papers. The company focuses on producing paper using high post-consumer recycled content and most of their papers are whitened without chlorine or chlorine compounds.
www.oldgrowthfree.com The Markets Initiatives-Ancient Forests, New Initiatives-is committed to working with companies to help them develop and carry out policies and practices that will shift business away from ancient forest products to ecologically sound alternatives. The site provides an easy nine-step program to become part of the environmental solution rather than the problem.
www.buildinggreen.com Building Green is an independent company committed to providing accurate, unbiased, and timely information designed to help building-industry professionals and policy makers improve the environmental performance, and reduce the adverse impacts, of buildings.
www.greenhouse.gov.au/yourhome/about/index.htm Your Home is a site of consumer and technical guide materials and tools developed to encourage the design, construction or renovation of homes to be comfortable, healthy and more environmentally sustainable. Fabulous Australian site with environmentally sustainable solutions for home construction worldwide.
The New Economics Foundation (NEF) works to construct a new economy centred on people and the environment. It is one of the UK's most creative and effective independent think tanks, combining research, advocacy, training and practical action.
Socially and Environmental Responsible Investments
Learn what socially responsible investing is.
www.socialinvest.org A national nonprofit membership organization promoting the concept, practice and growth of socially responsible investing.
www.sustainablebusiness.com An internet community for businesses, investors and employees that integrate economic, and social and environmental concerns into their core strategy.
www.goodmoney.com Good Money, Inc. is a multi-media information provider for socially and environmentally concerned consumers, investors and businesspeople.
www.investorhome.com/sri.htm Trends in Socially Responsible Investments.
www.socialfunds.com SocialFunds.com features over 10,000 pages of information on Socially Responsible Investment mutual funds, community investments, corporate research, shareowner actions, and daily social investment news.
www.greenmoneyjournal.com The Green Money Journal provides investment information for the socially responsible investor.
www.investorscircle.net Investors' Circle (IC) is a non-profit national network of angel and institutional investors, foundation officers and entrepreneurs who seek to achieve financial, social and environmental returns. Since 1992, Investors' Circle has facilitated the flow of over $90 million to 147 socially responsible companies and small venture funds.
www.goodfunds.com Specializing in serving socially, environ-mentally, and financially concerned investors since 1986.
www.lightgreen.com LGA manages Standard & Poors 500TM-based investments for environmentally-conscious organizations and individuals interested in supporting companies with the best track records in their industries.
www.socialinvesting.com Prentiss Smith & Company allow their clients to enjoy consistent performance while having their money reflect social values.
www.trilliuminvest.com Trullium is the oldest and largest independent investment management firm dedicated solely to socially responsible investing. It's been a leader in socially responsible investment and beliefs that investing can promote social and economic justice in conjunction with returning a profit to investors.
www.domini.com Domini is an investment firm specializing exclusively in socially responsible investing. They manage more than $1.8 billion in assets for individual and institutional investors who wish to integrate social and environmental criteria into their investment decisions.
www.socialinvestment.ca Established in 1989, the Social Investment Organization (SIO) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of socially responsible and environmentally sustainable investment in Canada. The SIO's mandate is to promote the practice of socially responsible investment (SRI), which includes screening on social and environmental issues, shareholder advocacy to improve corporate responsibility and community investment to help local development.
www.waldenassetmgmt.com Walden Asset Management has provided socially responsive investment services to individuals and institutions since 1975. With approximately $1 billion in socially screened assets under management, Walden provides an array of domestic social investment services.
Socially Responsible Mutual Funds
The New Alternative Fund is a socially responsible mutual fund concentrating its investments in Environmental Investment, Renewable Energy, Fuel Cells , Recycling and Energy Conservation, Organic Foods.
www.ethicalfunds.com The Ethical Funds CompanyTM is Canada's most comprehensive family of socially responsible mutual funds with approximately $1.5 billion in assets under management. Our family of Funds provides professional money management while investing in a way that reflects the commonly held values of our investors.
The Calvert Group is America's largest family of mutual funds that invests in socially and environmentally responsible companies.
Green Century Funds is a family of no-load, environmentally-responsible mutual funds that are designed to achieve competitive returns while putting our investors' money to work for cleaner air, cleaner water, and greater corporate environmental responsibility. The Funds are the only ones in existence whose investment advisor distributes 100 percent of its net profits to nonprofit, environmental organizations.
www.meritas.ca Meritas is Canada's newest socially responsible mutual fund company. They help people join beliefs with deeds using the tools of socially responsible investing.
Directories for a better world
Diverse Web destination whose primary focus is to aggregate alternative news and resources from around the Web. With a progressive edge, Cosmic Fantasia is a great place to keep up to date on the issues that concern us all.
Experience the world outside of your borders first hand.
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Recommended reading. The Ecology of Commerce by Paul Hawken Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight by Thom Hartmann The Corporation by Joel Bakan What Matters Most by Jeffrey Hollender & Steven Fenichell Business as Unusual by Anita Roddick Alternatives to Economic Globalization, a report of The International Forum on Globalization Executive E.Q. by Robert R Cooper The Tao of Personal Leadership by Diane Dreher Build to Last by James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras The Sacred Balance by David Suzuki Globalization and its Discontents by Joseph E. Stiglitz Year 501, the Conquest Continues by Noam Chomsky Ishmael by Daniel Quinn The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho The Power of Intention by Waynne Dyer Principle Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey