Across the country, there are nearly 15,000 registered nonprofits focused on the environment and animal welfare. Add in every unregistered green group created by a wealthy person or a well-meaning collection of individuals, and the number of eco-groups in this country is staggering.
Some of these organizations are justifiably small, created to serve a specific need. For while the big-picture threat of an overheating planet underlies every sustainability issue we should be worried about, many targeted battles still need to be fought. From decreasing pesticide use in a local farming area to protecting a particular river, some matters need to be addressed and worked on by local community members.