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A current advocacy campaign
"Take Action! Help Stop Sneaky Anti- Environmental Riders in Congress' Budget Congress is now negotiating on the FY-2003 federal "Omnibus" budget bill, a budget which should have been passed last September. New anti-environmental provisions, or riders, have sneaked their way into the bill. These riders threaten to harm Mississippi River wildlife habitat and wetlands, seek to speed the way for new oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and overrule new logging protections for Alaska's Tongass and Chugach National Forests. These riders create loopholes in our current environmental laws – laws that have been widely supported by Americans for generations."
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"a leading national nonprofit organizationrepresenting more than 300,000 members. Since 1967, we have linked science, economics and law to create innovative, equitable and cost-effective solutions to society's most urgent environmental problems. Environmental Defense is dedicated to protecting the environmental rights of all people, including future generations. Among these rights are clean air and water, healthy and nourishing food, and a flourishing ecosystem.
A generation ago, Environmental Defense helped launch the modern environmental movement by winning a ban on the pesticide DDT, thus showing how a handful of individuals can use science and the law to bring about national reform. Since then, we have grown into one of America's most influential environmental advocacy groups, with more Ph.D. scientists and economists on staff than at any other such organization.
Guided by science, Environmental Defense evaluates environmental problems and works to create and advocate solutions that win lasting political, economic and social support because they are nonpartisan, cost-efficient and fair.
Environmental Defense believes that a sustainable environment will require economic and social systems that are equitable and just. We affirm our commitment to the environmental rights of the poor and people of color.
As an American organization, Environmental Defense will always pay special attention to American environmental problems, and to America's role in both causing and solving global environmental problems."