Non-Governmental Resources

Environmental studies at Western Michigan University recommends the following non-governmental resources.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was established by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme to assess scientific, technical and socioeconomic information relevant to the understanding of climate change, its potential impacts, and options for adaptation and mitigation. The IPCC has available information on human-induced climate change and how climate works. Conservation International applies innovations in science, economics, policy, and community participation to protect the Earth's richest regions of plant and animal diversity in biodiversity hotspots, high-biodiversity wilderness areas and important marine regions around the globe. Their mission is to conserve the Earth's living heritage, our global biodiversity, and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature.

The Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild lands through careful science, international conservation, education, and management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks. These activities change attitudes toward nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in sustainable interaction, on both a local and a global scale.

Society for Conservation Biology

The Society for Conservation Biology is an international professional organization dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. The society's membership includes a wide range of people interested in the conservation and study of biological diversity; resource managers, educators, government and private conservation workers and students make up the more than 10,000 members worldwide.

Union of Concerned Scientists

The Union of Concerned Scientists is an independent nonprofit alliance of more than 100,000 concerned citizens and scientists, who augment rigorous scientific analysis with innovative thinking and committed citizen advocacy to build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world.

Rocky Mountain Institute

Founded by Amory Lovins, the Rocky Mountain Institute is a nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies and economic innovations designed to foster global sustainability.