HEALTHY PLANET

By now, it's clear that human health cannot be separated from the health of the earth on which we live. Human life and all life on earth depends on a healthy environment. We need clean air, fresh water, safe and nutritious food and a peaceful place to sustain us. There's much we can do right now in our lives, homes, workplaces and communities. This Healthy Planet section of GoodHealthUS.com provides links to organizations and information that will help each of us be part of the solution for a sustainable life and a healthy planet. It's time to do the right thing.

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Healthy Planet

Clean Energy/Energy Efficiency

US Environmental
Protection Agency

http://www.epa.gov/
climatechange

This excellent section
of the US Environmental
Protection Agency's
website has specific
recommendations on
'what you can do' in
your home, office, school
and on the road to save
energy and reduce
air pollution.

Energy Star
http://www.energystar.gov
Energy Star is a joint program of the US Environmental Protection Agency and
the US Department of Energy. Energy Star is designed to help everyone save
money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and
practices.

Rocky Mountain Institute
http://www.rmi.org
The Rocky Mountain Institute is a not-for-profit "think and do tank" that
works with individuals and organizations of every kind to help them use
energy and resources efficiently while being ever-better stewards of the
environment. RMI is a true pioneer in the energy efficiency field and one of
the very best organizations from which to find answers and solutions.

US Green Building Council
http://www.usgbc.org
The US Green Building Council is a non-profit organization composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

Smart Communities Network
http://www.smartcommunities.ncat.org
The Smart Communities Network is dedicated to creating 'smart energy communities' around the country. The site highlights success stories from around the US in the areas of sustainable, energy-wise land use planning, green buildings, transportation, community energy and more. One of the unique features of this organization is that part of their focus is on helping poorer communities implement clean energy and energy efficiency policies and practices.


Conservation & Outdoor Recreation

Appalachian Mountain Club
http://www.outdoors.org
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment and wise use of the Northeast Outdoors. Local chapters throughout the region sponsor numerous outdoor adventure and educational activities all year long.

National Audubon Society
http://www.audubon.org
The National Audubon Society's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Community-based nature centers and chapters throughout the country sponsor a variety of scientific, educational and recreational opportunities for people of all ages.

Sierra Club

The Sierra Club was founded in 1892 and its mission is to explore, enjoy and protect the planet. Club headquarters are in California, but there are local chapters around the country. The Sierra Club sponsors many outdoor adventures around the country and is also a powerful environmental lobbying organization.


Food Safety and Agricultual Policy

Organic Consumers Association
http://www.organicconsumers.org
The Organic Consumers Association is a non-profit organization based in Minnesota. OCA is focused on a variety of issues including food safety, industrial agriculture, corporate accountability and environmental sustainability. You can subscribe to their free weekly email newsletter. OCA is quite a political organization, but they provide lots of excellent information about the foods we eat every day and what we need to know to be safe.


Wildlife & Animal Protection

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
http://www.aspca.org
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 as the first humane organization in the Western Hemispere. The Society was formed to alleviate the injustices animals faced then and they continue to battle cuelty today. Whether it's rescuing animals from abuse or neglect, fighting to pass humane laws or sharing resources with shelters around the country, the ASPCA works towards the day in which no animal will live in pain or fear. You can join the fight to end animal cruelty, become an ASPCA member.

Defenders of Wildlife
http://www.defenders.org
Defenders of Wildlife is a very special Washington DC based advocacy organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals in their natural habitats. Defenders has campaigned long and hard on behalf of restoring and protecting the wolves of America, along with many other endangered species. Reader's Digest has called Defenders of Wildlife America's best wildlife charity.


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