There are many humanitarian and environmental non governmental organisations operating around the world where you can volunteer your time and money to help those in need and the environment. They cover a range or topics so you are bound to find at least one which focuses on an area of human or environmental need that interests you. Creation of our peaceful planet will only be achieved through our combined efforts, and your participation in these organisations is a great way to contribute. Find the organisations operating in your country on the list below.
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Amnesty International campaigns on a wide range of issues to protect and defend human rights, from having prisoners of conscience released to pushing governments and corporations to account for violations of human rights.
FairTrade addresses the injustices of conventional trade by requiring companies to pay sustainable prices to farmers and workers in the developing world.
Greenpeace acts to change attitudes and behaviours by campaigning to protect and conserve the environment.
Human Rights Watch focuses international attention, through investigations and advocacy, to where human rights around the world are violated.
International Committee of the Red Cross provides assistance for victims of war and armed violence, and advocates governments to adopt international humanitarian laws.
International Crisis Group is committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict through field analysis, policy prescriptions and high level advocacy.
Mercy Corps alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure. productive, and just communities.
Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) provides emergency, independent, medical humanitarian action to people caught in crises around the world.
Reporters Sans Frontieres (Reporters without Borders) exposes the limits on press freedom and supports journalists who are being persecuted.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society takes direct action to expose the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans.
The Green Belt Movement empowers communities, particularly women, to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods through planting trees.
The Salvation Army offers services to people in need in over 120 countries, including children’s services, court and prison services, hunger relief, and support for disabled persons, the elderly and the homeless.
Transparency International monitors and publicizes corruption in government, politics, business and civil society to help bring about change.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development is an organization of more than 500 CEOs and senior executives which generate business solutions to global sustainable development issues.
World Vision works with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice through relief, development and advocacy.
World Future Council research, identify and spread the best and most sustainable policy solutions worldwide to achieve a sustainable, just and peaceful future where universal rights are respected.
Australian Conservation Foundation seeks to influence solutions to Australia’s environmental problems towards a sustainable future.
Barnardos provides child welfare services to Australian children in desperate need.
Bush Heritage Australia purchases land, which has been assessed for its conservation value, from private owners to manage as wildlife reserves.
Greening Australia engages the community to protect and restore the health, diversity and productivity of Australia’s unique landscapes.
Landcare encourages integrated management of environmental assets with productive farmland and a more sustainable approach to private land management.
Lifeline connects people with care by providing crisis support and suicide prevention services.
Migrant resource centers in each state and territory provide settlement support to newly arrived refugees.
David Suzuki Foundation collaborates to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science based research, education and policy work.
Nature Canada conserves wildlife and habitats in Canada by engaging people and advocating on behalf of nature.
President’s Choice Children’s Charity provides support to children with special needs and makes sure that hungry tummies are filled with nutritious food so that kids have every opportunity to live to their full potential.
Rewilding Europe wants to make Europe a wilder place, with far more space for wild nature, wildlife and wilderness, to bring back the variety of life for all of us to enjoy, and to explore new ways for people to earn a fair living from the wild.
Barnados New Zealand works alongside children, families, whānau and communities to ensure that each child’s hope and potential are nurtured.
Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc works to preserve and protect the native species and wild places of New Zealand.
New Zealand Red Cross works every day to help New Zealanders – whether that’s providing a hot meal, a safe drive to the hospital, or education programmes at a local high school.
NZ Landcare Trust works with farmers, landowners and community groups to improve the sustainability of landscapes and waterways.
Action for Children supports the most vulnerable and neglected children and young people throughout the UK.
Karma Nirvana aims to stop forced marriage and honour based violence.
Linking Environment and Farming promotes sustainable agriculture, food and farming by helping farmers to produce good food, with care and high environmental standards.
The Wildlife Trusts stand up for, and look after, natural and wild places close to where people live.
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American Forests are dedicated to protecting and restoring healthy forest ecosystems.
Feeding America feeds America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks.
Goodwill Industries International helps people in need reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.
Habitat for Humanity builds homes, community, and hope by creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Sierra Club is dedicated to exploring, enjoying and protecting the wild places of the earth; to practicing and promoting the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; and to educating and enlisting humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
The Rainforest Action Network campaigns for forests, their inhabitants, and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.
The Salvation Army offer services to people in need, including food distribution, disaster relief, rehabilitation centers, anti-human trafficking efforts, and children’s programs.
Worldwatch Institute works to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world that meets human needs through research and outreach that inspire action.