Each of these campaigns and projects aims to protect the water we drink and the air we breathe in unique ways. But they share a common approach. Each campaign strives to:
Put the environment first. A healthy environment isn’t the hoped-for by-product of prosperity. It’s the necessary precondition and only sustainable source. Through our research and public education, we’re working to shift more hearts and minds over to this point of view.
Take a strategic approach. We must think big and act boldly, but we recognize that progress comes one step at a time. Our focus is on making a difference in public policy and in our lives and our environment, not just making a statement.
Build on what works. We’ve won policies, actions and decisions that have resulted in cleaner rivers, streams, lakes, bays, harbors, estuaries and drinking water across the country. We know which policies work, how they can be improved, and what it takes to win their approval. As always, we’re also open to new ideas that work even better.
Work together. We work to unite people from all across the political spectrum around clean water and air, whether it’s parents in New Jersey concerned about their children’s drinking water or the families in Texas who live near polluting petrochemical refineries. Our advocates in Washington, D.C., lobby members of Congress from both parties. Our advocates in the states build coalitions that include doctors and nurses, outdoors lovers, small business owners and people from all walks of life. Our organizers and canvassers engage literally hundreds of thousands of people. Our members and activists live in all 50 states.