Green Organizations and NGOs
> “Everyone on earth will be an environmentalist in the not too
distant future, driven there by necessity and experience.”
One of the most obvious places to seek a green job is with an organization whose mission is committed to environmentally friendly causes. Given some estimates of nearly two million nonprofit organizations around the world that address environmental, indigenous rights, and social justice causes, that constitutes a lot of potential jobs. Yes, many of them encompass more than just green issues, but the ethos of all of them is probably consistent with what you or any green job seeker would value.
Given the abundance of possibilities in this ever-expanding area, you will need to prioritize your search by, for example, organizational mission or location. The number of jobs available at any non-governmental organization (NGO), of course, will be a reflection of the size of the entity and the resources the organization has to support its work. This chapter briefly describes some of the largest, as well as a random sampling of other smaller organizations.
The largest environmental organization in the world, the World Wide Fund for Nature, known as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in the United States, was founded in 1961 by Julian Huxley and others. The WWF’s mission is to protect endangered species, preserve biodiversity and the sustainable use of natural resources, and reduce pollution and wasteful consumption. It presently