Who we are
We began in 1967, as a scrappy group of scientists and a lawyer on Long Island, New York, fighting to save osprey from the toxic pesticide DDT. Using scientific evidence, our founders got DDT banned in the U.S.
Today, we’re one of the world’s top environmental organizations. We deliver bold solutions that cut climate pollution and strengthen the ability of people and nature to thrive — even with the climate change we feel right now.
And science still guides everything we do.
Ilissa Ocko researches various kinds of pollution to examine climate change’s causes and solutions.
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Hanling Yang works to reduce global methane emissions, with a focus on China.
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Rod M. Fujita helps fishers strengthen their coastal communities while fishing sustainably.
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Ann Hayden leads efforts to restore habitat, so at-risk species and landowners both benefit.
Sergio Sánchez works to ensure clean air for communities around the globe.
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Ramón Alvarez helps guide EDF’s scientific priorities, keeping us on the cutting edge.
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Vickie Patton works with allies and a deep bench of lawyers to win and defend great environmental laws.
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Carolyn Kousky ensures new climate policies help vulnerable households and communities.
Working with partners around the world helps stabilize the climate, while supporting the well-being of local communities.
EDF by the numbers
Dedicated members and activists who inspire us and make what we do possible
Number of countries where we're taking on the biggest environmental challenges
Staff members from different disciplines working together to develop new ideas