Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Gordon P. Rands & Pamela Rands
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE (ED) , an environmental advocacy group headquartered in New York, began when a group of scientists teamed up with a lawyer, went to court, won a battle to ban the pesticide DDT, and incorporated as the Environmental Defense Fund in 1967. Environmental Defense now prefers to work creatively, without confrontation, for solutions to environmental challenges, the most serious of which it views as global warming, “through partnership with powerful market leaders.” ED prides itself on having on staff “more Ph.D. scientists and economists than any similar group” and is noted for its “rigorous scientific approach.” It seeks not only to oppose policies that it deems detrimental to the environment, but also to propose workable, innovative alternatives. In 2007, Environmental Defense was a founder and organizer of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a coalition of environmental organizations and corporations advocating legislative action to address global warming. Most of ...