I'm looking for suggestions on worthy land preservation funds focusing on native wildlife within the continental US. The personal row with the National Wildlife Federation has augmented to the point that it's no longer an organization I'm willing to donate to. There's a plethora of funds out there, but I'm clueless.
The NWF's misanthropy doesn't especially bother me (DDT, abortion-on-demand, etc), as it is ubiquitous across the environmentalist spectrum. But the dogmatic obsession with anthropogenic global warming is more than I can take. President and CEO Larry Schweiger pines for the courage to "confront the toughest social and spiritual issue of our day: global warming." Why not more focus on ending Hispanic underclass immigration? The borderlands are being trashed, and brainpower in the US is being diverted toward addressing the social problems and costs third-world immigrants create instead of being utilized in other fields like sustainability and energy research. On immigration, the environmentalist movement is inexplicably ambivalent.
It's fascinating that the mainstream left putatively celebrates Darwin's theory of natural selection while doing everything possible to keep it from continuing (habitually denying that it even has in the last 50,000 years or can continue into the future), while a good portion of the mainstream right denies that evolutionary pressures have shaped life on earth while not seeming to care if evolutionary pressures continue to do so.
The most recent issue of National Wildlife magazine runs special features on several animals that are or may be soon facing existential threats (in part due to climate change): The black-footed ferret, the snail kite, and the polar bear (which flourished in the Pleistocene as human populations contracted drastically due to extreme cold and is now on the losing side as the pendelum swings back the other direction). All three of these creatures, like so many other endangered animals, are at risk due to rigid specialization: black-footed ferrets live almost exclusively on prairie dogs, snail kites have hooked peaks and brittle talons perfect for pulling snails out of their shells but ineffective at hunting mobile game, and polar bears appear to lose weight and reproductive capabilities at drastic rates as temperatures increase (in Canada's James and Hudson Bays, the bears' average adult weight has dropped an astounding 22% in about as many years). Unfortunately, evolutionary pressures put such creatures at perpetual risk.
But one animal's trash is another's treasure. Without batting an eye, the magazine runs a feature on western hummingbirds that have expanded their migration patterns into the eastern United States due to more favorable climate conditions. Anthropogenic warming, of course, isn't applauded or even referred to as "global warming" (instead euphemized only as "climate change"). We can add turkey vultures, red-tailed hawks, great-horned owls, and American kestrels to the list of birds that have probably, if anything, benefited from climate change.
I'd rather my paltry donations go to something palatable, like land acquisition, instead of into futile lobbying efforts designed to curtail emissions by a couple of pounds while India and China add spew over five times more in emissions each year into the atmosphere than all the Kyoto countries combined would be reducing if they were all meeting their reduction obligations (and they're not even coming close--only a couple of the 156+ are making the cut). The economic malaise isn't worth it.
Innovation is the only sustainable way to reach, well, sustainability--it is the developing, not the developed, world that presents the greatest challenges to pollution management. I want to buy up land and keep it free of private development (where were the green voices following the US Supreme Court's Kelo decision?), especially low-value adding crap like retail centers and tourist destinations. And I want nuclear fusion and photovoltaics to wean us from fossil fuels. I'm not sold on financial markets for the trade of pollution credits.