Organizations that seek to conserve and protect the environment are well represented on the Internet

Organizations that seek to conserve and protect the environment are well represented on the Internet. The oldest environmental group in the United States, the National Audubon Society, can be accessed at www.audubon.org. Its Web page provides legislative updates, information about the organization, and educational campaigns. Virtual nature walks feature text and graphics about local flora and fauna from the society’s sanctuaries, such as Florida’s Corkscrew Swamp. The Sierra Club “promotes conservation of the natural environment by influencing public policy decisions.” Its Web site at www.sierraclub.org offers online copies of its magazine, Sierra that informs the reader about urban ecology as well as endangered species and natural wonders. The Web page also addresses momentous issues such as global warming. The activist group Earth First! (www.earthfirst.org) defines its mission as working to save “the earth’s remaining sacred natural land and its inhabitants from the destructive greed of corporations.” The Nature Conservancy (www.tnc.org) preserves wetlands and other environmentally sensitive and threatened areas by purchasing them or controlling their use. Its Web page provides links to a library, the magazine Nature Conservancy, and descriptions of programs in the United States, the Caribbean, and South America. Environing, at www.envirolink.org, is an Internet site with links to other environmental groups throughout the English-speaking world. It includes a daily update of news stories about ecological issues. Organizations critical of the mainstream environmental movement on the grounds that it overestimates ecological damage or encourages unwarranted government involvement include the Science & Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) (www.sepp.org) and the Heartland Institute (www.heartland .org), which both offer downloadable reports. SEPP targets its publications toward the scientific community and the media