It is safe to say that there would be no such thing as an environmental movement if non-profit organizations didn't exist. Period.
Ordinarily I don't make such sweeping statements, but even a cursory review of the more recent non-profit activities on behalf of clean air, clean water and animal (including human) habitat provides ample evidence of the point. The broad range of just the lawsuits brought by non-profits against an equally broad range of defendants is breathtaking. But such breadth becomes understandable when you itemize the range of threats to the environment.
When you assess the environmental movement in this country, the centrality of the non-profit players is obvious and overwhelming.
Bruce D. Collins is the corporate vice president and general counsel of C-SPAN, based in Washington, D.C.