Environment Illinois, as a part of Environment America, always acts as a watchdog in Washington, D.C., keeping an eye on any legislation or policy that threatens the air we breathe, the water we drink, or the places Americans love. Through all of our efforts, we strive to:
Put the environment first. A healthy environment isn’t the hoped-for by-product of our prosperity. It’s the necessary precondition and only sustainable source of our wellbeing. Through our research and public education, we’re working to win more hearts and minds to this point of view.
Take a strategic approach. We must think big and act boldly, but we recognize that progress comes one step at a time. Our focus is on making a difference in public policy and in our lives and our environment, not just making a statement.
Build on what works. We’ve taken actions and won policies that have resulted in cleaner rivers and streams, more and better protected public lands, and real reductions in carbon pollution. We’ve worked hard to win these victories, and with our members and other supporters, we’re determined to defend them.
Work together. We work to unite people from all across the political spectrum around our environment, whether it’s small farmers who want clean water to grow their crops or lovers of the outdoors who want unspoiled places where they can raft or hike, hunt or fish, watch birds or gaze at the stars. Our advocates in Washington, D.C., lobby members of Congress from both parties. Our advocates in the states build coalitions that include business owners, doctors and nurses, religious leaders and people from all walks of life. Our organizers and canvassers engage literally hundreds of thousands of people. Our members and activists live in all 50 states.