For WWF, describe their aim and political agenda. Also consider how this organization may influence science, either positively or negatively?WWF = World Wide Fund for Nature.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It would seem to me that the preservation of natural settings and protecting of species from extinction would be of critical importance to the WWF.  I think that they would embrace science that would support such ends.  Seeing that these goals are fairly well aligned with scientific research that corroborates these findings, this organization would encourage scientific research.  Most scientific research would concur that expanding business interests into habitats will lead to the destruction of a species' ways of life as well as their own environment.  These would be the inherent need for an organization like the WWF. They might not be so quick to embrace scientific results that argue that species extinction and habitat destruction are natural elements and whether caused by ecological balance or human made conditions, it serves a valuable purpose in the environmental balance.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This organization, formerly the World Wildlife Fund, is devoted to environmental issues.  Its goals are to maintain biodiversity, to promote sustainable use of renewable resources, to promote conservation and reduce waste.  The organization's political agenda is to push governments to pursue these goals as well.

The impact of this group on science is very much like that of all other advocacy groups.  It can affect what projects scientists take on by publicizing certain areas of research.  As they promote them, the projects become better-known and are more likely to attract scientists and funding.

Given the nature of its goals, this group can also draw negative attention to science.  Its goals often come into conflict with economic needs and lead opponents to distrust science and scientists.

mkcapen1 | Student

The World Wide Fund for Nature is dedicated to making positive changes in our world that will prevent and in some case reverse environmental damage to our planet.  Initially the agency was devoted to the preservation of animals (World Wild Life Fund).  However, as the agency sought to find a way to stop the destruction of species whose habitats were being cut away or damaged through the negative effects of civilization, the agnecy began to recognize that the problem was a global issue.  The agency also became aware that the damages to the environment could very well result in the extinction of every species including humans. 

The World Wide Fund for Nature is now dedicated to;

mission is to stop the degradation of our planet's natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature."

The agency involved in many aspects of the planet earth.  The agency uses science to impact and better understand and the needs and damage caused to the planet and the impact on the species on earth.  To meet their goals they hire teams of conservational scientists on a global scale.  The scientists collect data, analyze the data, and the data helps to drive the direction of funding allocation, sets priorities, and dives political activism.

The agency is involved in working on the major environmental issues of our planet.  Some of the issues include: policy change and formation, promoting market change, conservation partnerships, reducing the carbon footprint, increasing public awareness, obtaining funding to drive their program, and research and development.