Join the Center’s #ProtectPublicLands Campaign
It’s time to celebrate our public lands.
Our public lands make up more than a quarter of America’s landmass — a vast network of forests, rivers, deserts and grasslandsthat belong to the people, not corporations — and whose wellbeing we entrust to our federal agencies.
These are the lands we visit to experience beauty, solitude and quiet — to share time with our families, recreate with friends and seek out adventure. Our public lands clean our air, form the headwaters for our rivers, and cradle the wildlife and ecosystems whose health is linked to our own.
But too often the influence of extractive industries — oil, gas, mining, logging, and livestock — causes our public lands to be treated like their commodities. Damage to ecosystems, plants, animals and our climate can be irretrievable.
That’s unacceptable. We must do better.
So we’re asking you to join us in a new social media campaign — called #ProtectPublicLands — celebrating a better vision for our public lands — one that puts the health of our land, climate, wildlife and water first — and ends needless, harmful industrialization. #ProtectPublicLands asks you to visit nearby parks, forests and monuments and take photos of the landscapes and species you value, enjoy and work to protect.
Our campaign kicks off during Earth Week 2016. But we want all of you to celebrate public lands throughout the year.
Let’s get out there. Let’s enjoy the beauty of our public lands with family and friends, or volunteer for a day on these lands’ behalf — and show each other how we’re doing it with photographic evidence.
Post your photos of your favorite public lands on Instagram or Twitter and tag the Center using @CenterforBioDiv and add the hashtag #ProtectPublicLands. Include captions about these places and the species you support.
Learn more about the Center’s Public Lands program.
The Center’s Endangered Species Condoms are a fun, unique way to get people talking about the link between human population growth and the extinction of rare species. With more than 7 billion people on the planet and counting, this is a conversation we need to have now.
Check out our Endangered Species Condoms Toolkit page for downloadable resources and valuable information to help you start talking about population, overconsumption and the extinction crisis.
Learn more about our Population and Sustainabily program.
The Pollination Project, an ally of the Center for Biological Diversity, provides $1,000 startup grants to individual change-makers and projects that promote compassion around the world.
Since the organization started on January 1, 2013, The Pollination Project has provided funding to nearly 1,000 seed grants in 55 countries. Its grantees have gone on to win prestigious awards, be featured in international news outlets and gain additional financial support. Many of these grantees say that it was The Pollination Project's belief in them that helped their projects grow.
Amphibians around the world are disappearing, and nearly a third are threatened with extinction. To better understand and conserve these animals, scientists need more information on their locations. And what better way to get the right info from around the globe than through people like you?
The Center has joined other conservation organizations to launch a Web-based social networking effort dubbed the Global Amphibian BioBlitz. The BioBlitz website allows amateur naturalists from around the world to submit their amphibian photographs, along with dates and locations. The site's lofty aim? To take a census of the world's amphibians and discover which species are still here, and where — so we can make sure they stay here. With your help.
Help save frogs, toads and salamanders — and have fun at the same time — by submitting your observations to the Global Amphibian BioBlitz now. Then learn about the Center's own Amphibian Conservation campaign and get more about the BioBlitz from UC Berkeley.
Fimmaker Josh Fox galvanized the world against fracking with his film Gasland. Now, he's doing it again with the sequel Gasland II — but this time, he's targeting another level ofcontamination due to fracking: "The contamination of our democracy through the intense influence of oil and gas corporations on our political system.
"The result," says the film's website, "is every bit as shocking as the first film."
Gasland II is now being shown in various cities. Learn more about the film, watch a trailer, see where it's playing and even host a screening of our own at the Gasland II website.
Learn more about the Center's campaign against fracking.
• April 19: Film Screening: Trophy (WY)
• April 19: Citizen-training Wolf Workshop: “Testifying Before the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission" (OR)
• April 22: March for Science (nationwide)
• April 25: Workshop and Online Action: Save Florida’s Pine Rocklands (FL)
• April 29: People's Climate March (DC)
• May 4: Special Book Reading and Wolf Presentation: “Wolf Nation" (WA)
• Ongoing: Join the Center’s #ProtectPublicLands Campaign (nationwide)
• Ongoing: Host a Population and Sustainability Event With Our Endangered Species Condoms Resources (worldwide)
• Ongoing: The Pollination Project — Giving Seed Grants to Fund Social Change Projects (worldwide, online)
• Ongoing: Global Amphibian BioBlitz: Saving Amphibians Through Social Networking (worldwide)
• Ongoing: Gasland II: The Film (worldwide)
Right now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering removing grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. If federal protections are removed — which federal officials are saying could happen as soon as December of this year — the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming all plan to permit trophy hunters to kill these beautiful animals.
Watch the film to learn how trophy hunting has impacted grizzly bears in British Columbia, and how such hunting could soon be impacting bears around Yellowstone. The screening, featuring senior attorney Andrea Santarsiere from the Center for Biological Diversity and other grizzly bear advocates in the U.S. and Canada, is free admission. This film was produced and sponsored by Lush Cosmetics.
When: Wednesday, April 19, 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)
Where: National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States, 2820 Rungius Rd, Jackson, WY 83001
RSVP to Andrea Santarsiere at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about the Center's campaign to save grizzly bears.
At its April 21 public meeting, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will receive a briefing from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on the state’s annual end-of-2016 wolf report; this will be followed by a critical separate briefing about revisions the department is proposing to the state wolf plan. Your voice is needed to tell the commission to keep wolves on the path to successful recovery by ensuring any changes to the wolf plan are more, not less, protective of wolves. This citizen-training workshop, the night before the commission hearing, will help you prepare to testify before the commission so you can speak up for wolves with confidence and clarity.
Please join us at this workshop, to be held with help from our allies at Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands and Defenders of Wildlife. You'll learn all about the commission’s role and the extent of its authority, what new provisions the commission will be considering, why some of these provisions would be harmful to wolves, and how to testify before the commission. We’d love to share advice that may increase your testimony's impact.
This workshop will also provide valuable general tips about testifying at any Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting.
RSVP to our West Coast Wolf Organizer, Amaroq Weiss, at email@example.com.
When: 4:30 p.m.
Where: Klamath Basin Brewing (upstairs loft), 1320 Main St., Klamath Falls, OR
Learn more about the Center’s West Coast wolf work.
March for Science
April 22, 2017
The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It's time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.
Within hours of announcing the March for Science in Washington D.C., thousands of people began organizing Marches for Science in their own cities. With marches scheduled in more than 150 cities around the world, the D.C. march is only a small part of a much larger whole.
Center staff will be taking part in satellite marches — and we want you to join us, or march for science in your own city.
Pine rockland forest, which provides habitat for rare and imperiled species, is increasingly scarce in South Florida outside of Everglades National Park. Due to relentless development, this forest has been reduced to just 2 percent of its original acreage.
Now a developer wants to destroy some of the last remaining 88 acres to make room for yet another strip mall, leaving dozens of plant and animal species defenseless and homeless. The only thing standing in the way of this destruction is still-pending permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
We need to stop this from happening.
Please join us for a workshop to learn more about the development project and what you can do to defend pine rockland forest and the species that depend on it, such as the Florida bonneted bat, Florida leafwing butterfly, Miami tiger beetle and Bartram's scrub-hairstreak butterfly.
When: Tuesday, April 25, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Deering Estate, 16701 Southwest 72nd Ave., Miami, FL 33157 (view map)
The workshop is hosted by the Center for Biological Diversity, Tropical Audubon, Miami Pine Rocklands Coalition, and The Institute for Regional Conservation; presenters will include Jacki Lopez, the Center’s Florida director. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Jacki Lopez.
If you can't attend the workshop, take a moment now to tell the Service you don't support destroying precious pine rockland forest for development.
People's Climate March
April 29, 2017
In the wake of the successful Women’s March on Washington, activists are planning a massive march for climate change on April 29, in D.C. and nationwide.
Organized by the coalition formed out of the 2014 People’s Climate March, including the Center — which brought 400,000-plus people to New York City (and many more to other cities) -- this effort responds to President Trump’s disastrous anti-climate agenda, including executive orders advancing the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines and attacks on workers, our wild spaces, healthcare, immigrants, and other crucial programs and policies.
The climate march will cap 100 days of action to fight Trump’s proposals to reverse climate progressive action, dismantle our government and hand power over to the 1 percent. Stay tuned for details on getting involved.
Read more in our press release and at the People's Climate March website.
Please join us for a howlingly informative and inspirational evening, as acclaimed author and journalist Brenda Peterson and the Center for Biological Diversity’s West Coast Wolf Organizer Amaroq Weiss kick off the release of Peterson’s new book, Wolf Nation, with a reading and wolf talk at Seattle’s favorite bookstore and meeting place, Elliot Bay Book Company.
Brenda Peterson is the author of numerous books documenting human–wildlife relationships and paradigms, as well as an oft-published writer for The Huffington Post and The New York Times. Her brand new book, Wolf Nation, highlights the most important and memorable past and ongoing events in the fascinating, contentious and passionate saga of wolf recovery in the United States. This book has received high praise from reviewers, who rank it as comparable to such wolf literary classics as those written by Farley Mowat and Barry Lopez.
Presenter Amaroq Weiss is a resident wolf expert with the Center, which has long championed protections for wolves across the country to help restore these magnificent animals to their former range. Amaroq’s work focuses on wolf recovery in California, Oregon and Washington, as well as in the northern Rockies and on the federal front. She has worked in wolf conservation for more than 20 years, her background as a biologist, former lawyer and rural resident gives her a complex and nuanced perspective on wolves, and she is one of the activists whose work is profiled in Wolf Nation.
When: Thursday, May 4, 7 p.m.
Where: Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122
RSVP to Amaroq Weiss at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend this event. Seating may be limited, so plan to arrive early to get a seat.
Penguin banner photo by Michael Van Woert; photo of hikers in Arizona by Sunfellow/Pixabay