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Film Screening and Discussion: ML Lincoln’s documentary Wrenched
February 28, 2015
Tucson, Arizona

Post-film Q & A will feature Kieran Suckling, Doug Peacock and ML Lincoln. 

Filmmaker ML Lincoln’s documentary Wrenched reveals how Edward Abbey’s anarchistic spirit and riotous novels influenced and helped guide the nascent environmental movement of the 1970s and ‘80s. Through interviews, archival footage and re-enactments, Lincoln captures the outrage of Abbey’s friends, who were the original eco-warriors. In defense of wilderness, these early activists pioneered “monkeywrenching” — a radical blueprint for “wrenching the system.” Exemplified by EarthFirst! in the early ‘80s, direct action and civil disobedience grew in popularity. With tree-spiking, forest occupation and high-profile publicity stunts such as the cracking at Glen Canyon Dam, this group became the eventual target of FBI infiltrators, leading to the arrest of various members.

Abbey’s message has lived on. Wrenched captures a new generation as personified in Tim DeChristopher, who single-handedly stopped the sale of 100,000-plus acres of public trust lands in southeastern Utah. He was sentenced to federal prison for his actions. The fight continues to sustain the last bastion of the American frontier — the Wild West. Wrenched, following in Abbey’s footsteps, asks the question: How far are we willing go in defense of wilderness?

Four notable locals play a major part in the many interviews of Wrenched.  They are Kierán Suckling, Doug Peacock, Chuck Bowden and Dave Foreman.

A screening of the film will fittingly take place in Tucson — the city housing one of the first headquarters of Executive Director Kierán Suckling's group the Center for Biological Diversity — this February. A question-and-answer session following the film will feature Suckling, Peacock and Lincoln. 

Suckling clarifies one of the Center’s objectives in the film:  “Our position is, you know, we're enforcing laws created by Richard Nixon in front of judges appointed by Ronald Reagan. That can hardly be thought of as a radical activity or a failure to compromise.  We're enforcing the compromises of the past. And if we don't do that, all we're doing is compromising away the future.”
 
When: 7–9 p.m.

Where: The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85716

Cost: Regular admission prices. Tickets can be purchased in advance in person at the box office, by phone at (520) 795-0844, or via The Loft Cinema’s website.

Learn more about ML Lincoln’s documentary Wrenched.


 

 

• Jan. 17, Feb. 27 & March 3: Rally for the Rocklands and Commission Meeting (FL)
• Feb.- April: Talk: "Breaking the Taboo: Animal Rights, Human Rights and the Future of the Planet" (nationwide)
• Feb. 25: Film Screening and Discussion: EXPOSED (ID)
• Feb 25: Presentation on Wolves: "The Return of the Wolf" (CA)

• Feb. 26: Population and Sustainability Presentation in the Fort Lewis College Life Long Learning Series (CO)
• Feb. 28: Film Screening and Discussion: ML Lincoln’s documentary Wrenched (AZ)
• March 14: The Future of Railroads: Safety, Workers, Community, and Environment (CA)
• March 14-15: The Center at the Tucson Festival of Books (AZ)
• Ongoing until May 15: Endangered Species Youth Art Contest (nationwide)

• Ongoing: Join the Center’s #OurLands Campaign
• Ongoing: Host a Population and Sustainability Event With Our Endangered Species Condoms Resources (worldwide)

• Ongoing: Host an Action to Stop Keystone (nationwide)
• Ongoing: Global Amphibian BioBlitz: Saving Amphibians Through Social Networking (worldwide)
• Ongoing: Gasland II: The Film (worldwide)

 

Rally for the Rocklands
January 17, February 27 and March 3, 2015
Miami, Florida

Join us on Saturday, January 17, 2015, for a rally to save an important piece of South Florida’s natural heritage. A significant part of the Richmond pine rocklands are slated to become a new strip mall and theme park. Florida’s pine rocklands are some of the most imperiled lands in the world. The Richmond pine rocklands are home to the highly endangered Florida bonneted bat, Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak, Carter’s small-flowered flax, Florida brickell-bush, Florida leafwing butterfly and desperately imperiled Miami tiger beetle.

In addition to attending the January 17 rally, you’ll have an opportunity to tell the Miami-Dade County commissioners that you do not support the designation of these ecologically valuable lands as a “blight” or a “slum.” Not only is such a finding indefensible, but designation as a slum would make tax credits available to developers to forever destroy this irreplaceable piece of Florida. You can speak up on this issue at a commission meeting on Tuesday, March 3, and there will be another rally before the commission meeting on February 27.

Get more information on the February 27 event, called the "Buy It Back/Shame on U (of M)" rally.

When:
Rally for the Rocklands: Saturday, January 17, 2015, 2–4 p.m.
Buy It Back/Shame On U (of M) rally: Friday, February 27, 2015, 3–6 p.m.
Commission meeting:
Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. (agenda item no. 3A)
Where:  
Rally for the Rocklands: Zoo Miami parking lot, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami, FL 33177
Buy It Back/Shame On U (of M) rally: South Dixie and Stanford Dr./University of Miami Main Entrance (parking on Ponce near the University metrorail Station)
Commission meeting: 111 NW 1st Street, 2nd floor, Commission Chambers, Miami, FL 33128

Learn more about saving the pine rocklands.

 

Talk: "Breaking the Taboo: Animal Rights, Human Rights and the Future of the Planet"
February–April , 2015
Various locations nationwide

With more than 7 billion people in the world today and approximately 56 billion land animals raised and slaughtered for food each year, population growth and overconsumption — particularly meat consumption — are driving many of our current environmental, animal and human-rights crises, yet these issues are often left out of the conversation among activists, policymakers and the media. Join us for a speaking tour featuring a talk on how human rights, animal rights, endangered species protection and the future of the planet are inextricably linked, and how we can use advocacy, creativity and legal action to get beyond the taboo and create a better future for all species.

Stephanie Feldstein, the Center's Population and Sustainability director, and Carter Dillard, Animal Legal Defense Fund's director of litigation, will be speaking. These lunchtime events — to be held at various locations across the United States — are hosted by the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Information for each individual talk on the tour:

February 16, 2015
When: 11:50am - 12:50pm
Where: University of Michigan Law School, 625 S State St, South Hall 1020, Ann Arbor
Cost: Free

February 17, 2015
When: 12:15-1:15pm
Where: University of Chicago Law School, 1111 East 60th Street, Room C, Chicago
Cost: Free

February 18, 2015
When: 12:20–1:20 p.m.
Where: University of Minnesota Law School, 229 19th Ave South, Walter Mondale Hall – Room 30 (Subplaza), Minneapolis
Cost: Free

February 23, 2015
When: Noon–1 p.m.
Where: Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Ave, Room WCC2004, Cambridge
Cost: Free

February 24, 2015
When: Noon–1 p.m.
Where: Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, Room 109, New Haven
Cost: Free

February 25, 2015
When: Noon–1:15 p.m.
Where: Columbia Law School, 435 West 116th St, Room TBA, New York
Cost: Free

February 26, 2015
When: Noon–1:30 p.m.
Where: New York University School of Law, 40 Washington Square South, Smart Classroom 216, Vanderbilt Hall, New York
Cost: Free

February 27, 2015
When: Noon–1 p.m.
Where: Georgetown University Law Center, 600 New Jersey Avenue NW, McDonough 200, Washington, DC
Cost: Free

April 2, 2015
When: 12:10 – 1:20 p.m.
Where: Lewis & Clark Law School, 10015 Southwest Terwilliger Blvd, Wood Hall Room 7, Portland
Cost: Free

Learn about the Center's Population and Sustainability program.

 

Film Screening and Discussion: EXPOSED
February 25, 2015
Ketchum, Idaho

In this shocking film produced by Predator Defense’s Executive Director Brooks Fahy, we learn the disturbing truth about Wildlife Services — a secretive federal agency that kills millions of wild animals across the country each year. 

EXPOSED features interviews from former Wildlife Services employees, revealing in detail the difficult and inhumane “predator control” duties they often faced — all funded by our government.

Following the film will be a panel discussion with the film's producer and the executive director of Predator Defense, Brooks Fahy; Laird Lucas, the director of litigation for Advocates for the West; and Travis Bruner, executive director and client of the Western Watersheds Project.

This screening is a fundraiser for Advocates for the West’s new lawsuit against Wildlife Services in Idaho; the Center for Biological Diversity is a client on the case.

When: 7 – 8:30pm (doors at 6:30)
Where: Magic Lantern Cinema, 100 E. 2nd St. Ketchum, ID 83340
Cost: $17 online, $20 at the door

RSVP to Anna Demetriades at ademetriades@advocateswest.org or (208) 342-7024 x210.

“…Millions of Americans will learn, through watching ‘EXPOSED,’ of the unforgivable actions of those who have exercised their power to cause untold agony to thousands of innocent fellow creatures on our planet.” — Dr. Jane Goodall

Learn more about the EXPOSED screening and get details on the Center's campaign against Wildlife Services.

 

Presentation on Wolves “The Return of the Wolf”
February 25, 2015
Novato, California

California's first confirmed wild wolf in nearly 90 years, Wolf OR-7, has found a mate and is raising puppies just over the borderc an electrifying wake-up call for Californians. The wolf is returning; the question is ... how will California respond to this complex, charismatic and controversial endangered species? Join us for an inspiring and enlightening evening discussing the historic return of wolves to the West Coast, wolf biology, behavior and politics, and how you can be involved in ensuring their recovery in the State. Presenter Amaroq Weiss is the West Coast wolf organizer and expert with the Center for Biological Diversity. 

This special presentation on wolves is being offered in partnership with Marin Humane Society.

When: 7–9 p.m.
Where: Marin Humane Society, 171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd., Novato, CA 94949
Cost: Free

Learn more about the Center’s West Coast wolf work and the Marin Humane Society.

 

Population and Sustainability Presentation in the Fort Lewis College Life Long Learning Series
February 26, 2015
Durango, Colorado

Melissa Amarello from the Center’s Population and Sustainability program will present “Humans and the Extinction Crisis: Population, Sustainability and 21st Century Solutions.”

With more than 7 billion people on the planet, human population growth, along with reckless overconsumption, is at the root of our most pressing environmental issues. Yet the topic of population, how to slow growth and how to live more sustainably is often left out of conversations among environmental groups, activists and the media.
The Center for Biological Diversity has been working to address the connection between rampant human population growth and the extinction crisis since 2009. Through innovative campaigns — like our award-winning Endangered Species Condoms Project — and a focus on common-sense solutions that benefit women, families, wildlife and the planet, the Center has successfully reached beyond the stigma and awkwardness to bring population and sustainability back into the conversation.  

When: 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Where: Room 130, Noble Hall, Fort Lewis College, Durango, CO 81301

Cost: Free

Learn about the Center's Population and Sustainability program.

 

The Future of Railroads: Safety, Workers, Community, and Environment
March 14, 2015
Richmond, California

This cutting-edge conference brings railroad workers, environmentalists, community activists and concerned citizens together in order to build the movement for a safer and greener railroad, one more responsive to the needs of workers, trackside communities, the general public and society as a whole.

The Center for Biological Diversity is among the conference’s many sponsors and will be tabling at the event. Ultimately, the goal of the conference is to construct the beginnings of a "labor/community alliance" that can push for a safer and greener rail industry in North America — one that's more responsive to the needs, concerns, and safety of their employees and the American public.

When: Saturday March 14, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. PDT              
Where: Richmond Recreation Center, 3230 MacDonald Avenue, Richmond, CA 94804
Cost: $30

Register for the conference now.

For more information, contact the Center's Valerie Love.

 

The Center at the Tucson Festival of Books
March 14-15, 2015
Tucson, Arizona

Join Center for Biological Diversity staff and volunteers at the Tucson Festival of Books to celebrate our 25 years of work to protect wild animals and the places they call home.

The Tucson Festival of Books is a nationally recognized literary event, spanning two days and playing host to hundreds of notable authors, informative panel discussions, and ... books!

We’ll be hosting a booth at the festival, where we’ll be signing up new members, selling books about endangered species and handing out fun swag to support our campaigns — all while discussing the most pressing environmental issues we face in the Southwest and across the country.

Please come learn more about the work we do and find out how you can get involved.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: University of Arizona Mall (entrance at Speedway and University Blvds.), Booth 307
Cost: Free

Learn more about all that the Tucson Festival of Books has to offer.

 

Join the Center’s #OurLands Campaign
Ongoing
Nationwide

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 grasslands that 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 #OurLands — 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. #OurLands 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 kicked off on America’s 21st annual National Public Lands Day (September 27), when many parks offered celebratory events and volunteer opportunities. But that was only the beginning: 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 #OurLands. Include captions about these places and the species you support.

Check out our #OurLands Web page.

Learn more about the Center’s Public Lands program.

 

Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
Entries due May 1, 2014; winners celebrated May 15 (Endangered Species Day)
Nationwide

Are you a young person who fancies yourself a decent artist — or think you just might be? Test your skills (and, more importantly, have a lot of fun) by entering the Endangered Species Youth Art Contest.

All you have to do is use your piece of art to tell a success story about a species recovery — for example, do a drawing of a marine species with people in the background cleaning up a beach. Make sure to choose a species from one of these four groups: vertebrate animals (including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish); invertebrate animals (including clams, snails, insects, crustaceans); flowering plants (including all plants that have flowers); and non-flowering plants (conifers, ferns, and lichens).

The Endangered Species Youth Art Contest is open to K-12th grade students residing in the United States, including those who are homeschooled or belong to a youth/art program. The artwork must depict a land- or ocean-dwelling species that either lives in or migrates through the United States and its waters; or a plant or an insect that is found in the United States. The species must either be currently protected as "threatened" or "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act, or it must be a species that was previouslyprotected under the Endangered Species Act but is now considered recovered (you can choose from this list of species).

The youth art contest is being sponsored by the Endangered Species Coalition — a national network of hundreds of conservation, scientific, education, religious, sporting, outdoor recreation, humane, business and community groups across the country — of which the Center for Biological Diversity is proud to be a member.

When: Submissions must be postmarked by March 1, 2015.

Cost: Free

Learn more about the contest, including guidelines, judging and prizes.

Check out the Center's website about endangered species success stories if you need some inspiration.

 

Host a Population and Sustainability Event With Our Endangered Species Condoms Resources
Ongoing
Worldwide

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.

 

Host an Action to Stop Keystone
Ongoing
Nationwide


If we're going to defeat the destructive juggernaut that is Keystone XL, it's time to get real: It's going to take a lot more than petitions and comments. We have to make our objections public and visible.

Say “No Keystone XL” by hosting an event to spread the word about the disastrous tar-sands pipeline. This could be as simple as organizing a polar bear protest at your farmers' market, asking your school or work to hold an event against Keystone, or doing a sit-in at your local park. It's going to take each of us, speaking out in our hometowns, to make a difference.

If you sign up to help do an event, you'll automatically be emailed all the resources you need to mobilize your community — from yard signs to polar bear masks to cut out, talking points, factsheets and pledge sign-up forms.

We'll give you all the tools you need, so please sign up to host an action against Keystone XL now

Learn more about the Keystone XL pipeline.

 

Global Amphibian BioBlitz: Saving Amphibians Through Social Networking
Ongoing
Worldwide

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.

 

Gasland II: The Film
Now playing
Worldwide

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.

 

Penguin banner photo by Michael Van Woert