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Join the Center’s #OurLands 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 #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.

• Feb. 10: Night of the Jaguar (AZ)
• Feb. 16: "No Coal in Oakland" City Council Meeting (CA)
• Feb. 20: Stand Up for Florida Manatee Protections (FL)
• April 2-11: Stand Up to Overturn Citizens United, Protect Our Natural Heritage (PA, DC)
• Ongoing: Join the Center’s #OurLands 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)


Night of the Jaguar
February 10, 2016
Tucson, Arizona

The only wild jaguar known to live in the United States is right in Tucson's backyard, and for more than three years he's been living in the Santa Rita mountains just 25 miles from the city's downtown. Last fall the powerful predator was given a name, "El Jefe," by Tucson schoolkids and online voters.

You're invited to "Night of the Jaguar/Noche del Tigre," a celebration of El Jefe taking place at Barrio Brewing Co. in Tucson. Come learn more about what you can do to protect the beautiful jaguar from threats to his survival.

We'll have new, unreleased photos and video of El Jefe, as well as footage of other northern jaguars. Plus there will be free snacks; locally brewed beer; jaguar art; raffles; and the release of Santa Rita Jefeweizen, Barrio's new tribute brew to the big cat.

Please join us for this fun evening to celebrate El Jefe and support the various groups working to protect northern jaguars and the places they live.

What: Night of the Jaguar/Noche del Tigre
When: Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Barrio Brewing Co., 800 E.16th St., Tucson, AZ

Learn more about the Center's work for jaguars and check out this event on Facebook.


"No Coal in Oakland" City Council Meeting
February 16, 2016
Oakland, California

The Oakland City Council has the power to halt a reckless proposal to bring in coal by rail and ship it out from its port. The council can stop the proposal on the basis of its significant health and safety impacts. But will it? The council is scheduled to take up the measure in February. Public concern is high, but we need to demonstrate that concern at this meeting. Be there.

This city council meeting will be a big one regarding whether or not to bring coal into Oakland. We ask that people come to rally and stand in solidarity with the Bay Area communities that will be affected.

When: February 16, 2016, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Oakland City Hall
Cost: Free

RSVP here.

Learn more about Oakland fossil fuel riesistance.


Stand Up for Florida Manatee Protections
February 20, 2016
Orlando, Florida

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering downlisting the Florida manatee, which will open the door to even greater threats to the survival of this gentle, playful and rare marine mammal. Join us at the public hearing to tell the Service that you oppose its proposal and support only the strongest protections for the Florida manatee.

RSVP to Jacki Lopez.  

When: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016: open house, 1:30-2:30 p.m., public hearing, 3-6 p.m.
Where: Buena Vista Palace Conference Center, Great Hall, 1900 Buena Vista Dr., Orlando, Florida 32830
Cost: Free

Learn about the Center's work for the Florida manatee.


Stand Up to Overturn Citizens United, Protect Our Natural Heritage
April 2-11, 2016
Philidelphia, Pennsylvania, to Washington, DC

The 2015 Keystone victory was a major blow to Big Oil's chokehold on politics and an inspiring reminder of what tenacious organizing and peaceful protest can accomplish. But our work is far from over: Ever since the disastrous Supreme Court ruling on the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Committee case in 2010 — which allowed corporations to contribute unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns -- our political process has been flooded by corporate money, leaving us all losers save for an elite few.

The 2016 election will be the most money-dominated in modern history, with campaigning expected to reach $10 billion. If the status quo is left unchallenged, this election is almost certain to produce a president and Congress unsurpassingly bound to the industry interests that fuel most legislative attacks on endangered species, extract fossil fuels on public lands, desecrate American Indian holy sites and pollute our water.

Fed up? We are too. This spring the Center and more than 50 allies will stand up against the corruption engendered by Citizens United by embarking on a 10-day march from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to a mass sit-in at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Mark your calendars for this important event. Join the historic march and sit-in and help save American democracy.


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

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 Giving Seed Grants to Fund Social Change Projects
Worldwide, online

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.

Learn more about grants at The Pollination Project website and apply for a grant here.


Global Amphibian BioBlitz: Saving Amphibians Through Social Networking

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

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; Canyonlands photo courtesy Flickr/jBrew