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.
• Nov. 15: Stand With Standing Rock (nationwide)
• Dec. 14: "Ales and Wild Tails" Speaker Series with Diana Umpierre: Protecting Wildlife From Artificial Light at Night (FL)
• 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)
Are you ready to do your part to fight the Dakota Access Pipeline and stand in solidarity with the brave protectors on the front lines? Tuesday, Nov. 15, will be a national day of action, and we need you with us.
This fight has reached a critical turning point. The U.S. Army Corps fast-tracked the Dakota Access Pipeline without proper consultation, and as a result, bulldozers are approaching Standing Rock as your read this. But with coordinated, massive demonstrations across the country, we'll make it clear that this powerful movement will not allow the Obama administration or the incoming president to sacrifice indigenous rights, sacred places, our water or our climate — the administration must reject this pipeline.
This is one of the most courageous stands against a fossil fuel project this country has ever seen. Together our movements stopped the Keystone XL pipeline almost a year ago; now an even bigger movement is rising up to stop Dakota Access — and the building of all new fossil fuel infrastructure.
Every voice is needed in this fight — including yours. There are events happening around the country, many involving (or led by) the Center. Sign up now and see more details
"Ales and Wild Tails" Speaker Series with Diana Umpierre: Protecting Wildlife From Artificial Light at Night
December 14, 2016
St. Petersburg, Florida
Please join us in December as the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges team up with St. Petersburg's The Ale and the Witch to bring you environmental education, conversation and beer — all at the same time.
This time we'll feature a presentation by Diana Umpierre, vice president of the International Dark-Sky Association and chair of its Florida chapter. She’s a certified planner, geographer, geoscientist and avid Everglades restoration grassroots organizer within the Sierra Club. She spends her personal time educating people about the damaging effects of light pollution and partnering with others to protect the remaining natural dark skies in Florida.
The event is free, and the beer is affordable and delicious (we’ll post deals soon), so bring your friends.
When: Wednesday, December 14, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Ale and the Witch, 111 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
What: "Ales and Wild Tails" speaker series, this month featuring Diana Umpierre
Cost: Free admisison (and affordable craft beer)
Get more information and sign up on Facebook.
Mark your calendar — "Ales and Wild Tails" happens the second Wednesday of every month.
Penguin banner photo by Michael Van Woert; photo of hikers in Arizona by Sunfellow/Pixabay