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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.

Check out our #ProtectPublicLands Web page.

Learn more about the Center’s Public Lands program.


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

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.


• May 19 (and throughout the month): Endangered Species Day Celebrations (nationwide)
• May 20: Manu O Kū Festival (HI)
• May 20: Join Hands With Us at 'Hands Across the Sand' (FL)
• May 20: Rally: Get Oil Money Out of California Politics (CA)
• June 24: Be in the St. Pete Pride Parade (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)


Endangered Species Day Celebrations
May 2017

Created by the U.S. Congress, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of the nation’s wildlife and wild places. Every year on the third Friday in May — and throughout the month — zoos, aquariums, parks, botanical gardens, wildlife refuges, museums, schools, community centers, conservation groups and other organizations throughout the country host tours, special-speaker presentations, exhibits, children’s activities and more to celebrate Endangered Species Day.

This is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered animals and plants — and also about everyday actions they can take to help protect them. Click here to access a calendar of special events and other activities to celebrate Endangered Species Day on May 19, and throughout the month.

If you celebrate Endangered Species Day in your own way, let us know! Download this toolkit for a step-by-step guide to planning your event, write a letter to the editor (here's a sample letter to get you going) and tell your friends all you’re doing on social media.

May 19 and throughout the month
Where: Communities across the United States
Cost: FREE


Manu O Kū Festival
May 20, 2017
Honolulu, Hawaii

Join people of all ages this Saturday for a day of fun and educational activities as we celebrate Honolulu’s official bird, the Manu O Kū, otherwise known as simply "the white tern." The Manu O Kū Festival is a keiki and family-friendly event, including entertainment and activities that will engage participants in learning about this beautiful white bird — games, crafts and prizes; a nature costume contest for all ages; bird tours and a spotting scope; a digital photo exhibit; refreshments and more.

The Center for Biological Diversity is co-sponsoring this unique event.

Get lots more details on the event's official website.

Saturday, May 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Coronation Lawn of ‘Iolani Palace, Honolulu, HI
Cost: FREE


Join Hands With Us at 'Hands Across the Sand'
May 20, 2017
Treasure Island (and St. Petersburg), Florida

Join us at the Bilmar Hotel in Treasure Island, Florida, for Hands Across the Sand. We're bringing people together to celebrate a clean energy future across the world and to end our dependence on dirty fuels.

Thousands of Americans and global citizens will gather at beaches and cities to draw metaphorical and actual lines in the sand — lines in the sand against fossil fuels that threaten our future.

Where: Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island, FL 33706 (We'll join hands at the water's edge directly in front of Sloppy Joes.)

When: Saturday, May 20, 11a.m.-12:30 p.m. (join hands at noon)

Notes and reminders:
Arrive early to enjoy the beach.
Bring a reusable water bottle; water and Gatorade will be availableto refill it.
Choose alternative transportation when possible: walk, ride your bike, take a bus or carpool to the beach.
Beach rules apply: Play nice and leave only footprints.

Call Free Beach Ride (or use the app) to order a free ride from the parking lot to Bilmar: (727) 776-7553, Drivers work for tips. Arrive early or call ahead.

There will also be a group bike ride from the Sierra Club office (1990 Central Ave., St. Petersburg) to the Bilmar and back — arrive at the office beween 9:30 and 10 a.m. Check out the Meetup page for more details.

Paradise Lutheran Church (1 mile from Bilmar/~20 min walk), 10255 Paradise Blvd., Treasure Island, FL 33706
Gulf Front Park Lot @ 104th Ave. & Gulf Blvd.
Community Center @ Park Place & 106th Ave.
St. Pete's lot @ 112th Ave. Gulf Blvd.

RSVP on Eventbrite and share this event with friends on Facebook.

Cosponsors include the Center for Biological DIversity, Suncoast Sierra Club, Suncoast Surfrider Foundation, Environment Florida, Florida Consumer Action Network, Chart 411 and other groups.


Rally: Get Oil Money Out of California Politics
May 20, 2017
Sacramento, California

Over the past 10 years, oil companies have spent $266 million to influence California politics. In return the state's governor and legislators have continued to allow toxic drilling and fracking to threaten California's air, water and climate. The oil industry stranglehold on the Golden State's green future is something we simply can't afford, especially with Trump on the warpath against the environment. 

The only way to disrupt the industry's political influence is with people power. So please join the Center for Biological Diversity and allies in Sacramento on May 20 for a rally at Governor Brown's mansion to send a clear message to our elected officials that they must swear off dirty oil money.

What: Rally to Get Oil Money Out of California Politics
When: Saturday, May 20, noon
Where: Governor Brown's Mansion, 16th St. and H St., Sacramento, CA 95814

We need champions looking out for our communities — not the profits of the oil industry. And nothing will change until the flow of dirty money is stopped.

RSVP to join us for the rally.

NOTE: There will be buses and rideshares throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Sign up and we'll be in touch with more details.


Be in the St. Pete Pride Parade
June 24, 2017
St. Petersburg, Florida

The 15th annual St Pete Pride Parade promises to show the state of Florida all the beautiful colors of our diverse community. The Center is excited to be a part of the parade we'll be marching in it again this year.

Want to march with us?

The parade itself will start at 6:30 p.m., but if you want to be in it with the Center, we'll need you to meet up with us a little earlier. RSVP to to receive instructions on where to meet and how to prepare for your participation.

We'll be dressing up as our favorite species, handing out Endangered Species Condoms and beads, and spreading the love.

If you can't make it but would like to donate beads, please contact

When: June 24, 2017 (email us for the meeting time and place)
Where: Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida
Cost: Free


Penguin banner photo by Michael Van Woert; photo of hikers in Arizona by Sunfellow/Pixabay