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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 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.



• Jan. 17 & March 3: Rally for the Rocklands (FL)
• Jan. 25: Crude Awakening: The Dangers of Oil Trains in San Jose (CA)
• Jan 28: Film Discussion and Screening: The Great Invisible
• Feb.- April: Talk: "Breaking the Taboo: Animal Rights, Human Rights and the Future of the Planet" (nationwide)
• Feb 25: Presentation on Wolves: "The Return of the Wolf" (CA)
• 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 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 Wednesday, January 21.     

Rally: 2–4 p.m, Saturday, January 17, 2015
Commission meeting: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m. (agenda item no. 3A)
Rally: Zoo Miami parking lot, 12400 SW 152nd St., Miami, FL 33177
Commission meeting: 111 NW 1st Street, 2nd floor, Commission Chambers, Miami, FL 33128

Learn more about saving the pine rocklands.


Crude Awakening: The Dangers of Oil Trains in San Jose
January 25, 2015
San Jose, California

A large-scale oil train terminal is underway in Santa Maria, California, that would bring mile-long trains carrying millions of gallons of dangerous, toxic crude oil right through San Jose and Santa Clara. This project would exacerbate climate disruption and threaten the health and safety of millions who live along the tracks. Luckily, there’s still time to stop this project.

Join the Center for Biological Diversity, San Jose Councilman Ash Kalra and other local grassroots organizations for an educational forum at San Jose City Hall on January 24. Elected officials, experts and citizens will come together to discuss the health and environmental impacts of the Phillips 66 Rail Project and ways community members in San Jose can effectively protect themselves.

When: 2–4 p.m.
Where: San Jose City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA 95113
Cost: Free

RSVP to Crude Awakening: The Dangers of Oil Train in San Jose Facebook invite or email vlove@biologicaldiversity.org.

Learn more about oil trains.


Film Discussion and Screening: The Great Invisible
January 28, 2015
Norfolk, Virginia

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico still haunts the lives of those most intimately affected, though the story has long ago faded from the front page. At once a fascinating corporate thriller, a heartbreaking human drama and a peek inside the walls of the secretive oil industry, The Great Invisible is the first documentary feature to go beyond the media coverage to examine the crisis in depth through the eyes of oil executives, survivors, scientists, and Gulf Coast residents who were left to pick up the pieces while the world moved on. 

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club will host a screening and post-film discussion, including an update on proposed seismic testing and drilling off Virginia Beach. The discussion will be led by Catherine Kilduff, a staff lawyer defending marine mammals for the Center, and Glen Besa, the director of the Virginia Chapter of Sierra Club.

When: 7:15 p.m.
Where: Naro Cinema, 1507 Colley Ave., Norfolk, VA, narocinema.com
Cost: $9

Learn more about the film and the Center's Gulf Disaster  campaign.


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 18, 2015
When: 12:20–1:20 p.m.
Where: University of Minnesota Law School, 229 19th Ave South, Room TBA, Minneapolis
Cost: Free

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

February 24, 2015
When: Noon–1 p.m.
Where: Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, Room TBA, 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

Date: 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, Room TBA, Washington, DC
Cost: Free

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

Learn about the Center's Population and Sustainability program.


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 border — 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.


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

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

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

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 m\.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

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 National Park courtesy Flickr/J Brew