Join the Center’s #OurLands Campaign
It’s time to celebrate our public lands.
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.
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.
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
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.
Learn more about saving the pine rocklands.
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.
RSVP to Crude Awakening: The Dangers of Oil Train in San Jose Facebook invite or email email@example.com.
Learn more about oil trains.
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.
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
February 23, 2015
February 24, 2015
February 25, 2015
Date: February 26, 2015
February 27, 2015
April 2, 2015
Learn about the Center's Population and Sustainability program.
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.
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.
Check out the Center's website about endangered species success stories if you need some inspiration.
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
Learn more about the Keystone XL pipeline.
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?
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."
Learn more about the Center's campaign against fracking.
Penguin banner photo by Michael Van Woert; Canyonlands National Park courtesy Flickr/J Brew
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