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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.


• Feb. 28: Resistance Address: Rally to Defend American Values in a Time of Moral Crisis (DC)
• March 2: March on Annapolis to Ban Fracking Now (MD)

• March 7-9: Florida Gulf Coast University Biodiversity Conference (FL)

• March 8: "Ales and Wild Tails": The Threat of Offshore Drilling to Florida's Gulf Coast (FL)
• March 9: Film Screening: Trophy (OR)
• April 22: March for Science (nationwide)
• April 29: People's Climate March (DC)
• 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)


Resistance Address: Rally to Defend American Values in a Time of Moral Crisis
February 28, 2017
Washington, D.C.

This Tuesday, Trump will address the full Congress with a speech written by so-called "alt-right" White House advisor Stephen Miller — the man who helped draft the Muslim ban. We already know that his plans include a discriminatory agenda that puts profits before people's health, undermines equality and damages our environment.

These plans don't represent the American people, and the resistance is STRONG. We’re rallying outside of the White House right before his speech. Can you join?

The rally will feature speakers from diverse organizations and groups of people -- all impacted and/or harmed by the Trump Administration agenda -- who will tell us how we can fight back together.

By choosing to attend this event, you are acknowledging the risks involved, and you are committing to participate non-violently and in accordance with the law, and to work to de-escalate confrontations with opposing persons or others. You agree (i) not to engage in any act of violence or violation of any applicable law and (ii) to obey the orders of authorized event marshals and law enforcement authorities.

Where: The march starts at Asbury United Methodist Church, 87 West St, and ends at Lawyers Mall, 100 State Circle.
When: Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.

Learn more and RSVP on Facebook.


March on Annapolis to Ban Fracking Now
March 2, 2017
Annapolis, Maryland

Maryland's two-year moratorium on fracking expires this October, but thankfully lawmakers have introduced a bill in both the House and Senate to ban this toxic practice once and for all.

If the past few weeks have taught us anything, it's that when people show up en masse to demand what they believe in, they're heard. So please join us on March 2 for this historic march on Annapolis to urge our legislators to pass these bills. We need to show them that we don't want fracking — and its threats to our air, water and wildlife — in our state, now or ever.

You can RSVP for the event using the form on this page.

The Center for Biological Diversity and allies are organizing people across the state for this event. We'll march through the streets of Annapolis and around the State House, then stage a massive rally in Lawyers Mall. Learn more about transportation options, and invite your friends on Facebook.

What: March on Annapolis to demand a permanent ban on fracking
Where: The march starts at Asbury United Methodist Church, 87 West St, and ends at Lawyers Mall, 100 State Circle.
When: Thursday, March 2. Meet at Asbury United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. or Lawyers Mall at 1:30 p.m. See the day's full schedule.


Florida Gulf Coast University Biodiversity Conference
March 7-9, 2017
Ft. Myers, Florida

Join us at Florida’s first-ever biodiversity conference, March 7-9, at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Center’s Florida Director Jaclyn Lopez is a featured presenter.

The purpose of the Florida Gulf Coast University Biodiversity Conference is to share important science on biodiversity conservation; emphasize the relevance of biodiversity loss to restoration projects, ecosystem services, economic and social issues; and elevate dialogue on biodiversity among scientists, educators and policymakers. The presentations will focus on the three greatest threats to Florida biodiversity: climate change, habitat loss and invasive species.

When: March 7-9
Where: Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, FL 33965
Cost: $100. Scholarships available for currently enrolled students.

Register now.


"Ales and Wild Tails": The Threat of Offshore Drilling to Florida's Gulf Coast
March 8, 2017
St. Petersburg, Florida

The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges are pleased to invite you to a night of environmental education, conversation and good beer on March 8 at The Ale and the Witch in St. Pete.

This month we're back in the plaza and will feature a presentation by Erin Handy, Florida campaign manager for Oceana. Erin's talk will cover methods used by the oil and gas industry to search for offshore fossil fuels and the many threats drilling poses to Florida's Gulf coast. She'll also discuss ways you can get involved to help stop these threats and protect wildlife. 

The event is free, and the beer is affordable and delicious, so bring your friends.

What: "Ales and Wild Tails," this month featuring Oceana's Erin Handy
When: Wednesday, March 8, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Ale and the Witch, 111 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Mark your calendar — "Ales and Wild Tails" happens the second Wednesday of every month. You can also follow the events on Facebook. If you have questions, email the Center's Florida Director Jaclyn Lopez.

Learn more about offshore oil drilling.


Film Screening: Trophy
March 9, 2017
Portland, Oregon

Right now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering removing grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem from the list of threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. If federal protections are removed — which could happen any day — the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming all plan to permit trophy hunters to kill these beautiful animals. 

Watch the film to hear to learn how trophy hunting has impacted grizzly bears in British Columbia, and how such hunting could soon be impacting bears around Yellowstone. The screening, featuring Senior Attorney Andrea Santarsiere from the Center for Biological Diversity and other grizzly bear advocates in the U.S. and Canada, is free admission. This film was produced and sponsored by Lush Cosmetics.

When: Thursday, March 9, 7 p.m.

Where: Patagonia store, 907 NW Irving Street, Portland, OR  97209

Cost: Free

RSVP to Andrea Santarsiere at

Learn about the Center's campaign to save grizzly bears.


March for Science
April 22, 2017

The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It's time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.

Within hours of announcing the March for Science in Washington D.C., thousands of people began organizing Marches for Science in their own cities. With marches scheduled in more than 150 cities around the world, the D.C. march is only a small part of a much larger whole.

Center staff will be taking part in satellite marches — and we want you to join us, or march for science in your own city.

Learn more on the March for Science website and find a march near you on this map.

People's Climate March
April 29, 2017
Washington, D.C.

In the wake of the successful Women’s March on Washington, activists are planning a massive march for climate change on April 29, in D.C. and nationwide.

Organized by the coalition formed out of the 2014 People’s Climate March, including the Center — which brought 400,000-plus people to New York City (and many more to other cities) -- this effort responds to President Trump’s disastrous anti-climate agenda, including executive orders advancing the Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines and attacks on workers, our wild spaces, healthcare, immigrants, and other crucial programs and policies. 

The climate march will cap 100 days of action to fight Trump’s proposals to reverse climate progressive action, dismantle our government and hand power over to the 1 percent. Stay tuned for details on getting involved.

Read more in our press release and at the People's Climate March website.


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