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 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.
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.
|• Feb.- April: Talk: "Breaking the Taboo: Animal Rights, Human Rights and the Future of the Planet" (nationwide)
• March 25: Film Screening: Groundswell Rising (FL)
• April 3-4: OR-7 — The Journey Film Screening, Q&A and Expert Panel (WA)
• April 9: Screening of Wolf Documentary: OR7 — The Journey (AZ)
• April 18: Darter Festival and Endangered Species Mural Unveiling (AL)
• April 18: Join Us at "Earth Day St. Pete" (FL)
• April 20-21: Preserving Sacred Appalachia "Gathering, Acting, and Speaking in Unity" Earth Day Conference (WV)
• 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)
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 16, 2015
February 17, 2015
February 18, 2015
February 23, 2015
February 24, 2015
February 25, 2015
February 26, 2015
February 27, 2015
April 2, 2015
Learn about the Center's Population and Sustainability program.
Film Screening: Groundswell Rising
When: Wednesday, March 25, 6-9 p.m.
RSVP to Jaclyn Lopez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Biological Diversity is pleased to announce a special screening of OR-7 —The Journey at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane, Wash., on Friday evening, April 3 and Saturday evening, April 4, at 7 p.m. each night. Afterward the Center’s wolf expert Amaroq Weiss and filmmaker Clemens Schenk will conduct a short Q&A session, then join a panel of other wolf experts for a discussion of wolf recovery in Washington.
This inspiring film is about Oregon's famous wandering gray wolf, OR-7, who made international news after trekking hundreds of miles from northeastern Oregon down into Northern California, becoming the first confirmed wild wolf in California in 87 years. OR-7 eventually crossed back into Oregon, where he found a mate and then fathered pups, forming the first wolf pack west of the Cascades in nearly 70 years. It was recently officially named the “Rogue” pack.
Wolves also are returning to Washington, where surveys show that 74 percent of residents support wolf recovery. The state’s current estimated population of 68 wolves in 16 packs is just a tiny fraction of the number of wolves that once called Washington home. Though this fragile, still-recovering wolf population has been beset by anti-wolf bills in the state legislature, illegal poaching and heavy-handed agency management actions, coexistence with these magnificent animals is possible, and necessary, in order to ensure their future.
Please join us for these two wolf-packed nights of film and conversation, cosponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity, Defenders of Wildlif, the Endangered Species Coalitione and The Lands Council. We recommend purchasing tickets in advance online, as this film generally sells out quickly.
Learn more about the film and watch the trailer at http://www.or7themovie.com/.
Learn more about the Center’s West Coast wolf work.
NEWSFLASH: PBS loved this film so much when they saw it at a recent screening that they have decided to make it available to their television audience. OR7 — The Journey will be aired on April 20, 2015, at 9 p.m. Pacific Time on Southern Oregon Public Broadcasting, and we anticipate that it will get to stations nationwide in the future.
Screening of Wolf Documentary: OR7 — The Journey
This inspiring film is about Oregon's famous wandering gray wolf, OR-7, who made international news after trekking hundreds of miles from northeastern Oregon down into Northern California, becoming the first confirmed wild wolf in California in 87 years. OR-7 eventually crossed back into Oregon where he found a mate and then fathered pups, forming the first wolf pack — recently officially named the Rogue Pack — west of the Cascades in nearly 70 years.
Not sure how OR-7 changes the game for wolves and people in the West? The Center's wolf expert Amaroq Weiss will host a short post-screening Q&A to tell you all about it.
For more information call the Center for Biological Diversity at (520) 623-5252.
Tickets are available at The Loft Cinema box office or online at the Loft Cinema website.
Learn more about the Center’s West Coast wolf work.
Join Center staff at the Darter Festival for the unveiling of the Center’s first Endangered Species Mural Project by artist Roger Peet and the Magic City Mural Collective. The mural project celebrates under-appreciated endangered species in communities across the United States to foster a deeper identification with regional biodiversity. The Darter Festival celebrates the watercress, vermillion, and rush darters, small endangered fish native to Alabama.
Alabama is a world Center of freshwater animal diversity, and the Center is working to protect hundreds of Alabama species. The Darter Festival highlights the Turkey Creek Watershed and the extraordinary gift of Alabama’s biodiversity.
The event will feature microbrews, music, dancers, a bike parade with fish-costumed riders, kite painting and flying, darter sculptures, and more. The festival is hosted by Birmingham-Southern College Southern Environmental Center.
When: Saturday April 18, 10 a.m.
Where: Railroad Reservation Park. 1800 First Avenue S., Birmingham, Alabama 35233
Learn more about the Center's fight against the Southeast freshwater extinction crisis.
Join Us at "Earth Day St. Pete"
When: Saturday, April 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Join Center staff and leaders from Appalachia at an unprecedented interfaith gathering of environmental experts and advocates at this Earth Day Conference. The interdisciplinary gathering will draw attention to the threats posed to human communities and endangered species by the energy-extraction industry and will seize the offensive against the corporations destroying Appalachia by proclaiming that West Virginia, Appalachia — and indeed the whole Earth — are sacred.
The gathering features 16 speakers, including Center biologist Tierra Curry and ministers, laity, environmental activists, educators and artists. The event is being sponsored by St. Luke’s United Methodist Church of Hickory, N.C. and the Appalachian Preservation Project.
When: April 20-21, 2015, Monday at 9 a.m. till tuesday at 4 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
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