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IN THE SPOTLIGHT


 

People's Climate March
September 21, 2014
New York City, New York

Be a part of the action as the Center for Biological Diversity, 350.org and allies take to the streets of New York City for the largest demonstration in the history of the climate movement.

Join us Sept. 21 for the People's Climate March. World leaders are headed to the United Nations. on those days to discuss the climate crisis, and we want to send a clear message: Take climate change seriously, listen to science, and protect the future of our planet.

Take part in this massive march through New York. Our f uture is on the line, and the world will be watching.

When: Sunday, September 21; exact timing still being planned

Where: United Nations Building, New York, NY 10017

Exact details of the event are still being planned. But please sign up now, and we'll keep you updated.

RSVP now and learn about the People's Climate Train, which can get you to the march from the San Fransico Bay Area.

Learn more about Keystone XL and our Climate Law Institute.

 

 

• Aug. 26, 27: Hearings to Save Alaska's Kenai Brown Bears (AK)
• Aug. 27: Rally to Protect Michigan Wolves
— Plus Take Action Online (MI)
• Aug. 28: Oil Train Community Forum (NY)
• Sept. 4: This Debate, Don’t Let Candidates Off the Hook on Fracking (CA)
• Sept. 5-7: "Paddle to DC," Wilderness Conference (MN)
• Sept. 8, 9: Our Water, Our Future: End Mountaintop-removal Coal Mining in Appalachia (DC)
• Sept. 10: Population Rock Stars: Kieran Suckling and Bill Ryerson Talk Population and the Environment (AZ)
• Sept. 10: Presentation on Wolves: “The Return of the Wolf" (CA)
• Sept. 15-18: Join the People's Climate Train (CA)
• September 21: People's Climate March (NY)
• 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)

 

Hearings to Save Alaska's Kenai Brown Bears
August 26 and 27
Anchorage and Soldotna, Alaska

In response to a flood of comments from Center supporters and allies, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge recently made a bold decision to protect the Kenai's geographically isolated and unique population of brown bears.

The refuge is proposing a one-year closure to Kenai brown bear sport hunting on its lands to ensure these bears' survival so please, speak up and show strong support for this move.

Hearings will take place on August 26 in Anchorage and August 27 in Soldotna. We hope you'll attend one of these meetings and speak out in favor of science-based wildlife management so Kenai brown bears can thrive for generations to come.

Future Alaskans and visitors deserve the chance to see these majestic animals in action. Please come champion these bears at the hearings.

What: Hearings on proposed one-year closure of Kenai brown bear hunting

When: Tuesday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503

When: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Soldotna Sports Center, 538 Arena Avenue, Soldotna, AK 99669

RSVP and get more information.

Learn more about the Kenai brown bear. 

 

Rally to Protect Michigan Wolves — Plus Take Action Online
August 27, 2014
Lansing, Michigan

Keep Michigan Wolves Protected is a coalition of conservation groups (including the Center), animal-welfare organizations, American Indian tribes, wildlife scientists, faith groups, veterinarians, hunters, farmers and concerned Michigan citizens working to protect Michigan's fragile wolf population. The coalition will hold a rally at the Michigan State Capitol on August 27 at 11 a.m. to urge lawmakers to vote no on the misleadingly named Scientific Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act. 

When: Wednesday, August 27, 11 a.m.

Where: State Capitol Building, 110 South Capitol Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

Cost: Free

Learn more about our campaign to protect Great Lakes gray wolves and contact your Michigan state legislators now.

 

Oil Train Community Forum
August 28, 2014
Plattsburgh, New York

In the past three years the amount of crude oil shipped by rail in New York state has gone from essentially zero to nearly 3 billion gallons per year. New York has become a major East Coast corridor for shipment of fracked and explosive “Bakken” crude from North Dakota and central Canada. Every week, some 15 to 30 million gallons of crude oil are being hauled by train along the western shore of Lake Champlain, en route to Albany, the Hudson River, and refineries in the mid-Atlantic and New Brunswick. Transport of this dangerous cargo threatens communities along the rail lines, as well as wildlife and sensitive habitat like Lake Champlain. This mode of shipping has already proven deadly and destructive. In the last year, more crude oil was spilled from trains than in the previous 40 years combined, and last July 47 people died when an oil train crashed in a popular tourist town in Quebec.

Local experts and officials will speak at a community forum on oil trains in the Lake Champlain region. Topics will include public safety and emergency preparedness for oil train accidents; potential impacts of an oil spill on fisheries and Lake Champlain; and current efforts underway to address the risks posed by massive oil train shipping to local communities, water, and wildlife. Speakers include local emergency-services directors Don Jaquish and Eric Day; Mark Malchoff, an aquatic biologist with Lake Champlain Sea Grant; and Claire Barnett, the executive director of the Healthy Schools Network.

When: Thursday, August 28, 7 to 9 p.m

Where: Plattsburgh City Hall Auditorium, 41 City Hall Pl, Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Cost: Free

RSVP to Mollie Matteson, mmatteson@biologicaldiversity.org, (802) 318-1487

Cosponsors of this event are the Center for Biological Diversity, Adirondack Council, Adirondack Mountain Club and Lake Champlain Committee.

Learn more about oil trains.

 

This Debate, Don’t Let Candidates Off the Hook on Fracking
September 4, 2014
Sacramento, California

On Sept. 4 Gov. Brown debates Neel Kashkari in the only debate of the election season. While  Gov. Brown claims to be a national leader fighting climate change, both Brown and Kashkari support fracking.

Join us on Thursday, September 4, outside the gubernatorial debate to call for a ban on fracking now!

The future of the climate affects all Californians. Gov. Brown regularly talks about his work to make California more sustainable and green, but he supports fracking. It's a contradiction we can't ignore. 

We know the key to California's future means we must break free from our dependence on fossil fuels. And the first step is stopping drilling and fracking for oil that leaves our water, groundwater and air vulnerable.

We want this to be big. We want more than 100 people to raise our voices and tell the candidates: Real climate leaders don’t frack.

Join us in urging both candidates to address climate change through renewables and by banning fracking.

When: Thursday, September 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Where: California Channel, 1121 L St # 110, Sacramento, CA 95814

RSVP to the Center's Ash Lauth at alauth@biologicaldiversity.org.

Learn more about our campaign against fracking.

 

"Paddle to D.C.," Wilderness Conference
September 5-7, 2014
Duluth, Minnesota

Local explorers Dave and Amy Freeman are paddling a canoe from northeastern Minnesota to Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act and to bring attention to the significant threat to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from proposed sulfide-ore mines. The proposed copper-nickel mines would threaten the pristine waters of the Boundary Waters Wilderness with sulfuric acid and other pollution, as well as impact the livelihood of the 18,000 people who work in the thriving recreation and tourism industry in Northern Minnesota.

On Friday, September 5, at 5:30 p.m., Dave and Amy will arrive in Duluth on their journey. Please come to the Duluth ship canal and lift bridge to welcome them to Duluth with banners, signs, and lots of enthusiasm.

On Saturday, September 6, at 6 p.m., you can meet and chat with Dave and Amy at the Bent Paddle Taproom at 1912 W. Michigan St. in Duluth’s Canal Park. They will have their signature canoe available for people to sign, which will be delivered to the White House when they arrive in Washington, D.C. Please come to learn more about how you can help protect the Boundary Waters.

On Sunday, September 7, at 11 a.m., all paddling enthusiasts, sailing aficionados, and rowing specialists are encouraged to come to the UMD Boathouse at 1500 Saint Louis Ave. on Park Point in Duluth, for a launch event to escort Dave and Amy out of Duluth. There will be a press conference on shore before the launch. Bring your boat and join the floating escort!

Click here for more information.

There is also a wilderness conference in Duluth on these same days, September 5-7.  For more information, please visit the conference website.

 

Our Water, Our Future: End Mountaintop-removal Coal Mining in Appalachia
September 8, 9
Washington, D.C.

Join leaders from Appalachia and Center staff for a day of action in the nation’s capital to help safeguard clean water and public health and bring an end to mountaintop-removal coal mining in Appalachia. From chemical spills to mining waste, Big Coal has polluted thousands of miles of Appalachian streams, jeopardizing people and endangered species.

The Obama administration has failed to follow through on its promises to protect Appalachian communities from mining pollution. This year several key water rulemakings will be announced in Washington, D.C., and the Alliance for Appalachia is inviting allies to head to the Capitol to raise the stakes and ensure that communities that are being exploited by coal companies are heard during this critical time.

When: Day of Action Tuesday September 9, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Lafayette Square, Washington, D.C.

RSVP now and learn more about ending mountaintop removal.

 

Population Rock Stars: Kieran Suckling and Bill Ryerson Talk Population and the Environment
September 10, 2014
Tucson, Arizona

With more than 7 billion people on the planet, human population growth and reckless overconsumption are at the root of our most pressing environmental issues — yet we don’t hear about it often enough. It’s time to break through the stigma and awkwardness to bring environmental awareness into the bedroom.

Join the Center’s executive director, Kierán Suckling, and the president of Population Media Center, Bill Ryerson, as they discuss how population growth threatens biodiversity and the environment, as well as how creative media — such as Endangered Species Condoms and the popular Web novella East Lost High — can bring population back to the forefront of environmental issues.

Hosted by University of Arizona’s Communication Department, the Center for Biological Diversity and Population Media Center, this event will cover common-sense solutions that benefit women, families, wildlife and the planet. It will also address all the population questions you’ve always wanted to ask.

When: Wednesday, September 10, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Center for Creative Photography
1030 North Olive Road, Tucson, AZ 85721 p. 520- 621-7968

Please click here for directions and parking instructions.

Cost: Free

If you have any questions about this event, please contact the Center Population and Sustainability Organizer Taralynn Reynolds at treynolds@biologicaldiversity.org  or via phone, (520) 345-5713. Please email Taralynn to RSVP.

Learn more about our Population and Sustainability program.

 

Presentation on Wolves: “The Return of the Wolf”
September 10, 2104
Sonoma, California

California's first confirmed wild wolf in nearly 90 years is here. Wolf OR-7 has found a mate and is raising puppies just north of the state's border. A big wake-up call for Californians is evolving rapidly. The state's wolf management plan could set the tone for the rest of the United States. The wolf is here — the question now is: Will California be ready to protect this complex endangered species?

Join us for an exciting evening of education, awareness-raising and updates about the historic return of wolves to the West Coast, presented by Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer and expert with the Center for Biological Diversity. 

This special presentation on wolves kicks off the 10th year of Sonoma Birding's “Wine Country Nature Lecture Series,” in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks.

When:
Wednesday, September 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: Veteran’s Memorial Building, 126 First St.West, Sonoma, CA. 95476
Cost: $8 at the door; free parking

Learn more about Sonoma Birding at www.sonomabirding.com.

Learn more about the Center’s West Coast wolf work.

 

Join the People's Climate Train
September 18, 2014
San Francisco Bay Area, California

The People's Climate Train is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for activists to travel together — networking, sharing knowledge and skills, organizing and building towards a landmark moment in the climate movement.

This cross-country train will leave from the San Francisco Bay Area on Sept. 15 and arrive in New York City on Sept. 18 in time for the People's Climate March — the largest demonstration in the history of the climate movement.

Buy your tickets from Emeryville to New York City using the form below. If you'd like to buy tickets leaving from other stops, please contact Valerie Love for the group discount code and further booking instructions.  

Where: 5885 Horton Street, Emeryville, CA 94608

Learn more about Keystone XL and our Climate Law Institute.

 

Host a Population and Sustainability Event With Our Endangered Species Condoms Resources
Ongoing
Worldwide

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
Ongoing
Nationwide


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 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
Ongoing
Worldwide

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
Worldwide

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; Keystone XL protest courtesy Flickr/Josh Lopez, 350.org