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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 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 #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.

Oct. 1-17: Neil Young Concert Tour: The Monsanto Years (MT, WA, BC, OR, CA, NV)
Oct 10: Wildlife Conservation Network’s Annual Expo (CA)
Oct. 29: Ditch and Switch: How California Can End Fossil Fuel Extraction and Embrace 100-percent Wind and Solar (CA)
Nov. 22: Birminghman Watercress Darter Mural Celebration (AL)
• Ongoing: Join the Center’s #OurLands Campaign (nationwide)
• Ongoing: Host a Population and Sustainability Event With Our Endangered Species Condoms Resources (worldwide)

• Ongoing: Host an Action to Stop Keystone (nationwide)
• 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)


Neil Young Concert Tour: The Monsanto Years
October 1, 2015, to October 17, 2015
Nationwide; Center present for the Montana, Washington, Vancouver, Oregon, California and Nevada concerts

Whether it’s with lyrics like, "Chevron millions going to the pipeline politicians" or, "All the beautiful fish in the deep blue sea dying,” Neil Young’s latest album addresses precisely the issues the Center for Biological Diversity is working to face head-on. Young’s January 2015 release of The Monsanto Years marks an important and much-appreciated milestone in the level of environmental awareness in the music industry.

The Center supports the themes and overall message of Neil Young’s recent work, and we hope to contribute — along with this great musician — to the national dialogue regarding fossil fuels, biodiversity, and agribusiness.  

Neil Young has graciously invited the Center to join him as he tours across the country, from Montana to California.  You’ll be able to find us, and maybe even Frostpaw the Polar Bear, tabling and sharing information about our work at eleven of his concerts in six states.  

Here are the concerts we’ll be attending:

Thursday, October 1
Missoula, Montana
Adam Center, University of Missoula

Friday, October 2
Spokane, Washington
Spokane Arena

Sunday, October 4
Seattle, Washington
Wa Mu Theatre

Monday, October 5
Vancouver, BC
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Wednesday, October 7
Portland, Oregon
Chiles Center

Thursday, October 8
Eugene, Oregon
Matthew Knight Arena

Saturday, October 15
Santa Barbara, California
Santa Barbara Bowl

Sunday, October 11
Las Vegas, Nevada

Tuesday, October 13
San Diego, California

Wednesday, October 14
Los Angeles, California

Saturday, October 17
Berkeley, California

Learn more about The Monsanto Years tour.


Wildlife Conservation Network’s Annual Expo
October 10, 2015
San Francisco, California

The Wildlife Conservation Network is hosting its annual Conservation Expo on October 10. It will host 19 heroes of conservation that are on the ground working to save endangered species all over the world. Additionally, more than 50 other organizations dedicated to saving wildlife will join the event as exhibitors. Tickets to the presentations are sold out, but exhibitions are open to the public.

The Center will be among the exhibitors answering any questions you have about our campaigns, current conservation issues, and how you can help. Come say hello.

When: Saturday, October 10, 10-6 p.m.
Where: Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco
Cost: Tickets are now sold out, but the public is free to meander through the exhibitions.


Ditch and Switch: How California Can End Fossil Fuel Extraction and Embrace 100-percent Wind and Solar
October 29, 2015
Berkeley, California

Sponsored by the Center for Biological Diversity and featuring Stanford scientist Mark Jacobson

To avoid climate change's worst dangers, most fossil fuels must stay in the ground. Yet Californians live in the country's third-largest oil-producing state.

Please join Stanford scientist Mark Jacobson and Center for Biological Diversity climate law expert Kassie Siegel for a discussion of how and why California must halt fracking, move away from dirty fossil fuel extraction and quickly embrace a clean-energy future.

Siegel is a leader in the movement to keep California's dirty oil in the soil. Jacobson engages in ground-breaking research on achieving a transformation to 100-percent wind and solar.

As we approach the landmark Paris climate talks, come hear about these paradigm-shifting strategies to achieve climate justice.

Where: The David Brower Center at 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
When: Thursday, October 29; doors open at 6:30 p.m, moderated discussion at 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Check out our list of event cosponsors. Then learn more abouut the Center's Keep It in the Ground campaign.


Birminghman Watercress Darter Mural Celebration
November 22, 2015
Birmingham, Alabama

Join Center staff and allies for the unveiling of a watercress darter mural by artist Roger Peet. This dedication is the fourth gala in the Center’s new Endangered Species Mural Project, which celebrates endangered species in communities across the country to foster a deeper identification with regional biodiversity. The mural celebrates the watercress darter, a beautiful, brightly colored fish found in the Birmingham metropolitan area and nowhere else on Earth.

The event will include music, educational activities and snacks. It will be held in partnership with local environmental groups.

When: Sunday November 22, 2–4 p.m.
Where: 7769 2nd Ave. South, Birmingham, East Lake Neighborhood
Cost: Free

Learn more about the Center's Endangered Species Mural Project and our campaign to end the Southeast Freshwater Extinction Crisis.


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 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.


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
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 photo courtesy Flickr/jBrew