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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 grasslands that 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-Nov. 4Help Pass Measure P — Ban Fracking and Stop Oil’s Deadly Takeover
• Aug-Dec. 3: Paddle to DC (MN to DC)
• Nov. 3-9: Join Us for the Blue Ocean Film Festival and Beach Cleanup
• 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)


Help Pass Measure P — Ban Fracking and Stop Oil’s Deadly Takeover
October 1–November 4, 2014

Santa Barbara County is under threat of a massive increase in oil production. Oil companies have identified thousands upon thousands of potential drill locations for fracking and other extreme extraction techniques like acidizing and cyclic steam. Industrial oil production tends to crowd other things out, including a healthy community and a sustainable economy, not to mention that it’s a voracious water hog.

But all Californians can help Santa Barbara County ban fracking by joining the Center to phonebank for their ballot initiative, Measure P.

Measure P will protect Santa Barbara, the iconic birthplace of the modern environmental movement, symbolic ground zero in the fight for environmental protection.

The battle against fracking is at a pivotal moment.  If we win on Measure P, we amass critical power and a statewide ban comes into our reach. If we lose, we'll be treading water, and a ban in California could be lost until the next decade.

Lend your help in either in our San Francisco office, host a phonebank, or just contribute some time on your own time at home. We provide call scripts, instructions on how to phonebank on your own with a computer and phone, and help organizing a phonebank. 

RSVP with Ash Lauth to get info on how to phonebank and help facilitate voter turnout for a victory on Measure P.

When: Any day of the week, 9 a.m.–8 p.m. October 1 – November 4
Where: At your home, in your community or at the Center for Biological Diversity’s San Fracisco office, 351 California St., Suite 600, San Francisco 94104 (closest BART stations are Embarcadero and Montgomery)

Learn more about the Center's campaigns against California fracking, both onshore and offshore.


Paddle to DC
August 24–December 3, 2014
Ely, Minnesota to Washington, D.C.

Local explorers Dave and Amy Freeman are paddling a canoe all the way to Washington, DC — having started in September from northeastern Minnesota — to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, as well as 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.

Dave and Amy started their journey from Ely, Minnesota, and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with a stop-off in Duluth September 5–7, when they were welcomed with banners, signs and lots of enthusiasm.

Many more stop-offs — and celebrations, as well as canoe signings, press conferences and other activities — will occur as they approach their D.C. destination, where they’ll arrive on December 3. If you live along their journey’s path, check out an event, join the fun and add your energy to Dave and Amy’s mission.

For more information visit the event’s website, where you can even sign up for the Paddle to DC newsletter to keep up to date on all the happenings.


Join Us for the Blue Ocean Film Festival and Beach Cleanup
November 3-9, 2014
St. Petersburg, Florida

The Center will be tabling at the Blue Ocean Film Festival, or "BLUE," in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. BLUE celebrates the world’s best ocean films, underwater photography, marine scientists, policy makers and conservationists — and makes them accessible to the general public.

BLUE is multifaceted: a film festival, industry conference and conservation summit in one. The Center has been invited to participate. We'll also help with a beach cleanup. Please join us.

Contact Jaclyn Lopez, jlopez@biologicaldiversity.org, for volunteer opportunities, discounted tickets and details on the beach cleanup.

When: Monday, November 3 - Sunday, November 9, 2014

Where: The Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First Street South, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

Learn more about the Center’s oceans work and the Blue Ocean Film Festival.


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 m\.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

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 National Park courtesy Flickr/J Brew