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 Wek 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.
Learn more about the Center’s Public Lands program.
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, 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.
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.
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.
• Starting Apr. 17: Film Screenings: 'Dear President Obama' (CA)
• Apr. 22: "I Love Public Lands" Event: Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge Cleanup (FL)
• Apr. 23: "I Love Public Lands" Event, Arizona: Tucson Hike, Bike Ride and Photo Shoot (AZ)
• Apr. 24: "I Love Public Lands" Event, Oregon: Hikes, Wildflower Bingo, Happy Hour (OR)
• Apr. 23: St. Pete Earth Day Celebration (FL)
• Apr. 23: Earth Day Dollar Sale at Buffalo Exchange: Help Protect Fresh Water (nationwide)
• Apr. 28: "I Love Public Lands" Event, California: Hike and Picnic (CA)
• May 10: Free Event to Fight Food Waste: "Feeding the 5000" (NY)
• Jul. 10: Tennessee River Endangered Species Mural Event: Celebrate the Pink Mucket Pearly Mussel and All Its Friends (TN)
• Jul. 17: Kentucky White Fringeless Orchid Endangered Species Mural Celebration (KY)
• 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)
Since 2008 and under President Barack Obama's watch, the drilling and fracking industries have boomed. As a result, today more than 20 million people live within a mile of an oil or gas well. Pro-drillers argued that this new "black gold" rush would create energy independence for the United States. But that didn't happen — and meanwhile, development of new renewable energy sources has stalled, and new threats are being posed to our water, environment and health.
Three years in the making, "Dear President Obama" is a short film that reveals the true costs of Obama's energy policy. Narrated by actor and activist Mark Ruffalo, it documents the contamination of our environment, shares victims' stories, exposes the false promises of an economic boom, and focuses on clean-energy solutions. This important film calls upon the president to change course away from fracking and toward a renewable energy future.
"Dear President Obama" premieres in six locations in California during the month of April. Most of the screenings are free of charge. Please join us to watch this important film.
BAY AREA SCREENINGS
San Francisco: Roxie Theater, Sunday, April 17, 5:30 p.m. ($15 general/$14 student/senior). Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director Jon Bowermaster; Mark Schlosberg, National Organizing Director, Food & Water Watch; Kassie Siegel, Climate Law Institute Director for the Center for Biological Diversity; and others. Buy tickets here.
Berkeley: UC Berkeley, Sutardja Dai Hall, Monday, April 18, 6 p.m. (admission free). Screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director Jon Bowermaster; Kassie Siegel, Climate Law Institute Director for the Center for Biological Diversity; and others. More info here.
OTHER CALIFORNIA SCREENINGS
The following screenings are free but require an RSVP using this form.
Santa Barbara: Location TBD, April 27, time TBD
Los Angeles: Location TBD, April 28, time TBD
Pacific Grove: Screening to be announced. Please check this page later for more information.
This April events will be held around the country to show support and love for America’s public lands. These lands are our lands, and it is our privilege to make sure they’re here for future generations. A strong show of support will keep public lands in public hands.
Join the Center for Biological Diversity as we celebrate these lands in Florida in Egmont Key National Wildlife Refuge in Tampa Bay. Accessible only by boat, Egmont Key is a secluded island paradise and home to gopher tortoises, box turtles and lots of shorebirds.
This event will include a ride on the Egmont Key ferry, a coastal cleanup and a short tour of the island. We encourage you to pack a lunch so we can enjoy a picnic together. This event costs $20 per person to cover the ferry ride.
When: Friday, April 22, 2016, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Where: Fort de Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, FL 33715 at Bay Pier Park
Space is limited to the first 45 RSVPs.
Learn about the Center's Public Lands program.
Earth Day Dollar Sale at Buffalo Exchange: Protect Fresh Water
April 23, 2016
All Buffalo Exchange locations
Buffalo Exchange is a family-owned and -operated fashion resale retailer that buys and resells used clothing and started in Tucson, Arizona (also home to one of the Center's first headquarters). The retailer now has 48 stores in various locations across the United States. Every year, the store hosts an Earth Day Dollar Sale, in which all the locations offer a large selection of (recycled and reused) items for $1. Buffalo Exchange is a great way to help conserve resources... both natural and financial.
This year the store has selected the Center for Biological Diversity (specifically our Fresh Water Campaign) as the environmental charity to receive the proceeds. Please shop men’s and women’s fashion April 23 to support the Center for Biological Diversity and our Fresh Water campaign.
When: All day, Saturday, April 23
Where: Various locations (see link above)
Cost: Every item is $1
Events will be held around the country this April to show support and love for America’s public lands. Here’s why: We were deeply concerned about the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon earlier this year. And now we’re seeing a concerted push in Congress to privatize and industrialize national forests, deserts and other public lands by selling them to the highest bidder to be logged, mined, drilled, fracked, bulldozed and grazed.
We need a strong show of support for keeping public lands in public hands.
Just outside Tucson, Arizona, Center staff will be hosting an event including a hike or mountain bike ride (led by the Sonoran Desert Mountain Bicyclists) in the beautiful Tucson Mountain Park, just after a group photo shoot of participants with the Sonoran desert in the backdrop holding signs that say, “Arizona [HEART]s public lands” and similar messaging. The hike will be about 5.2 miles total (and anyone who wants to do a shorter hike can turn around at any point); there will be two mountain bike options: an 8-mile intermediate ride and a longer 15-plus mile ride for the truly adventurous.
Note: Dogs are welcome, but must be leashed at all times within Tucson Mountain Park.
Can you make the event? Here are more details:
What: Public lands rally and hike as part of “Protect Your Public Lands” events around the country
When: 8 a.m., Saturday, April 23
Where: Richard E. Genser Starr Pass Trailhead, Tucson Mountain Park, S. Ave. Del Correcaminos, Tucson, AZ 85713
Please join the Center for Biological Diversity on Sunday, April 24 in celebrating Earth Day and our public lands with a game of "wildflower bingo" and a hike through beautiful old-growth trees along a river on the Mount Hood National Forest.
Here's why: We were deeply concerned about the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon earlier this year. And now we're seeing a concerted push in Congress to privatize and industrialize national forests, deserts and other public lands by selling them to the highest bidder to be logged, mined, drilled, fracked, bulldozed and grazed.
In Oregon we’re lucky to have numerous public lands that give us a wealth of recreational opportunities — but we need a strong show of support for keeping our public lands in public hands.
We hope to see you sunday at one of these events:
MT. HOOD NATIONAL FOREST
Please join us to hike the Salmon River trail (not be confused with the Old Salmon River trail). The full hike is roughly 7.8 miles round trip, but the wildflower bingo (and shorter hike) will only take place over the first 1.5 miles (so 3 miles round trip).
Meet up at the trailhead at 10 a.m. (We hope the late start will help you be photo ready so we can take pics and share our collective love of public lands on social media.) Please bring your own water, lunch, sunscreen, and of course snacks!
Note: You need a Northwest Forest Pass to park at the trailhead, so please visit a ranger station or outdoor store before heading out for the hike. We invite anyone to participate, but please review the hike details to ensure they meet your physical needs and limitations.
What: Hike and wildflower bingo as part of "Protect Your Public Lands" events around the country
When: 10 a.m., Sunday, April 24
Where: Mount Hood National Forest, Salmon River trail (at the West Salmon Trailhead) on Salmon River Road
If you think you can make it, RSVP here.
We’ll also gather and hike an easy 2-mile loop in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, enjoying scenic views of the Rogue Valley and spring wildflowers and migratory birds.
Afterward we’ll mingle at the Greensprings Inn for a free happy hour and snacks.
This event is hosted by KS Wild, Soda Mountain Wilderness Council and the Greensprings Inn, supported by Bouldering Badger Media, Native Plant Society of Oregon, Rogue Valley Audubon Society, the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.
Noon: Carpool from Shop N’ Kart, 2268 Ashland Street, Ashland, OR
12:30 p.m.: Meet at Greensprings Loop Trailhead.
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Happy hour at the Greensprings Inn, 11470 Highway 66, Ashland, OR
If you think you can make it, RSVP here.
Join the Center for Biological Diversity as we celebrate Earth Day in St. Petersburg, Florida, at Historic Williams Park. This community event celebrates our common reverence and respect for our planet with environmental exhibits and family friendly activities. Please be sure to stop by the Center’s table so we can celebrate our beautiful earth together.
When: Saturday April 23, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Williams Park, 330 2nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
Join the Center for Biological Diversity for two days of celebration of gardening and the environment at the annual Green Thumb festival. Established 30 years ago as an Arbor Day celebration, the Green Thumb festival is a community event that promotes tree planting and environmental education. The festival hosts environmental exhibits and programs, plant vendors, a recycling rally, and an “Ask an Arborist” session, among many other fun and educational booths.The festival will also offer more than 2,000 trees ($5 each) and 500 butterfly plants per day (free) to attendees. Please be sure to stop by and visit the local Center staff at our table in the environmental exhibitors’ area.
When: Saturday April 23 and Sunday April 24, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: Walter Fuller Recreation Center, 7891 26th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL
In the coming days, events will be held around the country to show support and love for America’s public lands. Here’s why: We were deeply concerned about the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon earlier this year. And now we’re seeing a concerted push in Congress to privatize and industrialize national forests, deserts and other public lands by selling them to the highest bidder to be logged, mined, drilled, fracked, bulldozed and grazed.
We need a strong public show of support for keeping public lands in public hands.
Can you make an event in Oakland? Here are the details:
What: A 1-hour hike along the stream trail should give us opportunities to stop and picnic as well as take photos. If you’re planning on arriving independently be aware that there’s a $5 parking fee.
When: Noon, Thursday, April 28
Where: Redwood Regional Park in Oakland. Meet at the trailhead at the Canyon Meadow Staging Area off Redwood Road
Americans waste $218 billion worth of food every year — about 40 percent of the food that's produced. That means all of the habitat loss, pesticide and water use, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and other threats to wildlife that went into producing that food were also thrown away. To raise awareness about food waste and how to fight it, the Center is joining Feedback— an environmental nonprofit organization dedicated to ending food waste at every level of the food system — and several other partner organizations to host "Feeding the 5000," a free celebratory banquet at Union Square in New York City.
The "Feeding the 5000" event will provide 5,000 members of the public with a free feast, made entirely from fresh, top-quality ingredients that would have otherwise been wasted. The banquet — supported by top food tastemakers such as chef Dan Barber, chef Jason Weiner, chef Evan Hanczor and entrepreneur Liz Neumark — will be prepared in the kitchens of Great Performances Catering and Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen and will furnish an additional 5,000 meals to City Harvest's network of local food banks and soup kitchens.
The event will also showcase the work of partner organizations, including the Center, in the fight against food waste and will highlight a range of issues linked to the global food-waste crisis and the practical solutions available.
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 10
Where: Union Square, North Plaza (Broadway at 17th St.), Manhattan
Find out more about this event (and similar events to be held in the future across the country) and how you can volunteer. If you'd like to volunteer at the Center's booth in particular, email EarthFriendlyDiet@biologicaldiversity.org.
Join the Center for Biological Diversity and allies to celebrate an Endangered Species Mural of the fantastic freshwater endangered animals of the Tennessee River by artist Roger Peet and local artists. The dedication is part of the Center’s 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 exceptional freshwater diversity of the Tennessee River, including the pink mucket pearly mussel, sheepnose, rabbitsfoot, blotchside logperch, and Citico darter. The Tennessee River is a world hotspot for freshwater biological diversity and the Center is working to save the many amazing endangered species that call it home.
The all-ages event includes music, educational activities and refreshments.
When: Sunday, July 10, 2 p.m.
Where: Tyson Park, 2321 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN
Join the Center for Biological Diversity and allies for the unveiling of a white fringeless orchid mural by artist Roger Peet. The dedication is part of the Center’s 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 white fringeless orchid, a beautiful wetland forest flower native to the southeastern United States.
The event includes music, educational activities and refreshments, and it is being hosted in partnership with Kentucky Heartwood.
When: Sunday July 17, 2016, 2 PM
Where: 123 North Broadway, Berea, KY 40403
Penguin banner photo by Michael Van Woert; photo of hikers in Arizona by Sunfellow/Pixabay