Join the Center’s #OurLands Campaign
It’s time to celebrate our public lands.
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.
|• Ongoing until May 15: Endangered Species Youth Art Contest (nationwide)
• Aug-Dec. 3: Paddle to DC (MN to DC)
• Dec. 3: Screening of Documentary OR-7: The Journey (AZ)
• 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)
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.
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.
Screening of Documentary OR-7: The Journey
Learn more about the Center’s campaign to restore the gray wolf.
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; Canyonlands National Park courtesy Flickr/J Brew
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