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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.

Check out our #ProtectPublicLands Web page.

Learn more about the Center’s Public Lands program.


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.


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

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.


• Aug. 20: Join the Historic Movement to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Gulf (LA)
• Sept. 7: St. Pete Speaker Series: "Ales and Wild Tales" With Wildlife Specialist Fred Bohler (FL)
• Sept. 30-Oct. 2: Join Us at the Florida Springs Restoration Summit (FL)
• 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)


Join the Historic Movement to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Gulf
August 20, 2016
New Orleans, Louisiana

In recent weeks communities across the South have struggled with horrific acts of violence -- but they're no strangers to horror, and they've been subjected to oppression at the hands of the fossil fuel industry for decades. Massive oil spills, climate change and polluting refineries have taken their toll on the people and places at the front lines of oil and gas development in the Gulf of Mexico.

Thankfully the movement to end the stranglehold of the fossil fuel industry on the Gulf Coast is rapidly gaining momentum. Earlier this year hundreds rallied at New Orleans' Superdome to call on the Obama administration to stop leasing our public waters for oil and gas development.

Now we're ready for our next action. In just a few weeks the administration plans to offer up yet another 24 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to the highest bidder to be drilled and fracked for oil and gas, a move that will only deepen our climate crisis.

Join the resistance on Aug. 20 for a historic march through New Orleans. People from across the Gulf will be there to tell the president: "No New Leases! Keep It In the Ground!"

What: "Keep It in the Ground" march in New Orleans
When: Saturday, Aug. 20 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Lafayette Square, New Orleans, La.

Click here to RSVP for the march and find buses headed to the event.

Learn more about the Keep It in the Ground movement.


St. Pete Speaker Series: "Ales and Wild Tails" With Wildlife Specialist Fred Bohler
September 7, 2016
St. Petersburg, Florida

Please join the Center's Jacki Lopez and other activists on Sept. 7 in St. Pete, Florida, as the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges team up with The Ale and the Witch pub to bring you another night of environmental education, conversation and beer in our year-long "Ales and Wild Tales" speaker series.

This month we’re back in the plaza and will feature a presentation by Fred Bohler, a wildlife specialist who will share stories about working as a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission bear-response agent. Fred will talk about the natural history of Florida black bears, the events that led up to and involved the 2015 bear hunt, and the future of these magnificent animals.

The event is free, and the beer is affordable and craft brewed, so bring your friends.

What: “Ales and Wild Tails,” this month featuring Fred Bohler
When: Wed., Sept. 7, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Ale and the Witch, 111 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Mark your calendar — "Ales and Wild Tails" happens the second Wednesday of every month (September's event is an exeption). You can also follow this series on the Center’s "Ales and Wild Tails" Facebook page.


Join Us at the Florida Springs Restoration Summit
September 30 –October 2, 2016
Ocala, Florida

Pkease join the Cneter and allies in Ocala, Florida, for conversations about Florida springs restoration, poster sessions, and a field trip to paddle the Silver River at the 2016 Florida Springs Restoration Summit, Sept. 30 through Oct. 2.

The Center is co-sponsoring and presenting at the summit, which is designed to create a group of highly informed participants working on behalf of our springs. The summit is for anyone who cares about the future of Florida's natural springs and wants to work to protect them.

Registration is now open, and you're invited to be a part of this important event.

What: 2016 Florida Springs Restoration Summit
When: Sept. 30 through Oct. 2
Where: Harvey R. Klein Conference Center, 3001 SW College Road, Ocala, Fla. 34474

For more information and to register, please visit this website.


Penguin banner photo by Michael Van Woert; photo of hikers in Arizona by Sunfellow/Pixabay