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Join the Center’s #ProtectPublicLands Campaign
Ongoing
Nationwide

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 Week 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
Ongoing
Worldwide

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
Ongoing
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
Ongoing
Worldwide

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
Ongoing
Worldwide

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.

 


• Jan.: #Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance (two cross-country tours)
• Jan. 24: Talk: "Florida’s Frightening Phosphate Problem" (FL)
• March 7-9: Florida Gulf Coast University Biodiversity Conference (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)

 

#Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance: Join the Resistance to Trump's Attack on Our Environment and Civil Rights
January 2017
Two cross-country tours, from Seattle and Oakland converging on Washington, D.C.

The Earth2Trump Roadshow is coming to a town near you in January.

The roadshow is rallying and empowering defenders of civil rights and the environment to resist Trump's dangerous agenda. Stopping in 16 cities on its way to Washington, D.C., it brings thousands of people to protest at the presidential inauguration.

Beginning in Oakland and Seattle on Jan. 2, the Earth2Trump Roadshow is touring the country bringing speakers, musicians, outrage, fun and hope to 16 cities as it progresses toward the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.

The shows feature national and local speakers, great musicians, and an opportunity to join a growing movement of resistance to all forms of oppression and all attacks on our environment. We must stand and oppose every Trump policy that hurts wildlife; poisons our air and water; destroys our climate; promotes racism, misogyny or homophobia; and marginalizes entire segments of our society.

At each show, you can:

  • Sign the national Pledge of Resistance to Trump's dangerous agenda.
  • Write a personalized #Earth2Trump message that will be carried to D.C. inside a massive three-dimensional globe and delivered to Trump.
  • Create a huge, viral social media #Earth2Trump messaging campaign.
  • Connect with people in your community resisting oppression and find out how to join the million people who will protest in Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day.

Join us in your community to send a powerful, unwavering #Earth2Trump message that oppression and environmental destruction must not be tolerated.

Check out our #Earth2Trump website, with a clickable map and RSVP links, and our comprehensive list of tour stops and event details for each city. Please invite your friends, family and activist networks to this event and forward the webpage widely on Facebook, Twitter and email.

You can also check out #Earth2Trump kickoff photos on Facebook.

 

Florida’s Frightening Phosphate Problem
January 24, 2017
Gulfport, Florida

Join us at Stetson University’s College of Law’s Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture Series, this month featuring the Center’s Florida Director Jaclyn Lopez speaking about the dangers of phosphate mining.

Florida is home to the world’s largest phosphate mine — and a receptacle for 1 billion tons of radioactive phosphogypsum, the hazardous byproduct of the process of turning mined phosphoric ore into fertilizer.

And the phosphate problem is only growing. The industry now seeks to expand this land-altering practice by 50,000 acres — polluting and changing waterways, destroying habitat. At this presentation you'll learn more about the issue and what the Center is doing to put an end to phosphate mining in Florida.

When: January 24, 2017, noon-1 p.m.
Where: Stetson University, College of Law, 1401 61st St. S., Gulfport, Florida 33707 (in the Great Hall)
Cost: Free
RSVP: biodiversity@law.stetson.edu

Check out our new phosphate mining webpage.

 

Florida Gulf Coast University Biodiversity Conference
March 7-9, 2017
Ft. Myers, Florida

Join us at Florida’s first-ever biodiversity conference, March 7-9, at Florida Gulf Coast University. The Center’s Florida Director Jaclyn Lopez is a featured presenter.

The purpose of the Florida Gulf Coast University Biodiversity Conference is to share important science on biodiversity conservation; emphasize the relevance of biodiversity loss to restoration projects, ecosystem services, economic and social issues; and elevate dialogue on biodiversity among scientists, educators and policymakers. The presentations will focus on the three greatest threats to Florida biodiversity: climate change, habitat loss and invasive species.

When: March 7-9
Where: Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd. S., Fort Myers, FL 33965
Cost: $100. Scholarships available for currently enrolled students.

Register now.

 


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