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 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.
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.
• June 24: Be in the St. Pete Pride Parade (FL)
• July 15: Presentation on Wolves “Wolf Nation” — a Special Book Reading and Wolf Talk (CA)
• 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)
Please join us for a howlingly informative and inspirational event as acclaimed author and journalist Brenda Peterson and the Center’s West Coast Wolf Advocate Amaroq Weiss kick off the release of Peterson’s new book, Wolf Nation, with a reading and wolf talk at two of the Bay Area’s favorite bookstores and meeting places, Book Passage in San Francisco and Laurel Book Store in Oakland.
Brenda Peterson is the author of numerous books documenting human/wildlife relationships and paradigms, and an oft-published writer for The Huffington Post and The New York Times. Her brand-new book Wolf Nation highlights the most important and memorable past and ongoing events in the fascinating, contentious and passionate saga of wolf recovery in the United States. The book has received high praise from reviewers, who rank it as comparable to such wolf literary classics as those written by Farley Mowat and Barry Lopez.
Presenter Amaroq Weiss is the West Coast wolf advocate and expert with the Center for Biological Diversity, which has championed protections for wolves across the country, to help restore these magnificent animals to their former range. Amaroq’s work focuses on wolf recovery in California, Oregon and Washington, as well as in the northern Rockies and on the federal front. She has worked in wolf conservation for more than 20 years; her background as a biologist, former lawyer and rural resident gives her a complex and nuanced perspective on wolves; and she is one of the activists whose work is profiled in Wolf Nation.
SAN FRANCISCO EVENT
When: 1 p.m.
Where: Book Passage, Ferry Building Marketplace, Ferry Building #1, San Francisco, CA 94111
Cost: Free; seating may be limited so plan to arrive early to get a seat.
When: 5 p.m.
Where: Laurel Book Store, 1423 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612
Cost: Free; seating may be limited so plan to arrive early to get a seat.
The 15th annual St Pete Pride Parade promises to show the state of Florida all the beautiful colors of our diverse community. The Center is excited to be a part of the parade — we'll be marching in it again this year.
Want to march with us?
The parade itself will start at 6:30 p.m., but if you want to be in it with the Center, we'll need you to meet up with us a little earlier. RSVP to email@example.com to receive instructions on where to meet and how to prepare for your participation.
We'll be dressing up as our favorite species, handing out Endangered Species Condoms and beads, and spreading the love.
If you can't make it but would like to donate beads, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: June 24, 2017 (email us for the meeting time and place)
Where: Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida
Penguin banner photo by Michael Van Woert; photo of hikers in Arizona by Sunfellow/Pixabay