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.
• May 10: Free Event to Fight Food Waste: "Feeding the 5000" (NY)
• May 11: St. Pete Monthly Speaker Series: "Florida’s Global Importance as a Nesting Site for Sea Turtles" (FL)
• May 12: Join Us in Colorado to Break Free From Fossil Fuels (CO)
• May: Endangered Species Day (and Month) (nationwide)
• 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)
The Center is pleased to invite you to an exciting new speaker series starting at downtown St. Pete's The Ale and the Witch. If you like good conversation and are interested in learning more about the issues facing Florida wildlife, wildlands and other conservation issues, this series is for you.
We'll kick off the first event Wednesday, May 11, at 6 p.m. with the help of our cosponsors Friends of Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges and The Ale and the Witch. There will be specials on craft beers and a presentation by Dr. Anne Meylan, a sea turtle biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The group Sea Turtle Trackers, Inc., will also be there to answer questions you might have about sea turtles nesting in our area.
The event is free, and the beer is affordable and delicious — so bring your friends and mark your calendar.
What: St. Pete Speaker Series, this month featuring Dr. Anne Meylan
When: Wednesday, May 11, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Ale and the Witch, 111 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL
On Thursday, May 12, our precious public lands in Colorado will be auctioned off to oil and gas companies for fossil fuel extraction. Destroying our natural heritage to create climate pollution is dangerous public policy. We know we have clean and safe alternatives now — and scientists have said time and again that in order to avoid worst-case climate scenarios, we must leave most of these fossil fuels safely in the ground.
The Center and allies are coming together as part of the "Break Free” movement with mass actions all around the world to protect our health, homes and future by keeping fossil fuels in the ground. In Colorado, we are rising up to demand an end to fossil fuel auctions on our public lands. We'll bring signs and banners; you bring passion.
What: Keep It in the Ground rally at BLM oil-and-gas lease auction
When: Thursday, May 12, noon
Where: Holiday Inn, Denver Lakewood (7390 West Hampden Ave., Lakewood, CO)
Created by the U.S. Congress, Endangered Species Day is a time to honor endangered anials and plants and to celebrate wildlife and wild places. Every year on the third Friday in May (and throughout the month), zoos, aquariums, parks, botanic gardens, wildlife refuges, museums, schools, community centers, conservation groups and other organizations and venues throughout the country host tours, special speaker presentations, exhibits, children’s activities and more to honor endangered species across the globe.
Click here to access a calendar of special events and other activities honoring Endangered Species Day on May 20 and throughout May, or celebrate in your own way and let us know what you did. Download this step-by-step guide to planning your event.
When: All of May (Endangered Species Day on May 20)
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