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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 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

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.


• Nov. 9: St. Pete Speaker Series: "Ales and Wild Tales" With Diamondback Terrapin Expert George Heinrich (FL)
• Nov. 22: Florida Fracking 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)


St. Pete Speaker Series: "Ales and Wild Tails" With Diamondback Terrapin Expert George Heinrich (FL)
November 9, 2016
St. Petersburg, Florida

Please join us on Nov. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., as the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges team up with The Ale and the Witch to bring you environmental education, conversation and beer.

This month we’re back in the plaza and will feature a presentation called "Living on the Edge: Diamondback Terrapins" by George Heinrich, owner and operator of Heinrich Ecological Services and executive director of Florida Turtle Conservation Trust. A specialist on herpetofauna, George will share his stories working with the diamondback terrapin, a species of turtle native to the brackish coastal swamps of the eastern and southern United States.

The event is free, and the beer is affordable and delicious (we’ll post deals soon on Facebook), so bring your friends.

When: Nov. 9, 2016, 6-8 p.m.
Where: The Ale and the Witch, 111 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
What: "Ales and Wild Tails" speaker series, this month featuring George Heinrich
Cost: Free (craft beer is available and affordable)

Get more information on Facebook and learn more about the Southeast freshwater extinction crisis.

Mark your calendar — Ales and Wild Tails happens the second Wednesday of every month.


Florida Fracking Summit
November 2, 2016
Fort Myers, Florida

Please join the Center and allies for the second annual Florida Fracking Summit, where we’ll discuss the oil and gas industry’s extreme oil extraction techniques in Florida and the pressure to drill even more. The summit will feature presentations from experts on drilling technology, geology, hydrology, water resources, air quality, public health issues and drilling regulatory frameworks. This event is intended to promote public awareness and inform Floridians about what's going on in their backyards.

When: November 2, 2016, 9-5 p.m.
Where: Florida Gulf Coast University
Cohen Center Ballroom
10501 FGCU Blvd. S.
Fort Myers, FL 33965
Cost: The event is free, but please register as soon as possible. The first 200 registrants will receive complimentary lunch.


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