Center for Biological Diversity

Media Advisory, September 12, 2023


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Endangered Species Act Celebration to Honor Tribes, Conservation Advocates, Congressmembers

Library of Congress Event Takes Place Sept. 13

WASHINGTON— A coalition of conservation organizations will on Sept. 13 present Tribes, conservation advocates and members of Congress with awards for their work defending imperiled species and the Endangered Species Act. The ceremony is open to members of the media and will be held at the Library of Congress.

“The Endangered Species Act is the most powerful and successful tool we have in our fight against extinction,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “As we celebrate its 50th anniversary, we honor those who have defended the Act and worked tireless to save our most imperiled species.”

In conjunction with the event, a coalition of nearly 300 conservation organizations sent a letter to President Biden calling on his administration to implement bold new policies that will strengthen the Endangered Species Act and save even more plants and wildlife over the next 50 years.

What: Award ceremony in celebration of the Endangered Species Act’s 50th anniversary.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Library of Congress, James Madison Memorial Building, 199 Independence Ave. SE, Washington, D.C. 20540. Montpelier Room.

Who: Award recipients include Sen. Cory Booker, Rep. Don Beyer, Rep. Debbie Dingell, Rep. Raul Grijalva, Rep. Jared Huffman, Jane Goodall, the Yurok Tribe, the Nez Perce Tribe, the Hawaii Plant Extinction Prevention Program, Bat Conservation International, and Sea Turtle Conservancy. Terry Tempest Williams will be the master of ceremonies.


In celebration of the Endangered Species Act turning 50 this year, the Endangered Species Coalition is hosting an award ceremony to honor the conservation contributions of Congressmembers, Tribes and organizations. The Endangered Species Act is 99% effective at preventing species under its protection from going extinct.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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