Center for Biological Diversity

Current Actions

  • Protect San Francisco Bay From More Oil Spills
    Oil-spill warning sign

    Last year we battled Phillips 66 to stop it from routing hundreds of additional oil trains to its Southern California refinery. We won that fight -- and now it's time for round two.

    Phillips 66 has requested an increase to the maximum amount of crude oil and gas that can be transported to its marine terminal in Rodeo, Calif., right on the shores of the San Francisco Bay.

    We can't let this happen.


    More crude coming through the Bay Area would mean more spills. Just last year Phillips 66 spilled an unknown amount of crude near the Rodeo refinery, leaving a 40-yard-wide, mile-long oil sheen on the bay. The spill sent more than 100 residents of nearby Vallejo to the hospital and prompted more than 1,400 odor complaints. Disturbingly, the cause of the spill is still unknown.

    If Phillips 66's request is granted, much of the additional crude coming to the Rodeo terminal will be Alberta tar sands oil, which requires great effort to extract and refine. In the era of climate change, we can't afford the extremely high carbon costs of this form of fuel.

    Using the form on this page, tell state regulators that you expect them to undertake a comprehensive review of the risks posed by Phillip 66's proposal to bring more tar sands tankers into the Bay Area.

  • Tell Zinke: Drilling Has No Place in Our Oceans
    Oil spill and fire in the Gulf of Mexico

    The Trump administration just asked the oil industry its fantasy question: If you could drill anywhere offshore, where would it be?

    Trump had already promised companies unrestricted access to oil and gas reserves under America's oceans, so this "request for information," as it's called, isn't a surprise -- but it is an emergency. It launches the creation of a new federal offshore leasing plan that could open all U.S. waters to dangerous drilling, rolling back protections established under the Obama administration for the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans.

    Trump's plan to aggressively expand offshore drilling threatens every ocean and coastline in the United States with oil spills, pipelines, more offshore oil platforms, and a worsened climate crisis. But if enough of us stand up and speak out, we can beat back the administration's reckless attack on marine wildlife, coastal communities and the planet.

    Using the form on this page, please take a moment right now to tell the feds which oceans we want opened to drilling: none.

  • Tell the EPA to Ban Bee-killing Pesticides
    Honeybee

    Did you know that pollinators including bees are responsible for 1 out of every 3 bites of food we eat? We owe a lot to our pollinator friends -- and now they urgently need our help.

    The widespread use of a dangerous class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, or neonics, is threatening pollinators nationwide. Thousands of studies show that these pesticides -- which are applied to crop seeds planted on over 100 million acres in the United States and sold on pretreated plants at garden retailers -- are highly toxic to bees and many other species.

    The EPA has acknowledged that commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides pose significant risks to bees, but the agency refuses to stand up to bullying pesticide companies and take meaningful action to rein in neonic use.

    That's why we're calling on you to create some buzz for the bees. Using the form on this page, tell the EPA to ban bee-killing neonics.

  • Act Now -- Save California's Desert Water
    Mojave Trails National Monument

    A bill now pending in the state legislature could save the beautiful Mojave Desert from the massive, destructive water grab that is the Cadiz water project. It would require a full review of the project by the State Lands Commission.

    Using the form on this page, please tell your state representatives to support Assembly Bill 1000 (Friedman) now.

    To feed sprawl development, the Cadiz project would pump about 50,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year from the ancient aquifer that lies beneath the new Mojave Trails National Monument. The survival of desert bighorn sheep, the adjacent Mojave National Preserve and the cultural landscape of native desert peoples depend on this water -- such pumping would devastate life-giving springs and seeps already threatened by climate change.

    The Trump administration has put this boondoggle on a list of high-priority infrastructure projects. Tell your state reps how crucial it is that they support this bill.

  • Stop Sweetheart Land Deal for PolyMet Mining
    Moose

    PolyMet Mining Company wants 6,650 acres of Superior National Forest land in northeastern Minnesota so it can build the state's first open-pit copper mine -- a move that would spell disaster for the area's wetlands and wildlife, from moose to wolves to Canada lynx.

    Please -- join our fight to make sure this doesn't happen.

    U.S. House Rep. Rick Nolan has introduced a bill that would force the approval of a land exchange based on an appraisal that values these public lands at just $550 per acre.  

    The PolyMet mine would destroy 1,000 acres of high-quality wetlands and more than 1,700 acres of critical wildlife habitat in northern Minnesota's Superior National Forest. It would also pose the risk of long-term toxic water pollution in the Lake Superior watershed upstream from the St. Louis River, the Fond du Lac Reservation and the city of Duluth.

    The Center and our allies have active litigation challenging the land exchange to ensure adequate protection for wolves and lynx and to protect the public's interest in these national forest lands. Rep. Nolan seeks an end run around this litigation to force approval of this controversial land exchange.

    Using the form on this page, please tell Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, and Reps. Tim Walz, Betty McCollum and Keith Ellison, to do the right thing and oppose H.R. 3115.

  • Don't Let Trump Turn This Forest Into a Coal Mine
    Canada lynx

    Trump's bringing his war on the climate to national forests in Colorado. He wants to expand coal mining into the stunning Sunset Roadless Area in the West Elk mountains -- some of the state's most pristine backcountry.

    We have to stop him.

    The roadless area -- a rolling landscape of aspen and spruce-fir forests -- is a treasured recreational resource. It's also home to animals like beavers, black bears, mountain lions, goshawks and imperiled Canada lynx. And scientific studies show that to avoid the worst effects of climate change, we must keep all remaining fossil fuels in the ground -- but 17 million tons of coal would be mined from this roadless area.

    Using the form on this page, tell the Forest Service you don't want the Sunset Roadless Area bulldozed for dirty, climate-wrecking coal.

  • Save Idaho's Wolves From Cruel Baiting
    Wolf

    The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is at it again, proposing ever-new and creative ways to eradicate wolves from every corner of the state. This time the agency has issued a new proposal to allow trophy hunters to bait the animals. If passed the proposal would make Idaho the only state to allow this vile practice.

    Using the form on this page, take a minute right now to remind state wildlife officials that wolf-baiting is cruel, cowardly and unethical -- and certainly fails to constitute "fair chase" hunting. You can help wolves most by personalizing the letter with your own words.

  • Help Mexican Wolves Survive Trump
    Mexican gray wolf

    The Trump administration has released a long-awaited draft recovery plan for Mexican gray wolves -- and it's deeply flawed.

    Against the recommendations made by independent scientists in 2012, the plan would suppress these rare wolves' numbers and distribution, hand over key management decisions to anti-wolf state game departments, and prematurely strip protections once numbers in the wild reach just 320 in the United States and 170 in Mexico, with no connections between populations.   

    Using the form on this page, please add your voice to the call for substantial revisions to this disastrous draft.

    Around 150 Mexican gray wolves now live in the wild in the U.S. Southwest and Mexico, along with another 250 in captivity. In the U.S. wild, the wolves suffer from inbreeding. That's why scientists have repeatedly urged new releases of captive wolves to boost genetic diversity -- and why Trump's plan will lead only to extinction. The plan would allow Arizona and New Mexico game officials to veto new releases and limit recovery to south of Interstate 40, although much of the best wolf habitat lies north of this arbitrary line.

    Join us today in opposing this sham recovery plan -- to be enforced with traps, neck-snares and bullets -- and insist on a rewrite based on science.

  • Don't Let Big Oil Set California's Climate Policy
    Smokestack

    All eyes are on California to lead the Trump resistance with real climate action. Yet incredibly, in order to pass a bill getting some policies he wants -- including an extension of the state's greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program through 2030 -- Gov. Jerry Brown has cut a backroom deal with Big Oil, handing the industry its wish list of special favors and exemptions from California law.

    Using the form on this page, please call your elected officials right now and urge them to vote no on Assembly Bill 398.

    This new bill would make cap-and-trade the only way that the state's Air Resources Board can address climate pollution from oil and gas refineries and production facilities. The bill would give Big Oil and other polluters within the cap-and-trade system a free pass from other crucial rules that protect our health and climate.

    Tying the hands of our state's most successful pollution regulators means less progress in fighting climate disruption, dirtier air for communities already suffering an unfair burden, and vastly reduced public participation in the rule-setting process.   

    Some argue that air-quality benefits supposedly provided by a companion bill, A.B. 617, justify the rollbacks. But any such benefits are uncertain and don't justify this deal. Please call your legislators now and urge them to vote no on A.B. 398.

    Here's a sample call script.

    Hi, my name is ____ and I'm from ____.  I'm calling to ask that you please vote no on Assembly Bill 398. This bill is a bad deal and sets a horrible precedent. It favors the oil industry over California's air and climate. And crucially, it would block state and local air boards from continuing to set powerful rules to reduce greenhouse pollution as they've done for so many other air pollutants.

    It makes no sense to tie the hands of our state and local regulators. Blocking important rules like the proposed cap on greenhouse gas emissions for Bay Area refineries would make it harder to reduce pollution from those refineries. It would also heap even dirtier air on communities already suffering an unfair burden, and it would prevent Californians like me from having a say in the rule-setting process.

    We need a deal that works for all Californians -- not one that gives special favors to the oil industry. Please vote no on A.B. 398.

  • Wolves Under Congressional Attack -- Take Action
    Jaguar

    Wolves and the Endangered Species Act are once again under serious assault. In the next two weeks Congress will be considering no fewer than three separate bills to remove federal protection from wolves in the western Great Lakes states. If any of these bills become law, thousands of wolves will be cruelly killed by hunters and trappers. These cynical bills would not only harm wolves, but would weaken and undermine the Endangered Species Act itself, which is under attack as never before.

    Congress will be considering the following bills:

    S.154: Former environmental champion Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) has joined forces with anti-wildlife Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) in sponsoring the cynically named "HELP for Wildlife Act," which would strip federal protection from Great Lakes wolves and block judicial review.  

    H.R. 242: The "Gray Wolf State Management Act of 2017" would also remove federal protection from Great Lakes wolves.

    2018 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill: This budget bill, which funds many government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency and Fish and Wildlife Service, has contained anti-wolf riders three years in a row. Fiscal year 2018's budget bill contains two anti-wolf provisions: one which would block funding for protections, including recovery, for all wolves across all lower 48 states, and one which would strip protections from wolves in the Great Lakes region.

    Using the form on this page, please call your members in Congress and demand that they protect wolves and defend the Endangered Species Act.  

    Here's a sample call script. If you get a voicemail, please leave a message.

    Hi, my name is ____, and I'm calling from [City, State]. I'm appalled by the three bills that are currently being considered by Congress to strip federal protection from wolves. These continuous attacks on our country's endangered wolves are shameful, cruel and unacceptable. I insist that you oppose any legislation that attacks the Endangered Species Act and the wildlife that it protects. Thank you.

  • Say No to Sprawl Nightmare in L.A. County
    Swainson's hawk

    The Tejon Ranch Company, already notorious for its war against endangered California condors, now wants to build a city in rural Antelope Valley, northwestern Los Angeles County. The giant "Centennial" development -- more than 19,300 houses and 10 million square feet of industry and commerce -- would be plopped down on top of California's very last, best native grassland.

    In an era of climate change and shrinking natural resources, a massive, sprawling exurb is the last thing we need.

    At least 42 protected wildlife species call this place home and would be hurt by the sprawl, including condors, western yellow-billed cuckoos and Swainson's hawks.

    The development is far from jobs and public transit, so it will lead to ugly traffic jams on Interstate 5 and increase carbon pollution in an area that already suffers poor air quality. These new burdens will put California's climate change goals further out of reach.

    The Centennial project is way out of step with current successful development markets, which focus on transit-friendly, walkable cities near jobs.

    Using the form on this page, tell L.A. County's Department of Regional Planning to reject this disastrous project to protect our precious grasslands, air quality, wildlife and climate.

  • Not One More Inch: End Phosphate Mining in Manatee County
    Florida phosphate mine

    More than 300,000 acres in Florida have been destroyed by harmful phosphate mining, with less than half that area reclaimed -- but now the Mosaic Company wants to take another 3,500 acres from Manatee County.

    Phosphate mining destroys landscapes, communities and wildlife habitat, leaving the land scarred and contaminated. It involves ripping up the earth to dig down 60 to 80 feet and transporting the dug-out material by pipeline to a plant, where phosphate ore is extracted in a process that leaves behind massive clay "slime" ponds that cover 40 percent of the mined-out land.

    Once extracted, the ore is treated with sulfuric acid to produce fertilizer. This process creates the radioactive waste product phosphogypsum, which is stored in mountainous stacks. More than 1 billion tons of phosphogypsum are already piled up atop the Floridan aquifer. These stacks are prone to sinkholes and threaten the drinking water of nearly 10 million Floridians. The expansion of phosphate mining in Manatee County would threaten freshwater resources in the Myakka and Peace River watersheds, which have already suffered from phosphate mining.

    Using the form on this page, tell the Army Corps you don't want it to give up one more inch of Florida's precious environment to the phosphate-mining industry.

  • Save the EPA's 'Energy Star' Program
    Energy Star

    An enormous amount of energy is wasted in the United States every day -- with nearly 60 percent of energy sourced for electricity lost before it reaches homes, and even more wasted through leaks, inefficiencies and mismanagement. All that lost energy adds up and is dangerously contributing to the climate crisis.

    That's why we must defend energy efficiency programs like the EPA's Energy Star that help save energy and money. Right now Trump wants to slash these federal programs from the 2018 budget, despite their success and popularity.

    Energy Star has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2.7 billion metric tons over the past 25 years by providing tools and information to help people choose between different types of appliances, electronics, lighting and other products to make their houses and other buildings more efficient.

    With your help we'll keep it that way -- and the United States will curb its waste, reduce its energy needs, and transition to a just, clean, wildlife-friendly energy system.

    Using the form on this page, tell your representative in Congress to keep these programs fully funded to reduce energy waste.

  • Tell Secretary Price: Stop Funding Abstinence Education
    Classroom

    Study after study shows that abstinence education is ineffective in preventing teen pregnancies. Yet in the 2016 fiscal year, the Department of Health & Human Services awarded over $70 million to fund abstinence education. By comparison, only $40.8 million was awarded to states to increase education and access to contraception.

    If we really want to prevent these pregnancies, we need to focus on interventions that work -- contraception including condoms, oral birth control and long-acting reversible contraceptive devices like IUDs.

    Using the form on this page, demand that the Department of Health & Human Services stop funding abstinence-only-until-marriage programs.

  • Tell Albertsons to Commit to Cutting Food Waste
    Food waste

    Every year 40 percent of the edible food produced in the United States is thrown away, wasting 25 percent of the country's fresh water, 80 million acres of land, and 3 billion tons of carbon emissions that went into making those products.

    Grocery stores, where most of us get our food, have a tremendous role to play in reducing this embarrassing waste and lessening the impacts of our agricultural systems on wildlife.

    That's why the Center is now asking Albertsons -- one of the country's largest grocers, which also owns mega-chains like Safeway, Lucky and Vons -- to commit to cutting its food waste in half by 2020 and publicly report its progress.

    Albertsons claims to be committed to food waste reduction, yet without accurate reporting, there's no way for customers and investors to know whether the store is meeting its goals. And while Albertsons does divert about half of its food waste from the landfill through donation and composting programs, the only way to effectively minimize the environmental harms caused by such waste is to prevent it altogether.

    Please sign our petition urging Albertsons to protect endangered wildlife, clean air and water, and healthy habitats by improving transparency around food waste and committing to cut its own in half by 2020.

  • Help Save This Rare California Wildflower
    Lassics lupine

    The Lassics lupine is a rare alpine flower found in only two spots in the Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California. In late summer its pink petals stand in sharp contrast to the barren slopes where it grows. But sadly this could be the flower's very last summer if the Forest Service doesn't act quickly to prevent its extinction.

    As the climate on the talus slopes has become harsher, the dry conditions have increased seed predation and allowed chaparral to encroach. For the flower to survive, the Forest Service needs to cage the remaining plants and remove the chaparral -- but so far the agency hasn't made a move.

    In January 2016 the Center petitioned for emergency Endangered Species Act protection for the lupine, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has also failed to act.

    So please -- write to the Forest Service today and ask it to take action this summer to save the lupine, and we'll send your letter to the Fish and Wildlife Service repeating our call for safeguards.

  • Speak Out for Red Wolves
    Red wolf pups

    With only about 45 individuals left in the wild -- and only three known breeding pairs -- red wolves need the help of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to survive.

    But instead of strengthening protections for these highly endangered creatures, the Service has halted efforts to help their recovery. It wants to restrict red wolves to federal public lands in just one county in North Carolina -- and snatch any wolves that roam onto private lands out of the wild and into captivity.

    This would undermine decades of recovery work and probably condemn the wild population to extinction. Instead, the Service needs to identify additional reintroduction sites and help landowners coexist with these rare and social animals.

    Using the form on this page, send a letter to the Service requesting that it take definitive action to ensure their recovery.

  • Speak Up for Pacific Walruses
    Pacific walruses

    Pacific walruses need Arctic sea ice for resting, socializing, and giving birth and nursing their young. Their survival depends on ice -- but it's melting out from underneath them due to climate change. Summer Arctic sea ice has shrunk by 40 percent over the past few decades and is projected to vanish within the next decade or two.

    That's why the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2008 to protect Pacific walruses as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Service responded by putting Pacific walruses on a waiting list for protection, where they've been languishing ever since. But as a result of follow-up legal action by the Center, the Service must make a decision about whether to protect walruses by this fall.

    Studies have shown that the Endangered Species Act is 99 percent effective at preventing wildlife from going extinct. It's time for walruses to get the protection they deserve.

    Using the form on this page, take a moment now to urge the Service to protect the Pacific walrus under the Endangered Species Act before it's too late.

  • Tell Amazon to Shine With Rooftop Solar
    Amazon Shine

    Amazon.com is named after a unique and threatened ecosystem that's charmed and inspired us all, yet the land and climate footprint of the company's operations pose a serious threat to biodiversity worldwide. That's why the Center for Biological Diversity has launched its new Amazon Shine campaign, urging the company to install solar panels on its huge warehouses.

    Amazon's fulfillment centers are some of the largest in the world, taking up more than 70 million square feet of space in the United States alone -- and that's not counting the land and climate impacts of powering these buildings. The entire process requires the mass extraction and transport of fossil fuels, as well as the generation and transmission of electricity over long distances.

    As a powerful, growing company, Amazon has the responsibility to consider wildlife in its decisions -- from siting future buildings to minimize wildlife impacts to meeting as much of its energy needs from rooftop solar panels as possible.

    By putting solar panels on top of its warehouses, Amazon can help lead the way toward an energy future that's better for wildlife, people and the planet. It'll also make it easier for others to follow suit.

    Amazon has responded to similar petitions before -- for instance, by committing to power its web services with 100 percent renewable energy. So join us now in asking Amazon to shine by installing solar panels on its U.S. warehouses.   

  • Tell USDA to Promote Sustainable Diets
    Extinction Facts Label

    Research shows that we can't meet international climate targets without reducing meat and dairy consumption. The U.S. Department of Agriculture had the opportunity to include sustainability in its latest dietary guidelines, but the agency ignored the science and overwhelming public support, instead releasing recommendations that the meat industry could celebrate.

    The agency says that sustainable diets are an important policy conversation, but it remains silent about the effects of America's super-sized appetite for meat and dairy. We need that conversation now more than ever.

    Governments around the world -- including the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Sweden -- have published national dietary guidelines urging people to eat less meat. This advice has enormous influence. It can change how people eat and how menus are created in schools and government facilities. And ultimately it can change the quantity of greenhouse gases released into our atmosphere.

    It's time for the USDA to acknowledge that animal products demand more resources than plant-based foods and take concrete steps to address the environmental and health problems that come with high meat and dairy consumption.

    Urge the USDA to issue a public statement and plan of action to promote a sustainable American diet. Then read and share our Extinction Facts labels.

  • End Phosphate Strip Mining in Florida
    Sinkhole in phosphate mine

    Phosphate mining is one of the most destructive practices on Earth -- a brutal process that completely destroys landscapes and leaves behind 200-foot-tall, radioactive waste piles, which put people and wildlife, from gopher tortoises to sandhill cranes, at risk.

    On Aug. 27, 2016, a sinkhole opened under one of these waste piles, causing more than 200 million gallons of contaminated wastewater to enter the Floridan Aquifer. It's not the first time the state's main source of drinking water has been imperiled by the phosphate industry, nor is it likely to be the last.

    Mosaic (the largest phosphate mining company in Florida) wants to dig up an additional 50,000 acres of the state's beautiful, biodiverse lands, creating more radioactive waste. But this incident shows that Mosaic can't even handle the radioactive waste it currently generates.

    It's time for us to stand against this dangerous, destructive practice. Tell your elected officials to do everything in their power to end the blight of phosphate mining in Florida.

  • Tell Missouri to Stop Unlimited For-profit Turtle Trapping
    Snapping turtle

    Because Missouri allows commercial trappers to take unlimited numbers of turtles from the state's rivers, thousands of the state's vulnerable turtles have been caught and killed over the past 10 years. Common snapping turtles and softshell turtles are sold domestically or exported to Asian markets to be slaughtered for food and medicine.

    Commercial trapping is devastating to turtle populations that are already suffering from threats like habitat destruction, water pollution and getting hit by cars. That's why the Center for Biological Diversity and the Great Rivers Environmental Law Center have asked the Missouri Department of Conservation to ban for-profit exploitation of the state's turtles.

    In response to our petition and because of your support, the department has agreed to address for-profit turtle trapping through a formal rulemaking.

    State officials now need to hear that you support a complete ban on commercial trapping of Missouri's turtles. Please take action today.

  • End Commercial Fur Trapping in California
    Fox

    In November 2015 conservationists celebrated when the California Fish and Game Commission voted to ban bobcat trapping, an important step toward bringing the state's wildlife management into the 21st century. But the job was left undone: Foxes, coyotes, badgers and a host of other furbearing animals are still subject to cruel trapping, and it's come to light that the state's oversight of its trapping program is illegal.

    California law requires that the state's costs of managing a fur-trapping program must be fully recovered through trapping-license fees. But the state spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on wardens, biologists and administrators to oversee trapping, yet only brings in a tiny fraction of that amount in fees. Taxpayers are footing the bill for the rest.

    With any luck, that will soon end. At its upcoming meeting the commission will consider a Center for Biological Diversity petition to comply with this never-enforced provision of California law. If implemented, it could mean the end of commercial trapping in the state.

    Tell California's Fish and Game Commission that you value wildlife alive and fully support ending all commercial fur trapping in the state.

  • Don't Make This Tortoise Wait Any Longer
    Gopher tortoise

    Gopher tortoises spend their days munching leafy greens under open canopies of pine trees and industriously digging burrows to hide from extreme weather and predators. But they're also team players, sharing their burrows with hundreds of other species like rabbits, foxes, quail, owls, frogs and rare eastern indigo snakes.

    Unfortunately this keystone species is struggling to survive as its woods are destroyed to make way for pine plantations and urban development. Although western populations of gopher tortoises are protected under the Endangered Species Act, eastern populations are not -- and they continue to lose their homes and lives.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service knows these tortoises are on the road to extinction, but relegated them to a waiting list that offers them no protection. Many candidate species have gone extinct waiting for the Act's vital safeguards; the gopher tortoise has already waited for more than a decade. Time is of the essence.

    Tell the Service to protect eastern gopher tortoises before it's too late.

  • Nebraska: Say No to Keystone XL
    Oil pipes

    The Keystone XL pipeline fight is back -- and just like last time, we need your help to win. We've already sued Trump for his approval of the presidential permit that Obama rejected at your urging. But there's more to the fight: In Nebraska, TransCanada still needs another permit based on a review of the project's harms to groundwater, soil, plants and wildlife.  

    Using the form on this page, tell Nebraska's Public Service Commission to deny this license to pollute.

    At stake are toxic spills, endangered species and disastrous tar sands climate pollution. We need to stand in solidarity with the Indian tribes, farmers and communities on the front lines.

    We've beaten Keystone XL together before. Join us now to do it again.

  • Protect Minnesota's Boundary Waters From Copper Mining
    Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

    The 1.1-million-acre Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is America's most visited wilderness area. Located in the Rainy River watershed in northeastern Minnesota, it includes nearly 2,000 pristine lakes and more than 1,200 miles of canoe routes. It's also great for hiking, camping, skiing, dog sledding and ice fishing, and is home to magnificent wildlife like moose, Canada lynx and wolves. It's rich with prehistoric and historic American Indian settlements.

    Along with Voyageurs National Park and Quetico Provincial Park, the Boundary Waters is part of an international network of protected land and wilderness of well over 2 million acres.

    The mining company Twin Metals has been pursuing a massive copper mine within the Rainy River watershed, just upstream from the Boundary Waters. Fortunately the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service have halted any new mine proposals in the Rainy River watershed for the next two years due to the severe risk of perpetual, toxic water pollution.

    These agencies are now considering extending the temporary ban into a 20-year ban and are taking public comment and analyzing the risks and environmental impacts of copper mining in the Rainy River watershed. Here's where you come in.

    Using the form on this page, please tell these agencies to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from sulfide-ore copper mining.

  • Speak Up for California Wolves
    Wolf OR-25

    Although California wolves are protected as an endangered species under federal and state law, they’re at risk of accidental killing due to hunting and trapping of other species in their habitat.

    Please join the Center for Biological Diversity in urging wildlife officials to ban these practices in wolf territory in California.

    Since 2011, 11 wolves have been confirmed in northern California: pioneering wolf OR-7, the seven-member Shasta wolf family, the newly confirmed Lassen pair, and lone wolf OR-25, who occasionally visits from Oregon. But a significant threat to wolf recovery in California is a state law allowing unlimited hunting of coyotes in areas that have been designated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife as occupied or potential wolf territory. This creates the risk that a wolf might be mistaken for a coyote and shot, especially at night when visibility is low. In some circumstances state law also allows the use of lethal traps and snares to capture other species, but a wolf could just as easily fall victim to this deadly gear.

    To address this the Center and Project Coyote filed an administrative petition last year with the commission seeking a ban on nighttime hunting and use of lethal traps in current and prospective wolf territory. Now we’re urging the commission to move quickly on this petition to prevent unintentional wolf killings.

    Using the form on this page, urge California Fish and Game Commission members to ban night hunting of coyotes and the use of lethal traps and snares in wolf habitat.

    This letter also includes a request that the commission raise trapping fees so that California’s trapping program, which isn't self-funding as required by law, no longer requires support from taxpayers who may not want their taxes going toward unlimited hunting and trapping of wildlife.

  • Protect California's Aquifers From Toxic Oil Waste
    Fracking-contaminated water

    Right now, if we don't speak up, scores of California's aquifers may become trash dumps for the oil industry.

    As you may know, state oil regulators at the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources aren't doing their job of protecting our water resources from oil-industry contamination. Roughly 1,650 wells continue to illegally inject toxic oil industry waste into groundwater aquifers. But instead of upholding the law and shutting down the wells, regulators are asking the Environmental Protection Agency to grant a pardon and waive the aquifer protections of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

    Your state senator sits on the Senate Natural Resources Committee, which has the power to hold these regulators to task. Those senators need to hear that this issue is important to you, and that the committee should hold oversight hearings of the negligent officials who have missed critical deadlines to shut down the illegal wells and continue to flout the law and common sense by sacrificing our underground water resources.

    Since the Trump EPA will never be the fierce environmental protector we need it to be, we must push hard to make sure our own state officials hold the line.

    Using the form on this page, please ask your senator to hold oversight hearings of state regulators and protect our aquifers from oil-industry contamination.

    And note -- this alert is only for California constituents with state senators on the Senate Natural Resources Committee. Find other Center alerts here.

  • Protect Appalachia From Mountaintop Removal
    Mountaintop removal

    Every day millions of pounds of explosives are detonated in Appalachia, blowing off the tops of mountains to expose seams of coal. Toxic dust billows into the air, and mining waste is dumped straight into streams, poisoning water for both people and wildlife.

    Communities near mountaintop-removal mining face significantly elevated rates of cancer, birth defects and major illness, including kidney, heart and respiratory disease. Mountaintop removal also threatens endangered fish, salamanders, bats, crayfish, and freshwater mussels found nowhere else on Earth.

    Fortunately a new bill in Congress aims to protect Appalachia from this extreme mining practice, ensuring that human health and endangered species won't be further sacrificed for the coal industry's profit.

    Using the form on this page, please contact your representatives and urge them to support the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act (H.R. 786), which would place a moratorium on new mountaintop-removal permits.

  • Tell Ohio to Ban Commercial Turtle Trapping
    Snapping turtle

    Unregulated trapping of freshwater turtles is wreaking havoc on our native turtle populations in the South and Midwest. And Ohio, which allows unlimited commercial collection of softshell and common snapping turtles, is one of the worst offenders.

    That's why the Center for Biological Diversity and allies petitioned the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in early 2017 to ban for-profit exploitation of the state's turtles.

    Please -- help us by sending an email to the agency supporting our petition.

    Freshwater turtles already face serious threats to their survival from habitat loss, toxic runoff and car traffic. They just can't afford to be trapped for captivity or meat. For years the Center has advocated for limits on turtle trapping -- and we've won lifesaving restrictions in states including Iowa, Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Now it's Ohio's turn to protect its heritage turtles.

    Using the form on this page, urge state officials to do the right thing by granting the Center's petition and banning commercial turtle trapping in Ohio.

  • Tell Rep. Pearce: No Border Wall in New Mexico
    Jaguar

    President Trump insists on a border wall that would halt the life-sustaining migration of wildlife into, and out of, the United States -- from jaguars and Mexican gray wolves to New Mexico ridge-nosed rattlesnakes. In return for killing off endangered animals, what would this massively expensive wall accomplish?

    Absolutely nothing, to judge from history and the miles of border wildlands where a destructive wall already exists. The structure will fail to stop desperate human migrants. It will drive vanishing species toward extinction. And it will stand as a monument to the senseless ruin of our beautiful Chihuahuan Desert -- unless we speak out.

    Please take a moment to call Congressman Steve Pearce at (202) 225-2365 and request that he tell Trump not to build a wall along New Mexico's border.

    We need Pearce's voice to counter Trump's crude and simplistic vision, and we need yours to show Pearce that this wall does not have local support.

    Here's a sample call script which you can paraphrase into your own words.

    Hi, my name is _______ and I'm calling from _______ .  I'd like to request that Representative Pearce tell President Trump not to build a wall along New Mexico's border. A wall would harm wildlife but would not increase border security. Also, I would like to hear back from him on specific actions he will take to ensure a wall doesn't get built and destroy our desert. Here's my contact information: _______. Thank you.

  • Demand a Stop to Attacks on Women and Wildlife
    Protester

    Donald Trump's first executive action after the historic Women's March was to reinstate the global gag rule, restricting access to reproductive healthcare and putting women's lives at risk. This response to the millions who marched for women's rights, equality and the environment sends a clear message that Donald Trump won't hesitate to pass policies that harm women, people of color and the planet.

    Congress can overturn the global gag rule, which prohibits international organizations from receiving funding if they participate in any abortion-related activity. But as soon as the current session of Congress convened Jan. 3, it began attacking women's rights and the environment. We need to stand together and keep the momentum of the Women's March going by demanding our representatives protect women's rights and reproductive freedom.

    Anti-choice Republicans are trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act and affordable access to birth control for millions of women, defund Planned Parenthood's reproductive health services, and pass a 6-week abortion ban to effectively create a federal ban on abortion. And now that Trump is in office, the stakes are even higher.

    Not only is reproductive freedom a basic human right, it is also inextricably linked to the preservation of wildlife and wild places. A woman's ability to access healthcare and prevent unplanned pregnancy is critical to reducing the pressure of human population on endangered species and fighting the effects of climate change.

    Using the form on this page, email your representatives to demand that they block any attempt to roll back access to reproductive healthcare.

    Center for Biological Diversity staff members joined hundreds of thousands this weekend in the Women's March on Washington. It was thrilling to see longtime activists as well as those who have never marched before rise together against Trump's dangerously racist, intolerant, anti-woman, anti-environmental agenda.

    We witnessed this same solidarity and commitment to action on our #Earth2Trump Roadshow of resistance, where every venue from coast to coast was filled to capacity. And we’ll need to maintain this momentum to protect the rights and values threatened by the new administration.

    In response to Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, the Center has created a 100-day plan outlining priorities, goals and methods. We're opposing Trump's attacks on our environment and values at every turn -- but we need your help. Start today by telling your representatives in no uncertain terms to protect women's rights.

  • Protect Alameda County's Water From Toxic Oil Waste
    Oil derrick

    The next aquifer that California state oil regulators will consider exempting from protection under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act -- the Greenville Sands -- lies adjacent to the city of Livermore in Alameda County.

    We know that there are many similar applications across California. Regulators are in the process of rubber-stamping operations like this one and attempting to get aquifers exempted from the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. To do so the state must first approve an application, then send it to the EPA for a final stamp. That's right -- in the middle of a drought, the industry and state want to destroy scores of aquifers that may affect thousands of people.

    If approved, exemptions would allow the oil industry to contaminate underground water sources with dangerous chemicals -- an unthinkable move even if California weren't in the midst of a devastating drought.

    This shouldn't happen in Alameda County; this shouldn't happen anywhere. Now is the time to build off Alameda County's fracking ban and protect our water from becoming a garbage dump for this toxic, greedy industry. With the possibility of a gutted EPA under Trump, California must take charge and ensure its water is protected.

    Act now to urge your state legislators to hold regulators accountable and deny Big Oil's application to pollute.

  • Tell McDonald's: Billions of Burgers Are Bad for Our Future
    Cows

    McDonald's spends hundreds of millions of dollars on ads convincing people to eat more meat. And of course, those ads fail to mention that producing those burgers is sickening our planet -- making a massive contribution to climate change and pollution and driving wildlife out of their homes.

    That's why it's quite the stretch for the fast-food giant to claim it will start sourcing its burgers from "sustainable beef" in 2016.

    At the rate McDonald's sells its burgers -- an estimated 75 per second -- the toll of that much meat production on wildlife and the planet is devastating no matter where the meat comes from. Meanwhile, McDonald's doesn't offer a single Earth-friendly entrée with plant-based protein; its only meatless options are limited to sides like salads and apple slices.

    McDonald's may not be the restaurant of choice for many environmentalists, but it's the choice of about 70 million people every day. This gives McDonald's a huge influence over the industry and the eating habits of people throughout the world -- and by extension, over our planet's future.

    Urge McDonald's to be a leader and work for real sustainability by including meatless options in its menu.

  • Stop Tar Sands Extraction in Utah
    Athabascan oil sands

    Asphalt Ridge in Utah is on its way to becoming the first large-scale tar sands extraction site in the United States -- unless we stop the Bureau of Land Management from leasing the land to foreign oil companies.

    If the project gets the green light, a Canadian corporation hopes to begin producing tar sands from a pilot facility in the Asphalt Ridge deposit near Vernal, Utah. And that's only the beginning: The company plans to ramp up production to commercial levels if funding is secured. The extraction and burning of tar sands oil would destroy wildlife habitat and contribute to the climate crisis.

    The BLM's facilitation of dirty tar sands production on our federal public lands is irresponsible and directly at odds with the need to shift quickly from fossil fuel dependence to clean, renewable resources.

    Urge the BLM to deny tar sands leasing at Asphalt Ridge.

  • Join the Fight to Save Okinawa Dugongs
    Dugong

    The governments of Japan and the United States are plowing ahead with construction of a new air base in Japan's Henoko Bay, threatening to destroy the last refuge of the critically endangered Okinawa dugong.

    And it's not just dugongs that are in harm's way: Okinawa's coral reefs support an entire world of rare, fascinating and little-known creatures -- and tragically more than half of these reefs have already disappeared due to global warming and pollution.

    Eighty percent of the Okinawan people, including their governor, oppose the base. American, Japanese and international organizations have spoken out against it. And both the U.S. Marine Mammals Commission and the World Conservation Union have confirmed that the base is a serious threat to dugongs, which are entitled to protections under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

    Construction of the offshore facility will also deplete essential freshwater supplies, increase the human population in sensitive areas, and encourage more harmful development.

    Environmental groups from both sides of the Pacific Ocean have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Defense to stop the base. While early success in the case stalled the project for several years, the Center and allies are now back in court fighting to end the construction.

    We need your help. Urge President Donald Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to step in and halt this destructive project.

  • Bring Solar to Your State's Government Buildings
    California state capitol building

    To avoid catastrophic climate change we must keep fossil fuels in the ground and rapidly transition to renewable energy. A concrete step we can take toward a sustainable energy system would be installing solar panels on government buildings.

    But with a cabinet of climate deniers running the federal government, this step will require visionary leadership and political will from our state leaders.

    According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the United States can generate enough solar energy from rooftops to meet nearly 40 percent of the nation's electricity needs. And Google's Project Sunroof found that close to 80 percent of all rooftops analyzed could host solar panels to generate clean energy. If we extend solar to parking lots, driveways and other paved spaces, the potential for distributed solar energy is even greater.

    Using the form on this page, tell your elected state officials to lead by example and put solar panels on all solar-compatible state government buildings.

    This action alert is for U.S. residents only. Find other Center actions here.

  • Protect Whales From Crab Traps
    Entangled whale

    An increasing number of whales are being entangled in fishing gear off the U.S. West Coast, and the resulting suffering and death are sickening. Please take a moment right now to demand immediate reforms of California fishery practices to protect marine wildlife.

    Thousands of vertical fishing lines off the West Coast create a dangerous labyrinth that whales must navigate to complete their migrations. These lines get caught on whale tails and flukes, leading to laceration, infection, and death by starvation or drowning. A photographic study from 2004 to 2006 showed that at least half the humpback whales off the West Coast carry scars from entanglement. And when whales die due to entanglement, their deaths are painful and slow -- one study found that fatally entangled whales can take an average of six months to die.

    And it's getting worse. Over the last three years, incidences of whale entanglement have been on a sharp rise with no signs of stopping. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, there were 71 unique reports of whale entanglements off the West Coast in 2016 -- mostly humpback whales caught in lines connected to crab traps. That's up from 61 reported whale entanglements in 2015, 30 in 2014, and an annual average of eight entanglements during the previous decade. This is a clear sign that something has gone badly awry.

    Using the form on this page, send a letter urging wildlife officials to protect whales by reassessing and updating crab fishery practices to reduce entanglements.

  • Rein in Off-road Recklessness in California
    ORV damage

    California's Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Program is badly in need of modernizing. Our skies are too often filled with noise and dirt. And joyriders are running roughshod over plants, animals and other precious resources, leaving scars on our deserts and forests.

    Thankfully state Senator Ben Allen (D-District 26) has just introduced California Senate Bill 249 to move important reforms forward and see that this program is managed in the future by our state parks officials for the benefit of all Californians. Please join us in supporting this new legislation.  

    As it now runs, the state's OHV-recreation program is highly permissive and does nothing to rein in well-documented harms to air and water quality, soils, plants or animals -- much of which occur in State Vehicle Recreation Areas and on federal public lands. What's more, our state gas-tax funds go directly to the program with little oversight, and this money is being used to promote increased recreation with little thought to the environmental costs. That must change.

    Using the form on this page, ask your state senator to support Sen. Allen's bill and this important step toward rational, transparent policies that will protect the resources of our state parks and public lands.

  • Tell the EPA to Regulate Factory Farms
    Agricultural waste

    Industrial animal agriculture is one of the biggest threats to safe, clean water for people and wildlife. But although the Environmental Protection Agency acknowledges that factory farms are a leading source of water pollution, it allows most of them to operate without a Clean Water Act permit.

    Industrially raised meat, dairy and egg operations produce massive amounts of polluting waste. Pollutants in the waste include antibiotics, pesticides, hormones, nutrients, salts, heavy metals and other trace elements, as well as more than 150 pathogens associated with human health risks. Factory farms have already polluted more than 35,000 miles of our rivers, contaminated groundwater, and imperiled wetlands, lakes and estuaries -- as well as the species that depend on these habitats.

    Animal agriculture operations must be brought into the Clean Water Act permitting program to protect people, wildlife and the environment.

    Using the form on this page, urge the EPA to protect safe and clean water by regulating factory farms.

  • Stop Mojave Desert Water Grab
    Peninsular bighorn sheep

    The Cadiz Valley aquifer is an ancient groundwater basin in the heart of the Mojave Desert. It supplies water to springs and seeps in the Mojave Trails National Monument and Mojave National Preserve, sustaining wildlife including imperiled desert tortoises and bighorn sheep.

    Now the Cadiz Corporation wants to pump water from the aquifer to sell for a profit to municipalities along the Southern California coast. How much water is at stake? About 50,000 acre-feet of groundwater per year -- for the next 50 years. This dewatering will devastate a wide area of the Mojave, already struggling with climate change-induced drought.

    Cadiz Corporation is claiming that due to the location of the project, no federal environmental review for their project is needed. Hogwash.

    Please take a moment right now to tell Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and officials at the Bureau of Land Management to require a full, transparent environmental review of the Cadiz water project.

  • Save the Vaquita -- Boycott Mexican Shrimp
    Vaquita

    Vaquitas -- the world's smallest and most endangered porpoises -- live only in Mexico's northern Gulf of California. After suffering decades of decline due to entanglement in shrimp-fishing gear, vaquitas are down to only 30 individuals left on Earth.

    Without swift, strong action by the Mexican government, they could disappear forever by 2020. But Mexico has failed to keep its promises to save the vaquita. Its latest measure -- a temporary, two-year ban on the use of vaquita-killing gillnets, established in April 2015 -- has been inadequate and unenforced. Vaquitas are still dying as gillnet use continues, in blatant violation of the ban. Vessels large and small, including shrimp boats, have been caught fishing illegally inside the vaquita refuge area, and the refuge is littered with illegal totoaba nets.

    It's time for us to put pressure on Mexico to do the right thing. Using the form on this page, tell Mexican officials that you'll be participating in an international boycott of Mexican shrimp until they step up enforcement and permanently ban all dangerous gillnets in vaquita habitat.

  • Pledge of Resistance to Donald Trump's Assault on America's Environment, Democracy and Civil Rights
    The Fight Is On.

    I pledge to stand in resistance to Donald Trump's assault on America's clean air, clean water, climate, wildlife, civil rights, reproductive rights, gender and racial equality, and freedom of speech and religion.
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  • Pledge of Resistance to Donald Trump's Assault on America's Environment, Democracy and Civil Rights
    The Fight Is On.

    I pledge to stand in resistance to Donald Trump's assault on America's clean air, clean water, climate, wildlife, civil rights, reproductive rights, gender and racial equality, and freedom of speech and religion.
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  • Pledge of Resistance to Donald Trump's Assault on America's Environment, Democracy and Civil Rights
    The Fight Is On.

    I pledge to stand in resistance to Donald Trump's assault on America's clean air, clean water, climate, wildlife, civil rights, reproductive rights, gender and racial equality, and freedom of speech and religion.
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  • Demand Greener Menus From World's Largest Restaurant Company
    Olive Garden sign

    Darden Restaurants owns and operates more than 1,500 restaurants -- including Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and Bahama Breeze. Through these restaurants the company employs more than 150,000 people and serves more than 320 million meals a year, making it the world's #1 full-service restaurant operator.

    As a leading food provider, Darden has a unique opportunity and responsibility to use its considerable purchasing power to support a healthier, fairer and more sustainable food system.

    Sign our petition urging Darden to adopt greener menus to promote public health and protect wildlife. With a company this large, the effects of every food choice are magnified.

  • Bring Back the Bears
    Bring Back the Bears

    Grizzly bears once roamed across California for centuries -- from the state's mountains to its valleys and beaches. But decades of persecution drove them off the landscape, and the last grizzly in California was tragically shot in 1924.

    Now it's time to bring the bears back.

    We're calling on the California Fish and Game Commission to consider options to reintroduce grizzlies in California's Sierra Nevada, where there are 8,000 square miles of prime habitat.

    Grizzlies today survive in just a few pockets in the Rocky Mountains -- roughly 4 percent of their historic range in the lower 48. If these endangered bears are going to truly recover, they need to be returned to more of their native homes in the American West (remote places typically far away from people).

    Grizzlies are so iconic in California that they're on the state flag -- even if they are no longer on the land. Please sign our petition to return California grizzly bears and a renewed sense of the wild to the Golden State.

  • Calling All Youth: Take Action for the Wild
    American pika

    You're young. You're dismayed by the evidence of so many animals and plants becoming endangered and going extinct; you're alarmed by the fact that our governments aren't doing more to curb dangerous climate change.

    You want to do all you can to stop extinctions and curb global warming.

    That's all we need to know.

    Please sign this pledge to go on record that you're serious about preserving the wildlife and wild places of Earth — whether it's by following our everyday life tips or starting your own nonprofit — to play a role in changing the world.

    This pledge won't sign you up for any particular action. It's our way of giving you a chance to take that leap in your mind and identify yourself as a conservationist. You'll make a difference.

    For your own privacy, we ask that you please use only your first name. Thank you!

  • Save Monarch Butterflies
    Monarch butterfly

    Monarch butterflies urgently need your help. This iconic, orange-and-black beauty was once common in backyards across the country -- but its population has plummeted by 90 percent in the past 20 years. One of the main causes of its decline is the widespread use of Monsanto's Roundup (glyphosate) -- which is wiping out milkweed, the butterfly's only host plant.

    That's why we've petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list monarchs as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Act is 99 percent effective at preventing species from going extinct, but a species must first be listed to reap the benefits of the Act's protections.

    These incredible creatures need our help to survive. Every year monarchs migrate thousands of miles -- from Mexico to Canada -- in an incredible, multigenerational journey that thrills all who are lucky enough to witness part of it. But without swift action, we may see the end of this migration.

    Please sign our petition to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act before it's too late.

  • Clean the Air and Save the Climate in Your Community
    Earth

    The Clean Air Act is an environmental law that holds polluters accountable for poisoning the air we breathe and causing the planet to warm. The oil, gas and coal lobbies have slowed and even stopped the government from using the law to stop global warming.

    Cities across the country are rallying together to end the delays. They are asking the federal government to set strong, swift, lifesaving standards to reduce global warming pollution.

    Sign our petition to encourage your city or town to join the growing network of Clean Air Cities.

  • Pledge to Take Extinction Off Your Plate
    Take Extinction Off Your Plate

    Meat production is one of the planet's largest causes of environmental degradation and most significant threats to wildlife.

    And the problem is rapidly getting worse: Production of beef, poultry, pork and other meat products tripled between 1980 and 2010 and will likely double again by 2050. This increasing meat consumption in a world of more than 7 billion people is taking a staggering toll on wildlife, habitat, water resources, air quality and the climate. Meanwhile, Americans eat more meat per capita than almost any other country.

    By signing the pledge to reduce meat consumption by one-third or more, we can start to take extinction off our plates. Join the Center's Earth-friendly Diet Campaign today.

    Already a vegetarian? Then you're a valuable wildlife advocate who can help others join the movement. Spread the word by taking the pledge and asking your friends to sign too.

    Protect wildlife -- pledge today to eat an Earth-friendly diet.

  • Don't Let Big Oil Frack California's Coast
    Dolphins

    Despite a moratorium on new oil leases off California's coast, some oil and gas companies are extending the life of existing oil operations by fracking: Old leases that should be retiring are adding to our country's addiction to fossil fuels.

    Fracking involves the use of toxic chemicals blasted at high pressures to force oil and gas out of subsea rock. The way the law currently stands, some companies are allowed to dump their wastewater directly into the ocean.

    Help save whales, dolphins and fish from unnecessary harm -- insist that our leaders bring a stop to this dangerous practice. 

    Sign the Center for Biological Diversity's petition to urge the California Coastal Commission and other leaders to halt offshore fracking now.

  • Ban the Big, Bad Bullfrog
    Bullfrog

    Voracious, exotic bullfrogs are destroying native wildlife across the western United States.

    In California bullfrogs eat and outcompete animals like the endangered California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog. They also spread deadly diseases like chytrid fungus, which is wiping out native frog and toad populations.

    Millions of bullfrogs are imported into the Golden State each year for food, pets or dissection. But many bullfrogs escape or get set free, largely defeating taxpayer-funded conservation efforts to remove nonnative bullfrogs from the wild.

    Bullfrogs also threaten California's amphibian populations, which already face unprecedented declines from habitat destruction, climate change and other forces.

    Sign our petition and tell Gov. Jerry Brown to ban the import and sale of bullfrogs in California.

  • Stop Catching Wild Turtles for Turtle Races
    Eastern box turtle

    Turtles are dying off at an alarming pace -- rates never seen before -- under pressure from habitat loss, road kill and other threats. But one of those threats could prove fairly simple to tackle: turtle races. Annual turtle races strain native populations every year -- thousands of turtles are removed from the wild and raced in small towns across the country.

    It's easy to believe little harm is done when turtles are caught, then released into the wild after races, but the fact is that these races can expose turtles to deadly diseases. Those diseases spread to wild populations when the turtles are released. Ranavirus is a sickness causing particular concern; it has led to widespread turtle, frog and salamander deaths in 25 states.

    Many of the threats native turtles face are difficult problems to solve -- but turtle races have an easy fix. Just stop using turtles caught in the wild. Many towns already use creative substitutes for wild-caught turtles, such as river races using rubber turtles or races where people pull toy turtles on strings.

    Sign our petition and ask communities to stop using wild-caught turtles in their turtle races.

  • Gov. Brown: Don't Frack California
    Fracking rig

    California is on the brink of rapidly expanding fracking in our Golden State, despite the risks to our air, water, wildlife, communities and climate.

    Across the country, more than 1,000 documented cases of water contamination have been associated with fracking and drilling, which pollutes our air with toxic chemicals and emits methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas. It also opens up new areas to fossil fuel development at a time when we need to transition rapidly to clean, renewable energy.

    Governor Brown should follow the lead of New York, New Jersey and Vermont and prohibit fracking to protect our wildlife, our natural resources, our health and our climate. That's why the Center for Biological Diversity is joining our allies in pushing to get more signatures in support of a fracking ban than on any other environmental petition in the state's history. We need your help now to make it happen.

    Please sign the Center's petition to urge Gov. Brown to ban fracking.

  • Protect Corals, Fish and Sea Turtles From Ocean Acidification
    Pillar coral

    Your beach may be more polluted than you think. Each hour we dump one ton of invisible pollution into the ocean; if it were a visible, tangible substance like oil, we would demand that the spill be halted. Even though you can't see it, this pollution threatens our sea life -- from the smallest of plankton to the greatest of whales.

    The pollution is carbon dioxide, and it's making our oceans more acidic.

    Ocean acidification is linked to global warming in that both are caused by CO2 buildup and both threaten to cause unprecedented devastation to the planet's biome. The early effects are already here: Baby oysters cannot survive in waters off the Pacific Northwest, coral growth has been stunted in Florida, and polar waters have eroded the shells of prey that sustain Alaska's salmon and whales.

    Sign our petition and tell the president and the Environmental Protection Agency we must act now to end ocean acidification.

  • Change Rattlesnake Roundups to Humane Festivals
    Eastern diamondback rattlesnake

    "Rattlesnake roundups" are cruel contests where hunters bring in as many wild snakes as they can catch in a year; afterwards the snakes are slaughtered and sold for their skin and meat.

    They're a serious problem -- one that many people don't even know exist. Roundups in the Southeast, for example, are driving sharp declines of the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, which is the target of contests in Whigham, Ga., and Opp, Ala. In response to a Center petition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that eastern diamondbacks may now need Endangered Species Act protection.

    Across the country rattlers play a key role in the food web, especially in terms of rodent control. And because hunters often use gasoline to drive snakes from their dens, roundups are also harmful to hundreds of other species that share their homes with the snakes. In Texas, 20 endangered species living underground can be harmed by suffocating gas fumes, which is why the Center recently petitioned to end "gassing" of Texas snake dens.

    Please sign our petition asking communities to change their roundups to festivals where snakes are celebrated and admired -- not hunted and killed.

  • Take the Pledge: Join the Bluefin Boycott
    Bluefin tuna

    Overfishing is pushing bluefin tuna to the brink of extinction. These magnificent animals are famous for their racecar-like speeds, but their population has been reduced to historically low levels by more than 80 percent since industrial fishing began.

    The government ignored the danger to bluefin tuna and gave industry its way when it denied Endangered Species Act protection to Atlantic bluefin tuna in 2011. After years of catching Pacific bluefin tuna before they reproduced, populations are at critically low levels, having declined 96.4 percent from unfished levels. The government started an Endangered Species Act review of Pacific bluefin tuna in 2016.

    So right now the best way to stop overfishing is to vote with your plate.

    Bluefin tuna remains a prized menu item in some restaurants. Send the message that serving bluefin tuna is unacceptable by signing our pledge; then share this with your friends and local restaurants.

    Follow the Bluefin Brigade on Facebook.

    Learn more about the Center's work to save bluefin tuna.

    These restaurants have pledged not to sell or buy bluefin tuna:

    Blue Hill, Manhattan, NY, US
    Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY, US
    Bon Appétit Management Company, Palo Alto, CA, US
    Chez Panisse, Berkeley, CA, US
    Farmers & Fishers, Washington, DC, US
    Tataki South, San Francisco, CA, US
    Tataki Sushi and Sake Bar, San Francisco, CA, US
    Umi, San Francisco, CA, US
    80 Restaurant, San Miguel Allende Mexico, Mexico,
    A Toute Heure, Cranford, NJ, US
    Anthony's, Richland, WA, US
    Bamboo Sushi, Portland, OR, US
    Barbarini Mercato, NY, NY, US
    Blue Wasabi Sushi & Martini Bar, Scottsdale, AZ, US
    Bob Chinn's Restaurant, Buffalo Grove, IL, US
    Cafe Bon Homme, Royal Oak, MI, US
    Cracker Barrel, Strawberry Plains, TN, US
    Anthony's, Richland, WA, US
    Babols, Liverpool, GB
    Bamboo Sushi, Portland, OR, US
    Berns, Stockholm, SE
    Blue Hill, Revere, PA, US
    Blue Ribbon, Brooklyn, NY, US
    Blue Wasabi Sushi & Martini Bar, Scottsdale, AZ, US
    Bob Chinn's Restaurant, Buffalo Grove, IL, US
    Butcher & Banker Pub, Beamsville, ON, CA
    Cafe Bon Homme, Royal Oak, MI, US
    Calle 8 Cafe, San Antonio, TX, US
    Ca'n Tià, Palma, ES
    Candle 79, Commack, NY, US
    Chae's Coffee +, Cottonwood, AZ, US
    Cracker Barrel, Strawberry Plains, TN, US
    Davinci's, Mahopac, NY, US
    Délitheque Restaurant, Montréal, QC, CA
    Denny's, Boca Raton, FL, US
    Distributor; J&B group's seafood buyer, Minneapolis, MN, US
    Eddies, Orange, MA, US
    Elm Bar, New Haven, CT, US
    Farmer's & Fishers, Milwaukee, WI, US
    Farmstead, Providence, RI, US
    Finz Restaurant, Stuart, FL, US
    Fish, Sausalito, CA, US
    Flight Deck, Salem, OR, US
    Harkness Student Co-operative, Oberlin, OH, US
    Ibbys, St. Louis, MO, US
    Jason O'Connell, Redondo Beach, CA, US
    Jersey City Board of Education, Jersey City, NJ, US
    Joans Bar, St Georges, GD
    Joe's Restaurant, Venice, CA, US
    John Ash & Co., Santa Rosa, CA, US
    Kelly's Good Eats, Mariposa, CA, US
    La Laiterie at Farmstead, Providence, RI, US
    La Trat, Berkeley, CA, US
    Laucala Island Resort Limited, Suva, HI, FJ
    Ma Fishers, Milwaukee, WI, US
    Maple Farm Sanctuary, Mendon, MA, US
    Mary's Gourmet Kitchen, Jensen Beach, FL, US
    Mashiko Restaurant, Seattle, WA, US
    MCL Cafeteria, Zionsville, IN, US
    Meadows Golf, Nelson, BC, CA
    Menla Retreat, Phoenicia, NY, US
    Miya's Sushi, New Haven, CT, US
    Miya's, East Haven, CT, US
    Moms at School, Lakeland, FL, US
    My Kitchen, Riverview, FL, US
    Purple Pickel, St. Simons Island, GA, US
    Purple Pickle, Rincon, GA, US
    Red Gables Mesquite Grill, Sandusky, OH, US
    Rest. Frohsinn, Weinfelden, Leimbach, CH
    Restaurante Gloria Seafood, D.F., MX
    Rick Moonen's RM Seafood, Las Vegas, NV, US
    Rod's, Los Osos, CA, US
    Sam's Grill & Seafood, San Francisco, CA, US
    SeaMonkeyInk.com, Houston, TX, US
    Sir Edmond Halley's, Charlotte, NC, US
    Start Bay Inn, National, GB
    Sunapee Lodge, Sunapee, NH, US
    Sushi House, Los Angeles, CA, US
    Sushi Ten, Tucson, AZ, US
    Sushi Toni, San Francisco, CA, US
    Sushisamba, Las Vegas, NV, US
    Swell, San Francisco, CA, US
    Tataki Sushi, San Francisco, CA, US
    TGIFridays, Philadelphia, PA, US
    The American Hotel, Sag Harbor, NY, US
    The Emperior's Wok, Saint Louis, MO, US
    The Grit, Lexington, GA, US
    The Sushi Bar, McCall, ID, US
    Thegourmetoboist Catering, Hadley, MA, US
    Umi, San Francisco, CA, US
    Water Grill, Los Angeles, CA, US
    Whole Foods Cafe, Wentzville, MO, US
    Whole Foods, Harleysville, PA, US
    Yo! Sushi, London, GB

  • People's Petition to Cap Carbon Dioxide Pollution at 350 Parts Per Million
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    Prominent climate researchers have warned that we must reduce the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350 parts per million (ppm) or below in order to stabilize climate change and avoid global catastrophe. The Center for Biological Diversity, along with Bill McKibben's group 350.org, is advocating strongly for this necessary standard.

    While carbon dioxide isn't the only global warming pollutant we need to control, it's the number-one contributor to climate change.

    Please join us in moving toward a real solution to the climate crisis by calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to do its job as science, the law and common sense require.

    Sign the People's Petition to Cap Carbon at 350 Parts Per Million today.

    Several lines of evidence show that allowing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels to remain above 350 ppm for a sustained period of time will lead to dangerously acidic oceans, runaway global warming, and melting of the polar ice caps. Such a climate would be well outside anything experienced in the history of the human species, and would carry with it irreversible cascades of species extinctions and significant dangers for human civilization.

    What's needed is an immediate reduction of atmospheric carbon dioxide, with the goal of an overall concentration of 350 ppm or less to be achieved as quickly as possible. To accomplish that, the Center supports the rapid phasing out of all coal-fired power plants; the highest technologically feasible vehicle-mileage standards; and a ban on extreme energy development like Arctic drilling, tar sands and fracking, among other critical measures.