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  • Time Is Running Out for Vaquitas — Can You Help?

    Fewer than 30 vaquitas are left in Mexico's northern Gulf of California. And experts have said that if the Mexican government doesn't quickly enact a permanent ban on the use of all gillnets, the vaquita will be extinct in less than two years.

    For decades this small porpoise has been killed in gillnets used to catch shrimp for sale in the United States. And more recently, vaquitas have died in gillnets used to illegally catch totoaba, an endangered fish whose swim bladder is prized in Asia.

    You can shift the tide for vaquitas. Using the form on this page, urge Amazon to join the growing list of retailers refusing to buy or sell Mexican shrimp until a real and permanent gillnet ban is implemented and enforced.

    In June Mexico announced a rule to rein in gillnet fishing in the vaquita's range. But it isn't enough. The plan exempts two fisheries from a full ban and fails to halt the possession, sale and manufacture of these nets in the region.
    There's still time to save vaquitas. Just last week Trader Joe's agreed to join the Mexican shrimp boycott. Tell Amazon to sign on too and help keep up the pressure.

  • Make the Call to Save Gray Wolves
    Gray wolf

    Even after the recent government shutdown, Republicans in Congress have no qualms about continuing to hijack the funding process to pursue their fanatic ideologies. They're continuing their war against our nation's most iconic species. This time they've added riders to the 2018 budget that would gut the Endangered Species Act.

    One of the riders would strip critical protections from thousands of gray wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes region. This would condemn these important predators to slaughter through cruel hunting methods.

    We've recently seen how easily a bad deal can transpire in Congress. Please — call your members of Congress today and demand that they oppose any provisions in the 2018 budget that would undermine the Endangered Species Act.

    Here's a sample call script.

    Hi, my name is ____, and I live in ____. I'm calling to urge you to stand up for wolves and other imperiled wildlife and oppose the harmful anti-Endangered Species Act provisions in the 2018 appropriations bills. The Act is our nation's most successful environmental law and has saved more than 99 percent of species under its protection from extinction and put hundreds more on the path to recovery. Any attempts to dismantle the Act or undermine protections for imperiled species should be rejected.

  • Protect Wildlife From Risky Development in Flood Areas
    Bird after Hurrican Irma

    A new bill in Congress that provides much-needed disaster relief to the victims of this past summer's hurricanes and California wildfires has a toxic rider attached to it that would itself spell disaster for wildlife across the country, from Pacific salmon to Florida Key deer.

    Please call Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio and Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to demand they strip this language from the disaster-relief bill (H.R. 4667).

    Rep. Peter DeFazio: (202) 225-6416
    Sen. Jeff Merkley: (202) 224-3753
    Sen. Ron Wyden: (202) 224-5244

    Here's a sample call script.

    Hi, my name is _____, and I live in _____.  I'm calling to urge you to stand up for wildlife and oppose a provision in H.R. 4667 or any similar bill that would absolve FEMA of its responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act. The Act is our nation's most successful environmental law, and it's shameful for lawmakers to use emergency relief for disaster victims as an opportunity to weaken federal protections for wildlife.

    Background Info

    H.R. 4667 provides much-needed disaster relief to the victims of this past summer's hurricanes and California wildfires. But in a cynical move, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) is joining up with the Trump administration to push for a provision that allows FEMA to ignore harms to endangered species when it subsidizes new developments through the National Flood Insurance Program. The language would exempt private flood-control projects from Endangered Species Act requirements and remove FEMA's legal obligation to safeguard wildlife.

    Building in the most flood-prone, storm-prone areas makes little sense — and killing endangered species and destroying their homes in the process is even worse. Tell your reps that this legislation is wrong and it's shameful that lawmakers are using emergency relief for disaster victims as an opportunity to weaken federal protections for wildlife.

  • Stop Trump's Plan to Expand Drilling Off U.S. Coasts
    Offshore drilling platform

    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has announced plans to dramatically expand offshore oil drilling in all oceans along U.S. coasts. This would include allowing new oil leasing along California's shores for the first time in more than 30 years and in the remote Arctic.

    Using the form on this page, send a letter to Secretary Zinke urging him to scrap this destructive plan.

    The draft proposal for offshore leasing over the next five years shows that the Trump administration is serious about giving the fossil fuel industry exactly what it wants: unrestricted access to oil and gas reserves buried deep under our oceans. If allowed to stand, the plan will hurt coastal communities and wildlife — from polar bears to blue whales — and risk even more oil spills and sea-level rise. We can't let that happen.

    Act now to demand that Secretary Zinke protect our oceans and climate by scrapping this plan.

  • Resist Trump's Attacks on Our National Monuments
    Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

    President Trump has announced that he's slashing Bears Ears National Monument in Utah by 85 percent and Grand Staircase-Escalante by about half. It's the latest in a long line of attacks by Trump and members of Congress trying to dismantle our public lands system.

    Will you send a letter to your members of Congress urging them to stop these public lands assaults?

    Public lands play a vital role in providing clean water and air, habitat for wildlife, and places for people to recreate and find solace. These lands belong to all of us, and it's our job to protect them for future generations.

    This fight is far from over. But if we're going to win, we need everyone to stand up, raise their voices and demand that our national monuments and other public lands get the protections they deserve.

    Using the form on this page, please take a moment now to send a letter to your members of Congress.

  • Take the Pledge to Save the Endangered Species Act
    Monarch butterfly

    Trump and his cronies in Congress are an unprecedented threat to America's most vulnerable wildlife, from monarch butterflies to jaguars. Since January 2017 Congress has launched 47 legislative attacks against the Endangered Species Act. Polluters and profiteers are perfectly fine with pushing plants and animals to the brink of extinction just to make a buck.

    If we're going to save the Act and every species it protects, we need to take immediate action to fight the Trump administration's anti-wildlife agenda.

    Join the movement to save the Endangered Species Act by signing our pledge today. Together we'll take on Trump's administration through science, law, media and the collective voice of millions.

  • Stop Congress From Opening Arctic Refuge to Drilling
    Polar bears

    We need your help to stop Congress from trashing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This vast and beautiful wilderness in Alaska's northeast corner is absolutely no place for oil drilling. It's home to polar bears, musk oxen, massive herds of caribou and more than 200 kinds of migratory birds. The congressional budget resolution includes a veiled attempt to drill in the refuge, a goal of the Trump administration.

    Using the form on this page, urge your elected officials to oppose any budget bill that opens the Arctic refuge to oil drilling.

  • No Time Like Now to Save Orcas
    Southern Resident killer whales

    The critically endangered Southern Resident killer whale population has just 76 individuals, making its extinction highly likely. In early 2015 the National Marine Fisheries Service rightly concluded that, to keep Southern Resident killer whales from forever disappearing, it was absolutely necessary to protect coastal areas off Washington, Oregon and Northern California as critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act.

    But then, in an about-face, the agency postponed a final rule protecting this habitat until 2018 or beyond, citing the need to gather more information. Scientific evidence, based on acoustic monitoring and satellite tracking, shows that the Southern Resident population uses these coastal areas for foraging during winter and spring.

    Meanwhile the threats continue all along the orcas' migration route, from Washington down to the San Francisco Bay: food supply depletion, fast-moving maritime traffic, coastal pollution, ocean noise and fishing gear entanglements could all be minimized by new rules.

    Using the form on this page, urge the Fisheries Service to move faster. Species with critical habitat protection are twice as likely to be on the path to recovery as those without.

  • Protect Florida's Goliath Groupers
    Goliath grouper

    Goliath grouper were once abundant from Florida to Brazil, but overfishing and habitat loss decimated their numbers. Since 1990 harvest and possession of the fish have been prohibited in U.S. federal waters and state waters off Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. This ban has allowed goliath grouper to recover, but they still have a long way to go.

    And now the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is considering allowing harvest of these giant, rare fish again in state waters.

    Will you speak out in favor of upholding protections for goliath grouper?

    The commission's proposal would allow the lethal harvest of 100 goliath groupers per year for four years for research. But the science that the commission hopes to gather by harvesting fish can be accomplished using a nonlethal catch-and-release program. And claims from fishermen that goliath grouper are interfering with other fisheries have been disproven.

    The proposed harvest would target most of Florida's breeding population of goliath grouper. This would undermine 27 years of conservation efforts and put the population at risk of extinction.

    Using the form on this page, tell the commission you support keeping Florida's goliath grouper protected, and ask it to adopt nonlethal means of studying the fish.

  • Stop the Use of Cyanide Land Mines That Kill Wildlife

    Days after a young male wolf died a brutal death in Oregon earlier this year, a "cyanide bomb" like the one that killed him claimed more victims. Canyon, a 14-year old boy out for a walk with the family's Labrador retriever, inadvertently triggered the deadly device, which blasted cyanide that blinded him and killed his beloved dog.

    Known as M-44s, these sweet-smelling capsules deliver a fatal dose of poison to the face or inside the mouth when activated by an animal drawn to the scent, causing immense suffering. M-44s are typically stuck in the ground out in the wild — where anything or anyone might find them, making them indiscriminate killers.

    USDA's Wildlife Services kills thousands of animals a year with these devices. A coyote is poisoned to death by an M-44 once every 40 minutes — that's more than 13,000 coyotes a year.

    With intentional and accidental deaths stacking up, the Center for Biological Diversity and other conservation groups have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to outlaw their use.

    Using the form on this page, tell the EPA to protect pets, people and wildlife by immediately banning the use of M-44 cyanide traps nationwide.

  • Tell Your Senators to Oppose the Dairy Pride Act
    Dairy cows

    In the United States, dairy production has a devastating impact on our land, water and air — producing more emissions each year than 9 million cars.

    That's why we must stand up now in defense of Earth-friendly diets. Just as more people are turning to plant-based alternatives like soy, almond and coconut milks, the dairy industry and its allies in Congress are trying to stamp out the competition.

    The recently proposed Dairy Pride Act (S.130) would prevent plant-based alternatives from using basic terms such as "milk," "yogurt" and "cheese." The bill would also force the Food and Drug Administration to penalize any company using these terms. If the legislation passes, it'll put plant-based dairy alternatives at a disadvantage in stores.

    Using the form on this page, tell your senators to oppose the Dairy Pride Act.

  • Say No to North Florida Phosphate Mine
    Florida phosphate mine

    Phosphate mining in Florida is a brutal process that destroys landscapes, alters watersheds and leaves behind mountains of radioactive waste. It puts people, wildlife and our Floridan aquifer at risk.

    That's why we need your help now to stop a proposal to dig yet another mine on 10,775 acres across Union and Bradford counties. Using the form on this page, send a letter to the Bradford Co. commissioners telling them you stand against destructive phosphate mines.

    More than 300,000 acres of Florida have already been destroyed by phosphate mining. This mine would irreversibly alter the Santa Fe River Basin, destroy precious wildlife habitat and threaten the health of people in the area.

    Don't let phosphate mining ruin more Florida landscapes. Take action today.

  • Say No to Traps on Public Lands
    Red fox

    Cruel and dangerous traps have no place on lands set aside for conservation and recreation — like the millions of acres within national forests and wildlife refuges. But right now government and commercial trappers are allowed to place inhumane traps throughout our public lands, putting both wild and domesticated animals at risk.

    Help remove traps from our federal lands. Urge your representative to cosponsor the Limiting Inhumane Federal Trapping (LIFT) Act.

    Government trappers target animals like wolves, coyotes, bears and mountain lions even though research has shown that eradicating these key predator species — and hurting ecosystems in the process — doesn't even protect livestock. Commercial trappers also use our federal lands to kill foxes, beavers and other animals for their fur. And traps don't discriminate between victims: If hidden along popular trails or waterways, they can capture and kill pets, too.

    Using the form on this page, send a letter to your representative. Tell them to cosponsor the LIFT Act (H.R. 1727), which would help stop this unnecessary killing and promote broader use of nonlethal predator-control methods.

  • Stop the Dirty-Energy Bill

    Soon the Senate will vote on the Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017. Introduced by Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), S. 1460 would advance the Trump administration's dirty-energy agenda. A gift to the fossil fuel industry, the bill would lock us into additional decades of reliance on dirty energy.

    We need to stop it in its tracks.

    The bill promotes dangerous fracking by fast-tracking approvals for fracked-gas export terminals and gas pipelines. It pours hundreds of millions of dollars into failed "carbon capture and storage" technology for coal. Every major provision in the bill, as summarized in our fact sheet, will worsen climate change and the health of the American people.

    At a time when our transition away from fossil fuels should be in high gear, this bill robs our children of a clean energy future.

    Using the form on this page, tell your senators you don't want our energy policy dictated by Trump and dirty, climate-wrecking fossil fuel companies.

  • 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.

  • Stop Federal Funding of Abstinence Education

    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.

  • Tell Amazon to Shine With Rooftop Solar
    Amazon Shine 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.   

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Demand a Stop to Attacks on Women and Wildlife

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Save the Vaquita -- Boycott Mexican Shrimp

    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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  • 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.

  • 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

    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

    President Trump is determined to give oil companies unrestricted access to oil and gas under America's oceans, and his plans to dramatically expand offshore drilling off the California coast threatens marine wildlife and coastal communities with oil spills, toxic pollution and more fossil fuel infrastructure.

    The federal government also recently lifted a moratorium on offshore fracking, which paves the way for oil companies to begin using toxic chemicals blasted at high pressures to force oil and gas out of sub-sea rock. The feds allow oil companies to dump up to 9 billion gallons of wastewater, including toxic fracking chemicals, into the Pacific Ocean.

    But we're building the resistance to stop this dangerous practice -- several California cities and counties have passed resolutions opposing offshore drilling and fracking, and we're just getting started.

    Help protect whales, sea otters and fish from unnecessary harm -- insist that our leaders halt this deadly form of extraction once and for all.

    Sign our petition to urge the California Coastal Commission and other leaders to halt offshore fracking now.

  • 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.

  • 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, 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

    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, 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.