Center for Biological Diversity

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  • Pledge of Resistance to Donald Trump's Assault on America's Environment, Democracy and Civil Rights
    Donald J. Trump

    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.

    I pledge to stand in solidarity with those threatened by violence and intimidation because of who they are, what they believe or their opposition to Trump's dangerous agenda.

    Donald Trump is an unprecedented threat to our nation's democracy, health and environment. He must not be allowed to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, gut the Clean Air and Endangered Species acts, raid our public lands, eliminate regulations protecting poor communities from pollution, deport millions of people, take away our reproductive freedom, or force millions to live in fear.

    I pledge to resist Trump through action.

    I pledge to speak out, make phone calls, sign petitions, join rallies, support conservation and civil rights groups, educate my family and friends, and keep a compassionate, loving heart while fighting fiercely for the values I cherish most.

  • Pledge of Resistance to Donald Trump's Assault on America's Environment, Democracy and Civil Rights
    Donald J. Trump

    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.

    I pledge to stand in solidarity with those threatened by violence and intimidation because of who they are, what they believe or their opposition to Trump's dangerous agenda.

    Donald Trump is an unprecedented threat to our nation's democracy, health and environment. He must not be allowed to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, gut the Clean Air and Endangered Species acts, raid our public lands, eliminate regulations protecting poor communities from pollution, deport millions of people, take away our reproductive freedom, or force millions to live in fear.

    I pledge to resist Trump through action.

    I pledge to speak out, make phone calls, sign petitions, join rallies, support conservation and civil rights groups, educate my family and friends, and keep a compassionate, loving heart while fighting fiercely for the values I cherish most.

  • End the Harvest of New York's Terrapins
    Diamondback terrapin

    With speckled skin and elaborately patterned shells, diamondback terrapins are gorgeous creatures. They're also hard workers who keep the balance along our coasts -- by eating snails that would otherwise devour salt-marsh grasses and lead to ecosystem collapse.

    Right now these turtles face a host of serious threats, from fishing-gear entanglement to car strikes and overcollection. But luckily for New York's terrapins, the state is considering a solution that will give them a chance to recover: a full closure of the harvesting season. 

    Currently any person who holds a diamondback terrapin license can take them in unlimited numbers during a nine-month open season. This is terrible policy, given that scientists have repeatedly shown that even moderate levels of collection can send populations into a crash.

    Take action below -- tell New York's wildlife officials to follow the lead of other East Coast states and end the harvest as soon as possible.

  • Help Save California's Flat-tailed Horned Lizards
    Flat-tailed horned lizard

    In late 2014 the Center for Biological Diversity petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to protect flat-tailed horned lizards -- and the commission agreed to consider these vanishing creatures for state Endangered Species Act protection.

    Unfortunately agency staff subsequently recommended no protection for these lizards based on a review that was deeply flawed.

    In a formal recommendation to the commission, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife ignored extensive habitat degradation occurring in many designated "conservation areas" and wrongly concluded that these lizards don't need the protection of California's laws. The agency is assuming that voluntary actions by federal agencies will suffice -- but that's a very bad assumption in the face of a Trump administration.

    The commissioners will make their final decision on Dec. 8, which is why we need your help. Urge them to do the right thing and protect these lizards now.

  • Take the Pledge to Resist Trump's Disastrous Plans
    Donald J. Trump

    Donald Trump has been elected to the presidency, and it's time to fight like hell to keep him from destroying our wildlife and wild places.

    The stakes don't get any higher than this. If President Trump carries out the disastrous promises he made while campaigning, the Environmental Protection Agency will be gutted, the Endangered Species Act will be shredded, old-growth forests will be clear-cut, hard-fought global climate change agreements will be undermined, and polluters will be given free rein over our water and air.

    Donald Trump is a disaster for public lands, wildlife and climate. His environment-destroying policies run contrary to our nation's bedrock environmental laws. In the face of Trump's disturbing authoritarianism, the Center for Biological Diversity is redoubling its commitment to upholding the rule of law and the right of all Americans to clean air and water; healthy forests, rivers and deserts; and thriving wildlife.

    We need you to join us in the resistance today -- sign the pledge to fight President Trump's disastrous environmental plans.

  • Don't Let Congress Turn Our Forests Into Fuel
    Cut trees being chipped for biomass

    The timber industry wants Congress to change the laws of physics by declaring that burning trees for energy is "carbon neutral" and won't harm the climate. At least three different anti-science proposals are under consideration during the lame-duck session now underway -- and we need you to speak out against them.

    Wood-burning power plants release even more carbon than coal or gas plants per megawatt-hour, so switching to wood actually increases immediate climate pollution. And even if all the trees we burn today are replaced by new trees -- which no one can guarantee -- it will take decades or longer for the carbon to be reabsorbed.

    But we don't have decades: We need to cut carbon to address the climate crisis right now, and one very good way to do that is simply to keep carbon in the forest and out of the atmosphere.

    For the past few years the EPA has been working with scientific experts to figure out how to account for carbon emissions from burning wood and other "biomass" in a scientifically credible way. The timber industry's riders would slam the door on this ongoing scientific process by requiring regulators to pretend that CO
    2 created by burning wood simply doesn't exist.

    Treating wood as carbon neutral would sanction and promote dirty, inefficient, high-carbon biomass energy in federal policy, undermining the gains we're poised to make under the Clean Power Plan, Paris Agreement and other climate policies. Instead of looking for more things to burn, we need to be developing and expanding actual zero-carbon options such as wind and solar.

    These anti-science riders also could lead to a ransacking of our forests. In Europe, where regulators ignore biomass carbon, huge power plants are already importing shiploads of wood pellets from the United States, made from clearcutting native southeastern forests. If the EPA follows suit, many more of our trees will fall, taking precious habitat and wild creatures with them.

    Help us stop this anti-science effort in its tracks. Ask President Obama and your representatives in Congress to oppose the timber industry's anti-science biomass riders.

  • Save Burrowing Owls From Eviction
    Burrowing owls

    As their name implies, burrowing owls need underground cover for survival. And yet, at the request of developers, California wildlife officials routinely allow owls to be evicted from their burrows. They call this practice "passive relocation," but there's nothing passive or humane about it.

    Biologists install one-way doors on burrows that allow the owls to exit but not return -- effectively evicting them without notice. State wildlife officials admit that owls are likely harmed, and even killed, as a result. 

    Burrowing owls have already been fully eliminated from a quarter of their former range in California due to habitat loss, eradication of burrowing rodents, and the practice of booting owls from construction sites.

    Tell the state's wildlife officials to stop the inhumane eviction of burrowing owls and work toward ensuring their safe future.

  • Tell BLM: Don't Treat Climate Protesters Like Criminals
    Keep It in the Ground

    As the movement to end fossil fuel leasing on public lands grows, the Bureau of Land Management is responding with increasingly desperate measures to avoid climate controversy.

    After moving fossil fuel auctions online to dodge growing "Keep It in the Ground" protests, the agency has now proposed a new rule in Colorado that would treat climate activists like criminals. The rule would grant the agency excessive discretion to bar some forms of speech and assembly precisely when we need them most.

    While the BLM should be able to protect the safety of its employees and anyone who attends its hearings, parts of this rule give the agency too much latitude to silence peaceful opposition.

    Urge the BLM to strike these controversial sections from its proposed rule due to the threats they pose to our free speech and ability to act on climate change.

  • End Unlimited Harvest of Louisiana's Turtles
    Red-eared slider

    Louisiana is a hotspot for freshwater turtles, but these shelled reptiles are at great risk of disappearing. Current state law allows commercial trappers to capture 20 types of turtles from the wild in unlimited numbers. Add this threat to vehicle strikes, pollution and habitat loss, and you've got a recipe for extinction.

    Scientists agree that even moderate levels of commercial harvest can lead to population crashes. And with many species like common snapping turtles and spiny softshells being sold domestically and abroad, the incentive is strong for trappers to capture turtles until none can be found.

    That's why the Center for Biological Diversity and Gulf Restoration Network have asked the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to end the commercial harvest. The Center's advocacy has prompted states across the country to restrict turtle trapping for the sake of these struggling creatures.

    Help give Louisiana's turtles a fighting chance. Tell state officials you support a commercial trapping ban.

  • Give Bluefin Tuna Endangered Species Protection
    Bluefin tuna

    Pacific bluefin tuna populations have sunk to dangerously low levels, declining to just 3 percent of their historical numbers. And most -- possibly more than 98 percent -- of these tuna that are caught and processed are immature juveniles that have never reproduced. In other words, young bluefin tuna aren't getting the chance to grow up to be parents. It's an ecological emergency and a recipe for extinction.

    The international commissions that set catch levels for Pacific bluefin tuna have failed to set the necessary limits to allow populations to recover. Earlier this month the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission met to discuss Pacific bluefin -- and once again chose business as usual, which means that rampant overfishing continues.

    In response to the alarming decline of the species, the National Marine Fisheries Service is considering whether to list bluefin tuna as an endangered species.

    But the Service must act quickly and boldly in the face of the inevitable industry backlash. Write to the agency to request a thorough scientific review -- the next step necessary to protect these magnificent fish under the Endangered Species Act.

  • Colorado's Bears and Lions Need Your Help
    Mountain lion

    Colorado Parks and Wildlife has proposed a plan to kill mountain lions and black bears in the Piceance Basin over a three-year period under the guise of recovering mule deer herds.

    But the science is clear: Habitat loss and poor food quality are what's impacting deer recovery, not predation. The Piceance Basin in northwest Colorado has been hammered by oil and gas drilling for years, resulting in degraded habitat for wildlife. Because mule deer are limited by their food resources, this habitat loss is significant.

    Despite this, agency officials have put together a "Predator Management Plan" to test a theory that removing carnivores from the landscape will magically boost deer numbers. Spoiler alert: It won't. This plan completely ignores science, which shows that killing native carnivores to increase deer populations is unlikely to work -- especially here, where habitat loss and inadequate nutrition have already been proven the limiting factors.

    In mid-December the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will meet to determine whether to approve the agency's plan and move forward with a kill order. Urge the commissioners to review the science, reject the plan and spare our wildlife.

  • Tell President Obama: Put Solar Panels on Federal Buildings
    Frank M. Johnson Federal Building

    A recent study published in Nature shows that without fundamental changes to how we get and use energy, the United States is on track to miss its emissions-reduction target under the Paris Climate Agreement.

    Fortunately there's huge untapped potential for distributed-solar energy: Federal agencies own or lease 360,000 buildings with a total footprint of over 1.2 billion square feet. If solar were installed on all these rooftops, federal buildings could generate more than 24 billion kilowatt hours of solar energy annually -- enough to power more than 1.8 million American homes and reduce carbon emissions by 16.8 million metric tons annually.

    A clean, wildlife-friendly energy economy is technically and economically within our reach, but requires visionary leadership and political will.

    Tell President Obama to issue an Executive Order requiring the federal government to put solar panels on all federal buildings or, for incompatible buildings, to obtain energy from local distributed-solar energy.

  • Protect Grand Canyon's Magnificent Watershed
    Greater Grand Canyon region

    The Grand Canyon is a breathtaking, awe-inspiring site visited by millions of people every year. The canyon is surrounded by public lands, where native wildlife roam through magnificent old pines and life-giving streams and springs feed the Colorado River and iconic Havasupai Falls. This magnificent landscape is also the cultural and spiritual home of many southwestern tribes.

    But the lands surrounding the majestic canyon remain unprotected and open to exploitation. Working with Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), local tribal nations have proposed the creation of the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument to protect the surrounding 1.7-million-acre watershed from toxic uranium mining and destructive old-growth logging. 

    Congress isn't likely to act in time, so we're urging President Obama to use his power under the Antiquities Act to forever protect these lands for future generations.

    Take action below -- tell the president to leave a legacy we can all be proud of by designating the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument.

  • End Cruel Trapping on Our Public Lands
    Fox

    Cruel and dangerous traps have no place on federal lands set aside for conservation and recreation, such as the millions of acres within our national wildlife refuges and national forests.

    Yet government trappers continue to target animals like wolves, coyotes and mountain lions, even though research shows that eradicating these ecologically essential predators to protect livestock is simply a bad idea. And commercial trappers are still allowed to use federal lands to kill foxes, beavers and other wildlife for their fur.

    Captured animals suffer excruciating pain for hours or even days before a trapper returns, and many die from dehydration, injuries or predation. These traps are also indiscriminate -- capable of seriously injuring people and pets if hidden along popular trails or waterways.

    Take action below -- urge your representative in Congress to cosponsor the Limiting Inhumane Federal Trapping for Public Safety Act (H.R. 5954, introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore.), which would at last help stop this unnecessary killing across a vast swath of federal lands.

  • Stand in Solidarity Against the Dakota Access Pipeline
    Dakota Access Pipeline protest

    We need you to stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and more than 150 tribal nations opposing construction of the dangerous, unnecessary and monumentally disrespectful Dakota Access Oil Pipeline.

    Sign the letter below and we'll send it to President Obama and share it with tribal leaders fighting this pipeline.

    Water is life -- and in North Dakota the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is leading an inspiring and historic battle to protect it by stopping the Dakota Access pipeline.

    The pipeline would carry almost 19 million gallons of dirty oil per day from North Dakota to Illinois, slashing through traditional indigenous lands, fragile wildlife habitat, sacred sites and the Missouri River. Spills are inevitable, and the carbon costs to our climate unacceptable.

    Led by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, a massive wave of grassroots opposition is building, with protests and civil disobedience temporarily halting plans. But construction is moving forward and scheduled to be completed soon.

    President Obama has the power to stop the bulldozers -- and he should. The Army Corps of Engineers rubber-stamped the Dakota Access pipeline this past July using a controversial fast-track permit that shielded cultural and environmental problems from public scrutiny.
     
    Please join us in standing with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Urge President Obama to rescind the Dakota Access pipeline permit and stop this project once and for all.

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  • Tell Obama: Keep Tar Sands Oil Off Our Rivers, Oceans
    Horseshoe crab

    If the oil industry gets its way, it'll soon be shipping 1.5 million barrels of tar sands crude per day to the United States from Canada via barges and supertankers. It's hard to imagine a worse energy plan: It threatens three major U.S. rivers (the Hudson, Mississippi and Columbia) and our shores on every coast with spills that are nearly impossible to clean up. Meanwhile the eventual burning of the tar sands oil will choke our atmosphere with 385 million tons of carbon pollution.

    President Obama has the authority to direct the U.S. Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency to ban oil barges and supertankers in U.S. waters.

    Help protect America's coasts and rivers from devastating tar sands spills. Urge the president to ban tar sands traffic now.

  • Tell Missouri to Stop Unlimited For-profit Turtle Trapping
    Common 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 below.

  • Speak Up for Wolf Protection in Oregon
    Wolf

    Oregon's Wolf Conservation and Management Plan is currently being revised by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. When a draft of proposed revisions comes out for public comment later this year, the Center for Biological Diversity will thoroughly analyze it and guide our supporters in providing specific feedback to state officials.

    But the commission members need to hear from the public now, while they're drafting changes to the plan.

    There are three key areas wolf supporters should be commenting on right now to best ensure no harmful changes are made to the plan.

    First, we must hold the commission and the department to promises that this plan would prioritize the conservation of wolves, not their eradication. Second, we must retain the parts of the plan that have been proven to work well for all parties. And last, we must ensure that there is no public hunting or trapping of wolves, of any kind, in Oregon. Ever.

    Please take action -- write to the commission now and, if you can, keep writing to it into December. Please customize the opening paragraph of our letter for the biggest impact. Tell the commission you expect Oregon's wolf plan revisions to manage wolves as protectively as possible, and not weaken protections for wolves on behalf of special interests like the ranching and sport-hunting industry. Remind state officials of their obligation to manage and conserve wolves as a public trust for all Oregonians.

  • Speak Up for the Mojave Desert's Mountain Snails
    Mohave shoulderband snail

    The Mohave shoulderband snail is a tiny tan-and-pink snail that lives on just a few mountaintops in the Mojave Desert of Southern California. Its entire global range is less than eight square miles. Shoulderband snails have survived their extreme desert environment for tens of thousands of years, but their future is now threatened by climate change, industrial wind development, and mining.

    The Center for Biological Diversity is working to gain Endangered Species Act protection for the snail and to develop a conservation plan to ensure its survival. As a first step, we need the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to fund biological surveys to determine the snail's range and critical habitat needs.

    Snails aren't charismatic; they lack the graceful flight of birds, the muscles of jaguars, and the eye-catching patterns of giraffes. But snails play critical roles in building and maintaining the web of life, and they deserve our help. They decompose vegetative litter, recycle nutrients, build soils and provide food and calcium for many other animals including birds, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and other invertebrates. They also help disperse seeds and fungi. Empty snail shells are used as shelters and egg-laying sites by insects and other arthropods. Snail shells return calcium to the soil and are the primary calcium source for the eggs of some bird species.

    Please send an email to the Fish and Wildlife Service urging it to prioritize funding for surveys so that we have the information to ensure that the Mohave shoulderband survives for future generations.

  • End Phosphate Strip Mining in Florida
    Phosphate mine sinkhole

    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 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 Gov. Brown: Stop Watering California Crops With Oil Wastewater

    Oil derricks and irrigated cropsDo you live in the United States? Do you eat commercially grown almonds, pistachios, citrus, grapes or vegetables? If so, there's a chance you're eating food that was grown using treated waste from toxic oilfields.

    Big Oil makes millions by selling recycled waste from oilfields to Central Valley farmers desperate for water. Hundreds of chemicals are used in oil operations, some known to cause cancer, kidney failure and liver damage -- and these chemicals could be in the oil waste used to irrigate our nuts, fruits and vegetables. California grows about half of all of the produce in the U.S., so this is a problem for all of us.

    And, deeply troubling, samples of oil wastewater have been shown to contain dangerous levels of acetone, oil and benzene, a known human carcinogen.

    The state has convened a panel to review statewide practices, but the process is plagued by shoddy testing standards, poor public access and the presence of oil industry representatives on the panel. Meanwhile, we're still eating food grown with oil waste. And as California braces for another dry summer, plans are underway to expand the use of oil wastewater for crop irrigation.

    We need to put an end to this practice immediately. Please sign this petition urging Gov. Brown and state water officials to prohibit the use of oil wastewater for crop irrigation in California.

  • Tell Congress: Don't Sell Out Wolves, Wildlife
    Sage grouse

    They're at it again. Attached to this year's "Department of Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill" (the annual spending bill for agencies like the EPA and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) are several disastrous riders that have nothing to do with our nation's budget and are a shameful attempt to undermine science, democracy and environmental laws. Republicans in Congress are trying to sneak these riders through -- and we need your help to make sure that doesn't happen.

    Please call your representatives and tell them to vote no on this bill until these riders are removed. If these riders go through, gray wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes region will lose federal protections, greater sage grouse will never get the protection they need, and endangered salmon and Delta smelt may never get a chance to thrive in the wild. 

    You can leave your message with the receptionist or at the office's voicemail.

    Here's a sample call script. Type in your ZIP code below to get your representatives' phone numbers, then let us know you called.

    Hi, my name is ______, and I live in ______.  I'm calling to urge you to oppose the gray wolf delisting rider and any anti-endangered species riders that have been, once again, attached to this year's Interior appropriations bill. These riders have nothing to do with our nation's budget and are a shameful attempt to undermine science, democracy and environmental laws.

    Please stay strong -- do not cut any deal that would undermine the Endangered Species Act or our environmental protections. Thank you.

  • Fight Food Waste, Standardize Date Labels
    Peanut butter

    Food date labels are notoriously confusing -- a problem that's led to 90 percent of Americans tossing perfectly safe food because the date printed on the packaging has passed. But before you do so next time, consider: Unless they're printed on infant formula, those expiration dates are virtually unregulated.

    When food is wasted, all of the land, water, pesticides, fossil fuels and other costs to wildlife and the environment that went into producing that food are wasted, too. And Americans waste a lot of food -- about 40 percent of edible food goes uneaten, and too much of that is thrown away simply because of arbitrary dates on packaging.

    The Food Date Labeling Act, introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), would create a national system for date labels that distinguishes between when food may have passed its peak freshness and when it may become unsafe, in addition to allowing food to be sold or donated past its "best if used by" date.

    It's estimated that creating a standard, meaningful system for expiration dates could divert nearly 400,000 tons of food from landfills each year and save more than 1.5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions and 192 billion gallons of water.

    Help fight food waste by urging your legislators to support the Food Date Labeling Act and keep food, money and natural resources out of the garbage.

  • Tell Congress: Just Say No to Disastrous Energy Bill
    Fracked landscape

    Right now, industry special interests are trying to pass one of the most environmentally damaging energy bills ever contemplated in Congress. If it becomes law, our efforts to protect wildlife and public lands, and avoid disastrous climate change, will be set back by decades.

    The list of riders attached to the so-called "Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016" (S.2012) is appalling. If passed, the bill would:

    • Fast-track the approval and expansion of fracking projects nationwide;
    • Accelerate the logging and burning of precious trees for electricity;
    • End federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes region;
    • Undermine global efforts to stem the slaughter of African elephants;
    • Allow big agribusiness to wreck California's Bay-Delta ecosystem; and
    • Expedite mining on public lands without
      meaningful environmental review.

    Write your senators today and tell them to reject this horrible bill outright because big-business giveaways are not the path to the clean-energy future we need.

  • Restore Funding for Citizen Science, Frogs
    Spring peeper

    Frog songs are music to our ears -- but they're also a key tool for tracking the health of wildlife and ecosystems. For years the U.S. Geological Survey has overseen the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program, a unique initiative that trains novice enthusiasts ("citizen scientists") to get out in the field, identify frog calls and submit data to a central website. Government scientists use this information to study and document the status of frogs across the country.

    But due to insufficient congressional funding, USGS had to shutter this program in 2016 -- bringing years of important research to a halt and hindering many state conservation efforts. This is bad news for amphibians, which increasingly face extinction from threats like pollution, habitat destruction and climate change.

    Don't let our amphibians lose this crucial support. Tell Congress to restore funding for the North American Amphibian Monitoring Program.

  • 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.

  • Tell USDA to Promote Sustainable Diets
    Extinction Facts

    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.

  • Tom Vilsack: Don't Use 'Judas' Wolves to Kill Whole Families
    Gray wolf

    The wildlife haters will stop at nothing to kill America's gray wolves.

    We've learned that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's rogue wildlife-killing program, Wildlife Services, is using the gruesome tactic of "Judas" wolves to locate and slaughter whole wolf families.

    Wolves are sensitive, intelligent, social animals, and those are exactly the traits the killers at Wildlife Services are exploiting. A Judas wolf is a wolf that is captured, outfitted with a radio collar and turned loose to lead hunters straight to its pack. Once the wolf's family is located, aerial gunners in helicopters swoop in and slaughter it -- leaving the Judas wolf alive to lead the killers to another pack next season.

    The Judas scheme -- officially called "collaring for later control" -- uses unsuspecting wolves to betray their families over and over until the day they die, or the batteries in their collars run down.

    It's time to end this cruel practice once and for all. Tell Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to immediately end the use of "collaring for later control" to kill entire family packs.

  • Get the Lead Out of Minnesota Ammunition
    Bald eagle

    The scientific evidence is extensive and the facts are undeniable: Toxic lead from hunting ammunition enters the food chain and exacts a deadly toll on wildlife. Spent lead ammunition regularly poisons and kills bald eagles, trumpeter swans and other birds. It also poses serious health risks for people who eat wild game.

    We've removed lead from our homes, gas tanks and children's toys -- but not from ammunition, a persistent source of toxic lead in the environment. The time to act on this issue is now.

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has proposed a reasonable phase-in of nontoxic shot for small-game hunters in farmland Wildlife Management Areas. But in response, right-wing lawmakers proposed House Bill 3209, which would prohibit the agency from adopting rules that further restrict the use of lead shot.

    Take action below -- tell your lawmakers that you oppose any legislative efforts to prohibit the state agency from taking reasonable action to safeguard Minnesota's wildlife and human health from lead shot.

  • End Commercial Fur Trapping in California
    Fox, badger, bobcat, coyote

    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.

    Take action below -- tell California's Fish and Game Commission that you value wildlife alive and fully support ending all commercial fur trapping in the state.

  • Let's Ban Leaded Gasoline Once and for All
    Small aircraft

    Although leaded gasoline was banned for use in road vehicles in 1995, more than 70 percent of U.S. airplanes still use fuel containing lead. These planes create almost 500 metric tons of lead emissions per year, much of which lingers around airports, exposing an estimated 3 million children who live and go to school in these areas.

    A 2011 Duke University study found that children living within about 550 yards of an airport where leaded aviation gas is used have higher blood lead levels than other children. These children are disproportionately low income and from minority populations, reflecting an ugly national truth: Environmental pollution hurts low-income families far more than others.

    Lead is an extremely toxic heavy metal that can cause severe nervous system damage, reduced intelligence, behavioral changes and developmental defects that are often irreversible. This is not only the case for humans, but for many species of animals we share this world with. It's high time we stopped using leaded aviation gasoline.

    Fortunately, a bill recently introduced into the House of Representatives would result in a ban on leaded aviation gasoline in the United States.

    Don't let our children keep breathing lead -- using the form below, please urge your representative to vote yes on the "No Lead in the Air Act of 2016."

  • Demand an End to California Offshore Fracking
    Offshore drilling platform

    The federal government just gave the green light to fracking off California's coast. But offshore fracking is a dirty, dangerous practice that increases the risk of oil spills and earthquakes and has no place in our ocean.
     
    Indeed, even though fracking has a track record of making people sick and polluting the environment, the government just completed a cursory analysis that found offshore fracking has "no significant environmental impacts." This lifts a moratorium won by the Center for Biological Diversity earlier this year.

    We must speak out against offshore fracking or oil companies will be allowed to continue dumping an alarming 9 billion gallons of chemical-laden wastewater into our ocean each year. These chemicals have been identified by scientists as among the most toxic to aquatic life -- killing fish and harming sea otters -- and they can harm people too.

    Urge Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to protect our oceans and ban offshore fracking.

  • 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.    

  • Protect California's Drinking Water From Toxic Oil Waste
    Pumpjack

    California state oil regulators recently asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to exempt a San Luis Obispo aquifer from protection under the Safe Drinking Water Act in order to use it as a dumping ground for toxic oil waste.

    This outrageous move would allow the oil industry to contaminate an underground water source with dangerous chemicals. In the midst of a devastating drought, polluting our precious water is unacceptable.

    We know that many similar applications across the state are waiting on the outcome of this application, which will set a precedent for the security of all other aquifers in California.

    If the EPA approves the exemption, California's precious aquifers will become trash dumps for the oil industry. This decision has a potential impact on water for thousands of communities across California.

    EPA Region 9 is considering the fate of California's water right now, and that's why they need to hear from you. Join us to demand they deny Big Oil's application to pollute.

  • A New Path to Save Oak Flat
    Save Oak Flat

    For centuries Apache people have held religious and coming-of-age ceremonies at Oak Flat, a sacred site in central Arizona's wild, beautiful and juniper-flecked Tonto National Forest. That's why the area was formally withdrawn from all mining 60 years ago by President Eisenhower.

    Yet in December 2014 Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) led an effort to trade this sacred land away to international mining giant Rio Tinto in a midnight rider on a defense bill. This political double-dealing was an egregious betrayal of the Apache people and all other Americans who value public lands for what they are, not the profits they can produce for foreign corporations.

    Thankfully Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) has introduced a bill to repeal the Oak Flat giveaway, S.B. 2242. This follows on the heels of a similar bill introduced last year by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), H.R. 2811.

    Now's the time to urge your senators to cosponsor S.B. 2242 and repeal the Oak Flat land swap. Together these bills offer an exciting pathway to save a precious place.

  • Stop Cruel Gassing of Texas Wildlife

    Western diamondback rattlesnakeThe Center for Biological Diversity and local partners have urged Texas state officials to ban "gassing," a barbarous hunting technique used to drive snakes out of their underground shelters. Hunters pour gasoline into snake dens and capture snakes that emerge seeking fresh air.

    Gassing is already banned in dozens of states, including all the states bordering Texas, for good reason: Underground dens offer important shelter to hundreds of species, including foxes, lizards, birds and invertebrates. In Texas 20 endangered species living underground can be harmed by suffocating gas fumes.

    Only with your support can we convince Texas wildlife officials to stop the cruel and unnecessary practice of using noxious chemicals to hunt wildlife.

    Please -- add your name to our petition by filling out the form below.

  • Tell Obama: Declare Climate Emergency, Ban Oil Exports

    President Obama Following the signing of the historic Paris Agreement, President Obama has a chance to take real climate action by declaring a "national emergency" and banning all U.S crude oil exports. More than 350 environmental, social-justice, health and faith organizations have urged him to do just that. Now you can join them.

    As global temperatures hit record highs, climate change is unquestionably a national emergency. In fact, it's a "global emergency," according to renowned climate scientist Dr. Jim Hansen.

    The president must halt crude exports to give America -- and the world -- a fighting chance to meet the Paris Agreement's crucial goals of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Halting U.S. oil exports could prevent up to 500 million tons of greenhouse emissions -- the pollution equivalent of more than 135 coal-fired power plants -- from entering our atmosphere. Stopping these exports would also curb the dangerous U.S. fracking boom.

    Last December, less than a week after agreeing to the Paris climate accord, President Obama signed an omnibus bill lifting a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports. This was a grave mistake, even if the bill was "must pass." But fortunately there's still a way forward: President Obama can declare a national emergency and prohibit exports for a one-year period, which can be renewed indefinitely.

    Please sign our petition calling on the president to declare a climate emergency, reinstate the ban on crude oil exports, and keep fossil fuels in the ground. 

  • Demand Warning Labels in California for Cancer-causing Meats
    Bacon

    After evaluating more than 800 scientific studies, the World Health Organization has concluded that processed meats like bacon, sausage and ham are known to be carcinogenic to humans, classifying these meats alongside cigarettes and asbestos. The WHO also classified red meat as a probable carcinogen.

    Meat production -- particularly of red and processed meat -- is also a known hazard to the environment, responsible for massive amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, toxic pollution and habitat loss for threatened and endangered species. 

    Now that the verdict is in, these dangerous meats must be labeled under California's Proposition 65, which requires warnings on all products containing known carcinogens. The powerful meat industry is gearing up to fight this classification, of course, out of fear that informed consumers will choose to eat less meat if they know their health is at stake. Help us fight back.

    Take action below -- urge California's health officials to require labels for processed and red meats linked with cancer. As California goes, so goes the nation ... with your help. 

  • 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 below 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.

  • No More Toxic Pesticides in Minneapolis Parks
    Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

    The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board has an integrated pest-management plan that has occasionally found ways to use natural pest control. But the city's strategy still heavily relies on the use of toxic fungicides, herbicides and insectides -- a policy that flies in the face of the best science and carries huge risk.

    Pesticide exposure is associated with numerous health threats, especially to children, pregnant women and the elderly. And pesticides can harm nontarget wildlife, pets and beneficial insects like bees. For example, rodenticides used to control moles also kill foxes and raptors that would naturally control these rodents. And poisons applied to plants can seep into groundwater or get washed directly into local waterways and ponds.

    Take action below -- urge the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board to adopt a pesticide-free management policy that's safe for people and wildlife.

  • End Cruel Trapping on Wildlife Refuges
    Canada lynx

    With 563 areas designated, the U.S. National Wildlife Refuge System encompasses an incredible collection of habitats that are home to more than 240 endangered species -- from lynx and wolves to a host of rare and fascinating plants and critters.

    But unbelievably, while these refuges should be a safe haven, trapping is still allowed in more than half of these federally protected lands.

    Jawed traps continue to slam shut with bone-crushing force. Snares continue to fatally tighten around animals' necks. And many nontarget species are also getting hurt or killed. It's time to confront the painfully obvious: Traps don't belong in refuges.

    Take action below -- urge your representative and senators in Congress to step up and cosponsor the Refuge From Cruel Trapping Act -- legislation that would at last end trapping in our wildlife refuges.

  • Revoke the Army Corps' License to Kill Cormorants
    Double-crested cormorant

    Making the right calls for conservation isn't always easy. But when thousands of animals' lives are on the line, those calls better be right.

    That's why we must demand the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service revoke its permit for the U.S. Army Corps to kill more than 10,000 double-crested cormorants and destroy more than 26,000 cormorant nests on East Sand Island, near the mouth of the Columbia River. The government agencies are scapegoating these native birds for declines of imperiled salmon and steelhead -- but the real problem is mismanagement of the area's dams, which are disrupting fish runs.

    A recently released document shows that the Service's own biologists found that fish eaten by the birds would have died anyway, consumed by other predators. It makes no sense, then, to kill cormorants. Doing so will not help endangered fish.

    Take action below -- urge the Service to revoke its kill permit and save these cormorants, whose population in the West is already down to less than 10 percent of historic levels due to drought, climate change and human control. 

  • Tell Obama: Our Public Lands and Climate Aren't for Sale

    Keep It in the Ground The Center for Biological Diversity has launched a groundbreaking campaign to end all new fossil fuel leasing on America's public lands, and now we need your help to drum up support and help break the flow of business as usual.

    Under his "all of the above" energy policy, President Obama has already leased nearly 15 million acres of public land and 21 million acres of ocean to the fossil fuel industry. And, in total, more than 67 million U.S. acres -- an area 55 times larger than Grand Canyon National Park -- are now leased to the fossil fuel industry.

    But importantly, those fossil fuels that haven't yet been leased contain up to 450 billion tons of potential climate pollution. That's about half of the world's remaining carbon budget to keep warming below 2 degrees Celsius, and virtually all of the remaining budget for staying below 1.5 degrees. We simply can't burn it -- and if we can't burn it, it should be banned.

    Take action below -- sign our petition urging President Obama to step up as a true climate leader and stop new fossil fuel leasing on America's public lands and waters.

  • Tell President Obama to Tackle the Climate Crisis

    President ObamaTime is running out to avoid the climate crisis. We need real action and we need it now.

    President Obama doesn't need to wait for Congress to act. He can use his power as commander-in-chief to address global warming, carbon pollution and biodiversity loss.

    Sign our petition urging the president to take these important five steps right now to begin saving our planet from climate catastrophe.

  • Where Are the Bears?

    California flag without grizzlyGrizzly 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 below to return California grizzly bears and a renewed sense of the wild to the Golden State.

  • Save Our Snakes From Senseless Slaughter
    Eastern diamondback rattlesnake

    In most towns it'd be considered unthinkably cruel to have a contest where citizens catch and kill an animal with no limit. But in the Southeast two rattlesnake "roundups" still exist where killing wildlife is supposed fun.

    The target of the two roundups in Whigham, Ga., and Opp, Ala., is the rare eastern diamondback rattlesnake. Populations of the snake have been so destroyed that, following a Center petition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that these rattlers may need protection as an endangered species.

    Rattlesnakes 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 the dens as a home.

    Take action below -- urge the mayors of Whigham, Ga., and Opp, Ala., to convert their roundups into wildlife-friendly festivals where no snakes are killed.

  • Make Florida Frack-free
    Salmon spawning

    Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently announced that state and local bans on fracking are "the wrong way to go."

    But we know that these bans are the only way to go -- the only way to protect ourselves from the toxic and climate-warming effects of fracking.

    Florida's government is now considering following Vermont, New York and many local communities by prohibiting the dangerous practice.

    Let's show Florida that we support protecting the climate and public health: Urge the state government to pass the fracking ban.

  • Keep Dangerous Oil Trains Out of California
    Oil train protest

    Dozens of towns along California's treasured central coast, from Sacramento to Los Angeles, could soon see mile-long oil trains rumbling through filled with dangerous crude oil if we don't act fast.

    On the table before San Luis Obispo officials is a proposal for a crude-by-rail expansion in Santa Maria by oil-giant Phillips 66. The only possible benefit from this project is added profit for the oil company -- everyone else along the rail route will be left to deal with the fallout.

    Our railways weren't built to transport this kind of oil, and our first responders aren't prepared to fight the fires, explosions and spills that could ensue. The toxic tar sands these trains carry is also some of the most climate-polluting crude on Earth. Even Phillips 66 admits that transporting this oil will result in "significant and unavoidable" levels of toxins released into the air along the rail route.

    We beg to differ: The many harms from this project are significant, but they're not unavoidable.

    Take action below -- tell the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors to use their vote to block this dangerous project. Then check out a national map of the oil train blast zone.

  • 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!

  • Tell EPA: Our Ocean's Not a Dump for Fracking
    Sea otter

    Fracking is an inherently dangerous and dirty activity -- whether it happens on land or offshore.

    What's more, oil companies have EPA permission to discharge up to 9 billion gallons of fracking wastewater into the ocean off California's coast -- as though it's a dump instead of a cherished home for all kinds of rare and vulnerable wildlife.

    Whales, dolphins, sea turtles and sea otters have no way of defending themselves. And the burden of proof shouldn't be on the public to decide which and how many of these chemicals are toxic. The EPA has a clear responsibility to intervene to protect our health and wildlife from oil companies fracking off our coasts.

    Take action below -- urge the agency to ban the toxic practice of dumping fracking chemicals into the ocean.

  • 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 below to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act before it's too late.

  • Tell Walmart Developer: Stop Building on Priceless Habitat
    Bartram's scrub-hairstreak

    Outside of Everglades National Park, the lush habitat provided by pine rockland forest is becoming increasingly rare in south Florida.

    Due to urban sprawl and relentless development, this type of habitat has been reduced to just 2 percent of its original amount. And last month the University of Miami sold 88 acres of this rare habitat to Ram Realty Services -- a developer with plans to build yet another strip mall full of chains like Walmart, Chili's and Chick-fil-A.

    We can't let this happen. This land is special; it provides some of the last remaining acres for rare and imperiled plants and wildlife like the Florida bonneted bat as well as the Florida leafwing and Bartram's scrub-hairstreak, two butterflies that just received Endangered Species Act protection.

    Take action below -- tell Ram we don't need another Walmart. What we need is for our native species to thrive without the constant threat of losing their homes.

  • Save the Polar Bear
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    Polar bears are dying. As global warming accelerates, the sea ice they depend on for survival is literally melting away. Bears are starving and drowning as they have to swim farther and farther to reach solid ice. Some are even turning to cannibalism in a desperate search for food. Those trapped on land hundreds of miles from the nearest ice often wander near villages in search of food and are shot.

    Two-thirds of all polar bears -- including all bears in Alaska -- could be extinct by 2050 if current trends continue. The rest of the species could be gone by 2100.

    But it's not too late to save the polar bear if we join together and take immediate action. The science is clear: We know what needs to be done -- we just need to build the political support to do it.

    Please sign the petition below urging President Obama to rein in global warming and save the polar bear now.

  • Stop Tar Sands Extraction in Utah
    Athabasca 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 Obama administration recently released its third National Climate Assessment, highlighting the severe harms from climate change that are already affecting the western United States. The BLM's facilitation of dirty tar sands production on our federal public lands is irresponsible and directly at odds with the findings and conclusions of the administration's assessment.

    Please take action below -- urge the BLM to deny tar sands leasing at Asphalt Ridge.

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

    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.

    Take action below -- urge McDonald's to be a leader and work for real sustainability by including meatless options in its menu.

  • End Unfair Tax Breaks for Dirty Energy
    Coal-powered smokestacks

    Our government gives billions of dollars of taxpayer money to gigantic dirty energy companies every year. It's unfair, unnecessary, and it hurts clean-energy companies.

    Unfair government payments to some of the world's largest corporations make dirty energy like oil and coal cheaper, giving them an advantage over clean power sources like wind and solar.

    These payments are not just hugely wasteful -- they also increase greenhouse pollution and speed climate change. President Barack Obama needs to protect our climate and our wallets by fighting these dirty giveaways.

    Take action now stop these outrageous handouts fueling climate change.

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

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  • Pledge to Take Extinction Off Your Plate
    Pika

    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 in the world.

    By signing the pledge below 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.

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

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

    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 below 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 below 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 use the form below to sign the Center's petition to urge Gov. Brown to ban fracking.

  • Eliminate Subsidies to Big Oil, Coal and Gas
    offshore oil rig

    In 2011 the Big Five oil companies made $137 billion in profits. During just the first quarter of 2012, Chevron, BP, Conoco Phillips, Shell and Exxon Mobil made a combined $368 million per day. At the same time, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are now the highest the Earth has seen in 15 million years, and the decade from 2000 to 2010 was the warmest on record.

    Despite this crisis, our government continues to subsidize fossil fuels at nearly six times the rate of renewable energy. Our government needs to stop rewarding big polluters for destroying our climate. At a time when they should be slapped with a damage bill, offering these dirty-energy profiteers a government handout is absurd.

    But the fossil fuel giants aren't going to give up without a fight, so we need an unstoppable groundswell of support for this important effort.

    Please sign the petition to Congress and join the Center for Biological Diversity, 350.org and other organizations around the country to support stripping away these outrageous subsidies.

  • Protect Corals, Fish and Sea Turtles From Ocean Acidification
    Endangered Oceans logo

    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 the petition below 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

    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 the fish 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.

    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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 Barack Obama and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to step in and halt this destructive project.