Grizzly bear numbers in the Greater Yellowstone area have improved since the animals were first protected in 1975, but the bears continue to be threatened by isolation from other grizzly populations, loss of key food sources and human-caused mortalities. Overall grizzlies occupy less than 2 percent of their historic range in the lower 48 -- and yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to remove protections from Yellowstone's bears.
The plan presents a potentially tremendous setback. The decline of whitebark pine and cutthroat trout in Yellowstone has prompted bears to eat more meat, such as livestock and gut piles left behind by big-game hunters, resulting in increased conflicts with humans. And drought and climate change are likely to exacerbate these problems.
Yellowstone's bears have also long been isolated from other bear populations, forcing the government to keep them on permanent life support by proposing to truck in bears to avoid health issues caused by inbreeding. This fact further highlights the need for recovering grizzlies in more places.
Tell the Service to maintain protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears. If removed, we know what to expect: Wyoming, Idaho and Montana have already agreed to allow trophy hunts.
Pesticides, antibiotics and other synthetic chemicals are often used in the production of food on store shelves -- including foods that are labeled "natural." This misleading label makes it increasingly difficult to make informed decisions about the food that nourishes you and your family.
Nearly 90 percent of people expect "natural" to mean more than it currently does. This disconnect means that people are being misled by the term. Ultimately it undermines our ability to drive change with our pocketbooks.
Based on pressure from both the public and industry, the Food and Drug Administration is considering defining the term natural in food products -- a move that could create a meaningful label for people to make more Earth-friendly choices or, alternatively, may create yet another way for companies to greenwash products.
Tell the FDA to prohibit the use of the "natural" label on foods produced from GE crops or by any other unnatural means of production.
Under a permit that's been expired since 1988, Nestlé sucks 68,000 gallons of water a day from Strawberry Creek in California's San Bernardino National Forest -- a precious waterway that's home to rare and endangered fish, amphibians and birds. But Nestlé's diversions are putting the creek at risk: Its water levels are at record lows.
The Center for Biological Diversity and partners sued the U.S. Forest Service over Nestlé's expired permit to force the Service to conduct the environmental impact analysis the creek needs. In response the agency finally started a permit-renewal process -- but it's proposing to let Nestlé continue piping water out of the forest while the environmental impact studies are conducted. And that's not good enough.
The Forest Service needs to consider alternate proposals for the permit process, as well as comprehensively analyze the impacts of its actions on all the forest's resources, including wildlife and habitat. The Service also should analyze the downstream impacts of plastic water bottle pollution that results from Nestlé's bottling operations.
Using the form below, tell the Service to draft new proposals that better serve Strawberry Creek and the plants and animals that rely on it for their existence.
In December 2014 international mining giant Rio Tinto engineered a backroom deal in the U.S. Congress to authorize a land exchange that would enable it to carve a massive copper mine out of Oak Flat, a precious, unique place that has been off limits to mining for 60 years. This sleazy deal kicked off a campaign of resistance by the San Carlos Apache and their allies, who have occupied Oak Flat continuously since February 2015 in an effort to defend land that is sacred to them.
But the law also mandates that an environmental impact statement be prepared before the land exchange can be completed. This process allows room for public input, which is very important in holding the Forest Service accountable and ensuring a transparent and fair analysis.
Take action now to make sure the Forest Service considers your concerns about the future of Oak Flat. The agency's analysis includes environmental, social, cultural, economic and any other foreseeable impacts, so feel free to add your own concerns to those suggested in the sample letter.
The timelessness of the Grand Canyon; the remote solitude of Alaska's wild frontier; Great Smoky Mountains National Park; the redwoods and the Everglades -- America's public lands are national treasures owned by all of us and held in trust for wildlife and future generations. They include more than 600 million acres of towering forests, rushing rivers, swaying grasslands and magical deserts.
Sadly these special places are under attack, and we need your help to make sure these public lands remain in public hands.
In January, armed militants illegally took over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon. And while the occupation came to an end, the struggle to protect our public lands is far from finished. Politicians in Washington, D.C., and state legislatures across the nation have proposed bills designed to hand over our public lands to the states or private developers. We can't let that happen.
Stand up and protect your public lands. Please sign the petition below and share it with your family, friends and anyone you know who values America's public lands.
Southern Colorado's HD Mountains Roadless Area is rich with ponderosa pine forests, Mexican spotted owls and ancient American Indian sites. Yet hanging over the region is the largest patch of methane pollution in the United States, discovered recently by NASA scientists.
To make matters worse, the U.S. Forest Service now proposes to let the fossil fuel industry drill on an additional 6,000 acres. And not just anywhere -- the plan includes drilling in officially protected roadless areas.
We need your help stopping this proposal. More dangerous drilling on our public lands will only deepen the climate crisis. And the industrialization that comes with such development will ruin remote wildlands and habitat -- values that are rare, and difficult or impossible to replace.
Using the form below, tell the Forest Service to withdraw its proposal immediately and keep these fossil fuels in the ground.
With scientists predicting extinction for leatherback sea turtles as soon as 2030, the killing of even one more of these rare, ancient animals is too many. That's why the turtles need your support for California Senate Bill 1114, which would ban the use of indiscriminate drift gillnets.
Drift gillnets are fishing nets as long as the Golden Gate Bridge that are set out to drift overnight, unattended, through our oceans. While the nets are intended for swordfish and sharks, they catch just about everything in their mile-wide path. Whales, dolphins, sea lions and endangered leatherback sea turtles are snared in these "walls of death" where they drown, their bodies thrown away as trash.
Fortunately, a California senate bill has been proposed that would transition California's fisheries away from wasteful gillnets to targeted, more sustainable hook-and-line gear. This bill gives hope to rare and vanishing marine animals like leatherbacks.
Using the form below, please urge your state representatives to support S.B. 1114, the "Sustainable Swordfish and Marine Life Protection Act."
It's time to address the massive elephant in the room -- because if we don't, the booming international trade in wildlife could soon wipe out two of the world's most imperiled species.
Africa's elephants are being poached to near extinction for their ivory. Fewer than 100,000 forest elephants and 400,000 savannah elephants are thought to remain, down from more than 1 million animals just 40 years ago. Yet some ivory sales remain legal in the United States -- and, in fact, the country has the world's second-largest ivory market behind China.
Pangolins, small and exotic-looking mammals covered with large scales, once inhabited broad swaths of Asia and Africa but have been poached to near extinction in many areas. Hunted for their meat and scales (believed by some to have medicinal properties), these adorably armored wonders may soon disappear due to their legal sale in Asia and the United States.
To raise the alarm and restrict trade in these imperiled species, last year the Center for Biological Diversity and allies asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect pangolins and both African elephant species as endangered.
The Service just agreed that such action may be warranted -- so tell the agency to do its part to save these species and end the trade in rare wildlife.
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.
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.
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.
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."
To meet international climate agreements from the Paris accord and prevent dangerous climate change, we need to keep oil and gas in the ground -- no doubt about it. Yet the Obama administration has announced plans to do just the opposite. It proposes to expand oil and gas leasing in the Arctic (which has been largely off limits) and ramp up drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, still suffering from 2010's Deepwater Horizon disaster.
Under the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's proposed five-year plan, there would be 13 lease sales from 2017 to 2022: 10 sales in the Gulf of Mexico and three off the coast of Alaska.
And while President Obama is using executive action to put some of the most sensitive areas in the Arctic's Beaufort and Chukchi seas off limits, this falls far short of what we really need: an end to all new oil and gas leasing in public waters.
Tell President Obama that if he's going to meet his climate promises, he needs to step up and keep fossil fuels in the ground. That means ending, not expanding, offshore oil and gas leases under his administration's five-year plan.
And if you can, join us for rallies at upcoming public hearings in Alaska and along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico. The "Keep It in the Ground" movement is gaining momentum -- and we need your help.
The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that contains an amendment that would force government agencies to ignore carbon pollution from forest bioenergy -- the large-scale burning of trees to generate electricity. The senators who introduced the amendment argue that burning forests is "carbon neutral" because new trees may eventually reabsorb carbon as they grow. That's profoundly anti-science.
Wood-burning power plants release even more carbon than coal or gas plants per megawatt-hour, so replacing coal and gas with wood increases immediate climate pollution. Even if all the trees we burn today are replaced by new trees -- and there's no guarantee that will happen -- it will take decades or longer for the carbon to be reabsorbed. And we need to tackle the climate crisis right now.
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 fuel derived from biomass, in a scientifically credible way. But the new amendment would slam the door on that scientific process by requiring the EPA to pretend CO2 created by burning wood simply doesn't exist. Solving the climate crisis and protecting America's forests requires following the science, not trying to change the laws of physics.
Treating wood as carbon neutral would promote dirty, inefficient energy production, undermining any gains we make under the Clean Power Plan, Paris Accord or other climate policies. Instead of looking for more things to burn, we should be focused on clean-energy options like wind and solar.
The amendment 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 -- made by clearcutting native forests -- from the United States. If the EPA follows suit, many more of our trees will fall, taking precious habitat and wild creatures with them.
Ask your senator to remove amendment No. 3140 from S.B. 2012 and oppose any similar efforts to override clear scientific facts for political expedience.
Last summer's Refugio oil spill off California's coast serves as just the latest reminder of the damage oil drilling and transportation can do. More than 140,000 gallons of crude oil were dumped into the Pacific Ocean, and hundreds of birds, fish, sea lions and dolphins were killed. Offshore fracking is a dirty, dangerous practice that increases the risk of yet another disaster.
Thankfully, oil companies' use of fracking has been on hold in our federal waters, following a legal settlement won by the Center for Biological Diversity on Jan. 29. But that could soon change, given a recent proposal from the Obama administration to allow oil companies to resume business as usual.
We can't let that happen. The incredibly high injection pressures used to break up rocks below the sea and access oil carry huge risks of causing more spills and triggering earthquakes. And if we don't speak up, 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, and they can harm people too.
Specifically, some of the chemicals can kill fish, crustaceans and zooplankton -- the base of the ocean food chain. Others can cause cancer and damage reproductive and neurological systems. And some dangerously build up in sea otters.
Urge Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to protect our oceans and ban offshore fracking.
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.
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.
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.
Timber rattlesnakes are slowly disappearing across the country, and in many states they're nearing extinction. But in the mountains of Pennsylvania these fascinating rattlers have found a sanctuary, thanks in part to state laws that protect them as a "candidate species" at risk of becoming threatened or endangered.
Unfortunately the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the agency responsible for looking after rare and vulnerable reptiles, proposes to remove this protective statuswithout starting a conservation and monitoring program. That's like sending a patient hobbling out of a hospital with a pat on the back and "good luck."
These snakes deserve better. If they're to survive, they need protected habitat for essential behaviors such as basking in the sun, foraging for food and hibernating during cold winters. And because of the way they live -- in groups and sharing the same dens, year after year -- this haven is even more important.
Removing protections now will leave these snakes and their homes open to obliteration -- by oil and gas companies waiting to drill and by people who aim to kill the snakes based on the mistaken belief that they're a threat.
Take action below -- tell the Fish and Boat Commission that now is not the time to give up on timber rattlesnake recovery.
New video has been released showing the only known wild jaguar in the United States in his natural habitat in southern Arizona, where he's been living for more than three years. The stunning video, captured on remote-sensor cameras, has gone viral and gained national attention for this beautiful cat, named El Jefe by Tucson school kids.
But many people aren't aware that El Jefe's home is threatened by a massive open-pit copper mine. The proposed Rosemont Mine would blast a mile-wide hole in the ground thousands of feet deep and bury thousands of acres of public land under 800-foot-high piles of toxic mine waste, right in the middle of El Jefe's home territory.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to issue a formal biological opinion sometime soon regarding the impacts of the mine on endangered species, including jaguars.
Tell the Service it must act to protect El Jefe and his critical habitat.
In November 2015 the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, ignoring comments from 25 scientists, removed wolves from the state's endangered species list. The Center for Biological Diversity and allies then filed a lawsuit to challenge this decision. Our suit simply requests a judicial review to determine if the commission acted legally. We don't believe it did.
In an attempt to dodge our lawsuit, Republican legislators representing a handful of ranchers and hunters who want to halt wolf recovery in Oregon introduced House Bill 4040. The bill passed both chambers of the legislature and was just signed by Gov. Kate Brown. By signing this bill, Gov. Brown has signaled that it's OK with her to impede a judicial review of the decision to remove protections from wolves and to set a dangerous precedent of allowing politicians to meddle with species conservation.
Using the form below, please write the governor to tell her you're extremely disappointed that she signed H.B. 4040 into law. We encourage you to customize the letter -- and it will greatly increase your impact if you can also call Gov. Brown at (503) 378-4582, referring to our letter for talking points.
Texas state officials are considering a ban on "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.
Hunters and trappers exterminated Nebraska's cougars over a century ago, but these remarkable survivors have begun returning to the state. If the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission gets its way, sport hunters targeting these rare cats will prevent any further recovery.
Contrary to the views expressed by groups wanting to eliminate predators from the landscape, sport hunting is not necessary to protect livestock. Only one incident of a cougar attacking a calf has been reported in Nebraska, and state law already allows killing of any cougar that threatens people or livestock.
These beautiful wild cats need your help to recover within the state.
Tell your elected officials to support Legislative Bill 961, which would end the issuing of permits for cougar trophy hunting.
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.
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.
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.
Corporate wrongdoing comes in many forms. What Volkswagen did by cheating on smog-pollution tests is a crime against us all -- those who rely on clean air to breathe today and future generations who deserve a livable planet.
Volkswagen's deception allowed the greenhouse gas equivalent of at least 32.2 million tons of extra carbon pollution to be released into the atmosphere, roughly the same as the emissions of 6.8 million cars.
Volkswagen knew what it was doing and did it anyway. The punishment for this kind of violation of public trust has to match the magnitude the impacts will have on people, the environment and our climate.
Take action below -- tell the U.S. Department of Justice to prosecute those responsible at Volkswagen to the fullest extent of the law.
And by our calculations, the financial penalties for Volkswagen's environmental violations ought to be at least $25.1 billion -- not the $18 billion that's been discussed so far. (That doesn't include additional potential penalties related to recalls, consumer payments and other factors not related to environmental damage.)
The punishment needs to fit the crime -- and it has to send a signal to other corporations that they can't cheat current and future generations out of clean air and a livable climate.
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.
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.
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.
The Center for Biological Diversity has launched a groundbreaking campaign to end all new fossil fuel development 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 over a quarter of the world's remaining carbon budget and vastly more than any U.S. share of it. 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 development on America's public lands and waters.
In early 2015 the National Marine Fisheries Service rightly concluded that, to keep Puget Sound's killer whales from forever disappearing, it was absolutely necessary to protect coastal areas off Washington, Oregon and Northern California under the Endangered Species Act.
But then, in an about-face, the agency postponed a final rule protecting this habitat until 2018 or beyond. The agency says it needs to gather more information, but scientists say there's plenty: Observations and satellite tracking show that the Southern Resident population of 81 orcas uses and needs these foraging grounds.
Meanwhile the threats continue all along the orcas' migration route, down to the San Francisco Bay and beyond: Fast-moving maritime traffic, coastal pollution, ocean noise, fishing gear entanglements and food supply depletion could all be minimized by new rules.
Take action below -- urge the Fisheries Service to end its delays. Species with critical habitat protection are twice as likely to be on the path to recovery as those without.
With threats like habitat destruction, toxic pesticides and climate change, amphibians and reptiles are dying off at up to 10,000 times the historic extinction rate. This loss is especially alarming because frogs, salamanders and snakes play important roles as predators and prey, and are key indicators of ecosystem health.
That's why the Center for Biological Diversity filed a 2012 petition -- the largest of its kind in history -- seeking protection for dozens of our nation's rarest herpetofauna. In response to our petition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now considering whether 35 of these "herps" deserve protection under the Endangered Species Act.
With your help we can save the alligator snapping turtle -- the largest freshwater turtle in North America -- and the inch-long Illinois chorus frog, as well as dozens of other species.
Take action below -- urge the Service to move quickly to protect these rare amphibians and reptiles.
Plastic shopping bags in the United States require 12 million barrels of oil to manufacture, account for thousands of pounds of litter along the coasts and are responsible for the deaths of millions of seabirds and marine animals every year. Despite this, they're in almost every American home because retail giants like Target continue to use them.
In recent years Target has positioned itself as a company that cares about sustainability, with eco-friendly product branding and other efforts to green its stores. Yet it continues to send shoppers home with single-use plastic bags that take ages to break down and end up threatening sea turtles, birds and other wildlife.
That's why it's so important that we hold Target responsible for its carbon footprint and plastic waste, which amounts to more than a billion plastic bags every year.
Take action below -- demand an end to single-use plastic bags in Target stores to fight climate change and protect wildlife. Other retailers and cities have successfully reduced their waste by eliminating plastic bags, making it easier to use reusable bags and rethinking how they bag purchases. It's time for Target to step up.
Stand with the San Carlos Apache tribe to protect Oak Flat, a sacred Apache site in the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona.
International mining giant Rio Tinto's plans to develop a massive copper mine there would leave a depression in the ground the size of the Winslow meteor crater, drain the aquifer and destroy important streams, springs and wildlife habitat.
The area was formally withdrawn from mining by presidential order 50 years ago, but Congress recently approved a land swap that allows the company to obtain private control of the land and evade environmental laws in the process.
Please take a moment to urge Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to oppose this project.
Texas horned lizards are formidable-looking creatures with prominent horns on their head and spines generously scattered over their back and sides. They can even eject blood from their eyes when threatened -- and yet these rare reptiles have no defense against their biggest threat: habitat destruction.
Indeed horned lizards have undergone massive declines in Oklahoma and are rare across their range in the Midwest and Southwest. The loss of these lizards is alarming not only because of their intrinsic value but also because reptiles play important roles as predators and prey in their ecosystems and are valuable indicators of environmental health. That's why the Center petitioned the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation in December 2014 to protect the lizard under the state's endangered species law.
More than six months have passed, though, and still no word from the state agency.
Take action below -- urge the director of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to protect the state's horned lizards before it's too late.
The EPA recently determined that skyrocketing greenhouse pollution from airplanes hurts our climate and endangers human health. But instead of fighting this fast-growing threat, the agency wants to pass the buck to an international organization virtually run by the airline industry.
If commercial aviation were considered a country, it would rank seventh after Germany in terms of carbon emissions -- and those emissions are projected to more than triple by 2050. That's an unacceptable threat to our climate.
Yet the EPA plans to just sit back and wait for another authority to take action -- the International Civil Aviation Organization, which hasn't produced a single measure to curb aircraft-induced global warming in 18 years.
The EPA has set climate standards for cars, trucks, buses and power plants -- now the agency must do the same for airplanes.
Take action below -- urge the EPA to set airplane carbon rules now.
Certain members of the House of Representatives have stuck more than 20 provisions into this year's budget that, if signed into law, will have devastating consequences on our environment.
Funding legislation that the American public urgently needs should not be held hostage by irrelevant and harmful riders.
These dangerous provisions could block efforts to fight climate change and weaken our most important environmental laws, including the Endangered Species Act -- and the bill also cuts the EPA's budget by nearly 10 percent.
Interior Secretary Jewell has already denounced this horrible plan -- let's join her in urging the House to reject the bill until all nongermane and environmentally harmful language is removed.
Over the past few years, the Obama administration has been quietly chipping away at the Endangered Species Act with attempts to alter key parts that have helped this bedrock law prevent extinction for 99 percent of the species it protects.
Not since the Reagan presidency has an administration pushed changes that so severely undermine this critical law. Without it, it's scary to think where the bald eagle, American alligator and hundreds of other rare wildlife species would be today.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently pushed four regulatory changes to the Act that make it easier to destroy critical habitat, limit the number of species that qualify for protection, exempt federal agencies from limiting harm to endangered species under overarching management plans and severely limit citizens' ability to petition for species needing help.
Take action below -- tell President Obama that his administration must reject these changes that would weaken the law. A strong Endangered Species Act is essential to halting the current wildlife extinction crisis.
A recent Bureau of Land Management proposal to fully double off-road vehicle miles in the western Mojave Desert is as outrageous as it sounds. The agency's plan allots 10,428 miles to roads for dirt bikes and four-wheelers -- the distance between Alaska and Tierra Del Fuego in South America -- when what the area needs is fewer routes, not more.
More ORV routes will further degrade desert streams, increase soil erosion and worsen air quality problems. And these routes will tear up habitat used by imperiled wildlife such as desert tortoises, Mojave fringe-toed lizards and Lane Mountain milkvetch.
A 2005 court order specifically requires BLM to apply minimization criteria when designating routes, but the agency's draft plan fails on all accounts.
Act now to tell BLM to protect this fragile country full of rare wildlife, silence and stark beauty -- not turn it into a noisy and polluted ORV free-for-all.
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 milesof 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.
The Los Angeles Times just published a frightening exposé showing that some of California's crops -- which make up more than half of the nation's produce -- are being grown with oil-contaminated wastewater.
Please help us stop this scandal now.
In the midst of a historic drought, Big Oil is making millions of dollars selling this toxic oil waste to California farmers desperate for water -- a deal which raises huge questions about the safety of our food supply.
State agencies and local water boards test for some contaminants but not all -- and, of course, you can never find what you're not looking for. Scientists at Water Defense have proven, however, that methylene chloride and other carcinogens are in the wastewater that feeds these crops.
Take action below -- sign our petition urging Gov. Jerry Brown to halt fracking in California and fully investigate this scandal before more companies gain permits for similar programs and cause irreversible damage to our crops and health.
America’s wolves are at a critical point. Although they’ve been brought back from the brink of extinction, wolves in the lower 48 states today occupy less than 10 percent of their historic range.
And yet politicians are gunning for wolves once again, eager to abandon 40 years’ of wolf recovery and return to an era of hunting, trapping and cruel persecution.
It’s time for President Obama to stand up for America’s wolves. Tell him today to reject any plan to strip Endangered Species Act protections. We’ve come too far to turn our backs on these incredible animals.
Send the three Tweets below to President Obama and the White House, then sign our petition calling on the President to #LeadthePack and protect America's wolves.
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.
California communities have been ordered to make huge water-use cuts to fight drought, but the state's plan gives oil companies a free pass to continue using and contaminating huge amounts of water.
Every day illegal disposal wells dump about 27 million gallons of toxic oil waste into protected aquifers. And on top of these risks to our water supply, injecting oil wastewater underground can trigger earthquakes.
We can't sit back as the oil industry continues to poison our precious water and jeopardize public safety. We don't need a gradual phaseout of these wells, and creating new loopholes to allow currently protected aquifers to be used as garbage dumps for the oil industry isn't a solution. We're suffering the worst drought in recorded history, and so we need Gov. Brown to immediately halt these illegal activities.
Take action below -- sign our petition urging Gov. Brown to shut down these illegal wells and immediately ban fracking in California.
Idaho contains essential habitat for wolves, but Governor Butch Otter wants to wipe them out. He's already allocated $400,000 to kill wolves, and now his "Wolf Depredation Control Board" is asking for more at the same time that budgets have been slashed in Idaho's schools.
Tell Butch Otter to spend Idaho's taxpayer money on schools, not wolf slaughter. No wolf should die just for stepping into Idaho. Wolves deserve a home throughout their natural habitat, and Idaho's kids deserve the future a solid education brings.
Take action now and sign our petition below calling on Gov. Butch Otter to prioritize kids over wolf killing.
One of the leaders in the global movement for climate justice has just been arrested and imprisoned in his home country. We need your help to free him.
Mohamed Nasheed was elected president of the Maldives in 2008 in the first free and fair election following 30 years of authoritarian rule. The following year he led the heroic fight for a fair, ambitious and binding climate treaty at the United Nations climate talks in Copenhagen. He inspired millions through his eloquent entreaty for global action that would save his own tiny island nation from rising seas and the rest of the world from climate disaster.
As president, Nasheed pledged to make his country carbon neutral by 2020, held a cabinet meeting underwater in scuba gear to draw attention to the climate crisis, and has worked tirelessly to address the coming mass displacement of people due to rising seas and climate disruption.
President Nasheed was forced from office in 2012 by the prior authoritarian regime, and last weekend he was violently arrested and jailed on political charges.
Please sign the petition below to urge Maldives' current president Yameen Abdul Gayoom to immediately release Nasheed.
The orange clownfish spends nearly its entire life protected within anemones on coral reefs. Warming and acidifying oceans resulting from our carbon dioxide pollution are destroying the clownfish's anemone and coral reef habitat.
What's more, ocean acidification scrambles the clownfish's senses. Acidic waters damage the hearing and smell of young fish, causing them to become attracted to their predators and unable to find their coral reef homes.
The federal government is considering protecting the orange clownfish under the Endangered Species Act. These protections would help reduce dangers to the clownfish and would encourage government action to fight climate change.
Please sign the petition below urging the government to protect the orange clownfish from climate change and other threats.
Walrus moms and their babies spend all year living on the sea ice off Alaska. But global warming is melting that ice and forcing them to come to shore.
Walrus babies face greater risks on land because they are vulnerable to being trampled to death in stampedes and attacked by predators. In 2007, 3,000 to 4,000 young walruses perished after being crushed to death in stampedes.
Walruses also face a serious threat from big oil companies that want to open up offshore drilling in the walrus's ocean home off Alaska. This drilling will put walruses at risk from oil spills and worsen the global warming pollution that is destroying the sea ice they need for survival.
The federal government is considering giving walruses increased protections under the Endangered Species Act that would help reduce dangers to walruses and encourage government action to fight global warming.
Please sign the petition below asking the government to protect the walrus as an endangered species and put a permanent halt to offshore drilling off Alaska.
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 Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors to use their vote to block this dangerous project. Then check out a national map of the oil train blast zone.
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.
In that case, 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!
Washington's state wolf plan was adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in 2011 after being assembled over five years to incorporate the views of thousands of stakeholders and scientists. This plan is central to the state's efforts to recover wolves and minimize conflicts -- especially with commercial livestock operators, often opposed to wolf recovery.
But the plan keeps being undermined by the commission and the state wildlife agency -- who have adopted new rules to expand who can kill wolves and under what circumstances.
This summer the Center for Biological Diversity and allies petitioned the commission to adopt rules that would make key parts of the wolf plan enforceable. We asked for guidelines that ensure wolves are only killed when depredating livestock has become a chronic problem and that require ranchers to take nonlethal steps to protect their livestock before any wolf-caused losses could result in a wolf being killed. But on Aug. 1, the commission denied our petition.
Now we're taking our case to the governor.
Please join us and take action now to urge Governor Jay Inslee to protect wolves with strong, legally enforceable rules that honor the state's wolf plan.
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 either 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.
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.
The rare, truffle-eating flying squirrel of Southern California's mountains is in trouble.
Its forest habitat is moving upslope as temperatures warm and drier conditions threaten its truffle food supply, which thrives in wet, cool conditions. The San Bernardino flying squirrel has already disappeared from one of the two mountain ranges it lives in near Los Angeles.
The federal government is considering protecting these flying squirrels as an endangered species, reducing the dangers they face from forest habitat destruction and encouraging government action to fight climate change.
If these amazing flying squirrels don't get Endangered Species Act protection, global warming could push them out of their last mountain refuge.
Please sign the petition below urging the government to protect these flying squirrels from the climate crisis and other threats.
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.
The president's National Climate Assessment makes it clear that climate change could wreak devastation on our infrastructure, health, food supply, wildlife and economy.
We can expect sea-level rise of 4 feet or more, skyrocketing temperatures, declines of major crop yields, and extinction of endangered species.
Military researchers recently reported that climate change poses a threat to our national security, as climate disruption will fuel conflicts and displace people around the world.
It's good that the president is paying attention to the science — but now he must act accordingly. Tell him to take bold, not fearful action to protect our climate.
The Grand Canyon is a breathtaking, awe-inspiring site visited by millions of people each year. It's surrounded by public lands where native wildlife roam through ancient pines to find lifegiving streams and springs. And this watershed feeds the Colorado River and the iconic Havasupai Falls. It's also the cultural and spiritual home to many tribal nations in the Southwest.
But tragically these lands surrounding the majestic Grand 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.
Unfortunately Congress isn't likely to support this proposal in time to protect these lands, so we're urging President Obama to use his power under the Antiquities Act to fulfill this vision and forever protect these lands for future generations.
Take action below -- tell Obama to leave a legacy we can all be proud of by designating the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument.
Bearded seals live in icy Arctic oceans and they use their long, lush mustaches to find clams on the seafloor. They desperately need Arctic sea ice floes for giving birth and raising their pups. That sea ice is rapidly disappearing because of global warming.
Fortunately, the federal government recently gave bearded seals protections as an endangered species because global warming is rapidly melting their sea-ice nurseries. These protections will help reduce dangers to the seals and drive government action to fight climate change.
Unfortunately, the state of Alaska is working to block these critical protections.
Please sign the petition below urging the state of Alaska to stop standing in the way of protecting the bearded seal as an endangered species.
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 the end of the century.
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.
Over the past few years the EPA began studying water contamination in three fracked communities in Parker County, Texas; Dimock, Pennsylvania; and Pavilion, Wyoming.
Despite evidence showing a direct link between fracking operations and water contamination EPA officials then abandoned the investigations -- and the people suffering from the harmful impacts of fracking.
Remind the EPA that its job is to protect the American people, not oil and gas companies.
Tell the agency to reopen its crucial investigations into water contamination in fracked communities.
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.
The unique emperor penguin is being driven extinct by the melting of sea ice in Antarctica. Star of "March of the Penguins" and "Happy Feet," this charismatic bird needs sea-ice habitat to raise its chicks.
The federal government is considering protecting this penguin as an "endangered species" because global warming is melting its icy Antarctic home. This protection will help protect the penguin from harm and encourage government action to fight climate change.
Slowing climate change to prevent the melting of ice sheets in Antarctica is critical to maintaining a safe climate.
Please sign the petition below urging the government to protect the emperor penguin from climate change.
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.
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.
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.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the dangerous process of blasting huge volumes of water mixed with toxic chemicals underground to crack open rock formations and extract oil and gas.
And the fracking-induced oil and gas boom has transformed our energy landscape, undercutting clean energy and furthering our addiction to fossil fuels while polluting our air, wasting water and threatening wildlife.
To avoid catastrophic climate change, we need to leave at least 80 percent of proven fossil fuels in the ground -- including the majority of shale oil and gas reserves. We simply can't afford to employ a toxic practice that will prolong our dependence on oil and gas.
Methane leakage from fracking poses a grave threat to our climate, as methane is 86 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere over a 20-year period.
And our public lands are right in the bull's-eye of this fracking rush. The Interior Department leases millions of acres of our federal lands to private companies for oil and gas drilling and estimates that 90 percent of new wells on federal land today are fracked. Many of our national parks, including Grand Teton and Big Cypress, are even at risk from oil and gas drilling.
The best way to protect our climate, health and wildlife is to ban fracking. And what better place to start than on our public lands?
Please join us in telling Interior Secretary Sally Jewell: Our national treasures belong to us, not Big Oil -- ban fracking on public land.
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.
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.
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.
Turtles are dying off at an alarming pace -- rates never seen before -- under terrible 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 turtle populations every year -- thousands of turtles are removed from the wild and raced at turtle races held in small towns across the country.
It’s easy to believe little harm is done when turtles caught, then released back into the wild after the 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 caused 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.
Please take action now: Sign the petition below and ask communities to stop using wild-caught turtles in their turtle races.
Every day the wildlands of Appalachia are under attack as millions of pounds of explosives are detonated in the mountains, toxic dust is sent into the air and streams are polluted with mining waste. All of this destruction is in the name of mountaintop removal mining that poisons water and destroys wildlife habitats and human communities.
Congress has the power to place a moratorium on this dangerous practice -- and we need your help to make that happen.
More than 500 mountains and 2,000 miles of streams have already been destroyed. In some counties, nearly a quarter of the total land area has been permitted for surface mining with devastating effects on human health and wildlife.
People living in areas of mountaintop removal mining face significantly elevated rates of cancer, birth defects and other major health problems like kidney, heart and respiratory diseases. And what's bad for people is also bad for wildlife. Mountaintop removal threatens endangered fish, salamanders, crayfish and freshwater mussels found nowhere else in the world.
Please take action now to urge your representatives to support the Appalachian Community Health Emergency Act and place a moratorium on mountaintop removal permits.
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 a clean and renewable energy future.
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.
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.
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.
Each year thousands of rattlesnakes are removed from the wild and killed at "rattlesnake roundups." Rattlesnakes play a key role in the food web, maintaining balance in nature by preying on rodents, but hunting of snakes for roundups is pushing some species toward extinction.
Please sign this petition asking communities to change their roundups to festivals where snakes are not hunted or killed. Several communities have already changed their roundups to wildlife-appreciation festivals, which generate important income for the communities and educate the public about the importance of saving native species, not slaughtering them.
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 June 2011. After years of catching Pacific bluefin tuna before they reproduced, now Pacific 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.
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 take one minute to 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.
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.