Center for Biological Diversity

Current Actions

  • Two Ways to Fight Trump's Border Wall
    Jaguar mural

    President Trump plans to wall off the entire U.S.-Mexico border -- putting both wildlife and communities at risk of great harm. But the Center and allies are fighting that wall, and we need your help.

    Local leaders in the Tucson City Council and Pima County Board of Supervisors will be considering resolutions at their respective meetings on June 6 to formally oppose Trump's border wall -- so now is the time to raise your voice and make it clear that people in the borderlands oppose this radically destructive proposal.

    There are two things you can do to help:

    1) Using the form on this page, send a letter to the Tucson City Council and Pima County Board of Supervisors ahead of the June 6 meetings to support their resolutions opposing the border wall.

    2) Attend one or both meetings to show your support for the resolutions, and help us pack the house. Pima County's Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday, June 6, at 9 a.m. in the Board Hearing Room, 130 W. Congress St. And Tucson City Council will also meet Tuesday, June 6, at 5:30 p.m. in City Hall, 255 W. Alameda St.

  • Speak Up for Pacific Walruses
    Pacific walruses

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

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

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

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

  • Keep GE Frankentrees Out of the Southeast
    Eucalyptus plantation

    A biotech company called ArborGen, Inc. has dangerous plans for the southeast United States: It wants unprecedented approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow a genetically engineered strain of "freeze-tolerant" eucalyptus to be commercially grown on massive plantations.

    This is a terrible idea. These unregulated GE tree farms will displace and destroy our natural forests, pollute and deplete our water, and endanger biodiversity.

    Eucalyptus are not native to North America -- but they do establish here and easily escape. They've wrought havoc in Hawaii, California and Florida. And now industry wants to plant millions of these frankentrees in the Southeast.

    Using the form on this page, tell the USDA we want sustainable, healthy forests thriving with native wildlife -- not a genetically engineered monoculture of invasive eucalyptus.

  • Protect Oklahoma's Turtles From Slaughter
    Common snapping turtle

    Oklahoma allows trappers to collect unlimited numbers of eight turtle species from private land to sell as pets or on Asian markets as food and traditional medicine.

    This level of trapping is devastating turtle populations that are already threatened by habitat destruction, water pollution and road traffic. So the Center has requested that the state of Oklahoma completely ban for-profit exploitation of the state's turtles.

    Our advocacy has successfully led to states across the country restricting turtle trapping, preventing further declines of these vulnerable animals.

    Fight for turtles -- using the form on this page, tell state wildlife officials you strongly support the Center's proposed ban on commercial trapping of Oklahoma's turtles.

  • Tell Congress: Protect Our Coasts From Offshore Drilling
    Offshore oil platform

    President Trump has signed an executive order to undo permanent protections in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans and allow even more drilling in the Pacific and Gulf of Mexico -- a dangerous decision that threatens our environment and coastal communities' health and economic well-being. From Exxon Valdez to Deepwater Horizon, repeated disasters have shown that there's simply no safe way to drill.

    That's why we need Congress to resist Trump and his reckless attacks on our oceans now. But for them to stand up to the president, they need to hear that there's strong support from people like you to keep our oceans and coasts oil free.

    Using the form on this page, please call your members in Congress and tell them to oppose any efforts to expand offshore drilling.

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

    Hi, my name is _____, and I'm from [City, State]. I'm calling to urge you to protect our coasts and climate by opposing any and all efforts to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in our oceans. Thank you.

  • Tell Amazon to Shine With Rooftop Solar
    Amazon Shine

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tell USDA to Promote Sustainable Diets
    Extinction Facts Label

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

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

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

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

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

  • End Diamondback Terrapin Trapping in New York
    Diamondback terrapin

    Diamondback terrapins have elaborately patterned shells and delightfully speckled skin. They distinguish themselves by being the only turtles in North America that live exclusively in semi-salty coastal waters.

    Sadly, these turtles have become as rare and valuable as the gems they're named after. Facing threats from hunting, entanglement in fishing gear, traffic accidents and loss of habitat, they're struggling to survive.

    But there's some good news: Thanks in part to overwhelming action from our members and supporters, New York state wildlife officials have proposed ending terrapin hunting in the state once and for all. Closing the hunting season would take some of the pressure off these turtles, giving them a chance to recover.

    Help diamondback terrapins get the fighting chance they deserve. Using the form on this page, tell state wildlife officials that you support the proposal to end terrapin hunting.

  • End Phosphate Strip Mining in Florida
    Sinkhole in phosphate mine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • End Commercial Fur Trapping in California
    Fox

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Nebraska: Say No to Keystone XL
    Oil pipes

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

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

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

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

  • 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 recently 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.

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Speak Up for California Wolves
    Wolf OR-25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Protect Appalachia From Mountaintop Removal
    Mountaintop removal

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

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

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

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

  • Defend Texas and Oklahoma From More Fracking
    Fracking rig

    This June the Bureau of Land Management plans to auction off thousands of acres in Texas and Oklahoma for oil and gas drilling, and we need your help to stop it.

    Much is at stake: The auction will allow fracking beneath water supplies for Corpus Christi and Brenham, Texas. It'll increase the risk of new manmade earthquakes. And it'll require a massive amount of infrastructure -- new wells, pipelines, roads, wastewater pits and storage tanks -- that will threaten habitat for imperiled wildlife, from lesser prairie chickens and least terns to Arkansas River shiners.

    Last year public outcry forced the BLM to pull several parcels from its 2016 auction -- so we know officials are listening, which is good. Water supplies for Houston, Dallas, Corpus Christi and Brenham were spared. But now the agency is offering many of these same parcels again, plus more along the Canadian River and in the Black Kettle National Grassland.  

    Using the form on this page, urge the BLM, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Bureau of Reclamation to cancel this auction and protect our water, wildlife and communities from harm.

  • Tell Ohio to Ban Commercial Turtle Trapping
    Snapping turtle

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

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

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

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

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

  • Get Toxic Lead Out of Deer Shot in Minnesota
    Trumpeter swan

    Lead is an extremely toxic substance we've very sensibly removed from gasoline, paint and other products. But this dangerous heavy metal is still entering the food chain via lead hunting ammunition, which poisons wildlife and threatens human health.

    More than 4,000 tons of lead are shot into the environment every year in the United States. Animals that ingest spent lead shot or scavenge on contaminated carcasses can suffer for years from debilitating lead poisoning before dying painfully. And tiny lead fragments in venison can poison families who eat what they shoot.

    That's why a Minnesota lawmaker has introduced a bill (H.F. 1356) that would prohibit lead ammunition for deer hunting in Minnesota. We need you to speak up for the health of Minnesota's families and wildlife, including bald eagles and trumpeter swans.

    Using the form on this page, please tell your representative you support banning lead shot for deer hunting. (This action can only be taken by Minnesota residents.)

  • End Trophy Hunting of Nebraska's Rare Cougars
    Cougar

    Persecuted by hunters and trappers, Nebraska's cougar population was eradicated in the early 1900s. But over the past few decades, these majestic cats have begun a hopeful return to the state, establishing a population that now numbers a few dozen.

    Cougars have regained only the shakiest paw-hold in the state, but Nebraska's Game and Parks Commission is considering allowing trophy hunters to kill them. This could have catastrophic consequences for these rare cats, who are already at risk from vehicle collisions, habitat loss and poaching.

    The livestock industry likes to claim sport hunting of cougars will protect livestock. But state policy already allows cougars that threaten people or stock to be killed. And only one incident of a cougar preying on cattle has been documented in Nebraska since the return of these big cats to the state.

    Using the form on this page, ask your legislators to support Legislative Bill 448, which would repeal a 2012 statute authorizing the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to issue permits allowing trophy hunters to kill cougars.

    Please note: You must be a Nebraska resident to take action on this alert. Find other Center alerts here.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Wyoming: Help Stop This Anti-renewables Bill
    Wyoming wind farm

    Wyoming's energy future -- and your ability to choose renewable energy -- is in trouble.

    State Senator Larry Hicks recently introduced a bill that, if passed, would prohibit utilities from providing electricity from large-scale wind or solar by 2019, even if their customers want it or if it's the cheaper option. This would effectively stifle renewable energy growth and force you and your neighbors to keep paying for dirty fossil fuels. We can't let that happen.

    This bill would hurt Wyoming's climate, water and wildlife and could stop as many as 20,000 new and long-lasting jobs from coming to the state. It would prevent a reliable source of homegrown energy from thriving and helping the U.S. meet its energy independence goals.

    But you can do something to prevent this from happening. Urge your state representatives to vote no on this irresponsible, anti-renewables energy bill.

  • Help Save Oregon's Elliott State Forest
    Elliott State Forest

    With towering old trees and excellent habitat for endangered coho salmon, marbled murrelets and spotted owls, the Elliott State Forest is a priceless gem owned by all Oregonians. But whether you know its beauty already or hope to visit someday, now is the time to act if we're going to preserve this special place.

    Headed by Governor Kate Brown, the Department of State Lands held an auction on Dec. 13 and received a single bid from a timber company. But fortunately the department decided to delay acceptance of this bid to consider an option for keeping at least part of the Elliott in public hands.

    There are two things you can do to help save this forest:

    1) Using the form on this page, send a letter to the state land board and tell them you want the Elliott to remain protected and in public hands.

    2) Call the members of the land board and tell them that you don't want to see the Elliott sold to a private timber company. Here are the numbers to call: Gov. Kate Brown (503) 378-4582, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson (503) 986-1523, and State Treasurer Tobias Read (503) 378-4329.

  • Demand a Stop to Attacks on Women and Wildlife
    Protester

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Stop Tar Sands Extraction in Utah
    Athabascan oil sands

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

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

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

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

  • Join the Fight to Save Okinawa Dugongs
    Dugong

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Stop Sage Grouse Hunting in California
    Sage grouse

    The state of California will soon decide whether to approve hunting of greater sage grouse, one of the state's most fascinating species, for this season. Sadly, these strutting birds with splendid plumage are vanishing across the West.

    Please join us in urging the state's wildlife commission to allow the only acceptable number of permits: zero. There must be no sage grouse hunting now.

    The state says the number of permits for sage grouse hunting in each zone will be calculated "conservatively." But California's few remaining sage grouse populations are precarious -- so continued hunting at any level will be dangerous for them.

    Last year more than 2,000 of you sent letters asking the commission to stop the hunt. It didn't listen to us then, but now we have a new opportunity to speak up for the wildlife we love.

    Using the form on this page, tell the commission -- even louder this time -- to protect California's rare, dancing sage grouse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Get Lead Shot Out of Minnesota
    Bald eagle

    Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources has proposed a new plan to phase out toxic lead ammunition for small-game hunters on farmland "wildlife management areas."

    It's a reasonable move and one that wildlife experts have long identified as necessary. But last year, after right-wing lawmakers tried to prevent the department from restricting use of lead shot, the Center for Biological Diversity and allies had to fight back and help defeat those bills. Now we need your help again.

    The scientific evidence is extensive: Spent lead ammo enters the food chain and regularly poisons and kills bald eagles, trumpeter swans and many other birds. It also causes significant health risks for people eating wild game.

    We've removed lead from our homes, gas tanks and children's toys -- but notably not from ammunition, a persistent source of toxic lead in the environment.

    Using the form on this page, tell lawmakers you oppose any efforts to prohibit the department from doing its job to safeguard Minnesota's wildlife and people from lead shot.

  • End New Fracking in Nevada
    Nevada valley

    Nevada's water and wildlife are currently under threat from the destructive oil-drilling practice known as fracking. And while industry hasn't gotten a foothold in the state just yet, vast tracts of our beautiful and rugged public lands continue to be offered for development.  

    Here's the good news: Elected officials have introduced state Assembly Bill 159 -- a bill to outlaw new fracking in Nevada.  

    At stake are hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands, precious water, clean air and critical habitat for imperiled wildlife.

    Using the form on this page, tell your representatives to support this important bill today.

  • Protect Whales From Crab Traps
    Entangled whale

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

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

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

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

  • Speak Up for Oregon's Wolves
    Gray wolf pups

    As part of a standard five-year review, Oregon's wolf plan is currently being revised by the state Fish and Wildlife Commission and Department of Fish and Wildlife. Much remains the same in this draft's effort to conserve and manage these magnificent animals, but some of the proposed changes are deeply disturbing -- including, under some circumstances, allowing citizens to hunt wolves.

    The department's recent annual wolf report also brings sobering news: In just one year's time since the state prematurely removed endangered species protections, the wolf population has plateaued -- with only 1.8 percent growth last year and a decrease in overall packs and breeding pairs. This is in stark contrast to prior years' 30 percent growth. The commission members need to hear from the public now to make sure no harmful changes are made to the plan and to secure strengthened wolf protections.

    There are two things you can do to help:

    1) Using the form on this page, tell the commission you expect Oregon's wolf plan to protect wolves as much as possible and not weaken safeguards on behalf of the livestock and sport-hunting industries. And for maximum impact, please personalize your letter.

    2) Join the Center's West Coast Wolf Organizer Amaroq Weiss at a commission meeting on May 19 in Portland to testify for wolves. Massive turnout is essential. Never testified before? No worries. The Center and allies will hold a free training the night before the hearing. Get more details and RSVP to join us for the important commission meeting and free workshop.

  • Protect Oregon Rivers From Destructive Dredge Mining
    Coho salmon

    Suction dredge mining -- vacuuming up gravel and sand from river bottoms in search of gold -- is a destructive process that can turn a clear-running mountain stream into a murky ditch. By stirring up sediment on river bottoms, it can release toxic mercury and other heavy metals left over from historic mining, where they hurt endangered fish and wildlife and threaten human health.

    Fortunately there's a law pending in the Oregon legislature that would make a temporary moratorium on suction dredge mining in essential salmon habitat permanent. This is what's needed to protect endangered coho salmon and the health of our favorite rivers and streams.

    Please take action today. Using the form on this page, urge your state legislator to support Senate Bill 3 banning suction dredge mining in salmon habitat.

  • Rein in Off-road Recklessness in California
    ORV damage

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

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

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

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

  • End Trapping of Rare Bobcats of Illinois
    Bobcat

    By the mid-1900s Illinois bobcats had been decimated by unregulated hunting, trapping and habitat loss. With protection these native wild cats have begun to make a hopeful return to the state -- but they’re in the crosshairs once again.

    Last year the Illinois legislature approved the first bobcat hunting and trapping season since 1972. In that one season 141 cats were killed for sport and fur. Further bobcat trapping could have catastrophic consequences for these rare cats, already at risk from collisions with cars, habitat loss and poaching.

    Bobcats are small, shy and pose no threats to humans. As a matter of fact, they support our health by preying on rodents, one of their primary food sources, which reduces rodent-borne disease. We can't allow bobcats to vanish from Illinois again.

    Please speak up for these beautiful native felines. Using the form on this page, tell your legislators to support Senate Bill 1981, which would amend the state's wildlife code to prohibit bobcat trapping and the purchase and sale of bobcat pelts in the state.

  • Say No to State-funded Slaughter of Oregon's Wildlife
    Coyote

    In Oregon and across the country, state and federal government agents kill native wildlife to help ranchers profit. This slaughter is unnecessary as well as cruel, since nonlethal methods have proven effective in protecting livestock from predators.

    Government wildlife killers use leg-hold traps, strangulation snares and poison devices like cyanide bombs to target coyotes, wolves and other wildlife. These indiscriminate killing methods can also hurt or kill people, pets and nontarget wildlife. Earlier this year an endangered wolf in Oregon met a tragic death when it triggered a cyanide bomb set by a taxpayer-funded predator controller tasked with killing coyotes in Wallowa County.

    Now there's good news for Oregon wildlife: In her new proposed budget, Governor Brown has proposed almost $1 million in cuts to funding for lethal control of predatory animals.

    Using the form on this page, please take a moment to thank her for standing up for wildlife and to let your state legislators know that you support the budget cuts to reduce killing native predators.

  • Get Toxic Lead Out of Illinois State Parks
    Bald eagle

    Lead is an extremely toxic substance we've rightly removed from gasoline, paint and many other products. But unbelievably this dangerous heavy metal is still entering the food chain via lead hunting ammunition, which poisons wildlife and threatens human health.

    More than 4,000 tons of lead are shot into the environment every year in the United States. Animals that ingest spent lead ammunition or scavenge on contaminated carcasses can suffer for years from debilitating lead poisoning before dying painfully. And tiny lead fragments in game meat poison hunting families who eat what they shoot.

    That's why an Illinois state lawmaker has introduced a bill (S.B. 1985) that would prohibit lead ammo for hunting in state parks and natural areas. We need you to speak up for the health of families and wildlife in Illinois, including bald eagles.

    Using the form on this page, tell your elected officials you support this commonsense bill to get the lead out of Illinois state parks once and for all.

  • Help Nevada Lead the Way in Renewable Energy
    Sunrise

    Since 2015 leading solar companies ceased operations in Nevada, laid off employees and left the sunny state because utility regulators decided to increase costs for all small commercial and residential solar customers. But a new bill proposed in the state legislature can help restore Nevada as a leader in renewable energy and bring the solar market back to life.

    Assembly Bill 206 would increase the state's renewable portfolio standard -- the percent of energy from renewable sources -- to 80 percent by 2040, making it one of the most ambitious standards in the country. We need you to tell your state reps to support this important bill and help Nevada reach its full potential.

    An ambitious RPS target alone, though, can't replace what Nevada lost when the utilities put the brakes on rooftop solar. A "distributed energy system" with many small sources connected to a grid is better than massive solar arrays in the desert because it prevents energy loss that occurs during long-distance transmission. A distributed system also creates local jobs, reduces land and water use, and allows more people to participate in the market. What the proposed RPS target can do is set the stage for Nevada officials to prioritize distributed solar over mega-projects that would threaten wildlife and public lands.

    Those with vested interests, of course, will be working to fight this bill and keep us hooked on fossil fuels -- so act now and urge your legislators to pass A.B. 206 and restore Nevada's place as a leader in clean, renewable energy.

  • Tell the EPA to Regulate Factory Farms
    Agricultural waste

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

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

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

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

  • Stop Mojave Desert Water Grab
    Peninsular bighorn sheep

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

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

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

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

  • Save the Vaquita -- Boycott Mexican Shrimp
    Vaquita

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I pledge to stand in resistance to Donald Trump's assault on America's clean air, clean water, climate, wildlife, civil rights, reproductive rights, gender and racial equality, and freedom of speech and religion.
    Read More  

  • Darden letters
  • Demand Greener Menus From World's Largest Restaurant Company
    Olive Garden sign

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

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

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

  • Bring Back the Bears
    Bring Back the Bears

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

    Now it's time to bring the bears back.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    That's all we need to know.

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

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

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

  • Save Monarch Butterflies
    Monarch butterfly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ban the Big, Bad Bullfrog
    Bullfrog

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

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

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

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

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

  • Stop Catching Wild Turtles for Turtle Races
    Eastern box turtle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Change Rattlesnake Roundups to Humane Festivals
    Eastern diamondback rattlesnake

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

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

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

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

  • Take the Pledge: Join the Bluefin Boycott
    Bluefin tuna

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

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

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

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

    Follow the Bluefin Brigade on Facebook.

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

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

    Blue Hill, Manhattan, NY, US
    Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Pocantico Hills, NY, US
    Bon Appétit Management Company, Palo Alto, CA, US
    Chez Panisse, Berkeley, CA, US
    Farmers & Fishers, Washington, DC, US
    Tataki South, San Francisco, CA, US
    Tataki Sushi and Sake Bar, San Francisco, CA, US
    Umi, San Francisco, CA, US
    80 Restaurant, San Miguel Allende Mexico, Mexico,
    A Toute Heure, Cranford, NJ, US
    Anthony's, Richland, WA, US
    Bamboo Sushi, Portland, OR, US
    Barbarini Mercato, NY, NY, US
    Blue Wasabi Sushi & Martini Bar, Scottsdale, AZ, US
    Bob Chinn's Restaurant, Buffalo Grove, IL, US
    Cafe Bon Homme, Royal Oak, MI, US
    Cracker Barrel, Strawberry Plains, TN, US
    Anthony's, Richland, WA, US
    Babols, Liverpool, GB
    Bamboo Sushi, Portland, OR, US
    Berns, Stockholm, SE
    Blue Hill, Revere, PA, US
    Blue Ribbon, Brooklyn, NY, US
    Blue Wasabi Sushi & Martini Bar, Scottsdale, AZ, US
    Bob Chinn's Restaurant, Buffalo Grove, IL, US
    Butcher & Banker Pub, Beamsville, ON, CA
    Cafe Bon Homme, Royal Oak, MI, US
    Calle 8 Cafe, San Antonio, TX, US
    Ca'n Tià, Palma, ES
    Candle 79, Commack, NY, US
    Chae's Coffee +, Cottonwood, AZ, US
    Cracker Barrel, Strawberry Plains, TN, US
    Davinci's, Mahopac, NY, US
    Délitheque Restaurant, Montréal, QC, CA
    Denny's, Boca Raton, FL, US
    Distributor; J&B group's seafood buyer, Minneapolis, MN, US
    Eddies, Orange, MA, US
    Elm Bar, New Haven, CT, US
    Farmer's & Fishers, Milwaukee, WI, US
    Farmstead, Providence, RI, US
    Finz Restaurant, Stuart, FL, US
    Fish, Sausalito, CA, US
    Flight Deck, Salem, OR, US
    Harkness Student Co-operative, Oberlin, OH, US
    Ibbys, St. Louis, MO, US
    Jason O'Connell, Redondo Beach, CA, US
    Jersey City Board of Education, Jersey City, NJ, US
    Joans Bar, St Georges, GD
    Joe's Restaurant, Venice, CA, US
    John Ash & Co., Santa Rosa, CA, US
    Kelly's Good Eats, Mariposa, CA, US
    La Laiterie at Farmstead, Providence, RI, US
    La Trat, Berkeley, CA, US
    Laucala Island Resort Limited, Suva, HI, FJ
    Ma Fishers, Milwaukee, WI, US
    Maple Farm Sanctuary, Mendon, MA, US
    Mary's Gourmet Kitchen, Jensen Beach, FL, US
    Mashiko Restaurant, Seattle, WA, US
    MCL Cafeteria, Zionsville, IN, US
    Meadows Golf, Nelson, BC, CA
    Menla Retreat, Phoenicia, NY, US
    Miya's Sushi, New Haven, CT, US
    Miya's, East Haven, CT, US
    Moms at School, Lakeland, FL, US
    My Kitchen, Riverview, FL, US
    Purple Pickel, St. Simons Island, GA, US
    Purple Pickle, Rincon, GA, US
    Red Gables Mesquite Grill, Sandusky, OH, US
    Rest. Frohsinn, Weinfelden, Leimbach, CH
    Restaurante Gloria Seafood, D.F., MX
    Rick Moonen's RM Seafood, Las Vegas, NV, US
    Rod's, Los Osos, CA, US
    Sam's Grill & Seafood, San Francisco, CA, US
    SeaMonkeyInk.com, Houston, TX, US
    Sir Edmond Halley's, Charlotte, NC, US
    Start Bay Inn, National, GB
    Sunapee Lodge, Sunapee, NH, US
    Sushi House, Los Angeles, CA, US
    Sushi Ten, Tucson, AZ, US
    Sushi Toni, San Francisco, CA, US
    Sushisamba, Las Vegas, NV, US
    Swell, San Francisco, CA, US
    Tataki Sushi, San Francisco, CA, US
    TGIFridays, Philadelphia, PA, US
    The American Hotel, Sag Harbor, NY, US
    The Emperior's Wok, Saint Louis, MO, US
    The Grit, Lexington, GA, US
    The Sushi Bar, McCall, ID, US
    Thegourmetoboist Catering, Hadley, MA, US
    Umi, San Francisco, CA, US
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  • People's Petition to Cap Carbon Dioxide Pollution at 350 Parts Per Million
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    Prominent climate researchers have warned that we must reduce the level of atmospheric carbon dioxide to 350 parts per million (ppm) or below in order to stabilize climate change and avoid global catastrophe. The Center for Biological Diversity, along with Bill McKibben's group 350.org, is advocating strongly for this necessary standard.

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

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

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

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

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