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Ignite Change


Join the Ignite Change Movement

It’s time to take our resistance to the next level.

That’s why the Center for Biological Diversity is launching Ignite Change, a nationwide movement that’s standing up to Trump to save life on Earth.

We’re building a massive, volunteer-driven network to call out members of Congress, organize and attend rallies, activate locally and be a powerful, sustained voice for wildlife, wild places and a livable planet.

This is a grassroots network that depends on people like you. Join today.

We won’t let Trump and his far-right Congress take over our public lands, wipe our wildlife, pollute our air and water, and ruin our climate.

But we need your help to make this work and build a powerful network of resistance that’s speaking up for the wild every day.

Resist. Ignite.

Join us now to be part of this movement.


Host a Population and Sustainability Event With Our Endangered Species Condoms Resources

The Center’s Endangered Species Condoms are a fun, unique way to get people talking about the link between human population growth and the extinction of rare species. With more than 7 billion people on the planet and counting, this is a conversation we need to have now.

Check out our Endangered Species Condoms Toolkit page for downloadable resources and valuable information to help you start talking about population, overconsumption and the extinction crisis.

Learn more about our Population and Sustainabily program.


The Pollination Project Giving Seed Grants to Fund Social Change Projects
Worldwide, online

The Pollination Project, an ally of the Center for Biological Diversity, provides $1,000 startup grants to individual change-makers and projects that promote compassion around the world.

Since the organization started on January 1, 2013, The Pollination Project has provided funding to nearly 1,000 seed grants in 55 countries. Its grantees have gone on to win prestigious awards, be featured in international news outlets and gain additional financial support. Many of these grantees say that it was The Pollination Project's belief in them that helped their projects grow.

Learn more about grants at The Pollination Project website and apply for a grant here.


Global Amphibian BioBlitz: Saving Amphibians Through Social Networking

Amphibians around the world are disappearing, and nearly a third are threatened with extinction. To better understand and conserve these animals, scientists need more information on their locations. And what better way to get the right info from around the globe than through people like you?

The Center has joined other conservation organizations to launch a Web-based social networking effort dubbed the Global Amphibian BioBlitz. The BioBlitz website allows amateur naturalists from around the world to submit their amphibian photographs, along with dates and locations. The site's lofty aim? To take a census of the world's amphibians and discover which species are still here, and where — so we can make sure they stay here. With your help.

Help save frogs, toads and salamanders — and have fun at the same time — by submitting your observations to the Global Amphibian BioBlitz now. Then learn about the Center's own Amphibian Conservation campaign and get more about the BioBlitz from UC Berkeley.


Gasland II: The Film

Fimmaker Josh Fox galvanized the world against fracking with his film Gasland. Now, he's doing it again with the sequel Gasland II — but this time, he's targeting another level ofcontamination due to fracking: "The contamination of our democracy through the intense influence of oil and gas corporations on our political system.

"The result," says the film's website, "is every bit as shocking as the first film."

Gasland II is now being shown in various cities. Learn more about the film, watch a trailer, see where it's playing and even host a screening of our own at the Gasland II website.

Learn more about the Center's campaign against fracking.


• Mar. 8: 'Chasing Coral' — How Will Corals Survive Climate Change in the Next Century? (CA)
• Mar. 13: Conference to Support Proposal 91 — Ban Nearshore Oil Drilling in Florida (FL)
• Mar. 14: Ales and Wild Tails — Communities That Save Cobras (FL)
• Ongoing: Join the Ignite Change Movement (nationwide)
• Ongoing: Host a Population and Sustainability Event With Our Endangered Species Condoms Resources (worldwide)

• Ongoing: The Pollination Project Giving Seed Grants to Fund Social Change Projects (worldwide, online)
• Ongoing: Global Amphibian BioBlitz: Saving Amphibians Through Social Networking (worldwide)
• Ongoing: Gasland II: The Film (worldwide)


'Chasing Coral' — How Will Corals Survive Climate Change in the Next Century?

March 8, 2018 (International Women’s Day)
Oakland, California

Corals are extraordinary animals, and the reefs they build support a high level of biodiversity comparable only to that of tropical rainforests. Coral reefs are home to nearly 25 percent of all marine life on the planet, and approximately 500 million people worldwide depend on them for food and income. But climate change, overfishing and pollution are threatening coral reefs globally, and without urgent attention, reef-building corals could disappear in our lifetime.

Learn about all this and more when you join us to watch "Chasing Coral" — an awe-inspiring and poignant film providing a visual documentation of the toll ocean warming is taking on coral reefs. The film tells the story of a team of scientists and photographers who track one of world’s largest coral bleaching events. Filled with interesting facts, absorbing story-telling and beautiful photography, the film ends with a call for action that inspires optimism.

After the film, we'll host a follow-up conversation with the Center's Dr. Shaye Wolf and Dr. Abel Valdivia, as well as Dr. Madhavi Colton from the Coral Reef Alliance (another Oakland-based conservation organization). Dr. Colton will explain what scientists are predicting for the future of coral reefs and what people can do to improve the outlook. Dr. Wolf and Dr. Valdivia will share some tangible actions individuals can take to help protect the world’s coral reefs. 

In honor of National Women’s Day, our conversation will also highlight some of the most influential women in the field of marine conservation. 

When: 5-7 p.m., Thursday, March 8
Where: The Center for Biological Diversity's Oakland office, 1212 Broadway, Suite 800
Cost: Free and open to the public; light refreshments will also be available ... for free!

RSVP on Facebook and officially register for the event.

You can help online, too — take action now to conserve coral reefs:

Stop Trump's Plan to Expand Drilling Off U.S. Coasts
Protect Corals, Fish and Sea Turtles From Ocean Acidification
Sign the People's Petition to Cap CO2 Pollution at 350 Parts Per Million


Conference to Support Proposal 91 — Ban Nearshore Oil Drilling in Florida
March 13, 2018
Saint Petersburg, Florida

The Center is cohosting a press conference before the Constitutional Revision Commission’s final public hearing on Tuesday March 13, 2018. The public is encouraged to attend and show your support for Proposal 91, the ban on nearshore oil drilling. The public will also be able to speak directly to the committee during the hearing, which takes place 1 to 7 p.m., or to submit written comments.

When: Tuesday, March 13 starting at 11 a.m. 
Where: University Student Center- USF St. Petersburg, 140 USFSP Harborwalk S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Cost: Event is free and open to the public.


Press Conference: 11 a.m.
Public Hearing: 1–7 p.m.


Ales and Wild Tails — Communities That Save Cobras
March 14, 2018
St. Petersburg, Florida

Please join us on March 14 as the Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Tampa Bay National Wildlife Refuges team up with The Ale and the Witch to bring you environmental education, conversation and beer

We'll be in the plaza, and this month's event will feature a presentation by Michael Starkey from Save the Snakes. Michael will speak about how communities around the world are working to protect snakes from threats ranging from habitat destruction to human persecution. He will also dispel myths that surround snakes and explain how we can all learn to live with — and even love — these amazing and often imperiled animals.

Michael Starkey is the cofounder and executive director of Save the Snakes. Founded in 2017, Save the Snakes is a nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to snake conservation and human-snake conflict mitigation. Its mission is to protect threatened snake populations around the world through habitat preservation, education, and community outreach to create a harmonious relationship between humans and snakes.

This event is free, and the beer is affordable and delicious (check out The Ale and the Witch's website).

When: March 14, 2017, 6-7 p.m.
Where: The Ale and the Witch, 111 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
What: Ales and Wild Tails conservation get-together series, this month featuring Michael Starkey from Save the Snakes
Cost: Free (featuring affordable craft beer)

Mark your calendar — Ales and Wild Tails happens the second Wednesday of every month. You can RSVP and find out about other Center events on Facebook.


Penguin banner photo by Michael Van Woert; photo of hikers in Arizona by Sunfellow/Pixabay