END PHOSPHATE MINING IN FLORIDA
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 and threatens people and wildlife, from gopher tortoises to sandhill cranes.
In August 2016, a sinkhole opened under one of these waste piles, causing more than 200 million gallons of contaminated wastewater to enter the Floridan Aquifer. Yet now Florida's largest phosphate mining company wants to dig up an additional 50,000 acres of the state's beautiful, biodiverse lands, creating more radioactive waste.
The Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction. Learn more about the Center for Biological Diversity.
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Young people can make a difference too. Check out our Generation Wild website with tips on being a young conservationist, tools for taking action and a lot of fun stuff to read, do and see.
TRUMP ACTION TOOLKIT: Ready to Fight Trump? Start here.
With President Trump in the White House, people power is more important than ever. The Center launched this Trump Action Toolkit — start by signing our pledge of resistance. The fight is on.
Protect Sacred Oak Flat
Arizona's Oak Flat — a stunning area sacred to Western Apache tribes (and an important part of America’s public-land heritage) — is in danger of destruction by a massive copper mine. Learn more about the land, the threats and the resistance.
Restoring the Gray Wolf
The Center is fighting hard to help all U.S. gray wolves get back the protections they need to recover in habitat across the country. Losing safeguards brings progress to a grinding halt.
Op-eds and Cool New Features on Medium
Check out our latest hard-hitting opinion pieces, our environmental health advice column, plus a fun series coming out biweekly, Flotsam: #ecolists of the things we love.
Keep It in the Ground
Ending new fossil fuel leasing on America's public lands and offshore areas would keep up to 450 billion tons of greenhouse gases from polluting our atmosphere, says a new study commissioned by the Center and Friends of the Earth. Take action.
Nuestro Trabajo en México
Mexico hosts a stunning array of species, but too many are imperiled. The Center just opened an office in La Paz to help save sea turtles, vaquitas and other wildlife in trouble. Read about our Mexico work en español or in English.
Historic Agreement for 757 Species
So far more than 100 species have won protection following our historic 2011 settlement compelling the feds to make progress on safeguarding 757 of the country's most imperiled, least protected species. More species are nearing protection now.
Politics of Extinction
Despite its success, the Endangered Species Act is under attack like never before. Congressional Republicans have launched a barrage of legislative assaults on endangered species in recent years, seeking to block, remove or weaken their protections. Read our report.