CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY INC
October 26, 2012
It's hard to know where to begin to praise the Center for Biological Diversity. From their beginnings in the Southwest, they have expanded to fill a critical niche in environmental protection, the leading advocate for protection of plants and animals by the Endangered Species Act. They have done this so well and their on-board expertise is so great that many other nonprofits rely on them and partner with the Center. As a citizen, biologist and long-time environmental advocate, they also make it easy for me to put my voice to work on behalf of wolves, jaguars, and sticlebacks. For the past two years I have relied on the action alert pages of their website to get letters, emails and calls out to a wide spectrum of policy makers and influence everything from pipelines to countering attempts to weaken the ESA. It is the legal teeth given to the people through this Act that they have leveraged to maximum effect. The Center is so effective at prodding reluctant state and federal agencies to carry out their mandates that they have come to have impacts far beyond their budget class. As a desert lover and sometimes desert rat I value their work, but their campaigns now encompass everything from climate change to oceans to urban wildlands. The Center for Biological Diversity fights for our co-inhabitants of planet earth at a time when we humans are using more than 50% of the earth's land surface for our own needs and greed. With an expanding population, the Center's role will be even more important as we move deeper into the 21st century.
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