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Protect Endangered Species

Goal: Save species from extinction by protecting their habitats and defending the laws that keep them safe.
We share our planet with countless incredible creatures, from the grizzly on the ridgeline to the bee in the meadow, from the wolf in the forest to the butterfly in our backyard. Many are on the brink of extinction — but instead of helping, the Trump administration is weakening the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and expanding drilling and logging in vital habitats. It’s up to us to protect endangered species and the habitats they call home.
  • <h4>A NEW MASS EXTINCTION</h4><h5>A 2019 United Nations report warns that 1 million plant and animal species worldwide could go extinct within a few decades.</h5><em>Jeff Stamer via Shutterstock.com</em>
  • <h4>VULNERABLE SPECIES UNDER ATTACK</h4><h5>The Trump administration is working to roll back more than 80 federal environmental protections — including issuing an executive order to weaken the Endangered Species Act, and expanding drilling and other destructive development that threaten vital habitats.</h5><em>Neelkai Photography via Shutterstock.com</em>
  • <h4>PROTECTING ENDANGERED SPECIES</h4><h5>We’re calling for the Endangered Species Act to be maintained and strengthened, not weakened as it was in 2019.</h5><em>NancyS via Shutterstock.com</em>
  • <h4>ACTION THAT WINS RESULTS</h4><h5>Our national network has stopped attacks on the Endangered Species Act in the past, and we’ve blocked attempts to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and our coastlines to oil drilling. We’ve also protected the wildest places in our national forests by advocating for the adoption of the Roadless Rule.</h5><em>Suzanne Navarro Photography</em>
Endangered species are losing protections when they need them most

A United Nations report from 2019 warns that 1 million plant and animal species worldwide could go extinct within decades — due largely to human activity.

We need a wide range of tools to protect vulnerable species and their habitats. The best tool in the United States is the ESA, which has a 99 percent success rate in keeping species under its protection from becoming extinct. The ESA has brought back from the brink of extinction the bald eagle, grizzly bear, California condor, American alligator, humpback whale, Florida manatee and more.

But right now, President Trump is working to roll back more than 80 federal environmental protections — including issuing several executive orders to weaken the ESA, and targeting animals’ habitats with expanded drilling in the Arctic, logging in the Tongass National Forest, and offshore drilling in our oceans.

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We need to stop the attacks on vulnerable species

We're calling for the continued protection of vulnerable species and their habitat.

In the long-term, we need to strengthen the ESA to include protections that kick in when a species’ numbers begin to fall, rather than waiting until their very survival is threatened to act.

And beyond the ESA, we need to keep habitats large and whole to give wildlife even more space. Specifically, we need to promote the expansion of wildlife corridors. We must also speak out against proposals that threaten America’s wild places, which are not only worth protecting for their own sake but are also important habitats. That’s why we’re calling for the cancellation of projects that threaten wilderness, including drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where polar bears and caribou roam; logging the untamed roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest, home to trees older than America; and opening the Pacific and Atlantic coasts for expanded offshore drilling, which leads to oil spilling and will harm whales, dolphins, otters and more.

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Together, we can protect our natural world

At a time when we’re running short on nature, we need to do everything we can to protect it. The call of a bird in the wild or the rustling of an antelope in the brush is priceless — worth far more than the minerals we could extract or the high-rise condo we could develop.

We need to protect our natural world, and that starts with stopping these reckless attacks on species and habitats. We can accomplish all of this by convincing our fellow Americans that we should no longer tolerate sacrificing nature for a little more oil, timber or other economic productions.