The Gulf is the Heartbeat of the Southeast
GCI Relay has partnered with the Center for Biological Diversity, a non-profit organization is known for its projects and commitment to a healthy Gulf of Mexico for the sake of endangered species. Having grown up on the Gulf, we also believe that healthy coastal ecosystems are vital to a robust economy, a safe population, and a sustainable quality of life for residents.
Because the loss of biological diversity impoverishes society, the Center uses science, law and creative media, to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. Recognizing the rich biological diversity of the southeast region, and the Gulf of Mexico in particular, the Center recently opened a southeast regional office headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida. While the St. Pete address on our letterhead may be new, the Center’s work in the region spans more than a decade.
The Center has worked to protect endangered sea turtles from fishing gear, oil dispersants and diminishing nesting habitat throughout the Gulf of Mexico. They work to reduce species’ exposure to pesticides and other poisons by ensuring compliance with environmental laws. And in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and cleanup, they filed more than a dozen lawsuits aimed at holding BP accountable and reforming the oil and gas industry, and will continue to keep up the pressure.
The Center has fought to protect the Florida manatee and Florida panther from habitat degradation and mortality caused by boat and vehicle collisions. They’ve won protections for incredible species like the Florida bonneted bat – Florida’s largest bat, and the Miami blue butterfly – one of the region’s rarest species. The Center recently petitioned wildlife management agencies to protect more than 400 imperiled southeast freshwater species, and they’re ramping up efforts to advocate for proactive planning for sea level rise for the Gulf region’s most vulnerable species and habitats.
This work would not be possible without the generous support of more than 450,000 members and supporters. GCI Relay will donate a portion of its proceeds each year to the Center. To learn more about the Center, to donate or to become a member, visit www.biologicaldiversity.org.