When wildlife is in danger, they can't speak up for themselves—so we speak for them.
Even during this global health crisis, wildlife and the environment are under attack. At Defenders of Wildlife we are continuing to build our community that advocates for policies to stop extinction and creates the future we want to see.
Defenders of Wildlife Campus Clubs are student-led conservation clubs dedicated to furthering the mission of Defenders of Wildlife through political advocacy and peer-to-peer engagement.
If you want to get involved with a Defenders’ campus club, please reach out to the following people:
Arizona State University – Tempe, AZ
Diane Dotson: email@example.com
University of AZ – Tucson, AZ
Nicholas Matthews: firstname.lastname@example.org
Metropolitan State University – Denver, CO & University of Colorado – Denver, CO
Adrienne Ellett: email@example.com
Colorado State University - Fort Collins, CO
Garrett Peachey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Temple University – Philadelphia, PA
Bailey Fleming: email@example.com
University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA
James Tonrey: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Maine – Orono, ME
Joschka Winterling: email@example.com
Bowdoin College – Brunswick, ME
Diane Dotson: firstname.lastname@example.org
My campus isn’t listed, how do I get involved?
Email Diane Dotson at email@example.com to get learn more. We are always happy to add to our pack! While we have limited resources, our goal is to empower as many advocates as possible.
In the midst of this global pandemic and the uncertainty of the future of higher education, we have been developing remote activities to build community and continue to hold our elected leaders accountable.
June 24th at 4:30pm EST - How to Do Land Acknowledgements with Erica Prather (Sign up)
June 30th at 8pm EST - Wildlife Trivia led by Defenders’ campus club leaders (Sign up)
July 14th at 4pm EST - Extinction & Climate Creative Writing Workshop with Jovan Mays (Sign up)
July 23rd at 3pm EST – Amphibian Extinction Crisis hosted by Defenders’ SE team (Sign up)
August 4th at 5pm EST – Congress 101 with Caitlin Cattelino and Erica Prather (Sign up)
August 13th at 9am EST – Birding in CO with Rosie Sanchez (Sign up)
September 15th at 4pm EST - Womxn in Conservation Roundtable (Sign up)
We are continuing to add to this schedule, so be sure to check back in every few weeks or sign up to get notified about upcoming events by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!
What do campus clubs do?
Our clubs are student-led, so they all look a bit different. We encourage each club to choose their campaigns based on student interest and to elevate their voice through petitioning, earned and social media, face-to-face meetings with elected officials and awareness events.
Why campus clubs?
Young people are crucial to mobilize in the face of the extinction crisis and threats to the future of planet earth. Millennials and Gen Z have dominated the media by standing up to corporations and anti-science elected officials by demanding progressive action amid a rapidly changing climate. College students, both current and upcoming, comprise the majority of new voters and will help shape the priorities of decision makers.
In 2016 we saw a sea change in the make-up of Congressional representation. Young people, people of color, Indigenous people and those from all walks of life stepped up seeking a political body that better represents diversity in this country – and, they won!
But elections only go so far. It’s up to us to hold each and every politician accountable to the future we want to be a part of.
Student-led advocacy clubs are desperately needed to elevate the extinction crisis and advocate for policies that defend communities and ecosystems against climate change, habitat destruction, corporate greed and political short-sightedness. Elected officials are particularly conscious of how they are perceived by young people, especially considering the power of social media. We’re inheriting this planet, and we deserve a seat at the table!
What issues are the campus clubs working on?
With 1 million species facing extinction by mid-century, there is no shortage of issues for students to work on, especially with the Trump administration and anti-science members of Congress launching aggressive attacks on wildlife and the environment. Each club chooses which of Defenders’ legislative priorities to advocate for. Students have worked on issues such as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Endangered Species Act, the border wall, North Atlantic right whales and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.