This website enables you to take fast and effective action in defense of our planet's most endangered wild places. The BioGems initiative is aimed at saving wildlands of exceptional natural values. The twelve BioGems featured here span North and Central America; the site also features a watchlist of South American wildlands under threat. All of these natural treasures are imperiled by logging, mining, oil drilling or other commercial exploitation. We have selected these BioGems not only for their ecological importance and their imminent plight, but also because well-coordinated web activism by people like you can make a very big difference in saving them.
One key factor in the ongoing destruction of even the most famous natural treasures is the lack of public awareness of their plight. We believe that nothing can achieve swift and momentous change as effectively as an energized public. That's why we hope you'll join us in pressuring multinational corporations to abandon ecologically destructive projects and pushing governments to act on behalf of people and nature. Working together we can save these last wild places, both for their own sake and for our sake. (If you want proof, read about our victory in Mexico's Laguna San Ignacio, the Pacific gray whale's last pristine breeding ground.) So please take a few minutes to explore -- and help save -- some of the world's last BioGems.