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Voices for Biodiversity

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Causes: Anthropology & Sociology, Arts & Culture, Environment, Printing & Publishing

Mission: We connect humans with the natural world to help all species survive and thrive together.

Results: We believe that when people share their stories about nature and other species we learn to live in healthy relationship with the natural world and protect biodiversity. Voices for Biodiversity (V4B) has shared feature articles, interviews, reviews, dispatches, articles by youth, photos, videos, and more from people all around the globe who care about other species. We have published hundreds of articles in the past decade. We also produce content for National Geographic News Watch. The American Anthropological Association awarded Voices for Biodiversity (V4B) the Anthropology in Media Award in 2014. V4B received the first place award for best website from the National Federation of Press Women in 2015 and from the New Mexico Press Women in 2015.

Target demographics: protect biodiversity

Direct beneficiaries per year: numerous eco-reporters share their stories about living with nature and other species in order to protect biodiversity.

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: VoicesforBiodiversity, an online magazine that shares stories from around the globe to help all species survive and thrive together.

Community Stories

63 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

V4B fills a critical role in conservation journalism, bringing a voice that's balanced and investigates all sides of a story without making overstated and politicized claims. V4B provides thoughtful, insightful, careful reporting that examines how we are connected to the natural world and how we influence it for better or worse. I really appreciate their approach--we need more nonprofits like them!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Voices for Biodiversity brings me stories from voices that aren't often heard, like high school students and practitioners on the ground. In addition, V4B publishes inspiring stories of conservation success, like bringing the Island Fox back from extinction or establishing protected areas in Peru. In today's news environment, these perspectives are invaluable when promoting the protection of biodiversity!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Voices for Biodiversity has been a great experience. The organization takes an active role in environmental awareness. It constantly brings awareness to important ecological issues that's done through high quality articles, galleries and videos and shared through social media. It also provides a great space for people to come together and share their ideas and discuss ways we can be more active in the protection of the environment.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a lover of nature, it has been an honor to work with Voices for Biodiversity. They bring the unheard stories from around the world that aim to not only raise awareness, but to empower individuals from all walks of life to take action on protecting our environment. It’s great to see an organization that shares my values, and that works on creating a greater connection between humans and the planet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It matters that we share our stories that connect us to the natural world. I've always loved V4B for that. So much so that I produced a short video for them, about Biodiversity Loss, so we could get the word out faster. V4B matters because these people care and are trying to help make other people care too. You can watch it here - https://vimeo.com/141280881

Karen145

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Voices for Biodiversity brings us stories that we never hear in mainstream media about nature and people who are working to conserve it. Their articles are not only informative, they are interesting, inspiring, and give us hope in the knowledge that some amazing people are working to conserve the world's biodiversity. And hopefully they move many of us to action.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Voices for Biodiversity is playing an extremely important role in the environmental movement. They are one of the few organizations making the point that the loss of biodiversity is as important to the sustainability of the planet, and, ultimately, the survival of the human species, as climate change. The articles and photo galleries are high quality, informative, and insightful. And their advisory board has some of the top names in the field.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is an organization based on a unique vision for protecting the planet's ecosystem. The talents and enthusiasm of the people involved with running the project give it a dynamism that is impressive. And the range of people excited by the concept, as evidenced by the followers on Facebook and the Izilwane website, is encouraging at such an early stage in the organization's development. This is an important idea backed by innovative ideas and innovative thinkers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the way that Voices for Biodiversity shares a range of stories related to conservation from a variety of perspectives. I've learned so much from volunteering with this organization, and I really enjoy learning about conservation issues on many different levels. As someone who works both in communications and environmental science, I really appreciate the way the organization shares the stories of the species and ecosystems I value so much.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In the many years I have been in this field, I have always looked for an organization that shared the voices of conservation that were not by academics for academics only. I was excited to see voices for biodiversity that did just that and more. This organization is genuine, and has so much vision and integrity.

kirali

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Kira and I am the Project Manager for Voices for Bioidversity. I am always impressed by the amount of dedication the board of Voices for Biodiversity puts into creating innovative and important projects. The staff members are always friendly and helpful and their project websites have incredible content.

I am especially thankful to the Founder Tara, who is truly innovative in her ways of thinking about changing perceptions and protecting the environment for future generations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Izilwane is truly a remarkable online magazine. I began volunteering for Izilwane in June of 2010 and I continue to find the work rewarding and educational. Contributing to the content of the magazine and helping with outreach truly makes me feel that I am making a positive impact on the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with this nonprofit is inspiring and uplifting – they are working to change the world for the better in such a unique way. Aiming to get everyone involved in conversations about biodiversity is just one of the ways Voices for Biodiversity is making a difference for ALL species on our increasingly fragile planet. Keep up the great work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a copy editor at Voices for Biodiversity and am thrilled to be a part of their important mission. V4B endeavors to bridge the gap between society and the scientific community in order to get everyone on the same page about protecting biodiversity—essential work at this critical junction for our planet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This site shares amazing stories of how animals, humans, and the environment can co-exist and thrive. The site displays beautiful graphics and pictures of animals, world locations, and people interacting with nature.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer in the web production department of Voices for Biodiversity. I wanted to volunteer time for a cause that showcased the issues with our environment, resources, animals, and the human element, and how we can strive for a balance that allows the earth to flourish. Voices for Biodiversity publishes many articles and photo galleries that show how this balance is possible, and it's been a very rewarding experience to work with this team bringing these stories to the public.

Kathy268

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you love animals and/or are an advocate for environmental issues, it's difficult to find one organization that can easily--and interestingly--give you one stop shopping for current information. But Voices for Biodiversity does just that....and with an all-volunteer staff to boot (which is amazing). Stories are the key to change in the world, and with Voices for Biodiversity, you can find stories written by experts in their field, to better understand the issues facing the planet. Amazing organization shining the light on critical issues.

Megan130

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great articles containing quality content, making biodiversity accessible!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently found this website and am so glad that I did. I really appreciate the well written and thought-provoking articles that provide me with exposure to diversity issues from around the world. The photography is also outstanding.
Thanks so much for a great website!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non profit ezine provides very thought provoking articles about the environment. I enjoy the original content by top experts and beautiful photography. I always learn new things here and am exposed to ideas that may or may not conflict with my own. Through this site they open my mind to new thoughts and considerations and I appreciate this. I have learned a lot here and have passed the site on to many others!

Donor

Rating: 5

What an exceptional website with a tremendous variety of info from around the world - from polar bears in the arctic to salamanders in West Virginia. Love the pictures!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I rely on Voices for Biodiversity to keep me relevant and informed of the issues concerning our natural environment. For example, I first heard about the "Sixth Mass Extinction" on V4B and not the issue is cropping up everywhere.
V4B attracts passionate and compassionate individuals who bring us stories of this astonishing earth in compelling and vivid detail. Thank you, V4B!!

Hilary13

Donor

Rating: 5

This is an inspiring, thoughtful, and educational web-magazine focused on issues pertaining to biodiversity as relayed through global stories. I enjoy everything from looking at photographs of elephants from Africa to reading a first-hand Massai accounting of indigenous culture and spirituality. V4B uses the power of storytelling to help us become conscious of our interdependence and thus shift our behaviors and habits to better serve the whole of life. Excellent organization and web magazine!

Teresita D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer translator at the organization. Voices for Biodiversity is doing a great job, informing about the environment and society’s interaction with it. This is an anthropological, conservation-media platform that needs all the support it can get, for the sake of La Tierra, our Mother Earth and all the species that live on it.