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Voices for Biodiversity

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Causes: Animals, Anthropology & Sociology, Arts & Culture, Fisheries Resources, Printing & Publishing

Mission: VoicesforBiodiversity enhances biodiversity conservation through storytelling, collaboration, community and advocacy. We focus on sharing the stories of those who would not otherwise have a way of being heard. Then we help those same individuals create or improve local environmental projects that help protect biodiversity or we help them enact advocacy to protect nature where they live.

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. Voices for Biodiversity has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Anthropology in Media Award from the American Anthropological Association in 2014; top honors from New Mexico Press Women for Best Nonprofit Website in 2018, 2016 and 2015; and first place for Best Website Edited or Managed by a Nonprofit, Government Agency or Educational Organization from the National Federation of Press Women in 2015 and honorable mention in 2016 and 2018.

Target demographics: Protect biodiversity and increase cultural diversity in the environmental movement.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Storytellers share their stories and enact local conservation advocacy and programs.

Geographic areas served: Global

Programs: Storytellers in Action through which Voices for Biodiversity enhances biodiversity conservation through storytelling, collaboration, community and advocacy.

Community Stories

74 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you to Voices for Biodiversity for their efforts in the field of conservation. Sharing stories is so important and on more than one occasion, they have shared my work. It is wonderful to know that there is a platform out there where people can share their work and find what they are looking for in terms of conservation stories, both visual and written. Together, we can do this!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Voices for Biodiversity has been such a champion in raising the voices of storytellers who would otherwise not have the opportunity to share their knowledge of biodiversity, and what a loss that would be! As we watch our environment denigrate, the feeling of doom and loneliness in our plight can be overwhelming, but having a platform that will publish experiences, perspectives and knowledge on biodiversity across the globe has allowed many to be part of a community that raises awareness on the importance of our relationship to our environment and our roles as stewards.

As Co-Director, I am honored to be part of this initiative and team of incredibly dedicated volunteers.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have the utmost respect for this organization and its dedication in bringing forth real stories about the natural world from such a diversity of lenses. I have watched the care and support the staff give this initiative in creating a platform for a community that values all of the other beings who share this planet with us.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the director of the Taos Environmental Film Festival I appreciate Voices for Biodiversity's role as an essential voice during these existential times of climate change and human caused destruction of biodiversity on our planet. Their goal is beautifully stated on their website, "our vision is a world where humanity and nature coexist in healthy ecological balance."

Voices for Biodiversity has an award winning website which features important articles on diverse topics such as: first person essays about nature; interviews with interesting people and reviews of relevant books, video, audio and more; feature articles that focus on particular people, species ecologies, places and events; youth writing with photos, video , art work; plus timely new items.

If that weren't enough to inspire action and contemplation, Voices for Biodiversity has an excellent blog for National Geographic which includes many diverse articles such as these featured in 2017 and 2018: Every Extinction: Akagera Park; A Safe Home for Africa's Big Five; "My Life for the Land" Kiliii Yuyan's Powerful Article on Indigenous Conservation Efforts; An Instagram Campaign Raising Awareness on Species Extinction; The Report Is In: 30 Percent of Shops in Nine Countries Include Endangered Turtleshell Gifts.

I appreciate all of the research and contributions Voices for Biodiversity has made over the years which has helped us all live in a better and more sustainable world.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Voices for Biodiversity since 2009. The organization is amazing. It operates almost entirely with a volunteer staff that occasionally receives a stipend if there is money. Despite these financial hardships, the online magazine is not only winning awards, it is changing the lives of people around the globe every day. The e-zine publishes the stories of people who otherwise would not be heard. Their stories are mostly about their experiences with nature and other species. And once these writers, photographers and videographers, who live from Manhattan to Maasai Mara, are heard, they move their storytelling into action. This simple process of giving people a place to connect and be heard is bringing more women, people of color, and indigenous people into the conservation movement, particularly community conservation efforts to protect biodiversity and stop the sixth extinction of species. Thank you, Voices for Biodiversity, for the work your doing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This site shares fascinating stories of how nature and the environment can co-exist and thrive. The site has beautiful images of animals and people interacting with nature around the world, and the stories are written by people with extended experience in these habitats.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with V4B and helping out in my own small way to make our mission a reality has been a wonderful experience. Everything we do is done with care, pride and thoughtfulness. Bringing important environmental stories to a wider audience is a challenge we happily dive into, and we're working hard to share diverse perspectives on biodiversity and the natural word at a crucial time in the world's history. Here's to many more years of success for V4B!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The community of people behind Voices for Biodiversity is enthusiastic, supportive, diverse, and passionate. The range of stories and charities the website covers is astounding, and through their work they communicate vital issues and worthy causes to people all around the world. The work they do is commendable and done with diligence and care. I am extremely happy to be a part of the organisation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering for Biodiversity has widened my perspective. I have been asked to cover articles featuring several organizations working on a specific issue. Aware of the need to take immediate action, they have launched programs with the intent of changing familiar habits. All too frequently, humans find comfort in familiar surroundings, and are afraid of change. However, the global reality is that we can no longer afford such complacency. Climate change and the disappearance of numerous plants and species suggest that we need to start paying attention now. Ignoring the evidence could ultimately lead to our own self destruction. The articles shared by Biodiversity provide not only new ideas, but feature individuals who have come together to make a difference. They generate compassion while encouraging people to take action.

Diane W.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Voices for Biodiversity is an important website linking people all over the world to the important issues of biodiversity. So many people want to be heard and want to share what they feel are important issues in their lives regarding animals, earth, and the climate. It's a nice place to relax and read, to enjoy other cultures, and connect with those who have the same heart—people who really care.

kirali

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Biodiversity loss has the potential to have dire impacts on humanity. Whats more, humans are slowly becoming the species responsible for the extinction of tens of thousands of species. Voices for Biodiversity is helping spread awareness about biodiversity loss and also is sharing stories of experiences that help to highlight the immense and intrinsic value of biodiversity.

As a director of Voices for Biodiversity I have worked hard on being inclusive of all voices that wish to speak out for biodiversity, regardless of their language or writing abilities.

Being a small, currently all volunteer organization, I am so grateful for our amazing team who donate their time to making the organization a success.

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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

Voices for Biodiversity fills an important niche in providing first-person stories from the front lines of biodiversity loss worldwide, as well as innovative grassroots solutions, by both indigenous writers and other concerned citizens of the world community. As a writer who has written for many international publications including National Geographic, I am as proud of my volunteer journalism for the award-winning Voices for Biodiversity as I am of any of my other publications. I also support the organization as a donor, and hope other will offer their generous support so this important work can continue. Knowledge provides the power to mitigate and reverse biodiversity loss.

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.