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Voices for Biodiversity

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Nonprofit Overview

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

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Izilwane is a non-profit organization that focuses on raising people's awareness to their connection with other species. This is a necessary aspect for the survival of the planet. They are in hope that with the launch of their new online magazine that they can reach a large audience and spread this message around the globe. I have enjoyed learning many things regarding these topics over the last few months and am glad to be able to help get this message across through my involvement with the project.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Izilwane is a nonprofit that is educating the public on the importance of the connection between humans and animals. Day to day, we continue to ignore the decrease in biodiversity and the enormous impacts that human population has on the other inhabitants of the Earth. Izilwane provides the understanding of the connection we have with global ecosystems. This organization is increasing awareness which will help develop more solutions to deforestation and extinction. This is shown through explorers notes from the field and research about the connection between humans and other species. Every biotic and abiotic organism plays a related role in its ecosystem.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Perception International has been wonderful so far. I work as part of a time dedicated to launching the Izilwane online magazine, an effort to document human-animal relationships and help humans understand their role in the global ecosystem. What I love about the vision for the project is the sense of connection it fosters, as we have been working on collecting notes from the field from people all over the world with all different levels of experience.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In working for this organization, I’ve become more aware of how each species plays an important role in the ecosystem. Also, I’ve learned more about how each human being’s carbon footprint can damage the environment and reduce the number of species on the planet. I’d been previously unaware of the Sixth Great Extinction and now, having been introduced to this concept, I’ve been surprised at how many species are dying every day. Also, I’ve been trying to educate other people to make them more aware of how much harm we are doing and to realize that, armed with this knowledge, we can stop the loss of biodiversity. My work on the interactive magazine aspect of this organization allowed me to see that even a simple story, such as one about a woman rescuing baby rabbits, illustrates that almost all of us interact with other species and that we are all a part of a larger global ecosystem.

Review from Guidestar

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Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization! Perception Inc is a unique non-profit with a mission that is both subtle and critical to our own survival. It is not a tangible thing to alter the perception of a single individual or even the masses- but for us to change our behavior and our relationships with the natural world, we must first have access to new ways of thinking about it and our role in it. Personally, Perception Inc and it's Izilwane project continue to provide that for me! It's not a concept that, once gotten, can be set aside and moved past. It's a concept that continues to evolve in a personal way and changes how I see myself and how I act! However, this project is badly underfunded! It could benefit hugely from money to not only get the word out but to provide us with a variety of experiences and examples to draw on. We can't change the world without changing ourselves; this is an education, people!! Please help this cause to help us all.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

PERCEPTION INTERNATIONAL promotes perceptual diversity worldwide. The organization is dedicated to the concept that, just as biodiversity is necessary for the survival of the environment, different ways of perceiving reality are essential for the survival of the human species and, in turn, other species. This is referred to as perceptual diversity. Perception posits that loss of perceptual diversity, biodiversity, and cultural diversity, are interrelated and that current narrow ways of perceiving contribute to the destruction of other species and the environment. The organization states that perceiving reality through many different perspectives allows human beings to better understand, interact with, and develop a closer relationship with other species, nature, and the universe as a whole. It also proposes that this approach can lead human beings to a higher degree of adaptability and evolutionary consciousness. PERCEPTION INTERNATIONAL’s mission is to explore, research, document, and educate the public about perceptual diversity–how human beings' perceptions shape the way humans view the world and the way people interact with each other, nature, and the universe. The organization seeks to provide new perspectives on these issues and their inter-relationships. Perception's areas of interest are: (a) The relationships between human beings, animals, and nature (anthrozooecology), (b) The relationships between perceptual constructs, (c) Indigenous knowledge and traditional healing, (d) Dissemination of the perceptions of a variety of people and cultures, (e) Protection of biodiversity, (f) Community conservation, (g) Sustainable global human population, (h) Reduction of the human footprint on planet earth, (i) Communication between human beings, animals, and nature.