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Voices for Biodiversity is an online magazine that connects the human animal to the global ecosystem.

We share your stories – whether you live in Manhattan or Maasai Mara. Our e-zine encourages you to become a citizen eco-reporter, cover the biodiversity beat in your neighborhood, on your travels, or through your work, and address how people relate to other species and the ecosystems that support us all.

So go ahead, express yourself, share your story, become a member of a growing, vital, virtual community that is awakening the public to the reality of rapid biodiversity loss and the Sixth Great Extinction. When you share your stories, you become part of the solution, not only by reporting, but also by sharing how you feel and reflecting deeply on what is happening to other species, from bees to bears to beaches.

At Voices for Biodiversity, we believe that shared storytelling can be as powerful as hard science when it comes to encouraging people to care about our world and become less human-centric. As a multi-media platform, we publish eye-witness accounts, interviews, reviews, essays, features, photos, videos, and podcasts.

So be creative, speak out, and join the Voices for Biodiversity team.

With the 2014 Climate Summit behind us, environmentalists ponder: what about our forests?

I am an optimist. I celebrate the rescue of even a single pangolin despite knowing the species is critically endangered and that the odds of their continued existence are poor.  When I undertake a tree planting in Borneo, I will celebrate the planting of a mere few dozen critically endangered tree species, Shorea belangeran, even…

Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil: future fact or farce?

The year 2013 was a pretty good one for the last remaining patches of old forests in the world. Monstrous, forest-chomping companies like Asia Pulp and Paper and their relatives in the palm oil industry, Golden Agri Resources, both made pledges to adopt zero deforestation policies in their work. Even Wilmar Group, previously criticised widely…

Marching to Save the Elephant on October 4

“Whoever has seen these giants marching across the last free open spaces of the world knows that this is something that must not be lost.” — Romain Gary, The Roots of Heaven Several years ago, Marie and I began to mourn the tragic dismembering of elephant society across Africa, an act that caused us to…

In Palm Oil’s Wake: an interview with Robert Hii

Do you have a story to share about how you’re helping save the world? Do you want to tell YOUR story about biodiversity and what it means to you? If you’re interested in connecting the human animal to the global ecosystem, submit content to Izilwane–Voices for Biodiversity! We’ve all heard the news about palm oil.…

How Starbucks Can Save Orangutans TODAY

Do you have a story to share about how you’re helping save the world? Do you want to tell YOUR story about biodiversity and what it means to you? If you’re interested in connecting the human animal to the global ecosystem, submit content to Izilwane: Voices for Biodiversity! Back in February this year, I came…

It’s Not All Bad: Americans and Palm Oil

Climate change and its impact on Americans Your family carefully sorts your trash and composts table scraps weekly and tries really hard to remember to bring cloth or canvas bags to the grocery store. Some of us drive hybrid cars and support wind power, while others ride a bike to work because they want to…

Consumer groups slam greenwashing in sustainable palm oil marketing

Consumer groups Palm Oil Investigations of Australia (POI) and Palm Oil Consumers Action (POCA) of the United States issued a joint statement against the green-washing that is prevalent among Western brands that use palm oil in their products. The problem, as they see it, includes confusing wording and suggestive statements used by companies that try…

Of Palm Oil and Extinction

You know the old question: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a noise? I’m not quite sure why that question came to mind when news came out of the extinction of Dipterocarpus coriaceus, or keruing paya, in West Malaysia. Perhaps because the extinction of an iconic…

America’s Youth Tells Starbucks to Say “No” to Palm Oil!

Did you know that the world’s orangutan population has declined by more than 50 percent since 1992? And did you know that this decline is largely due to loss of habitat, notably for the development of palm oil plantations? Because of our hunger for luxury items like baked goods and cosmetics, the loss of pristine…

Petitioning Starbucks: Stop selling baked goods containing palm oil!

Save Wildlife—Pass on Starbucks Pastries This month, Izilwane–Voices for Biodiversity is teaming up with primatologist Paula Pebsworth in her campaign against Americans’ hunger for environmentally destructive palm oil. She has received a good deal of support in her work, but one notable hold out: Starbucks, a company known (perhaps surprisingly) for it social activism. Over…

Dead or Alive: The Promise of Tourism for Shark Conservation

When many people hear the words shark and tourism in the same sentence, the first thing they think of is how to avoid these creatures of the deep. The second thing is the ubiquitous image of a small diver in a shark cage, coming face-to-face with a great white in a caricature of what these…

Conservation Biology and Artistic Expression

The decision to pursue conservation biology came after an incredible and intense 14 months of traveling through South America. There was no one moment or epiphany, no strike of clarity, just a slow and steady increase in awareness that I needed to work with the environment. The Andes, the Amazon, the deserts, the salt flats,…

Tiger Tourism: Can Travel Help Save These Big Cats?

Tigers are one of the most charismatic and beautiful animals on earth. They are the world’s largest cat and can live across a wide range of habitats, from mountains to coastal wetlands. Most of the world’s tigers live in India within the borders of a number of national parks and tiger reserves; but their numbers…

Nusa Penida: Black Magic Island, Part II

By Altaire Cambata All Photos Courtesy of Justin May/Interwoven   Multicolored quarter-sized candy wrappers, amassed by the fist full, were slipping through my gloves on my thirtieth trip to the trash bag in the corner of the lot. I crouched again, my dirty knees hovering above the aged, twisted plastic, the remnants of a bygone…

Livin’ La Veda: The Impact of El Salvador’s Ban on Consumption of Sea Turtles

By Brad Nahill, SEEtheWILD and IZILWANE contributor Compared with its neighbors in Central America, El Salvador is a prime case study of the impact of damaged habitat on wildlife. The country has more coffee plantations than native forest, which is estimated to be less than five percent of the original forest cover. Less than three…