Jan Hartke of Earth Council Alliance and the Clinton Global Initiative
Jan Hartke of Earth Council Alliance and the Clinton Global Initiative says about Voices for Biodiversity: “Voices for Biodiversity is so important that if you had not invented it, somebody else would have had to . . . . Again, the life of the planet needs you.”
National Federation of Press Women awards first prize in communication to Voices for Biodiversity
The National Federation of Press Women awards first prize to Tara Waters Lumpkin for the website Voices for Biodiversity being the “best website edited or managed by a nonprofit, government agency or educational organization” in its annual national communications contest. A total of 257 recipients from across the country received awards for excellence in communications. A distinguished group of professional journalists, communications specialists and educators judged 575 entries in a wide variety of categories. Only first-place winning entries at the state level are eligible to enter the national contest. All entries were published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 31, 2014. The NFPW is a nationwide organization of women and men pursuing careers across the communications spectrum, including print and electronic journalism, freelancing, new media, books, public relations, marketing, graphic design, photography, advertising, radio and television.
New Mexico Press Women awards first prize in communication to Voices for Biodiversity
The New Mexico Press Women have awarded first prize to Tara Waters Lumpkin for the website Voices for Biodiversity being the “best website edited or managed by a nonprofit, government agency or educational organization” in its annual communications contest. The contest attracted a record number of entries this year. According to the most recent analysis of data, the 2015 New Mexico Press Women Communications Contest attracted 94 entrants and 260 entries this year – an 85% increase in entries this year over last year. And according to the National Federation of Press Women, the New Mexico state contest has grown faster than any other state. As a result of the increase, the contest has become more competitive with more quality entries. (Posted on 03/29/2015 by NMPW). We’re happy that Voices for Biodiversity won this award among such a challenging group of contestants.
AAA awards Dr. Tara Waters Lumpkin the Anthropology in Media Award
The Anthropology in Media Award (AIME) was established in 1987 to recognize the successful communication of anthropology to the general public through the media. Since 2009 Dr. Lumpkin and a team of volunteers have managed the participatory conservation e-zine, Voices for Biodiversity, which shares the stories of people from around the globe. Dr. Lumpkin has spearheaded a movement, and taken full advantage of a wide spectrum of media to bridge across geographical areas and to overcome access limitations in order to reach as wide a global audience as possible in her effort to bring home the significance, implications and ramifications of biodiversity and the critical pressures exerted on it by the human species.
We're facing what may possibly be the greatest extinction of species since the birth of our planet, and human beings are the dominant force behind this sixth extinction. How can we change our human perceptions and, thus, alter our negative impact on biodiversity? Are we evolutionarily hard-wired to destroy other species? Or can we become more aware of our own "animal nature" and consciously and deliberately change our behaviors? Clearly, there is an urgent need for these questions to be widely asked—and answered. Dr. Lumpkin and her team are striving to create a group of individuals doing precisely that by using the shared medium of storytelling, an ancient human form of communication, to speak out for those species who have no voice of their own. Voices for Biodiversity’s goal is to help all species, including the human species, survive and thrive together.
Thom vanDooren commends Voices for Biodiversity
As Senior Lecturer in Environmental Humanities at the University of New South Wales, Australia, I believe that Voices for Biodiversity achieves precisely what it sets out to: it broadens and enhances the public dialogue on issues of vital importance for our changing world. Through its diverse multimedia and written formats, its wide range of contributors, its multilingual approach, and many other great innovations, Voices for Biodiversity is helping to inform and stimulate wide debate, while also providing a voice for knowledgeable people, many of them on the front lines of these issues. One of the particular strengths of Voices for Biodiversity is its focus on human interactions with biodiversity: the many ways in which the lives and livelihoods of peoples around the world are at present being remade through diverse processes of loss and change. We need more of precisely these kinds of stories and I applaud Voices for Biodiversity for the role they are playing in collecting and sharing these stories with the world.
Mongabay publishes article about Voices for Biodiversity
Mongabay's interview with Dr. Lumpkin states: "In a world where extinctions are almost common place and global warming barely raises an eyebrow, very few of us can return to find the places we grew up in unsullied by development. Sometimes, all that is left of a favorite grove of trees or strip of forest are memories. Through Voices for Biodiversity Project, an online magazine for story-tellers, Tara Waters Lumpkin has succeeded in bringing together more than one hundred 'eco-reporters' who have shared their memories, highlighted environmental crises in their localities and raised their voices against habitat destruction."
Voices for Biodiversity writer Alfred Mepukori wins first prize
Alfred Mepukori, who wrote a two-part story about growing up in the Naimina Enkiyio Forest near the renowned wildlife reserve of Maasai Mara in Kenya, reports that his two-part story won first prize in a creative writing competition at the University of Narok. The competition had 70 entries.
Elephant Voices applauds Eco-Reporter Alfred Mepukori
Elephant Voices applauds Eco-Reporter Alfred Mepukori
Elephant Voices’ 2013 end of the year newsletter, signed by Dr. Joyce Poole and Petter Granli, reads: “One of our many citizen scientists is a young Maasai student, Alfred Mepukori, who interned with us this summer as part of his diploma in tourism and wildlife management at Maasai Mara University. We encouraged him to write an article for Voices for Biodiversity about his experiences growing up by the Naimina Enkiyio Forest (literally, the Forest of the Lost Child) and his recent work monitoring elephants in the forest for our project. He wrote a beautiful piece that has just been published in two parts. If you enjoy reading about Maasai culture, you will love his story: part 1 and part 2.
Robert Hii of Palm Oil Consumer Action
Robert Hii of Palm Oil Consumer Action praises Voices for Biodiversity
"If you have an important issue or cause that needs a wider audience, Voices for Biodiversity is a perfect vehicle for it. I've been able to reach new audiences about palm oil with a few posted articles here! Most Americans have never heard of palm oil or the catastrophic impact American products that contain palm oil are having on humans, animals, and the environment. Palm oil is used in hundreds of American products including food, soaps, and cosmetics. The cost on the environment and global climate is devastating. Thousands of square miles of tropical rainforests in South East Asia are being illegally burned, animals driven to to the brink of extinction, and land stolen from people who have lived there for centuries."
The Taos News interviews Voices for Biodiversity
Tara Waters Lumpkin, Executive Director, Kat Pardo, Managing Editor, and Robert Katz, Production Manager and Photo Editor, as well as the other tireless Voices for Biodiversity volunteers are dedicated to breaking readers out of the passivity that allows people to watch biodiversity loss take place while ignoring the consequences. This interview by Jim O'Donnell for The Taos News explains how Voices for Biodiversity's team sees sharing stories as being one solution to human disconnection from other species and the environment.
Tara Waters Lumpkin writes for AAA Huffington Postpp
Pointing to Hillary Clinton's statement that wildlife trafficking is now a security issue, Dr. Lumpkin states her hope that Clinton's statement will be interpreted as a watershed moment pushing the public to realize that our human own well-being is closely related to the well-being of other species and the ecosystems upon which we all depend. Lumpkin also cites several articles written for the ezine Voices for Biodiversity in this article: Lessons From Wolves, The Disappearing Rainforests of Kagoro, and the photojournalism gallery On the Wild Plains by Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson.
Chris Palmer appreciates Voices for Biodiversity’s approach
Chris Palmer has more than twenty-five years' experience as an environmental and wildlife film producer and is the Distinguished Film Producer in Residence at American University, "What I like most about Voices for Biodiversity," he says, "is that the ezine addresses conservation issues by offering a multimedia experience accessible to anyone around the globe. V4B works with eco-reporters from around the world, who create content, and also receives views from over ninety-eight countries.
This online experience can truly benefit wildlife and biodiversity. The ezine offers opportunities for people to be skeptical, to ask questions, and to connect with other citizen eco-reporters elsewhere, building a network of people addressing biodiversity issues.
I hope that when people watch a film on environmental issues, especially wildlife issues, they take a moment to think and ask, "Is there a conservation message? Or am I simply being entertained?" And, I believe that, in creating a participatory ezine, Voices for Biodiversity is encouraging a similar dialogue about our human role in biodiversity loss. Its readers and contributors ask themselves, "How do my actions affect wildlife and biodiversity near me? What can I do to improve the world for other species?'"