Evidence of Hope
Evidence of Hope is a series of portraits featuring people and projects from around the world who are addressing global challenges, successfully! Each portrait engages the audience through a positive narrative, presenting what is working and how it is working. Drawing on the ability to inspire through beauty and love, Evidence of Hope focuses on relating individual projects to the collective experience, highlighting how tradition can incubate innovation. Evidence of Hope documents and supports progress that is happening right now, demonstrating the reason we should have hope for a sustainable future. We are the change, and now is the time to begin a new story … the story of Evidence of Hope.
Field Institute of Taos
Based in the Taos, New Mexico, area and beyond, Field Institute of Taos has been connecting youth with the natural world and encouraging healthy, active lifestyles since 1996. Their vision includes developing a strong sense of place and building community connections. Unique, outdoor education programs include summer day camps, camping/backpacking trips, school experiential education (on and off campus), conservation education, after-school programs, an inclusive, family-oriented cycling team, a high school mountain bike team and FIT Neighborhood camp. Field Institute of Taos is active in collaborative efforts within the community, working with other nonprofit organizations as well as local schools and public land managers.
By providing positive, healthy opportunities for experiencing hands-on nature exploration and outdoor skills development, these programs help youth develop good mental and physical health while connecting with the local environment. A strong mentorship component runs through all Field Institute of Taos programs, where youth and adults are encouraged to share their knowledge and support each other.
Friends of the National Parks Foundation
Friends of the National Parks Foundation (FNPF) is an Indonesian nonprofit organization working to protect wildlife, restore habitat and improve the well-being of local communities. FNPF is a grassroots, front-line, conservation organization, and works closely with local communities, customary and cultural groups, government, researchers, volunteers and the global conservation community. FNPF employs, educates and improves the social and economic well-being of the local communities in the vicinity of each project. Their mission is to develop and implement best management practices to reach the goal of sustainable conservation that integrates local community well-being with the environment.
Global Conservation Assistance
A new and innovative organization of social and environmental entrepreneurs, Global Conservation Assistance is dedicated to sustaining our natural environments through poverty reduction. Global Conservation Assistance builds networks and assists communities, government and businesses with projects that integrate poverty reduction and ecosystem protection.
Hands Across the Sea
Hands Across the Sea seeks nothing less than the transformation of the child literacy landscape in the Eastern Caribbean. Every year, they send thousands of great new books — over 247,000 since 2007 — that have been requested by educators through their Hands Wish Lists. They help schools (from pre-school to high school), reading programs, and community libraries to create or rejuvenate lending libraries.
Having Kids advocates for smaller, more sustainable families to protect our planet and create a better future for all children. Moreover, Having Kids promotes and protects every child’s right to a fair start in life by replacing unsustainable, parent-centered family planning models with the human rights-based and child-centered Fair Start family planning model. Child-first family planning means working with parents before they have kids, helping them get the resources they need to give each child a fair start, and promoting smaller, sustainable and equitable families. It’s the best way to protect our future, for ourselves and for the people we love.
Himalayan Stove Project
Himalayan Stove Project (HSP) is a humanitarian program founded by George Basch — also their “chief cook” — in 2010. Its mission is to donate and distribute clean-burning, fuel-efficient EnviroFit cook stoves to Nepalese families living in remote Himalayan villages. These stoves reduce indoor household air pollution by 70% to 90% over the traditional, rudimentary stoves or open fire pits inside their homes.
EnviroFit stoves not only reduce deadly smoke and carbon monoxide, they also reduce fuel consumption by 60% while still allowing the Nepalese families to use their traditional fuel sources, be it wood or dung. Families who collect wood for fuel spend an average of two hours a day collecting wood. Families who purchase wood can spend up to a third of their household income on it.
The stoves they distribute are made by EnviroFit, a highly regarded social enterprise that has manufactured and delivered over one million modern, improved and clean-burning cook stoves worldwide since 2003.
HSP has transformed the lives of more than 40,000 Nepalese since 2010 with its clean cook stove program and is committed to continuing this humanitarian work.
Human Nature Projects
Human Nature Projects is a movement toward participatory conservation, bringing the might of the masses behind today’s most pressing issues. We seek to eliminate the echo chamber of messaging surrounding the field, providing an entry point such that everyone can protect the wild places they hold most dear. With our vision for a better humanity aligned along the philosophy of conservation’s 4 Cs, we are making leaps and bounds toward a brighter future encompassing Connection, Curiosity, Collaboration and Creativity.
Julia is recent graduate from NYU with degrees in both English and Elementary/Special Education. She has a passion for the environment, culture, gender politics, and for integrating all three into the education system. Julia currently resides in Brooklyn and works as a teacher and a tutor with students in special education. Through this work, she has grown to believe that the human connection is one of the most powerful resources in the world. Julia also has worked as a content writer, editor, and copy-editor for a literacy start-up program. She comes to Voices for Biodiversity to expand and explore editing and writing. In her spare time Julia loves music, practicing yoga, running, reading, cooking, exploring the city, traveling, and blogging.
Kalahari People’s Fund
The Kalahari Peoples Fund (KPF) is a nonprofit organization formed for the benefit of the San and other peoples of the Kalahari Desert region in southern Africa. KPF is a non-government advocacy group composed of anthropologists, development workers, and other interested individuals who have worked closely with the San or are familiar with the situations they are dealing with. KPF’s function is to act as a channel of communication between southern African peoples and the wider world, bringing information about their hopes and needs to interested individuals, groups, and agencies who are able to help them.
Kiliii Yüyan Photography
Kiliii Yüyan is an indigenous Nanai photographer whose award-winning documentary work has been published by National Geographic China, The Nature Conservancy and Der Spiegel, and exhibited around the world. On assignment, he has fled collapsing sea ice, weathered botulism from fermented whale blood and found kinship at the edges of the world. He is based in Seattle.
Kiliii works to understand and promote the lessons of indigenous and subsistence cultures — those who live close to the land. Against a backdrop of ecological upheaval, Kiliii has found hope. He carries that hope through his photography, showing us the essential connection to nature that has kept traditional cultures alive for millennia. His work offers an alternative vision of humanity’s greatest treasures — community, culture and the earth.
Leopold Writing Program
The Leopold Writing Program builds on Aldo Leopold’s legacy as a writer by inspiring the next generation to participate in the evolution of environmental ethics through the written word. The Program creates an intergenerational network of leaders who, by virtue of their writing talent, have the potential to change the cultural story about the relationship between humans and nature.