Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Conservation
History of the Working Group
The NEXUS Working Group on Animal Welfare & Biodiversity Conservation launched in early 2016 aspiring to mobilize NEXUS membership to tackle Animal Welfare & Biodiversity Conservation issues globally. Through the commitment and passion of an international community of NEXUS members, the NEXUS Working Group on Animal Welfare & Biodiversity Conservation empowers members to be leaders by helping them connect and learn from one another and with leaders and experts in the field. The Working Group is Co-chaired by NEXUS members Liza Heavener and Aimee Gilbreath.
The NEXUS Working Group on Animal Welfare & Biodiversity Conservation will work to restore a caring and respectful relationship with nature by addressing the culture of separation that currently exists. We will uncover and address the different levels at which the environment and animals are mistreated or used in unsustainable ways for both commercial and non-commercial purposes. We want to inspire, educate, empower, and collaborate through a broad spectrum of topics and innovative solutions in the animal welfare & biodiversity conservation space. This online community will serve as a forum and space for NEXUS members to share information, network, brainstorm ideas, attend events and collaborate.
Prior to joining the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, Aimee was a Principal with the Boston Consulting Group where she led teams to solve complex business problems for Fortune 500 clients. She holds a B.S. from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Stanford University. Aimee lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and their beloved pit bull Rufus.
Liza chairs the NEXUS Working Group on Animal Welfare and Biodiversity Conservation she also serves as an Advisor to the Millennial Action Project and White Coat Waste Project as well as President of the Alumni Council for Eastern Mennonite University.
Liza had a feature role in the internationally-acclaimed documentary and tv series, “Eco-Warriors,” and has spoken at conferences across the country including a keynote presentation at Microsoft’s ISTE conference.
Overview of Key Issues
Human and animal populations have evolved together for millions of years developing bonds of interdependency and mutual benefit. As our 21st century civilization urbanizes, humans become less connected to animals and the natural world. Stray animal populations are on the rise, leading to inhumane practices and abuse. The destruction of biodiversity reduces the health of ecosystems and harms pharmacological, agricultural, and eco-tourism related development. The world is experiencing rapid global decline in biodiversity and animal welfare.
Organizations We Support:
- Found Animals: http://www.foundanimals.org
- Good Food Institute: http://www.gfi.org
- Mercy For Animals: https://www.mercyforanimals.org
- FAIRR: http://www.fairr.org
- The Humane Society: http://www.humanesociety.org
- The Humane League: https://thehumaneleague.org
- International Fund for Animal Welfare: http://www.ifaw.org/united-states
- iAnimal: http://ianimal360.com
- ProVeg: https://proveg.com
- Animal Charity Evaluator: https://animalcharityevaluators.org
Speakers series by call experts and organization leaders in the Animal Welfare & Biodiversity Conservation space
Experiential Learning Journeys to conservation site visits across the world
Delegations to animal welfare & biodiversity conservation conferences and speaking opportunities for NEXUS members
Salon dinners with international speakers in intimate settings organized globally (usually for 30 members)
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