Collegium – Colleagues in the Environmental Movement


Dr Carl Safina and the Blue Ocean Institute

The Blue Ocean Institute works to show how nature, community, the economy and prospects for peace are all intertwined. It was founded by ocean conservationist, Dr. Carl Safina. His exquisite writing explores the scientific, moral, and social dimensions of our relationship with nature.

Dr. Sylvia Earle and Mission Blue

Dr. Sylvia Earle has been at the frontier of deep ocean exploration for four decades. Mission Blue is a global initiative formed in response to Dr. Earle’s urging people “to use all means at your disposal — films, expeditions, the web, new submarines — to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.”

Dr. Roger Payne and Ocean Alliance

Ocean Alliance, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 1971 by biologist Roger Payne for the conservation of whales and all sea life. Ocean Alliance’s research serves to inform educators and policy-makers on wise stewardship of the oceans.

Mary Evelyn Tucker and The Emerging Earth Community

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a co-Director, along with John Grim, of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, the largest international multi-religious project of its kind. Mary Evelyn Tucker organized a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology and edited the ten volume series from the conferences distributed by Harvard University Press. She is Executive Producer and a co-writer of Journey of the Universe, a documentary film project and companion book that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.



Shumei is a spiritual organization dedicated to elevating the quality of life through the creation of health, happiness, and harmony, using the medium of the arts and beauty to nourish the soul, and through the practice of Natural Agriculture, a method that emphasizes the integrity of nature and the purity of soil, water, and air. Shumei International is a Non-Governmental Organization in Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of Shumei has programs around the world. The organization’s programs seek to build cooperation between people of different cultures and respect for diversity in order to foster a deeper sense of global community and, thereby, contribute to world peace.

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

NRDC is an environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.

BirdLife International

BirdLife International operates in over 100 countries and territories, and is the world’s largest partnership of conservation organizations. Declines in birds across the globe are providing evidence of a rapid deterioration in the global environment that is affecting all life on earth – including humans. BirdLife strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.

Jane Goodall Institute

Founded by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, the Jane Goodall Institute is a global organisation that empowers people to make a difference for all living things.

Joyce Poole and ElephantVoices

ElephantVoices was founded by elephant ethologist Dr. Joyce Poole to inspire wonder in the intelligence, complexity and voices of elephants, 
and to secure a kinder future for them through conservation, research and the sharing of knowledge.

Dr. Katy Payne and the Elephant Listening Project (ELP)

The Elephant Listening Project (ELP) is a not-for-profit organization associated with the Bioacoustics Research Program (BRP) at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York. Katy and several colleagues founded ELP in 1999, to further the use of acoustic methods to study and aid in the conservation of forest elephants in Central Africa.

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