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It Takes the World to Save the Planet

Audubon and the Fund II Foundation tap excellence in diverse communities now, to help build for the future.

F2F at Patterson Park, Baltimore Photo: Camilla Cerea / Audubon

At Audubon, diversity and inclusion is not only a best practice for business, it’s a strategic imperative. This stems from the organization’s leaders, who believe that the experiences, perspectives, and values of diverse individuals and communities enrich and strengthen the entire conservation movement, and protecting and conserving nature and the environment transcends political, cultural and social boundaries. To help build a sustainable conservation movement for all people and communities in the U.S., Audubon worked with the Fund II Foundation to create and expand programs that trained 34 young adults, primarily from African-American, Hispanic, and Latino backgrounds, for careers in nature education, conservation, community engagement, and science. The Fund II Foundation fellowship started in the summer of 2016 as a tactic to lead young adults from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds to conservation-related careers and share the wonders of nature with urban communities. But it also helped them to develop the skills that will serve them well for the future, no matter where it may take them.

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