Conservation without social justice is neither ethical nor possible. To achieve conservation and respect for the world’s great and small apes, conservationists must work with the people who live alongside them, respecting and supporting the priorities of indigenous communities.

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to profoundly shift life as everyone knows it, communities that were already experiencing injustice suffer disproportionately. Human rights work is needed now as much as ever.

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A Statement by Arcus Founder Jon Stryker and CEO Annette Lanjouw The global pandemic, social unrest, and an imperiled environment continue to threaten the wellbeing of people, nature, and economies everywhere. The COVID-19 pandemic alone has triggered the most severe global recession in nearly a century, with development in the world’s low-income and poorest countries likely to be set back for decades.

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To build a world in which all LGBTQ people live with dignity, safety, and opportunity, activists and advocates are coming together across issues and borders. Arcus’ latest Social Justice Program grants—which were prepared before the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) became a global pandemic in March—will provide support to organizations working within ever stronger and more interconnected movements that are changing perceptions, policies, and lives.

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The world’s bonobos, chimpanzees, gibbons, gorillas, and orangutans are under threat everywhere they live, but dedicated organizations are working hard to safeguard them. The latest grants in Arcus’ Great Apes & Gibbons Program bolster efforts to protect crucial habitats and support learning and advocacy to improve conservation around the world.

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From having their habitats destroyed to pave the way for large-scale development projects or agriculture, to being hunted for food, to being exploited by the entertainment industry—great apes and gibbons face multiple human-made threats to their survival. Fortunately, a growing number of organizations are working to save the world’s remaining nonhuman apes from extinction.

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