NEW YORK, NY — The Arcus Foundation, a global foundation promoting respect for diversity among peoples and in nature, announced today that Adam Sweidan, a leading conservationist and philanthropist, has joined the foundation’s board of directors. “For many years now, Adam has committed tremendous resources and time to environmental justice and conservation causes, always integrating into his philanthropy social justice imperatives, centering locally-led initiatives, and being an outspoken advocate for the intrinsic value of all species,” said Arcus Founder and Board President Jon Stryker.

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At the heart of every democratic society lies the idea that all people deserve equal protection under the law. Yet virtually no nation offers full and equal protection for its LGBTQ citizens.

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When a habitat disappears faster than native species can adapt, their very existence is jeopardized. This scenario is playing out in the forest homes of already endangered apes across Africa and Asia, where human activities threaten to fragment and degrade more than 90% of ape habitats by 2030.

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As incoming vice president of the Social Justice Program, Alli Jernow brings a wealth of experience in human rights and legal advocacy to the Arcus team.

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The rainforests of Borneo and Sumatra provide the last natural refuge on Earth for critically endangered orangutans and an important habitat for several endangered gibbon species. But these vital landscapes face unprecedented threats of destruction driven by industrial agriculture and infrastructure development.

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As the world continues its tenuous recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, new avenues and opportunities are emerging to advance the rights and safety of global LGBTQ communities. Even so, recent legislative and judicial setbacks for trans rights and reproductive justice in the U.S.

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