Conservation Network of Optimists Worldwide  (ConservationNOW)

We believe that Conservation Optimism is more than our online hub — it’s a spirit and an ethos that many organizations are embracing as we all move forward to build a more effective, more inclusive, and more active future for conservation.

To this end, we are working to build robust reciprocal relationships with organizations — collectively called the Conservation Network of Optimists Worldwide, or ConservationNOW — that uphold the vision that we have outlined in our Mission Statement

The organizations below are working to inspire, motivate, equip, support, and empower conservationists around the world, and they’ve joined this network so that collectively we can all be more effective at sharing our successes, broadening our reach, and maximizing our impact.

If you would like to join #ConservationNOW, send us an email to learn more!

  • Conservation Optimism is a global community dedicated to inspiring and empowering people around the world to make a positive difference for nature.
  • We are committed to fostering effective action, interest and wonder in the natural world, across generations, borders, languages and cultures.
  • We are dedicated to equipping, enabling and empowering conservationists at all career stages and from all backgrounds.
  • We are building a community whose members can draw strength, resilience and energy from togetherness and shared purpose.
  • We will amplify the reach of conservation by transforming the discourse from “doom and gloom,” into a refreshing vision of the future of nature and how to get there.
  • We will bring society together in realizing this vision, including voices from the arts, business and civil society as well as from conservation science and practice.
  • We believe being optimistic shouldn’t underestimate the challenges faced in conservation. Rather, optimism uses the power of hope to provide motivation for meaningful action. This helps us learn from our setbacks and successes to move forward and find new solutions.
  • We are an inclusive movement of scientists, artists, professionals, businesses, NGOs and generally motivated humans of all ages and backgrounds, open to everyone.


By joining ConservationNOW, members agree to strive to join us in:

  • Being optimistic but realistic
  • Building an inclusive, global community
  • Welcoming everyone who wants to contribute
  • Fighting burnout and negativity
  • Combining disciplines and sectors in innovative and creative ways
  • Sharing optimistic stories, tools and ideas to help us all do conservation better
  • Reaching out using a range of approaches and forums, online and in person
  • Changing the discourse about conservation and what it can achieve by sharing and learning from the Optimism communities
  • Amplifying diverse voices and experiences
  • Being free-thinking and informal

By joining ConservationNOW, members pledge to refrain from:

  • Engaging in messaging that is counter to the ethos of Conservation Optimism (eg: posting negative messages without an action point, or messaging where the primary takeaway is despair. Obviously all conservation groups will post sad, scary, troubling, sobering, infuriating, or otherwise bleak stories, but Conservation Optimism means finding a way to give people a way of contributing to solutions.)
  • Excessive self-promotion on the site

Conservation Optimism helps ConservationNOW members by:

  • Sharing and spreading the ConservationNOW members’ #conservationoptimism messages across all of our channels to help further the partner organization’s reach and expand their audience.
  • Encouraging cross-promotion between ConservationNOW members.
  • Editing and hosting blog posts by or about ConservationNOW members, and push them out on our social media channels to ensure maximum impact.
  • Publicizing the ConservationNOW members’ optimistic work, events, and visions in our network.
  • Adding a point person to the Conservation Optimism leadership team and involving them in strategic planning for the Conservation Optimism movement.

ConservationNOW members help the wider Conservation Optimism community by:

  • Actively using the #conservationoptimism hashtag on social media with content that embodies the Conservation Optimism vision & complies with the general Conservation Optimism community guidelines
  • Contributing blog posts about their work to
  • Designating a point person to contribute to the leadership team of Conservation Optimism, so that we can ensure that our strategic development is as inclusive and diverse as possible.
  • Always including an action point in negative messaging so that people can find hope, inspiration, or motivation in even dire stories.


#NatureForAll is a global movement to inspire love of nature that is led by an inclusive and growing coalition of partners who represent a variety of sectors. It is coordinated by the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC) and World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). Recognising that the more people experience and connect with nature the more they appreciate, [...]

Marine Stewardship Council

The Marine Stewardship Council is an international non-profit organisation. Our vision is of the world’s oceans teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations. Our mission is to use our ecolabel and fishery certification program to contribute to the health of the world’s oceans by recognising and rewarding sustainable fishing practices, influencing the choices people make [...]

Ocean Optimism

Ocean Optimism is a collaborative marine conservation movement. We focus on solutions rather than problems, and on connections rather than differences. We recognise and respect the many challenges facing our oceans, yet too often “doom and gloom” stories are the only kind of ocean news we hear. The mission of Ocean Optimism is to create a new narrative of hope [...]

IUCN Green List of Species

Imagine this scenario: A species is teetering on the brink of extinction. In fact, it has been classified on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (the global standard for measuring extinction risk) as Critically Endangered. You rally a global team of scientists, conservation planners, and land managers to put their heads together and figure out how to save this [...]

Save Philippine Seas

Save Philippine Seas is passionate about environmental education, but even more passionate about educ-action, or education that leads to action. We believe that every single seatizen has the capacity to make a difference for conservation, whether it’s in the personal care products s/he chooses, writing a letter to a leader, and/or the career path s/he takes. We hope to connect [...]

Honduras Amphibian Rescue & Conservation Center

The Honduras Amphibian Rescue & Conservation Center (HARCC) is a symbol of hope, science, and action. We are a capacity building program aimed at preventing the extinction of amphibians in Honduras while providing local scientists with tools to protect biodiversity. We believe that many species on the brink of extinction can be saved by the people who live alongside them, [...]

Lost & Found Nature

Talking about nature has become too often talking extinction, decline and loss. But it’s not all “doom and gloom”. The project “Lost & Found”, much like Conservation Optimism, uses the power of hope to bring positive change in the way our society values the natural world and to empower us to transform our challenges and successes into opportunities for conserving [...]

A Focus On Nature

A Focus on Nature works to inspire, support and connect the conservationists of today and tomorrow. Everything we do is founded in optimism, we recognise that the young people of today are unlikely to pursue a career path within the conservation sector if it is inherently negative. Therefore we are passionate about sharing and developing a positive narrative that conveys [...]

Landscape and Conservation Mentors Organization

The Landscape and Conservation Mentors Organization (LCMO) is an environmental Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) legally registered under the NGO Act of 2002 (Registration No.ooNGO 08464) of Tanzania. LCMO’s mission is to promote nature conservation and improve community livelihood through environmental conserva- tion, conservation education, community-based conservation initiatives, ecotourism, wildlife and cultural activi- ties. It aims to mitigate human-wildlife conflict and enhance [...]

Parents for the Planet

Parents for the Planet is a support group for planet caregivers. Climate change is a mental and spiritual crisis as well as a physical one. Joanna Macy calls our lack of certainty that there will be a future the “pivotal psychological reality of our time.” But people don’t talk about this part of the crisis. There also aren’t therapists enough [...]

Synchronicity Earth

At Synchronicity Earth, we want to bring conservation to life. This means finding effective conservation partners and working with them to develop long-term action to conserve biodiversity. But it also means helping to move conservation forward, refreshing the dialogue, exploring and understanding what works and what doesn’t. We understand the urgent need to work closely with other like-minded people and [...]

Key Conservation

Key Conservation has joined ConservationNOW because we believe in the power of hope. Every person has the power to change the world and the Key Conservation platform was built to provide the tools to enable this action. Our mobile platform is a place where conservationists can come to find backing from supporters all over the globe in real-time when they [...]


Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity striving to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. This mission is achieved through ground-breaking science, conservation projects in >50 countries and the work of our two Zoos: ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. For many years, we [...]

Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network

The Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN) conserves threatened wildlife while contributing to the economic vitality of rural communities.  Our mission is to protect wildlife in wild places, and on agricultural lands in-between, by certifying enterprises that assure people and nature coexist and thrive.  We use the power of the marketplace to spread best practices by providing incentives for the protection of biodiversity [...]

IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas Programme

The IUCN Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas Programme (the ‘IUCN Green List Programme') aims to encourage, achieve and promote effective, equitable and successful protected areas in all partner countries and jurisdictions. In line with IUCN’s core mission of ‘A just world that values and conserves nature’ the aim of the IUCN Green List Programme is to improve the [...]

Future For Nature Academy

The Future for Nature Academy (FFN Academy) is a network of students and young graduates with a passion for nature conservation. By sharing positive conservation stories and organizing varying activities we create a platform for people to meet, discuss and make plans together for a better Future For Nature. FFN Academy is closely linked to the Dutch Future For Nature [...]

Oceans Unmanned

Oceans Unmanned, Inc., a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization, facilitates the use of unmanned technologies and promotes their safe and environmentally conscious operation to protect the ocean and coastal marine environment. By engaging the optimism and creativity of technology companies and the Silicon Valley culture, Oceans Unmanned (OU) believes we can truly address long-standing challenges to preserve our marine and coastal environments [...]


ZSL’s EDGE of Existence programme is the only global conservation initiative to focus specifically on threatened species that represent a significant amount of unique evolutionary history. Using a scientific framework to identify the world’s most Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species, the EDGE of Existence programme highlights and protects some of the most unique and most wonderful species on [...]

PCI Media Impact

For over three decades, PCI Media has been a pioneer in Entertainment-Education and behavior change. Through storytelling, we inspire and empower communities worldwide to take action on human rights, wellbeing, and the environment. Our unique, community-based methodology turns around the traditional, top-down form of public information and outreach. We know that the best way to ensure people embrace vital messages, [...]

Global Wildlife Conservation

Our mission at Global Wildlife Conservation is to conserve the diversity of life on Earth, based upon the firm belief that all species  – no matter how large or small – have inherent value. We draw upon wonder and awe of the natural world as a way to engage and energize our audiences, and we strive to tell the individual [...]

Whitley Fund For Nature

The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) is a fundraising and grant giving nature conservation charity offering funding training and recognition to grassroots conservation leaders. To date we have supported over 190 conservation heroes in 80 countries across the Global South, distributing grants worth nearly £15 million. WFN supports the scale up of proven community conservation approaches and celebrates success. Rather [...]

Action For Conservation

Action for Conservation is a UK charity using pioneering approaches to inspire and empower young people from diverse backgrounds, between the ages of 12 and 18, to become the next generation of nature conservationists. To us, being a 'conservationist' doesn't just mean following a career as a field biologist or a campaigner. We believe that a passion for conservation can [...]

Falklands Conservation

Since its official launch by David Attenborough in 1991, Falklands Conservation has been the largest membership conservation charity in the Falkland Islands. We work on behalf of our members, and in partnership with the local and international community, to conserve the Falklands’ natural environment through community outreach, practical conservation, and research. We rely on donations and public support to carry [...]

Bristol Zoological Society

The Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation charity committed to building a sustainable future for wildlife and people. Our charitable objectives are to advance the public understanding and the conservation of wildlife and the natural environment, as well as the scientific study of plants and animals. We do this through conservation action and engaging people with the natural world. We [...]

Youth For Wildlife Conservation

It is Conservation Optimism’s ethos and dedication to equipping, enabling and empowering conservationists from all backgrounds, that Youth for Wildlife Conservation (Y4WC) fully embraces.  We are a network of early-career conservationists, aged 18-30 from across the global and spanning various professions. What connects us is a passion for our natural world and a commitment to protecting it. For too long [...]

Greenhood Nepal

Greenhood Nepal is a youth-led environmental organization that educates and engages young minds and local communities in environmental conservation. We believe the wise use of natural resources today is the only way for a sustainable future. In this sense, our activities aim to create positive impact for people and nature -- and hence to promote conservation optimism. We engage actively [...]

Wild Team

WildTeam UK has joined ConservationNOW and embraced the vision of #conservationoptimism because: We have shared values (WildTeam’s values are “Celebrating nature” “We believe people are the solution”) We are confident that, with the right (positive) attitude and (professional) skills, conservationists can change the world for the benefit of wildlife and people alike It is our fundamental belief that it is [...]

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Durrell exists to save species from extinction. We work with some of the most threatened species in the most threatened places - species that were once reduced to just a handful of individuals with populations so small that most thought it impossible to save them. But when others said it can’t be done, we had the belief to say it [...]

PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet

PANORAMA – Solutions for a Healthy Planet is a partnership to facilitate learning from successful practice in conservation and sustainable use of natural resources and services that ecosystems provide to people. It collates, documents and promotes examples of inspiring, replicable “solutions” (success stories), and promotes them through a variety of channels, including a web platform, workshops and webinars. PANORAMA - [...]


Earthmind’s mission is caring our planet. Through our Verified Conservation Areas Programme, we recognize and encourage conservation in the areas where people live and work. Through our work on the wildlife economy and the blue economy, we identify and promote the positive nexus between terrestrial and marine conservation and economic development. Though our engagement with business, we assist commercial projects [...]


Coming soon...

International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey

The International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey is the global representative organization for falconers with members from 89 countries worldwide. Falconers, as a group have a deep respect and interest in raptors, biodiversity and the environment. We have a very intimate relationship with nature and the natural environment and so are effective sentinels for changes which [...]

Galapagos Conservation Trust

Galapagos Conservation Trust supports and delivers conservation and sustainability projects in the Galapagos Islands, one of the most unique and ecologically important areas in the world. We partner with Ecuadorian authorities, NGOs, local communities and leading researchers to deliver breakthroughs in science, conservation, education and sustainable living on the Islands. Our aim is to achieve a lasting positive impact and [...]


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