Message from EPIC Executive Director Tabitha Stadler -
I want to personally thank you for your continued support. 2021 was a tough year for us all, as we experienced the effects of a global pandemic. EPIC used this time for introspection and strategic growth. We are excited to share some new developments with you, as we progress into a new era of global nature conservation. I hope you will join us in reaching our ambitious goals.
Here is what we have planned:
New Global EPIC Branding
After 21 years, we decided to completely revise our brand and logo to include new colors and fonts. We feel this better reflects the fun, focus, and future of our non-profit organization. Since 2000, we have grown to work collaboratively with diverse communities on more than 21 Caribbean islands. Together, we have both literally and figuratively climbed mountains and soared to new heights—see logo and bird—in our quest to create a better world for people and nature.
New EPIC Website with Caribbean Educational Focus
This week, we are launching a new interactive website at the same address www.epicislands.org. This new website will have a renewed focus on educating the world about the Caribbean’s awe-inspiring nature and its global value as a native biodiversity hotspot. Fun facts and interactive maps will engage visitors in over 80 of EPIC’s research, education, advocacy, and stewardship projects. We hope you will be inspired by the stories of Caribbean environmental leaders who have made a difference by embracing sustainability and blue-green economies.
We expanded our programming to include a partnership to conduct a regional seabird census. While there's a long way to go conducting the census, it is a valuable follow-up to EPIC’s breakthrough 2012 publication of the Seabird Breeding Atlas of the Lesser Antilles. Comparisons between this historic data set and new census data will tell us whether seabirds are in further peril and need help. In addition, EPIC is working with new partners in the US Virgin Islands to develop local projects. We’re looking forward to working with Caribbean-Americans to boost environmental justice and resiliency in the nation where EPIC was established.
This year, we are poised to tackle the most significant environmental issues of our time: climate change, irresponsible development, and the need for sustainable economies.
Caribbean leaders like Madame Nodsilys in Boukan Chat, Haiti, are widely inspiring others. If you have not already heard one of EPIC’s most poignant success stories, it was Madame Nodsilys who led her community to adopt sustainable agricultural practices and to protect the nearby forests where the endangered Black-capped Petrel seabird nests. Just as Madame Nodsilys changed the way that her community lives, we are in a time of transition when we all need to make changes by having a lighter footprint, so that we may ensure a safer and healthier world for our children and grandchildren, because...
"These are the stories of struggle that the world needs to hear. So we can clearly see how everything is connected and wake up in time to save it all and create a better life for the wildlife and the millions of people who walk this Earth together.”
- EPIC Save the Devil Documentary
We’re thrilled to be on this journey towards sustainability with you. Thank you for your support.