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What We Do

Safina discusses the state of cod with fisheries biologist, Brian Tarbox - Maine.

(above photo: Carl Safina filming PBS series. © John Angier)

We work in the tradition of the great communicator-naturalists such as Rachel Carson, Jacques Cousteau, Peter Matthiessen, Edward Abbey, George Schaller, Jane Goodall, Edward O. Wilson, Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Barry Lopez, Paul Winter, and others. They have inspired us all.  Those indefatigable luminaries who remain in the fray are among our friends and kindred comrades. In this time of new concerns, we see new opportunities, new ways to tell the story, to build a case for life on Earth and inspire committed engagement.

Everywhere, the living world is embattled. We work to fuse our science-derived understandings of facts with a fundamental perception—an apprehension—of the world as something vast in space and deep in time, something that passes through us momentarily in the brief spark of our own lives, something that we might help steward but must never harm, something not ours—something sacred.

By sacred, we mean having importance far greater than ourselves, far more lasting than right now. Our job is to help people see the sacred improbability of the living world, and life’s vulnerability. Our job is to help people value the living world as good, and affirm that survival is the most fundamental good.

At The Safina Center our mission is to affirm, articulate, elevate, and propagate the values crucial for allowing Life on Earth to continue. We do that in our books and writings, our spoken-word products, our films and photography, our outings with children and innings with legislators.

We at The Safina Center work to make a case for Life on Earth. We work to show why it matters that whales and elephants now need people who care. We work to show that on a human-dominated planet, human dignity will depend on nature, and nature will depend on human dignity.

We care to heal the world, and to leave it better than we were given it. The race to keep the living world is a multigenerational relay that can never decisively be won. But it can be lost. Our work is to hand the next generation a torch still radiant with life. To run in this race is a great privilege.