We’re Creating a World of Phoenix Zones
Many outdated policies and practices drive the exploitation of vulnerable individuals and communities while fueling global crises such as climate change, diseases, and conflict.
We’re on a mission to change that.
Phoenix Zones Initiative is working to create a world of Phoenix Zones—places that advance the health and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet, allowing society to rise and thrive—like a phoenix rising from the ashes.
In the heart of where change is possible—from diverse communities to the nation’s capital and the United Nations—we work to change lives and reimagine social, economic, and legal norms for the better.
With your support, Phoenix Zones Initiative makes a global impact, ending suffering and shaping a better tomorrow. In 2023, we provided:
Education and outreach stretching across six continents
Research and innovation reaching leaders in education, industry, and policy
Leadership and advocacy guiding local and global decision makers
With your support, we can reach even more people to make changes in local to international policy and practice possible through cutting-edge educational programs, hard-hitting articles and reports, and strong leadership.
How We Do It
We use our medical and public health expertise to advance a Just One Health approach, which focuses on connections between people, animals, and the planet; rights and justice; and addressing the roots of global challenges.
And we do it by training today’s and tomorrow’s leaders to promote civic engagement and partnerships; providing thought leadership that analyzes complex, interconnected problems and offers meaningful solutions; and advocating for grassroots and systems-level change that benefits vulnerable populations and the environment.
What Drives Us
The harsh reality: A child working in a slaughterhouse. A suffering animal. A community poisoned by dirty air and water.
The promise of a better day: A child rising from violence. An animal freed from cruelty. A safe and thriving community.
The exploited child, the abused animal, and the polluted community all suffer from the same broken paradigms.
Now more than ever, we have an opportunity to reimagine our relationships with each other, other beings, and our life-sustaining planet.
Violence or peace. Illness or wellness. Environmental destruction or recovery.
Change is possible.
Stay Updated With News From Our Team
Toward a Sustainable Food System
Just transitions away from human, animal, and environmental exploitation toward nature-based solutions can help solve the climate crisis, the burden of disease, conflict, and environmental destruction.
Download Our Journalist’s Guide to Reporting on Science, Health, and Medicine
Get FAQs about medical research, questions to help journalists write about medical research, and useful resources.
PZI and GW Law Hold Congressional Briefing
Phoenix Zones Initiative and the George Washington University Law School will lead a briefing at the US Capitol Visitor Center on how the state of medicine, science, and the law relate to Congressional oversight of research.
Our Guiding Principles
At Phoenix Zones Initiative, we use a central ethic to guide our work for people, animals, and the planet, following the principles embedded in Phoenix Zones:
Respect for liberty and sovereignty
Compassion and justice
A belief that each individual possesses dignity and potential