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Advancing justice for all so people, animals, and the planet can thrive.

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Many outdated policies and practices drive the exploitation of vulnerable individuals and communities while fueling global crises such as climate change, diseases, and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.

Your Impact

With your support, Phoenix Zones Initiative makes a global impact, ending suffering and shaping a better tomorrow. In 2023, we provided:

  • global education

    Education and outreach stretching across six continents

  • Research and innovation reaching leaders in education, industry, and policy

  • partnerships

    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 improve the interdependent health and wellbeing of people, animals, and the planet; advance connections between rights, health, and justice; and address 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 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.

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    In March, Phoenix Zones Initiative and the George Washington University Law School led a briefing at the US Capitol Visitor Center on how the state of medicine, science, and the law relate to Congressional oversight of human and animal research.

a field of flowers with butterflies--we need a world of Phoenix Zones

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

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