Beth is the US Country Director for International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW). As US Director for IFAW, Beth oversees IFAW’s projects and campaigns across the United States. She also represents IFAWs global conservation and animal welfare priorities to the US government and international institutions based in the country. And of course, she leads IFAW’s innovative work to look beyond GDP for alternatives that better promote happiness and well-being for people and animals. Beth has spent her career in government, nonprofit and the private sector focusing on grassroots programs and wider policy discussions with a goal of helping communities while simultaneously protecting irreplaceable wildlife.
Beth's Idea for Well-being, Tourism, Wildlife & Covid-19:
Individuals and as a society are starting to understand the need to move away from measuring GDP as a proxy for happiness, and to measure and promote policies and practices for happiness and wellbeing. As we develop these policies and practices, we can’t forget that our wellbeing is connected to the other species that inhabit our planet with us. My vision for the happiness movement is that it includes not just our individual happiness and wellbeing but the wellbeing of all humans, all non-human species and the planet itself. I envision a world where we recognize our connection to everything and everyone, embrace this connection, and find ways to care for everything on earth as if it were a piece of us and impacted our wellbeing and happiness. Because at the deepest level - it really does. In our new, post COVID reality, I believe this world will have more equity among the human populations and communities AND a deeper understanding and appreciation for the important role that animals play in our lives - not just in keeping us healthy and economically strong, but spiritually and emotionally connected – and that we will value it accordingly.
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