Terry Chapin has worked extensively with indigenous communities in Alaska to address their visions for self-reliance. This involves understanding their visions for self-reliance, the barriers to implementing these visions, and the establishment of partnerships with research groups to collaboratively overcome these barriers to self-reliance. He also participates in One People One Earth, a group of religious, Alaska Native and scientific leaders that seeks to reduce human impacts on the climate system and society. When he was president of the Ecological Society of America, he worked with other ecologists and with U.S. religious leaders to initiate a speakers’ bureau to foster improved dialogue between scientists and faith communities. He grew up attending a non-denominational church and attended a Quaker College (Swarthmore College). He then joined the Peace Corps, where he taught biology to high-school teachers in Bogota Colombia.
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