Our work to create Champions of Nature through education and inspiration cannot be achieved without racial and social justice as well. We stand in solidarity with those seeking justice and change, and are committed to doing our part to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion are at the forefront of our work. Everyone should feel welcome and safe to enjoy the outdoors.
We recognize we have work to do. It is not news that environmental organizations often lack in diversity, ourselves included. We are not a leader in this movement, but our goal is to be an ally. We are showing up by listening and educating ourselves, as well as taking action to be more inclusive and equitable in our work. In July 2019, we began a multi-year staff training and educational program in diversity, equity and inclusion. We are continuing those necessary and important conversations and applying what we learn in the work we do. We continue to ask ourselves what we can do to combat racism and inequality and are taking steps to diversify our opportunities and programming.
We’ve created this blog — and will be regularly updating it — to point to resources, articles and other applicable information that may help guide us in our work, amplify melanated voices and highlight disparities in diversity in the outdoor industry.
How We Can Build an Anti-Racist Outdoor Industry by Ayesha McGowan for Outside Magazine
Breaking Down the Lack of Diversity in Outdoor Spaces – National Health Foundation
Why Every Environmentalist Should Be Anti-Racist by Leah Thomas for Vogue
Bad Things Happen in the Woods: the Anxiety of Hiking While Black by Candice Pires for The Guardian
It Matters Who You See in Outdoor Media by Carolyn Finney for Outside Magazine
We’re Here, You Just Don’t See Us by Latria Graham for Outside Magazine
Diversity in the Great Outdoors: Is Everyone Welcome in America’s Parks and Public Lands? by Reyna Askew and Margaret A. Walls for Resources Magazine
Black Bodies, Green Spaces by Taya Miles for New York TImes Op-ed
Photographing Nature While Black: One Man’s Quest to Make Green Spaces Less White by Kate Yoder for Grist
Black Communities are Reclaiming Space Outdoors, From Backyard Gardening to Mountain Climbing by Carla Bell for Yes! Magazine
Historical Perspective on Racism in the Outdoors and Looking Forward (American Trails)
Children’s Books to Support Conversations on Race
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
A Different Pond by Bao Phi
Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story by Reem Faruqi
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami
Black Folks & Nature (KALW)
I Worship Every Bird That I See (On Being)
How to Respond to Coronavirus Racism (Learning for Justice)