The evidence of systematic racism includes the lack of access to trails and green spaces, which has a tremendous impact on health and well-being. We also recognize that people of color have historically been excluded from conversations in the environmental movement. Through our efforts and commitment to building a multiracial environmental community, we return access to power, sovereignty, and vibrancy that has been stripped from neighborhoods of color.
Addressing the history of systemic racism and non-inclusiveness in the environmental movement has been a part of our mission since our inception. In 2019, we hosted an on-the-table discussion on environmental justice and equity with 50 community activists at the Urban Ecology Center. In 2020, we hosted an anti-racism workshop series led by award-winning facilitator August Ball, attended by 137 participants representing 30 different entities. In 2021, we joined with Mandi McAlister of HummingbirdMKE and the Milwaukee Environmental Consortium to begin the “Building a Multicultural Environmental Community” program that is working to dismantle white supremacy in the environmental community through collective study and action. If you are interested in being involved with this effort, please check the Hummingbird MKE site to see when sessions begin, or contact us.