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We’re expanding – welcome José!

Written by Aparna
March 9, 2017

Photo credit: Glenn Nelson at Trail Posse Friends and colleagues, We are thrilled to announce that José Gonzalez is joining the Avarna Group! We are so grateful to be able to learn from José, who brings a wealth of experience in conservation, outdoor and traditional education, and facilitation. José's name probably rings…

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Connecting the dots: what do immigration rights have to do with the environmental movement?

Written by Ava
February 8, 2017

poster with a construction crane displaying an image of a white bird with a peace sign hanging from their talons. A the bottom of the poster it reads,

Art featured above by Ernesto Yerena Montejano Grab some snacks. This is a longer than a usual blog post, but we think all of it matters. Last July, we wrote a blog post connecting Black Lives Matter to the environmental movement. In our second installment of the Connecting the Dots series,…

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What Does President Obama’s Memo Mean for You?

Written by Aparna
January 18, 2017

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Implementing President Obama's Memo on Diversity & Inclusion in Public Lands & Waters Dear valued partners and friends: We’re writing to announce that we’ve created a new free toolkit that we hope will help all of you. As many of you know, last Thursday, President Obama made an impactful statement…

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Thank you for taking this trip around the sun (and nation) with us!

Written by Ava
December 19, 2016

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Map above: The Avarna Group's 2016 Travel Map; 38 cities, 19 states, 102 days Greetings and happy winter season esteemed partners, colleagues, and friends, This season we are filled with so many feelings, but the one feeling that rises to the top after our first year at the helm of this…

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Our post-election commitment

Written by Ava
November 11, 2016

We will return to regular posting at the beginning of 2017, but in the meantime, we wanted to share a letter we wrote this morning to our partners and share our current thoughts. Dear vauled partners and colleagues, In the wake of the elections, we know a litany of concerns…

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Connecting the dots: why black lives must matter to the environmental movement

Written by Aparna
July 12, 2016

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There is no such thing as a single issue struggle because we do not live single issue lives. - Audre Lorde (photographed above) In the days since the police shot and killed Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, we’ve seen the gamut of reactions on social media: from outpourings of sympathy,…

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