Designing for access in outdoor spaces doesn’t mean paving pathways
This article discusses considerations for designing accessible outdoor spaces for people with disabilities, drawing on examples from projects making mountain bike trails, hunting land and hiking trails wheelchair-accessible in Montana. People involved in those projects emphasize that small considerations, such as the size of gates and switchbacks on trails can make a significant difference in physical access. They also challenge the notion that physically disabled people want access to a different style of recreation and say that access should not be limited to paving paths. For more read here.
‘Environmentalist’ Doesn’t Just Mean White and Wealthy
This article discusses a study on perceptions of environmentalists and concern about the environment that challenges stereotypical notions of environmentalists. The study found that while the most common image of an environmentalist is a wealthy, college-educated white person, people of color and people from low-income backgrounds express a higher level of concern for the environment. They go on to discuss a need for the environmental movement to move towards environmental justice and become more inclusive. For more read here.
Abigail Echo-Hawk on the art and science of ‘decolonizing data’
In this interview, Abigail Echo-Hawk, who is the chief research officer at the Seattle Indian Health Board, discusses her efforts to decolonize data on Indigenous public health. She discusses how indigenous populations are often erased from public health data or lumped in with other ethnic/racial groups such as Pacific Islander and calls for a need for Indigenous-produced data. For more read here.
Examining Equitable and Inclusive Work Environments in Environmental Education
This report explores how Environmental Education organizations are engaging in equity, diversity and inclusion practices and identifies strategies and tools on how to improve those practices. The study draws on research conducted with majority white organizational leaders and environmental educators of color and highlights a disconnect between those group’s perceptions of DEI work in their organizations. For more read here.
100 Ways to Support – Not Appropriate From – Native People
In this article, the author discusses how Native Americans have been erased from the “American conversation” and offers 100 ways in which people can be an ally to Native Americans. For more read here.
Leaking Talent: How People of Color are Pushed out of Environmental Organizations
This report by Green 2.0 investigates the factors that impact the retention and promotions of people of color within the environmental movement. Some of the key findings are that increasing transparency around promotion practices, focusing on employee development and incorporating justice, equity, diversity and inclusion practices into the mission improves the intention to stay for all employees, white and POC. For more read here.
Considerations for Inclusive Convenings
This document is a resource for groups holding large gatherings who hope to make them more inclusive. It offers numerous considerations to make the event inclusive for the attendees regardless of race, ability, gender, class, stage of career, religious beliefs and more. For more see attached document.Download
Maslow’s hierarchy connected to Blackfoot beliefs
This articles describes how the psychologist Abraham Maslow relied on Blackfoot beliefs about self-actualization to construct his well-known motivational theory on the “hierarchy of needs”. For more read here.
Indigenous People and Borderlands
This resource provides a number of resources surrounding Indigenous people who live in international borderlands between the US and Mexico. It has resources that discuss the rights of Indigenous people who have been negatively impacted by US-Mexico immigration policies, the histories of Indigenous nations along the border and the settler-colonial paradigms that shape policy. For more read here.
The Fish Wars
This is a in-depth lesson plan put together about The Fish Wars of the 1960s and 70s between Indigenous nations and the states of Oregon and Washington, in which the state governments violated the treaty rights of native people and unconstitutionally barred their access to fishing. This is a great resources for educators and students to learn about The Fish Wars and the rights of Native American sovereign nations. For more read here.
The Great Land Robbery
This article offers an in-depth look at the history of dispossession of land of black farmers in the American South. It focuses on the story of one multi-generational family of black farmers to illustrate how racist policy and actions forced hundreds of thousands of black farmers off of their land during the 20th century. The author also addresses how policies leading to a lack of land ownership contributes to the significant wealth gap between white and and black families in America. For more read here.
A Red Deal
This articles introduces the idea of a “Red New Deal” that ties Indigenous liberation into a demand for sweeping environmental changes. The author also reviews how New Deal economic development relied on the displacement of Indigenous communities from their homes and the destruction of their land. They suggest that policymakers must learn from the consequences of past policies and must choose to center indigenous voices in the new environmental movement. For more read here.