Earth Day: Investing in People and Planet

From the David and Lucile Packard Foundation blog, a conversation with Kim Moore Bailey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Justice Outside, on the critical need for action to increase environmental justice.

“Black, Indigenous, and People of Color have been connected to the land, waters, and ocean since time immemorial, and their leadership has been ever-present. Throughout history, this leadership has either been erased or forgotten. And yet, climate change disproportionately impacts Black and Brown communities across the globe.

Those closest to the problem are often those most well-informed about potential solutions. When we think about the environmental movement, the outdoors, and climate change, we know that the problems disproportionately impact folks of color and that they are positioned to find solutions.

When Black, Indigenous, and People of Color lead outdoor organizations and lead on climate and environmental justice, we root our work in joy, celebration, and community connection. And we know that movements rooted in authentic connection and joy are the movements that last, the movements that build momentum, and the movements that continue to bring more and more people into their folds.”

Kim Moore Bailey

Read the full piece on the David and Lucile Packard Foundation blog.