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  • Two young Black people looking at a computer screen and in conversation. Behind them are more young people at work. Op-ed: What young professionals can teach us about grantmaking for climate justice (8/3/2022) - In 2021, Justice Outside’s Rising Leaders Fellowship program brought together 20 early-career nonprofit professionals, most of them Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, to get hands-on experience with philanthropy. Fellows had the opportunity to design a $40,000 grantmaking program and decide to whom they would award grants and how they would distribute those funds across the selected grantees. ... Read more
  • Closeup photo of two different hands holding coffee mugs together in a toast. We’ve Been Out Here: BIPOC Leadership Points the Way to Mental Health in Nature (7/27/2022) - “Nature as medicine” is not a new or novel idea for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Communities of Color have been turning to nature for mental and physical healing since time immemorial. Not only do communities around the world use a variety of herbs and practices to address physical pain and injury, but there ... Read more
  • Three small Black girls running outside in the sun and among the trees. Announcing Youth Access to Nature Fund 2022 Grantee Partners (7/18/2022) - We are proud to share the latest cohort of our grantee partners awarded with the Youth Access to Nature grants!  At Justice Outside, grantmaking is one of our core strategies to support systemic change for racial justice and equity. Our Liberated Paths: Youth Access to Nature Fund supports the work of local organizations that increase access to ... Read more
  • Graphic featuring a photo of Lau Hernandez, Kim Moore Bailey, and Rena Payan. Photo by Brooke Anderson. Overcoming Bias in our Understanding of Nature and Mental Health (7/14/2022) - Justice Outside spotlighted in National Recreation Foundation article From the piece: “There’s a lot of research supporting the idea that time in nature has a positive effect on our mental health. Exposure to green space decreases stress, boosts mood, and helps our bodies’ systems reset and rejuvenate. Nature is good for us. While this truism ... Read more
  • Statement on Supreme Court Ruling West Virginia v. EPA (6/30/2022) - Today, we at Justice Outside stand firm in our commitment to environmental justice, and join with our allies in the reproductive justice movement, with disability justice and gender justice and LGBTQIA advocates, with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color all across the United States. As we call to mind all our allies across these United ... Read more
  • Earth Day: Investing in People and Planet (6/1/2022) - 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. Read more
  • Banner image of group of canoe paddlers, facig the camera, with paddles raised in the air, in celebration. What’s Next for 30×30 in the U.S.? (5/23/2022) - Justice Outside has been sharing about the 30×30 initiative to protect 30% of our lands and waters by 2030 in our recent blog series because we want our communities and audiences to be informed and inspired to take action. Our message on 30×30 is clear: Black, Indigenous, and community of color leadership is the only ... Read more
  • On Buffalo: Together in Love for Black People Everywhere; In Mourning, In Solidarity, and In Action (5/20/2022) - We are writing today to speak of our deep and abiding love for Black people, Black families, and Black communities everywhere. Last Saturday, May 14, 2022, ten beloved Black lives were taken from the community. Even as we grieve, we are strengthened by the power of Black, Indigenous, and communities of color. We know that ... Read more
  • five young people hold a snake in the outdoors surrounded by greenery and trees Oak Foundation Supports Justice Outside and Environmental Leaders of Color (5/19/2022) - Justice Outside Expands Liberated Paths Grantmaking to the U.S. South Oak Foundation has announced a two-year $500,000 grant to Justice Outside, a national leader in the critical work of creating a more racially just, inclusive, and equitable environmental and outdoor movement. Oak Foundation funding will support Liberated Paths Grantmaking, a national program by Justice Outside ... Read more
  • What Are the Roles of Justice Outside and Other Environmental Justice Groups in 30×30? (5/12/2022) - As environmental justice advocates, our work within 30×30 is to ensure that Indigenous people and communities of color are truly at the center of the 30×30 work plan, designing solutions, prioritizing efforts, and redressing historic harms, using  their knowledge and expertise,  joy, and creativity to inform the work.² It’s clear that we cannot bring about ... Read more