We’ve Been Out Here: BIPOC Leadership Points the Way to Mental Health in Nature

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“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

Overcoming Bias in our Understanding of Nature and Mental Health

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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

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

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

What’s Next for 30×30 in the U.S.?

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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

What Are the Roles of Justice Outside and Other Environmental Justice Groups in 30×30?

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

The Role of Indigenous, Racial Justice, and Environmental Justice Groups in the U.S. Federal 30×30 Work Plan

How Has the Biden-Harris Administration Committed To Indigenous and Racial Justice in the 30×30 Effort? In our 30×30 blog series, we’ve talked about the critical role that Indigenous leadership and racial justice have in 30×30 planning and implementation. In January 2021, President Biden recognized this fact in his Executive Order 14008, directing the Department of … Read more

Why Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color Should Be At the Center of 30×30 Conservation Efforts

Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color have a rich history of connection to the outdoors. All over the country, Communities of Color are fostering creativity, and connection with the land, air, water, and nature around us. Indigenous communities shaped how we protect our land and homes from wildfires. Black communities have led the movement for … Read more

What is 30×30?

30×30 is a global initiative built from the work of environmental justice advocates, scientists, and conservationists that calls for governments to designate 30% of the earth’s lands, waters and oceans as protected areas by 2030. With research on large-scale conservation targets going back in academic literature to the 1970s (studies that replicate the conservation knowledge … Read more