On Equity and Justice Within the Environmental Community, Part II

In Part I of this discussion, I shared thoughts on equity and justice rooted in access to power, resources, and opportunity. This grounding enables the environmental community to build collective power for just and equitable change. In Part II, I share brief thoughts on specific actions environmental organizations must take to drive this change. To […]

Deepening Equity and Justice Within the Environmental Community, Part I

As society reckons with the legacy of centuries of racism, the environmental community is grappling with its place in this system. A number of organizations are conceding their past absence from the fight against racism and for social justice; some organizations are publicly acknowledging their past complicity with social and political structures that perpetuate systemic […]

Thrive Through Reinvention

How does a chemical engineer, all set to work on nuclear waste disposal for Westinghouse, end up starting a non-profit with an Australian living in Costa Rica, focused on bringing social justice and equity to communities vulnerable to the climate crisis? It’s simple: constant reinvention. A hallmark of Frank’s (my Costa-Rican based co-founder) and my […]

Flipping The Switch On Equity And Justice In Conservation And Development

Participation, community engagement, equitable development, sustainability – all terms familiar to conservation and development practitioners, public philanthropic contributors, and the donor community. Since virtually all espouse to these “pillars”, clearly they must be being adhered to, evidence must abound, and progress toward participatory, equitable, and sustainable development that engages communities as pivotal stakeholders in conservation […]

Building a Big Tent – Diversity Matters

In the last story on my venture in Papua New Guinea I spoke of the known and unknown risks associated with starting something new. A type of known risk – and one worth taking – is inviting a broad diversity of players to join your effort as you create a “Big Tent:” a place where […]