A look at why environmentalism is so homogeneous — and how organizations might cultivate genuine diversity

As efforts grow around the U.S. to recognize and eradicate systemic racism, people of color share insights on how to create a more diverse environmental workforce

Photo courtesy of GreenLatinos
“You don’t see people like yourself in the field of conservation,” says University of Montana graduate student Erynn Castellanos. Photo courtesy of Erynn Castellanos
Peggy Shepard, co-founder and director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, says the dearth of diversity in the environmental workforce is part of a far larger societal malaise. Photo courtesy of Peggy Shepard
Virginia Palacios, a climate change consultant for GreenLatinos, says youth of color may have fewer opportunities than others to engage in environment-oriented activities. Photo courtesy of Virginia Palacios
Sean Cook, senior vice president and chief human resources for the Environmental Defense Fund, says conscious inclusion training has made a difference in his organization. Photo courtesy of EDF
Youth environmental advocate Hodan Barreh cautions green groups to avoid tokenization of people of color. Photo courtesy of Hodan Barreh
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