Monitor Equalities Information at Events and in Environmental Organisations
- Include Storytelling to Change Dominant Narratives and Break down Stereotypical Thinking
- Develop Holistic Environmental Policies That Meet People’s needs and Tackle Inequality
- Challenge Stereotypes By Widening Discussions in Environmentalism
- Develop Anti-Racist Approaches Within Organisations and Projects
- Implement the Policies That Have Been Recommended for Decades!
Since we ‘manage what we measure’, the stark reality can often be presented in figures. Publishing these can help accountability and spur action.
Include Storytelling to Change Dominant Narratives and Break down Stereotypical Thinking
Recognise that there is not one ‘mainstream’ environmental movement. There are thousands of strands of environmentalism. Recognise that communities of colour have many effective environmental solutions that we can learn from and must respect (BEN, 1997; Hawken, 2007). Use the media and arts to tell the stories that have not been told about environmentalists of colour. Roger’s own self-exploration of his identity in writing his story led to him feeling valued as his voice was heard. Since then, he has been able to inspire and engage others, creating employment and enterprise.
Not everyone finds scientific language accessible, but local people can spread meaningful messages especially in community languages (Griffith, 2016). Partner with community media outlets and community artists to share information in accessible language (Ketibuah-Foley and McKenzie, 2018; Common Cause, 2018). Build bridges into communities by using the cultural calendar for religious events, festivals and carnivals (Griffith, 2016).
Develop Holistic Environmental Policies That Meet People’s needs and Tackle Inequality
Communities of colour are interested in the environment, but meeting basic needs can come first. It is important to think about how projects can be designed with and for communities so that they fit their agendas and consider how these can be resourced (Griffith, 2016).
Challenge Stereotypes By Widening Discussions in Environmentalism
Move beyond the local where appropriate. Looking only at local actions could have dangerous impacts for communities of colour elsewhere. Appreciate that many communities of colour have strong connections to the Global South (Koff, 2016). These connections can allow better discussions of the relationship between the Global North and the Global South.
Develop Anti-Racist Approaches Within Organisations and Projects
There is a risk that diversity and inclusion can be tokenistic, not going beyond the surface (Fredette et al., 2016). Many environmentalists of colour are seeking deeper moves towards equity and justice (Bevan, 2020b). It’s the difference between ‘being a better host’ and ‘becoming better humans’ (Bevan, 2019b).
Implement the Policies That Have Been Recommended for Decades!
Move beyond expressing desires to be inclusive. It is important to follow up with action.There have been decades of good intentions (Taylor 1993, McGregor-Smith, n.d.) so now we need action (McGregor-Smith, n.d.).