Hey friends! Here at Keep Nature Wild, our mission is two fold: 1. Build community 2. Pick up trash outside! We talk a lot about the 2nd part of our mission but have left the building community part to be more of an organic part of who we are and what we do. Well we are changing our ways! It’s time to work towards building community, especially to our friends who are under-represented in the outdoors. To our BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and all under represented communities: we are here to learn, love and be allies. We have created an Outdoor Community Resource List to help unite us as a community, to learn from one another, and to share diverse perspectives. This page will regularly be updated as we continue to learn and educate ourselves. We are thankful for this community that is eager and committed to learning, making changes, and taking action! We invite you to join us in learning how we can do the work to make the outdoors feel welcoming to everyone.
Articles we've been sharing with each other and reading around the office:
- The Melanin Base Camp Guide to Outdoor Allyship
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: 26 Ways (& More) to be an Ally in the Outdoor Industry
- Five Ways to Make the Outdoors More Inclusive
- Allyship 101: Notes on Inclusion and Equity within the Outdoor Industry
- Diversity in the Great Outdoors: Is Everyone Welcome in America's Parks and Public Lands?
- Why Every Environmentalist Should be Anti-Racist
- We're Here You Just Don't See Us
- How Being LQBTQ Affected My AT Thru-Hike
- How to Advocate for LQBTQIA+ in Sustainability Spaces with Pattie Gonia
- Being "OUT" in the Outdoors
Books that we have personally bought/read or added to our own to-be-read lists! (All linked to BIPOC-owned bookstores you can purchase from!)
- The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors by James Edward Mills
- Black Faces, White Spaces by Carolyn Finney
- Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape by Lauret Savoy
- How to be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
- A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and its Assault on the American Mind by Harriet A. Washington
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Braiding Sweetgrass - Robin Wall Kimmerer
Accounts we've been following or recently followed! A lot of these accounts are also non-profits working towards racial equity in the outdoors. Please consider donating if you can, follow them, read and listen to their stories and experiences.
- Outdoorism - apparel. "We represent the underrepresented. We outfit the misfits. We unapologetically take up space while embracing our otherness."
- SlimPickins Outfitters - the first Black-owned outdoor shop in the country
- Ope Outdoors - apparel & inspiration to get outside
- Rock Deep - outdoor & athletic gear & apparel
- Dynamite Starfish - Climbing apparel benefiting Navajo and Hopi COVID relief
- Natives Outdoors - a Native American owned outdoor apparel and media company
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