Land for all. But is it, really?
At Loon Echo Land Trust we conserve land and natural resources for future generations. But also integral to our mission is to make sure access to safe outdoor spaces is not just a privilege for white people.
Black Lives Matter. We acknowledge that outdoor spaces, careers in conservation, and positions of leadership are not equally accessible or safe for everyone. Injustice and systemic racism do exist in the land conservation community.
Right now we are taking time to listen, learn, and begin conversations on how to be active partners in long overdue change. Right now we have more questions than answers, but we are committed to long-term learning and constructive action to ensure BIPOC benefit from and have a voice in land conservation.
We acknowledge we have a long way to go. As a first step, we’ve signed on to a statement by the Maine Land Trust Network and have posted some resources that we’re using to begin learning.
Please join us in building a conservation & outdoor community that is more equitable, just, and diverse.
- To Watch: Birds of North America with Dr. Drew Lanham
- To Listen: Code Switch Podcast, Episode 2: Being ‘Outdoorsy’ When You’re Black Or Brown
- To Read: Black Faces, White Spaces
- To Watch: An American Ascent – a documentary about an all Black mountaineering team ascending Denali.
- Nibezun – Mission: To preserve, protect and promote the traditional wisdom and culture of the five tribal nations of the Wabanaki Confederacy for the benefit of all People.
- MEEA’s Individual Equity Learning Journey *While not race specific by design, this list was specifically curated to guide people through initial discovering and learning about these interrelated issues.
- To Learn More: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Tools from Maine Association of Nonprofits