Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Rethinking Earth Day through the lens of Climate Justice

Recently it has become more difficult to separate Earth Day events from the awareness of climate change. Traditional Earth Day celebrations and “environmentalism” in general conjure images of vast spaces of protected pristine lands and water, majestic forests, and quintessential North American wildlife species that evoke the feeling of special places and patriotism. Or we …

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Women in Forestry

When you work in the world of forest landowner education, specifically with women who own woodlands, you are bound to hear sooner than later a version of the same cautionary tale. There’s the victim – in the case I learned, a recent widow – and an antagonist – the opportunistic logger. Shortly after the widow’s …

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Meet the Next Generation of Black Environmentalists

During Black History Month this year, I have read several articles about the iconic environmental breakthroughs of George Washington Carver, or the conservationist mindset of Charles Young. However, I found myself seeking more information about today’s Black environmentalists, the spaces they are working in, and how the Alliance can unite and uplift their messages. I’m …

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The Pages of Black History – Every Month

5 inspiring reads to help develop a richer understanding of the world, strengthen interpersonal skills, and increase your creativity.

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MLK Day of Service – What It Is, Why It’s Important

As we move through a new year, do not forget the importance of coming together as a community. When we come together, we can make great strides towards real change. On Monday, January 18, we recognize a prominent leader who reminds us of that–Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was born …

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Disability, Access, and the Outdoors

December 3rd is the annual International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Over 61 million adults in the United States live with a disability (CDC). Whether visible or invisible, these disabilities impact the daily lives of 26% of all US adults. This day serves to celebrate the lives of those with disabilities, while also drawing attention …

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Drawn to Nature during the Holiday Season

As we move into the holiday season this year the Alliance is reminded of the diversity of cultures and family traditions that occur throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Much like the natural world, our communities comprise of many different voices, experiences, and are in constant flux. The beauty of autumn and the seasonal changes remind …

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Defining Our Bay Community: A Reflection on Hispanic Heritage Month

The many stakeholders working to strengthen the Chesapeake Bay watershed are truly phenomenal. From conservationists to sportsmen, foundations, governments, businesses, and houses of worship, the Bay gives us so much and we work to give back. I give back by helping to enhance our watershed’s environmental resilience, many others focus on economic stability or community …

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Providing Equitable Access to Green Spaces in Richmond, VA

At the beginning of the year, a “Green Team” of community partners was formed to help the Mayor identify the city-owned land that would become parks and to recommend policies to put in place to ensure the future of these parks. The Alliance’s VA State Director, Nissa Dean, and RiverWise Program Manager, Christina Bonini, served on the Mayor’s Green Team alongside other members of Richmond’s conservation community.

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Remembering Nelson Mandela and His Vision of Freedom

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” -Nelson Mandela

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