Anti-racism and social justice resources for the parks and beyond

To build a future where everyone feels welcome in outdoor spaces falls on the shoulders of all outdoor enthusiasts. Here at the Parks Conservancy, we believe in the power of nature, public lands and the history of resistance to inspire and educate. 

Below is an ongoing list of resources to help you in your journey to be an anti-racist in the parks. Have additional books, articles, videos, guides, etc. that you think should be added to this list? Send your suggestions to media@parksconservancy.org

Read

Articles

“Why Every Environmentalist Should be Anti-racist” by Leah Thomas

“My role in social change” by Deepa Iyer

“Environmentalism’s Racist History” by Jedediah Purdy

“Actions for Non-Black POC to Address Anti-Blackness” from PGM One

"So You Want to Fight White Supremacy" by Ijeoma Oluo

"Diversity is essential when it comes to stewarding public lands" by Chiqui Cartagena and Jose Gonzalez 

Books

“The Adventure Gap: Changing the Face of the Outdoors” by James Edward Mills

"So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Oluo

"The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson

“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors” by Carolyn Finney

"Fatal Invention" by Dorothy Roberts

Watch

13th on Netflix 

Recolor the Outdoors

Here We Stand - An #EveryoneOutside Film

“How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion” - Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools 

Listen

Podcasts

Seeing White

Outside Voices 

1619

Code Switch

Pod Save the People

Sooo Many White Guys 

Podcast Episodes

"How to be Anti-Racist" - Unlocking Us with Brene Brown

"Yanira Castro of Outdoor Afro on black leadership in the outdoors" - Showing Up with Lynsey Dyer

"Confronting Racism" - TED Radio Hour 

"Making the Outdoors Great for Everyone" - Science Friday

Instagram Guides

“Terminology to know as a social justice advocate” by @julliiaamarieee, @nicolemjeffrey, @cdough08

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

As the conversations of racial injustice continue, it is crucial that we all prioritize learning in order to create both internal and external change. • We have been privileged enough to spend extensive time on our educations and on these topics and feel compelled to share information and help lay a foundation for key concepts where they are needed. Given the significant influx in information circulating on social media, we have collectively put together a basic terminology guide to help us educate ourselves about the issues we are witnessing and the injustice being experienced first hand. • We have committed our lives to the fight against injustice and we thank each of those who have laid down before us so that we may stand tall. We especially thank all those who contributed to this guide and to our own understanding of these issues. • We will continue to share more information and add to this guide as we can. We welcome any and all conversation that may arise from these words and hope to engage in our communities and with each one of you as we expand our own educations. • #blacklivesmatter @julliiaamarieee @nicolemjeffrey @cdough08

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“The Four Dimensions of Environmental Racism” by @theslowfactory

 

“What is Intersectional Environmentalism and the Insectional Environmental Pledge” by @greengirlleah

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Social justice cannot wait. It is not an optional “add-on” to environmentalism. It is unfair to opt in and out of caring about racial injustices when many of us cannot. These injustices are happening to our parents, our children, our family and our friends. I’m calling on the environmentalist community to stand in solidarity with the black lives matter movement and with Black, Indigenous + POC communities impacted daily by both social and environmental injustice. Please swipe to learn more about intersectional environmentalism and take the pledge. Here is a list of some of my favorite accounts I follow that raise awareness for intersectional environmentalism, please tag more in the comments!: @mikaelaloach @toritsui_ @jamie_s_margolin @queerbrownvegan @diandramarizet @wildginaa @aditimayer @naturechola @nativein_la @amaze_me_grace @she_colorsnature @switchbackshawty @bleavitt8 @badgal_brooky @teresabaker11 @ImKevinJPatel @Xiyebeara @lainetew @sophiakianni @xiuhtezcatl

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10 steps to non-optical allyship by @mireillecharper

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Social media has been a bit overwhelming since I first put up this post so it has taken some time for me to post this. On Friday, I shared this content on Twitter after I felt the conversations online were like screaming into an echo chamber. I wanted to provide those who wanted to support and be an ally with practical tips to move forward and make a change in our society. I am still somewhat surprised and overwhelmed by the reception so please take patience with me at this time. — For a note on who I am to those who have followed me from Twitter, my name is Mireille. I'm an assistant editor and I do freelance writing, PR and sensitivity reading and other bits on the side. I am extremely passionate about diversity and inclusion, and everything I have shared is not new knowledge to me. From as far back as I can remember I've been campaigning, fighting for equality and supporting and working with black owned organisations. I have worked in the diversity and inclusion space for around four years and I have been equipped with knowledge, skills etc through that work as well as through wider, intensive reading and being raised by a Jamaican mother who has a degree in Women's Studies. I felt as a mixed race person who was emotionally capable despite the current situation that I could use my learned experience, skills and compassion to offer this advice to allies and anyone else who was seeking advice but didn't know where to turn. This is now on my stories as a highlight so please feel free to share from there or here. — A small reminder that this took emotional labour and POC, especially black people are not here to teach you everything. When I said ask how you can support, I meant on a personal level as a friend etc. I hope this toolkit provides you with the starter info you need but there are genuinely people more experienced than me who warrant your listening to - please go and follow @nowhitesaviors, @laylafsaad, @rachel.cargle, @ckyourprivilege, @iamrachelricketts, @thegreatunlearn, @renieddolodge, @ibramxk + a few more: @akalamusic, @katycatalyst + @roiannenedd who all have books or resources from many more years of experience. _

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Racism on the AT (Appalachian Trail) by @mariedraws_thepct

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Since I shared Stark Naked’s stories of racism on the PCT, many other POC hikers reached out to tell me about their own experiences on long trails. Unfortunately, there is enough content to make a lot more of these illustrations. For now though, thanks to @akunahikes for trusting me with drawing his experiences on the AT. From all the stories I had the chance to read in my DMs, what stands out most is how no one stands up to hurtful comments, because they pass as a joke or just "casual conversation" around a beer in a hostel… But the words and feelings stay in the POC hiker’s heart for the rest of their thru-hike, and long after. We MUST commit to standing up against racist comments, however subtle they might be. Even if it comes out awkward, blunt or clumsy. Even if it brings tension to a lighthearted chat at the water source. Even if it means disrupting the comfort of a "good night" around the campfire. I know I must be BRAVER. What about you?

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