On Thursday, March 31st from 6 to 7pm ET, we will host a panel on Brown Faces Green Spaces: Rethinking Equity in the Outdoors, an event presented by Columbia Climate Conversations and Latinxs in Sustainability.
Outdoor spaces should be for everyone to enjoy, however white-dominated narratives surrounding the outdoors often exclude POC. This can often create obstacles where people of color don’t have access to safe experiences in the natural world, and are often met with discrimination when they do.
The panelists will delve into how they are breaking that cycle and creating safe spaces for POC to enjoy and connect with nature. They will discuss how limited access to the outdoors affects marginalized communities, the discriminatory systems that make it harder for POC to enjoy nature, and the ways that they’re pushing past them. The audience will learn more about amazing initiatives that are creating equitable outdoor spaces. This conversation will be hosted over Zoom in collaboration with Latinxs in Sustainability and will be moderated by Columbia undergraduate student and Columbia Climate Conversations creator, Lauren Ritchie. The event will be open to anyone who RSVPs.