A Sustainable and Resilient Region is a Just and Equitable Region

June 10, 2020 4:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

A Sustainable and Resilient Region is a Just and Equitable Region
Green Umbrella Seeks to Bring Diverse Voices to the Environmental Movement 

Green Umbrella stands in solidarity with those fighting for racial justice and the dismantling of structural racism. Black lives and voices absolutely do matter. Our culture has marginalized them for far too long, and far too many inequities continue to exist. We envision a world where every person, including Black, Indigenous, and all people of color, feels safe and has the same opportunities to thrive.

Equity is one of Green Umbrella’s core values. We actively work to incorporate equity in our events and initiatives and have intentionally increased diversity among our staff and board. But we know we have not done enough to seek out and amplify voices of color as we work to create a sustainable, resilient region for all.

Many of our current areas of action specifically aim to address inequities at the nexus of race and environmental health. Poor air quality and flooding disproportionately affect marginalized communities, and they often lack access to fresh food, greenspace, and trails. Our current projects include:

  • Working with Cincinnati Public Schools to incorporate outdoor learning, relaxation, and fun for all students.
  • Pursuing opportunities to enhance the environmental health in multi-family housing.
  • Working with local hospitals to mobilize medical campuses as sources of affordable, healthy food.
  • Building a multi-racial, interfaith network of congregations dedicated to environmental stewardship and climate solutions.
  • Expanding pedestrian and bike connectivity in Avondale, Evanston and Walnut Hills, from Wasson Way to the Uptown Innovation Corridor.

We know it is essential that we have diverse participation and leadership as we work to enhance the regional food system, expand our trail and greenspace network, lower our climate footprint, and make our communities more resilient. If you are interested in being part of the conversation and collaboration, please connect with us. Help design and implement systemic solutions that are rooted in the perspectives of our entire community.

We look forward to hosting Majora Carter, an environmental justice activist and revitalization strategist, as our keynote speaker for the 2020 Midwest Regional Sustainability Summit on August 5-7. This will now be a multi-day virtual event featuring additional programming at the nexus of social justice, environment and resilience (more details coming soon!).

Please stay tuned (and hold us accountable) for updates on how we are living up to our commitment to build a diverse regional environmental movement.

- Green Umbrella Staff and Board

Our equity-oriented work is made possible in part thanks to funding from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and the L&L Nippert Charitable Foundation. 

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