Over the past few days, we have been watching, listening and learning from our Black friends, colleagues and fellow wanderlusters. And our hearts are shattered watching members of our own community live through this time in our history.
We know that it’s part of our responsibility to better serve the Black community – especially in the travel and outdoors industries. We stand for diversity and inclusivity in our space and we recognize that we can’t fight for our environment without fighting racism first.
We’ve put together some educational resources, links of organizations to support and follow, and ways to donate if you are able.
We will continue to update this page with more resources throughout the next few days. We also want to hear from our community and learn from you on how we can do better. We are all ears for feedback, insight, or even more resources to share.
We Recommend Reading:
Intersectional Environmentalism: Why Environmental Justice Is Essential For A Sustainable Future – Leah Thomas, The Good Trade
Diversity in the Great Outdoors: Is Everyone Welcome in America’s Parks and Public Lands? – Reyna Askew and Margaret A. Walls, Resources Mag
Jogging Has Always Excluded Black People – Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, The New York Times
We Urge You to Register to Vote:
- First, take the pledge. When We All Vote is a non-profit, nonpartisan organization that is on a mission to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gap.
- You can quickly start your voter registration here:
Follow and Support These Organizations:
Follow and support organizations that promote inclusion and participating for the Black community and other minority groups – especially in the outdoor and travel industries.
Melanin Base Camp is on a mission to increase the visibility of outdoorsy black, indigenous, people of color, to increase Black representation in the media, advertising and in the stories we tell ourselves about the outdoors.
The mission of The Black Outdoors is to increase awareness of and participation in outdoor recreational activity amongst black people and other underrepresented groups. While they focus on ensuring that the people of color have knowledge of outdoor recreation and access to nature, they welcome with open arms anyone who believes in their mission.
Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature. They help people take better care of themselves, their communities, and our planet! They are helping to lead the way for inclusion in outdoor recreation, nature, and conservation for all!
Black Girls Surf is an empowerment and development surf camp for Black girls wanting to pursue professional surfing. The organization serves as a way to bridge the gap between young girls in surf camps getting to the professional level,
Urban Events Global’s vision is to cultivate a space for professional people of color to interact through organic events around the world. The development of these unique and non-traditional experiences ultimately allows participants the opportunity to relax and develop new friendships, all while in a care-free environment
Travel Noire is digital media company serving millennials of the African Diaspora. Through inspired content, we help discerning travelers, discover, plan and experience new destinations.
Black Adventuristas is a platform created to inspire Black women to conquer their fears, pursue their dreams, and fully experience the adventure that is life. Whether it is tackling an epic bucket list, quitting a “good” job to pursue a non-traditional career, trying a daring new hair or lipstick color, or simply dining alone for the first time, all adventures are worthwhile.
Make a Donation to These Organizations:
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