Black History Month

Black History Month is an occasion we celebrate with joy each year, and while February is its official month, the excellence of Black leaders is something that we should honor year-round. This month we are sitting down with leaders who are working to build a more just and equitable world for all of us through innovative environmental justice efforts stretching across the country, with impacts to be felt for generations to come.

This February, we take time to acknowledge the contributions of Black folks in sustainability by uplifting the work of sustainability leaders who made history and fundamentally changed how people think about the land through a weekly newsletter highlighting the stories of some of our favorite sustainability heroes.

These leaders have used education and activism to make natural spaces more accessible to Black folks, while kindling efforts to ensure that those spaces will be available for generations to come. Their stories and efforts are driving transformative change in the US, and I can’t wait to share them with you in this space.

The first individual we will feature gives new meaning to Dr. King’s statement, “We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers.” His purposeful steps have sparked important conversations about the environment and how Black men are seen in the outdoors. Look forward to our special edition newsletter featuring John Francis, Planetwalker.