Black Lives Matter. The targeting of birder and Audubon board member Christian Cooper in New York Central Park; the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery; the unfair economic hardship and disproportionate health impacts on communities of color from the COVID-19 crisis — each of these stand as stark reminders of the ways structural inequality and institutionalized racism prevent us from working together to build a more equitable and resilient society. Many of our neighbors are awakening to something that you probably already knew: Far too many Californians suffer injustice and are excluded from opportunity based on the color of their skin. More importantly, a growing chorus of people are finally saying “enough!”
The California Native Plant Society joins countless others in reaffirming our commitment to inclusion and equity. We unequivocally condemn violence against Black people and oppose outdated and racist systems that enable that violence. We believe California’s incredible human diversity is key to our shared efforts to celebrate, protect, and restore this state’s unparalleled natural diversity. Together, we restate our ongoing commitment to fighting against racial inequality and working for environmental justice, that we may all enjoy a just and safe Society that is as inclusive and diverse as our state.
We invite you to join us in conversation, and join together in real and sustained action, as we make sure the future is more fair and more beautiful than what we leave behind.
- Hear from a botanist who was handcuffed while doing his job, just because of the color of his skin.
- Read Being black while in nature: “You’re an endangered species.”
- Check out outdoor activist Teresa Baker, and organizations Outdoor Afro and Youth Outside.
- Learn about #BlackAFInSTEM with Black naturalists busting stereotypes
Special thanks to Coyote Brush Studios for allowing us to re-use their artwork.