Environmental Advocacy and Racial Justice

The mostly white active participants in Vermont's environmental advocacy world have long recognized the importance of engaging with a more diverse community, in terms of both economics and racial justice.  But it has been challenging. How can Vermont's environmental community more effectively include those voices and how can VT more effectively lend our support to crucial causes of racial and economic justice? 

In this Community Conversation, we talked with Hop Hopkins,  Director of Organizational Transformation for the national Sierra Club, a strong voice in connecting environmental advocacy with racial justice. Lisa Ryan, Program Director of the Rutland County Community Justice Center at BROC a Vermont Community Leader, Activist, Practitioner spoke about her experiences growing up as a black woman in Vermont. Kiah Morris, Rights, and Democracy, Movement Politics Director was also able to join the conversation. Recorded Feb 17, 2021.