Thursday, July 24, 2014
New Report on Lack of Diversity in Environmental Movement
LACK OF DIVERSITY IN ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS HAS RESULTED IN "GREEN INSIDERS’ CLUB”
A new report has beeng released that finds that although people of color now account for more than a third of the U.S. population, they have not broken the “green ceiling” in the mainstream environmental movement. These dismal numbers exist despite documented support by people of color for environmental protection, at a higher rate than whites. However, environmental organizations show little interest in improving practices that lead to people of color being grossly underrepresented in their organizations, especially at the executive and board levels.
The report, “The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations: Mainstream NGOs, Foundations & Government Agencies,” is the most comprehensive report on diversity in the mainstream environmental movement. It surveyed 191 environmental non-profits, 74 government environmental agencies, and 28 leading environmental grant making foundations to investigate their gender and racial diversity composition, the majority of which state diversification as a “value.” The study includes confidential interviews of 21 environmental leaders from diverse backgrounds and experience.