Now, environmental groups must return to their community organizing roots. Many environmental groups have grown tremendously through the decades and they now have budgets in the hundreds of millions and billions such as the Nature Conservancy.
The Sierra Club, Environmental Defense Fund, League of Conservation Voters and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) must do a better job of diversifying its staff at all levels.
These organizations must commit to diversify the U.S. environmental movement.
It is currently not ethnically diverse enough and, to make matters worse, funding sources inadequately support minority-led environmental efforts.Environmental justice work is too often seen as merely hiring one or two people of color to do community organizing. Many times, this work is expected to be done for free.