Addressing a standing-room only crowd, EPA Administrator McCarthy states that in order to grow the movement, it is essential for the Environmental Protection Agency and the broader environmental leadership to reflect the communities most in need of being heard.
“We know that we measure what we value, so let’s measure this. Let’s give [diversity] the value that we say that it has.”
– Administrator Gina McCarthy
Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, National Audubon Society, Environmental Defense Fund, Resource Media & Earthjustice promise to submit organizational diversity numbers by February 2015, Green 2.0 announced at event.
(Pictured: Rhea Suh, Incoming President of Natural Resources Defense Council)
Green 2.0 and its working group push for data transparency, accountability and increased resources to ensure that the mainstream environmental organizations, government agencies, and foundations increase their diversity.
Environmental organizations, foundation and nonprofit leaders voice support for first-of-its-kind program to collect diversity data from nonprofits at scale.
The current state of racial diversity in environmental organizations is troubling. Unless people of color are represented, their real life experiences in their communities and their needs will not be represented in the environmental sector. As communities of color continue to grow, so does their say on social issues and politics. We need to see diversification not as a challenge, but as an opportunity to drive real change.
People of color have not broken the 16% “green ceiling” in any of the Environmental Organizations surveyed.
Green 2.0 is an initiative dedicated to increasing racial diversity across mainstream environmental NGOs, foundations and government agencies. The Green 2.0 working group advocates for data transparency, accountability and increased resources to ensure that these organizations increase their diversity.