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Annual Report on Diversity in Environmental Sector Shows Incremental Progress

Black representation in the U.S. environmental sector has increased steadily in recent years but still falls short of truly reflecting the diversity of the American population, a new report released Tuesday by independent nonprofit Green 2.0 found. Among the 68 nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and 20 foundations that participated, every single entity had committed financial resources to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in 2022. 

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People of Color (Still) Underrepresented in Green Groups

Environmental groups are more racially diverse than they were five years ago, but they are still whiter than the national population, and far whiter than the communities harmed most by pollution and the impacts of climate change, the latest Green 2.0 report finds. Of full-time staff at environmental organizations, 36.5% identified people of color. Of senior staff, 34% identified as people of color, and 31% of groups were led by a person of color.

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Op-ed | How Congress, environmental leaders can close the wage gap and win on climate

The past few weeks in our nation’s capital have been a whirlwind — in a good way. Historic investments to address critical societal issues, from student loan debt to climate change, will help everyday Americans and show that real progress is possible. Yet, we are falling short in one area essential for our democracy and a winning climate movement: the pay gap. The numbers are bleak, especially for those working to protect our environment.

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Poll: Climate Change Is a Key Issue in the Midterm Elections Among Likely Voters of Color

About 70 percent of people of color who responded to a recent poll said climate change had an impact on their home regions or communities.

Eighty-six percent of Asian American and Pacific Islander respondents, about 72 percent of African Americans and 76 percent of Hispanic voters said their communities had been affected, according to the survey.

Those findings, released Thursday, come from a nationwide survey of 1,000 likely voters likely voters conducted earlier this month by Green 2.0, a watchdog group that promotes inclusion in the environmental movement. The survey has a 3.1 percentage point margin of error for the entire poll, the group said. The margin of error for Black and Hispanic respondents was 9.8 percentage points and 9.7 percentage points for respondents who were Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

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The Climate Stories We Need Now

Megha Agrawal Sood believes in the power of sharing stories and building unexpected collaborations to inspire action. She is a Director at Doc Society and leads the Climate Story Unit, a new initiative to support productions and impact campaigns of climate-themed stories across the globe. Megha’s previous work experience includes leading impact programming at the film company, Exposure Labs, and helping purpose-driven organizations grow at the innovation firm, IDEO. She was raised in Sugar Land, Texas, is a graduate of Northwestern University, and is currently based in Boulder, Colorado.

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Learning About Nature Comes in Many Forms

Jamileth Picavia-Salazar is a 2022 Summer Fellow at Green 2.0, and a first-generation student at George Mason University majoring in Environmental Sustainability Studies with a concentration in Business and Sustainability. To kick off Latino Conservation Week, which is July 16-24 this year, Jamileth recalls a series of moments that shaped her relationship with the environment from a young age and the importance of introducing youth to nature.

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Indigenous Wisdom is Necessary to Win the Climate Fight

Rep. Sheila Therese Babauta (D-Saipan) was born and raised on the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands, a U.S. territory in the Pacific Ocean. She is currently serving her second term on the 22nd Northern Mariana Legislature in the House of Representatives where she is chairwoman of the House Natural Resources Committee. Rep. Babauta is also the chairwoman of the Friends of the Mariana Trench Monument, dedicated to the protection of the monument. In this Q+A for Green 2.0 to mark Asian American Pacific Islanders month, Rep. Babauta discusses her role introducing President Barack Obama at the recent 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference and how more Indigenous climate and environmental leaders should be welcomed to the table where policymaking is taking place.

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