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Why it matters that the diversity report card for environmental organizations doesn’t track gender

A new report that details diversity in environmental organizations found a 3.5 percent increase in staff of color among 68 participating NGOs this year, with a total of 36.5 percent of staff identifying as being a person of color. It also found that representation decreases in more senior levels, with Black, Latinx and Asian-American employees severely underrepresented in executive positions.

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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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Why Environmental Organizations Need Diverse Leadership?

People of color and the communities in which they reside are disproportionately affected by hurricanes, flooding, drought, and wildfires due to climate change. Why? Because the long-term impact of natural disasters and climate change tends to fall on people of color, who are often located in racially and economically segregated communities.

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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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