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‘Come on, it’s 2021’: Advocates demand diversity in hearings

“There are some committees that continue to not be diverse,” Andrés Jimenez, the CEO of Green 2.0, told E&E News recently, “and have all white panelists, all males. And it’s like, ‘Come on, it’s 2021. How can you bring someone in to talk about communities of color if you don’t have that background?’”

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How green organizations can hire more people of color

I am deputy director of Green 2.0 and a Latina. I am also an exception to the rule. From 2017 to 2020, major environmental organizations added just two people of color and two women to their senior teams, according to Green 2.0’s recent Transparency Report findings.

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The Unbearable Whiteness of Congressional Environmental Panels

In late June, 2021, Green 2.0 sent a letter to 15 Congressional committees with jurisdiction over policy involving climate and environmental issues. “Hearings are an integral element of the policy making process, and the inclusion of witnesses of color is key to ensuring that people across our nation have their voices heard,” the letter states. “As committees discuss pollution, water, energy, infrastructure, conservation, and many other environmental policies there must be greater inclusion and collaboration with communities of color.”  

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Watching for birds, diversity: Audubon groups pledge change

By Philip Marcelo, Read on The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — When Boston socialites Minna Hall and Harriet Hemenway sought to end the slaughter of birds in the name of 19th century high fashion, they picked a logical namesake for their cause: John James Audubon, a naturalist celebrated for his stunning watercolors of American birds. Now, 125…

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Congressional Panels Called Out on Lack of Diversity in Hearings

Congressional committees have had an Achilles heel when it comes to ensuring racial and ethnic diversity of witnesses at hearings and need to fix it now, an environmental group said in a letter Wednesday. “Hearings are an integral element of the policy making process, and the inclusion of witnesses of color is key to ensuring that people across our nation have their voices heard,” wrote Andres Jimenez, executive director for Green 2.0, which pushes for increased diversity among environmental organizations.

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Even With All Eyes on Racial Justice, Few Green Funders Are Sharing Their Data

Over the past eight months, Ashindi Maxton and Danielle Deane-Ryan have spoken to 36 of the nation’s 40 largest climate funders. The pair, who are executive director and senior advisor of the Donors of Color Network, respectively, asked them all the same question: What percentage of the institution’s funding goes to Black, Indigenous and people of color-led organizations?

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The Lack of Diversity in Environmental Philanthropy

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The United States experienced 22 disasters that exceeded $1 billion each in damages last year. As a response, U.S. President Biden just signed an executive order which directs various federal agencies and departments to analyze the risks of the climate crisis on the national economy and security.

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Go read this story about why it’s time to scrap racist bird names

Some 150 birds named for people tied to slavery and white supremacy could eventuallyget new monikers as part of an ongoing reckoning with racism within the world of birding. That includes Jameson’s firefinch, named for a British naturalist who bought a young girl while in Africa “as a joke” and then drew pictures of her being brutally killed. In a new story this week, Washington Post reporter Darryl Fears breaks down the horrific history of ornithology that has managed to be scrubbed clean in many history books.

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Greenhouse Pioneer: Andres Jimenez, Green 2.0

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People of colour are disproportionately affected by climate change and pollution, yet are severely under-represented in the organization and foundations working to tackle these issues. Green 2.0 is working to change that.

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Audubon CEO steps down amid internal turmoil

By Jeremy P. Jacobs, Read on E&E News National Audubon Society CEO David Yarnold will be stepping down next month, the organization announced, citing “cultural issues that have come to light” as the group faced botched diversity training, two rounds of layoffs and a burgeoning staff unionizing effort over the last year. Board chair Maggie…

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