Sierra Institute condemns the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many others, and the ongoing violence and oppression perpetrated against Black people and other people of color in our country. We also know that recent events are only the latest in a long history of abuse, inequality, and the fight for justice, a fight from which the environmental community has been absent for too long.

The data are clear that people of color are disproportionately affected by pollution and climate change, and have less access to outdoor recreation. Environmental justice cannot be addressed without addressing systemic racism and racial inequalities. Sierra Institute’s mission and vision are rooted in communities and based on a commitment to the triple bottom line: environment, economy, and, importantly, equity.

We acknowledge that we have work to do to deepen our understanding and expand our programs of work, and have been taking the time to listen, reflect, and learn about how we can more effectively contribute to solutions for an equitable and just world. Our staff are engaged in serious conversations about how to combat racism in our field of work and our community at large. This is an ongoing conversation and will inevitably involve missteps. We welcome your thoughts. Please send comments and suggestions to


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