Green A Wake Up Call

A wake-up call came last year when Green 2.0, an initiative dedicated to increasing racial diversity across the environmental movement, released a report documenting the extent to which the movement remains a monoculture. The report found that people of color, although constituting 36 percent of all Americans, accounted for between 12 and 16 percent of staffers at a broad range of environmentally oriented government agencies, nongovernmental organizations and foundations. The situation in the boardrooms and executive offices was even worse.

The movement appears bifurcated. On one hand, policy-driven organizations working at the state and national levels typically receive the lion’s share of philanthropic dollars. On the other, their grassroots counterparts — proportionally far more diverse and reflective of their communities — struggle to attract support from funders

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