The Green Movement Is Led By The Same People Who Run Everything Else — White Men

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Many of the nation’s leading environmental groups remain overwhelmingly white and male, according to a new report released on Thursday.

Advocacy group Green 2.0 compiled the study, titled” Beyond Diversity: A Roadmap to Building an Inclusive Organization ,” after analyzing job data from the 40 biggest U.S. environmental groups as of April, including heavy-hitters the World Wildlife Fund, Sierra Club and The Nature Conservancy.

Most groups provided at least partial employment data, with notable holdouts including The Pew Charitable Trusts and Oceana.

The researchers determined 73 percent of full-time employees at environmental groups are white and an equal proportion are humen. That number rose for senior staff, with 86 percentage of employees in those stances identifying as white and 76 percent male. The absence of diversity comes as the percentage of people of color with at least a bachelor’s degree has steadily increased and the nation’s demographics are poised to change within the coming decades.

” Finding qualified leaders of colouring to fill these positions should not be difficult ,” wrote analyze writer Maya Beasley, a prof at the University of Connecticut, in its reporting.” Although otherwise progressive, the environmental advocacy sector is predominantly led by white humen .”

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Within many of the country’s top 40 environmental groups, most employees are white and male.

The results reflect an ongoing, but well-documented issue concerning diversity within the green movement. Communities of coloring are often among the hardest hit by climate change and disproportionately on the frontlines in local environmental fightings. But in big component, standard-bearing events like Earth Day are mostly a thing for white people.

A 2016 analyse found people of color are less polarized about the issue of climate change than white people, but they’re also less likely to call themselves environmentalists. In an interview with HuffPost last year, the study’s writers alluded that such notions can likely be linked to the lack of diversity within environmental groups, where racial minorities often see” an image of whiteness .”

As Beasley notes, racial demographics in the U.S. are rapidly shifting, and the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2044, more than half of Americans will belong to a minority group. The future, she writes, will see environmental groups” in a race to accommodate … or become obsolete .”

” For nonprofits, this equates to a fundamental shift in the donor base, constituents and policymakers on which they rely ,” the report reads.” Successful organisations will need to adapt their workforces to accommodate these changing dynamics .”

The report quoth a slew of steps environmental groups can take to rectify the racial disparity, including the hiring of diversity managers, generating plans to attract more diverse applicants and to require accountability within leadership to focus on diversity-related issues.

Beasley observed only 40 percent of environmental groups currently have diversity plans in place, despite 70 percent of groups saying they believed more diverse demographics could help their missions.

” While it is encouraging that key stakeholders assure at the least some benefits of diversity, it is essential that they distinguish diversity is not just the right thing to do, but a business necessity ,” the paper said.

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When asked, green groups said they believed diversity would largely help with their underlying missions.

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