The environmental movement has a white face in America due to its traditional disinterest in issues – social justice, civil rights, economic development – that directly impact the daily lives of communities of color.
Effective conservation strategies incorporate multiple voices, value systems and ways of knowing.
Without a significant, serious and immediate increase in diverse voices and perspectives, the conservation community will become a movement of the past instead of a guiding vision for the future.
The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington is a multi-summer, undergraduate experiential learning experience that explores conservation across climate, water, food and ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. By connecting conservation to cultural identity, biodiversity and environmental justice DDCSP@UW supports emerging leaders as they develop understandings, skills and perspectives needed to shift the conservation conversation.