Support our Climate Justice learning journey
To face the challenges of the climate crisis and increases in biodiversity loss, we need collective and inclusive action where everyone is needed and everyone is welcome in order to make meaningful change. However, the Environmental and Climate Justice sector and space is predominantly occupied by White ideals and perspectives. This is due to the inherent rooting of the conservation movement in colonial and White beliefs.
This lack of inclusion and diversity means that First Nations and People of Colour occupying the Climate and Environment space face cultural unsafety, lack of leadership opportunities, microaggressions and outright exclusion. Subsequently, the Climate and Environment sector struggles with recruitment and retention of First Nation and People of Colour (FNPOC) talent, and meaningful representation in leadership positions. This often means that the important knowledge and community support from FNPOC is not appropriately valued or included.
By failing to meaningfully engage with, harness the talent, experience and distinctive knowledge of FNPOC, Environmental organisations are far less impactful in working towards climate justice.
The Conservation Council acknowledges its role and responsibility to undertake growth and learning as an organisation to exemplify the values of justice, equity and inclusion. Our aim is to create clear pathways for First Nations and People of Colour to access training opportunities, have input into campaigns, join our board, be actively participating in our Member Groups, events and activities, and lead the movement.
Our first action towards this commitment is prioritising training and networking opportunities. Jahnavi, our Communications Manager and a Woman of Colour, is undertaking professional development with Democracy in Colour’s Climate Justice Program. This program will empower Jahnavi, and equip our organisation with the tools to create measurable change for racial justice and inclusion by supporting FNPOC talent in leadership roles.
To make this important training program, and future learning in this area, possible, please donate to our climate justice training fund. All donations, no matter the size, make a difference. Your contribution will be directly supporting FNPOC to have a safe place in the Environment movement. You will be joining the Conservation Council on its journey towards becoming an inclusive organisation and environment community.
With your generosity and support, we can begin to create a safe space for FNPOC within the Climate and Environment movement, where the knowledge, experience and talent of FNPOC are valued.
If we make it over our goal of $2000, we guarantee that excess funds will be reserved for our justice, equity and inclusion commitment – including further training opportunities for staff and Board.
Steps towards Cultural Safety in our organisation
We are currently in the process of developing our Cultural Safety Policy, which will outline the actions we intend to take to ensure that our organisation is a safe place for everyone.
We encourage any First Nations and People of Colour in our community to consider joining our Board. By joining the Board of the Conservation Council, you are provided opportunity to have input and direct involvement with our work, strategic direction and culture. Find out more about how you can get involved with our board here.
As part of this commitment, we have established a First Nations Engagement working group, which aims to develop meaningful and deep relationships with First Nations communities in our region and to begin to decolonise our organisation’s perceptions of the environment. Find out more about how to get involved with our working group here.