EarthShare North Carolina stands in solidarity with the Black communities in our state, which are impacted daily by the system of racial oppression deeply rooted in our culture.
The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade focus our attention on the extreme social injustice precipitating demonstrations occurring across the country. It is time to condemn racism and stand for social justice. EarthShare NC recognizes this and will continue its efforts to examine its own responsibility, and that of the environmental community at large, in expunging systemic racism from our work, structures, and practices.
Real, conscientious change is needed to pave the way forward for our communities, our environment, and our state. The following statement of Racial Equity and Inclusion expresses our commitment to this hard work:
We strive for equity and inclusiveness in all aspects of our work, in order to achieve our purpose of strengthening the capacity of our Member Organizations to preserve and enhance the natural environment.
We embrace our responsibility to listen to all residents of North Carolina, as we are all impacted by the health of the natural environment. We recognize a greater effort is needed to listen to those historically excluded from the conversation and to raise questions about how the needs of people from different races, socioeconomic levels, geographic areas, and ages are represented by the environmental nonprofit community in North Carolina.
We challenge the status quo and support our Members in doing the same, so we can perpetually move toward our vision of a North Carolina where every resident has equitable access to clean air and water, healthy places to live and play, and safe food to eat.
As part of this work, we have begun a process of scrutinizing all programs, communications, and activities through the lens of Racial Equity and Inclusion.
We hope you will stand with us as we continue this important work towards true and real change.
EarthShare North Carolina Board of Directors
EarthShare North Carolina Staff