The Chattooga Conservancy stands in solidarity with the Black community in demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, along with countless others who came before them, and in demanding an end to police violence. It’s past time we each acknowledge and do the work to address the systemic racism and oppression of Black communities and other communities of color across our nation.
We cannot be silent on social injustice. Racial inequality is deeply rooted in our country and its systems, and this includes the conservation and outdoor industries that have long been lacking in diversity. Environmental issues often disproportionately affect marginalized communities across the country, but the conversation is frequently missing these critical voices. In many ways, environmental justice is social justice.
Our work to protect the Chattooga River watershed’s ecosystems and wild places includes working to create a healthy human environment within it—for everyone. We are committed to doing what we can to help provide a more welcoming and inclusive space for all within our community.
We are listening and learning, and we are with you.