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Climate Change organizations struggle with diversity

Climate Change is a big issue that will have long standing consequences in the future.  Strong evidence continues to come out in support of the issue, however, when it comes to Green Technology, diversity is currently hard to come by.  To be clear, diversity has increased over the past few years, but it is still evident that progress must continue to reflect current population standing.  According to Sustainable Brands “People of color currently represent 27 percent, 15 percent and 22 percent of staff, leadership and board positions respectively in 2017.”

Green 2.0 is “an independent advocacy campaign to increase diversity among environmental groups.”  The organization recently released new data reporting on 40 major environmental NGOs revealing the racial and ethnic demography of staff, leadership and boards within the space.  The summary is listed in the graph above but clearly showcases a predominantly white employee base.  Unfortunately “two of the leading organizations in the sector, Oceana and Pew Charitable Trusts, refused to participate in the survey or submit data.”

Despite this, there is reason to be positive towards the future.  Organizations like Green 2.0 and some of the reported groups are making strides to increase diversity for the short and long term.  While not everyone is in support of inclusion, the numbers do tell the story of growth as there have been “some level of progress over the three-year period since the organization’s launch.”

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/organizational_change/libby_maccarthy/environmental_movement_still_lacks_racial_ethni

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