Articles in the Policy Category
Americas Great Outdoors, Policy »
As many of you know, the Obama administration has taken a unprecedented stand on connecting people to our public lands and national monuments from its beginning. Today, we at Outdoor Afro are delighted that this effort will move forward and continue in its progress to preserve, protect, and embrace our natural assets and heritage.
Here are just a couple of shots that highlight the America’s Great Outdoors initiative and Obama’s personal connections to nature.
We are excited about the work ahead!
Conservation, Diversity, Environment, Ideas, Leadership, Policy »
This is the theme of a not-to-miss panel discussion at the Black Environmental Thought Conference this week at the University of Minnesota, presented by Carolyn Finney, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley; Nina S. Roberts, Ph.D., San Francisco State University; and Michael Starkey, M.A., Dominion of New York magazine.
In this panel, these three thought leaders will discuss ideas and concepts of resilience born out of a legacy of limitation and marginalization in the U.S. (slavery, Jim Crow, racism, etc.). They will explore where the tensions lie for Black people trying …
Conservation, Diversity, Events, Let's Move, Policy »
Outdoor Afro’s Rue Mapp had the great pleasure of joining many other outdoor enthusiasts last Friday for the White House Conference on Conservation: Growing America’s Outdoor Heritage and Economy. Held at the Department of the Interior, the conference brought together a labyrinth of nature advocates; from hunters to small business owners, local governments to tribal leaders.
Check out the video that captures the excitement and magnitude of this event — Rue Mapp at 2:44!
The conference, which included an address by President Obama himself, explored the protection of public lands as well …
Diversity, Environmental Education, Events, Media, National Parks, Nature, Policy, Reflections, social media, Travel, Urban Nature »
Dear Outdoor Afro Friends,
2011 has been a terrific year! Through the power of social media, we have seen our community steadily grow, and help people make culturally-relevant connections to nature and outdoor recreation.
Throughout my travels this year, the hot topic has been relevancy: “How can we connect more diverse audiences to the outdoors?” people ask. While there is not one neat and tidy answer that can work for everyone (nor should we expect there to be), what we have discovered is that people embrace what is important to them. So …
Americas Great Outdoors, Policy »
Many Outdoor Afros have been following the chatter over the last several months regarding the national movement to reconnect Americans to the Great Outdoors. As part of the release of the Americas Great Outdoors report (AGO), informed by data and insight from Americans from all over the country, there has been much communication from the White House regarding what this report means for all Americans. Check out the video created today from Secretary Salazar and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack who each answer questions regarding how youth can enjoy the …
Many in the Outdoor Afro community are elated by the announcement of the greatly anticipated America’s Great Outdoors (AGO) initiative by the Obama Administration. Following in the tradition of Lincoln, FDR, and Teddy Roosevelt — Presidents who each made great strides toward conservation, President Obama left his own mark today by initiating an historic initiative that is likely to change the way Americans perceive and engage with the outdoors.
Read or watch the President’s Remarks:
From the America’s Great Outdoors website, “AGO recognizes that many of the best ideas come from outside …