Racism is Hurting Our Cause—And We Shouldn’t Look Away

When you look at the ecosystem, the success when it comes to survival depends on diversity. Diversity provides different perspectives, techniques, and complex systems that allow everything in the ecosystem to thrive. For instance, the diverse species of animal, plant, and microbial species that exist in unity create a balance and a good environment that make everyone thrive and survive. The same principle applies to humans, communities, and our interactions with one another. The more diverse we are, the more profound the perspective we can share, and the more things we can do with one another, aiding who is incapable and obtaining help when we are the one that lacks something.  

There are many services like www.killeentreesolutions.com as well as other organizations that provide help to anyone when it comes to both residential and commercial trees. And guess what, racism is experienced by many people up until now even to groups and organizations that work in order to protect the environment.  

In a recent article published by the program coordinator of Trees Forever, an organization dedicated to providing its members, young ones, opportunities, to help communities become greener, and do green programs that benefit everyone in the society, the organization admitted having experienced racism even inside their organization.  

In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, the program coordinator stated that organizations like them have suffered from discriminations too and these racist problems have become bigger after the event of George Floyd’s arrest.  

Their program, Our Growing Future, which was launched in 2019, was created to target racism that has been happening in the environmental world. This was in response to the many cases of racist attacks and prejudices experienced in the colored members as well as the communities that the program wants to help. The crews and members plant trees in under-resourced communities a neighborhood that do not have adequate park space and tree cover compared to the more affluent neighborhoods where white people are dominant when it comes to population. Also, they admitted that even despite using teenagers as their members to provide them opportunities, these young ones, who are just wanting to help and do their job were actually thrown with criticisms especially when they are colored-skinned individuals. The community has experienced yells, embarrassing gestures, and other racist attacks thrown to some of the members of the community.  

They also further acclaimed that there are only 12% of colored staff are in environmental organizations. This is not because colored individuals do not like these kinds of jobs, but it is rooted more in the privileges that the white community gets when it comes to employment compared to the colored individuals.  

The program coordinator further stated that there is a need to end these racial prejudices experienced by the colored citizens. And likewise, colored citizens also need to take part in this movement where everyone takes equal opportunity and equal respect.  

Both colored and white members are working hand in hand to find the current injustices done by both parties to one another. There is a need for more understanding, collaboration, and respect with one another if we want to end the injustices experienced by the colored communities not just in the United States but also in the other parts of the world.