I want to close with a few words on racial justice. For too long, conservation and environmental movements have not done enough to address environmental racism and other structural injustices that communities of color face. Environmental organizations must work to bring down the barriers that affect Black, people of color and Indigenous communities.
The murder of George Floyd, and countless other unarmed Black people, weighs heavily on the conscience of this nation. We all need to speak out against acts of brutality, big and small. It is especially important that white Americans do so. EDF demands not only justice, but reform and equity, to end the long train of abuse arising from racism.