All My Environmental Heroes Are Black Women
I don’t want to read about John Muir anymore. I know his story after studying Environmental Science and Policy because it flows throughout the curriculum. I’ve grown tired of single-lens environmental narratives that prioritize male, mostly white, perspectives. Why are their legacies considered mandatory education while conservationists of color go unstudied and underappreciated?
Since studying environmental science as an undergraduate, I’ve been on a journey to uncover the stories of Black women and their contributions to environmentalism. We’ve always been a part of environmental history, but seldom have our stories told and amplified.