Just as biodiversity strengthens natural systems, the diversity of human experience strengthens conservation efforts for the benefit of nature and all human beings.
Maine Audubon is committed to embracing human diversity in all the communities where we work. We are dedicated to increasing the diversity of our staff, board, volunteers, members, and supporters and €œbringing nature home” to all people and all communities.
Equity, diversity and inclusion matter to Maine Audubon because the contributions, experiences, perspectives, and values of diverse individuals and communities make conservation efforts stronger. Maine Audubon aims to expand our network’s reach and engage more people in our mission.
We respect and value the individuality of each member of our community, and we are committed in all we do to freedom from discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, national or ethnic origin, politics, or veteran status.
Respect, inclusion, and opportunity for all people assures a healthier, more vibrant future for all of us who share our planet.
Adapted from “Audubon’s Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion” (https://www.audubon.org/about/equity-diversity-and-inclusion-audubon)
Andy’s Note: Time to Listen
July 2, 2020
We know we have much work to do to understand and address inequity in our organization and systems. As we undertake this important work, we’ve realized that one of the first steps we should take is to listen. Our staff is seeking out and listening to Black voices in the environmental education and conservation community and our board and staff are devoting time at each meeting to discuss our anti-racist work. We want to hear from you. What are some ways in which we can make a real difference in our community? How can Maine’s environmental organizations become anti-racist in everything they do, both internally and externally?
We invite you to share your comments, feedback, and criticism with us by sending email to [email protected]. We are committed to sharing our progress with you and will report back on what we hear from you and our next steps. Thank you for your support as we undertake this essential work for meaningful change.
Joint Statement on Racial Justice
June 4, 2020