Andy’s Note: Time to Listen

On June 4, we signed on to a joint statement on racial justice, written by 25 environmental organizations in Maine, which said in part: “As organizations working in Maine that recognize the environmental and conservation movements’ complicity in the systemic racism that exists today, we are working to remedy that legacy and envision a better future with access to clean air, land, and water for all. We recognize the leadership of frontline organizations and individuals, and stand among those calling for justice, accountability, and an end to violence against Black lives.”

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 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.