Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Working to protect the environment and preserve the only home we have is a mission driven by a belief in justice - justice for all to have access to clean air and water, justice for all children to have a livable future. Our belief in such equity extends, unequivocally, to belief in fairness for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, or disability.
In 2020, IEC staff and board acknowledged the organization's role and the need for action, then identified opportunities for improvement. We began the important and necessary steps to address inequities within the organization and the environmental movement in Iowa.
Read IEC's principles on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI).
There is a long journey ahead, but IEC's staff, leadership, and partners are committed to this work.
Recent activities and highlights
What is environmental racism? What is environmental justice? There are many resources available on how to better understand systemic inequalities in the environmental movement and to take actionable steps in achieving justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion. IEC staff have selected several they have found particularly helpful in expanding ideas and conversation on this topic.
- Read Up on the Links Between Racism and the Environment, Somini Sengupta, published in the New York Times, June 2020
- I'm a black climate scientist. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet, Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, published in the Washington Post, June 2020
- Why every environmentalist should be anti-racist, Leah Thomas, published in Vogue, June 2020
- Environmental Justice Report, Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Race and the Environmental Movement, Diversity and Webinar Series from Antioch University
What does a 'just transition' really mean? A primer, Canary Media, September 2022
Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin lag on Environmental Justice Issues, Inside Climate News, November 2022
IEC board and staff continue to seek out resources to enhance our growth and will share useful items with you. If you have suggestions or comments, please let us know at email@example.com.