Earthworks is committed to challenging and dismantling systemic oppression. Earthworks Board and staff understand that promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) both within and beyond Earthworks is critical to carrying out our mission to protect communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of resource extraction. We recognize that environmental burdens and benefits are not distributed equitably, and that Black, brown and Indigenous communities disproportionately suffer from environmental injustice. Consequently we prioritize anti-racism in our commitment to recognize and address these disproportionate historic and current disparities. We strive to practice the Jemez Principles and Principles of Environmental Justice in our work, and know we are better suited to do so when we practice these principles internally.
We strive to make Earthworks a thriving and equitable organization for our staff, board, and volunteers. To that end, we seek to build a culture of transparency, trust, mutual support, and accountability to principles of equity and inclusion. Some concrete examples of how we are implementing this include:
We accept that our commitment to DEI means a dedication to constant learning—we will make mistakes, but we are determined to learn from them and to improve. We will review our actions and practices related to all of these policies and will report back to our staff, board, and community to hold ourselves accountable to our DEI goals.