Environmental Actions Weekly Round-Up

A mural of Elijah McClain painted on a building in Denver
Elijah McClain mural, painted by Thomas Evans (Detour303) in Denver. Photo by Thomas Evans.

Every Friday we post ways you can contribute to making our region a greener place, including:

  • Events happening in-person
  • Events happening online
  • Community Science
  • Jobs, Internships, & Scholarships
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Actions & Action Resources

Below, we also have things you can do for Black Lives Matter, environmental activities you can do safely from home, and resources if you are being negatively impacted by coronavirus.

If you have something you would like included in the next round-up, please email Chris at chris@rockymountainwild.org.

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BIPOC Experiences on Colorado Public Lands

Next 100 Colorado is launching a pilot project to collect information about the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and people of color on public lands in Colorado. They hope to capture the good, the bad, and everything in between, in service of better understanding the experiences of BIPOC in our publicly owned spaces and, if needed, creating or modifying policies to make our outdoors more inclusive of all people. Please help us get the word out about this effort, and encourage your BIPOC friends, colleagues, and family to share their experiences, whether recent or from the past. More information and a link to the collection form is available here.

Diversifying Communications Mentorship

Chris Talbot-Heindl from Rocky Mountain Wild is offering this mentorship for people from marginalized identities to help diversify the communications field. This position, when available, is open to Black, Indigenous and/or People of Color (BIPOC), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, Aromantic, Two Spirit, plus (LGBTIQA2+) individuals, and/or disabled individuals who are interested in communications. It will be self-directed and can include orientations to social media management, sensitivity reading, graphics creation, project roll-out development, and/or Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) principles in communications. Specific projects can be developed to add to your skills, or we can just be in community with each other and talk. This opportunity will be conducted virtually through video conferences and email. No travel required.

If interested, please send an email Chris at chris@rockymountainwild.org with your specific interests and concerns about communications by April 10. If you are not selected for the mentorship(s), Chris will do their best to direct you to a resource to address your interests and concerns.

Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people in the US and Canada. Established by the author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders, ages 8-18, who have made significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment. Fifteen top winners receive $10k to support their service work or higher education. Applications are due April 15.

The Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship

The Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship seeks to encourage individuals who have the potential to make a significant positive difference in understanding wilderness and how to protect it. The scholarship is available to current qualified graduate students. It was created in honor of Gloria Barron, a dedicated educator and tireless advocate for wilderness protection. The award of $15,000 will be given to a graduate student to support their research and preparation of a paper on an aspect of wilderness.

The Wilderness Society recently completed a strategic plan that identified two priorities: (1) Make public lands a solution to the climate and extinction crises by securing a resilient, continental network of landscapes and eliminating climate-changing emissions, and (2) Transform conservation policy and practice so all people benefit equitably from public lands. Research proposals broadly addressing biodiversity protection, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the social and ecological context of landscape conservation, especially related to issues of equity are encouraged. Applications are due April 23.

EarthEcho Water Challenge Ambassadors applications open

Applications are open for the 2021 class of EarthEcho Water Challenge Ambassadors to youth ages 14-22 from the United States. Ambassadors become community scientists and lead ongoing water quality monitoring efforts through the EarthEcho Water Challenge, a global water quality monitoring program that has engaged 1.6 million participants in 146 countries. Ambassadors collaborate with and learn from a team of young people passionate about protecting local waterways and lead events to educate their communities about the importance of waterway conservation. Applications are due May 3.

Black Lives Matter Actions & Resources

For those looking for ways in which to stand up and demand an immediate end to police brutality and defend Black life, here are some resources:

Environmental Activities to Do From Home

For those looking for educational things to do with their kids (or to do yourself; these are quite good things), here are some excellent resources:

Resources here in Colorado if you need some help right now

For those struggling with coronavirus related issues, here are some resources including food resources, shelter and housing resources, unsafe stay-at-home situation resources, mental health resources, and more:

Events happening in-person

For those who feel safe, here are some events happening in person. Please practice proper distancing and wear your mask while taking part in these events:

Events happening online

Here’s a list of environmental events, happening online:

Community Science

Here are some community science projects you can sign up for. Please keep in mind that due to coronavirus some of these projects may not be immediately available this field season:

Jobs and Internships

Here are some job and internship openings in environmental fields. For equity reasons, we only post job postings with transparent salary ranges:

Volunteer Positions

Here are some volunteer positions. Please practice proper distancing and wear your mask while taking part in any in-person volunteer opportunities:

Direct Environmental Actions

Urgent actions (those will deadlines fast approaching):

New actions since last week:

Rocky Mountain Wild’s older (but still relevant) actions:

Action Resources:

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