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.

Animal Legal Defense Fund – Tribal Member Diversity Scholarship Program

The Animal Legal Defense Fund Tribal Member Scholarship will be a gift of $25,000 payable to the student in two equal payments(Fall and Spring semesters) to offset the student’s law school tuition, textbooks and/or living expenses. Interested students will apply during their first year of law school for a scholarship to be awarded for their second year. In addition, the student recipient will be eligible to clerk with the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s Criminal Justice Program during the summer following their second year and have the option to continue as a semester clerk during their third year. The complete application package must be mailed or emailed on or before June 1, 2021.

Center for Animal Law Studies Summer School Scholarships

The Animal Legal Defense Fund is offering 10 scholarships for law students to take summer Animal Law courses through the Lewis & Clark Law School Center for Animal Law Studies. These scholarships will provide opportunities for students from other law schools to take advantage of the advanced Animal Law courses offered by Lewis & Clark Law School. 2021 scholarships will cover the full tuition of a 2-credit course. The complete application package must be emailed on or before June 1, 2021.

Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Program: Leaderships Denver

As the region’s premier leadership program, Leadership Denver transforms actively engaged civic leaders into community champions through in-depth experiences with a close network of new personal and professional relationships that last a lifetime. This 11-month program includes a class retreat and community impact project. The deadline to apply is June 7. Tuition is $4,100. Scholarships are available.

2021 Mountain Resilience Semester: Immersion in People, Places, and Environment

An experiential undergraduate gap semester integrating climate change resiliency, sustainability, alpine ecosystems, wilderness expeditions, and mountain communities in partnership with the Center for Mountain Transitions at Western Colorado University. Students from across the nation are coming together in Colorado’s mountains to explore this question: What does resiliency in mountain communities look like in the face of climate change? Through this landscape-based experiential immersive semester program students will build community, earn undergraduate credits, explore wilderness, and learn how to take action back in their home communities building resiliency and stronger relationships. Rolling application process at www.western.edu/mountainresiliencesemester

Work for the  Mountain Resilience Semester: Immersion in People, Places, and Environment

What does mountain resilience in the face of climate change look like? Work with undergraduate students during the fall 2021 Mountain Resilience Semester at Western Colorado University to investigate this critical question during an immersive sustainability gap program through exploration, learning, and action. Seeking professional experiential field educators. Apply today at tinyurl.com/MRSfieldstaff; June 11, 2021 deadline.

Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Program: Colorado’s Civic DNA Fellows

It takes leadership to rally a community, solve tough challenges and create change. Colorado’s Civic DNA Fellows, the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation’s newest offering helps leaders with a deep commitment to our community to further develop their leadership skills so they can increase their business and civic impact. The application deadline is June 14. Program dates: August – March 2022. Tuition is $4,900. Scholarships opportunities will be made available.

Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation Program: Access Denver

The Summer program runs August 5-6. Tuition is $1,850. Scholarships may be available. For the busy senior-level executive, an overview of the issues facing the Denver metro area and opportunities to make valuable connections through exclusive networking events into this two-day program.

  • Learn about the most critical issues facing our community
  • Make connections to activate your personal network
  • Raise your organization’s profile in the leadership community
  • Become part of an influential network of diverse leaders as a Leadership Foundation alum

Access Denver is ideal for senior-level executives new to the Denver metro area, recently promoted or looking to find opportunities to engage in the community in a two-day format.

Rachel’s Network Catalyst Award

The Rachel’s Network Catalyst Award recognizes women of color making an environmental impact in communities across the country with prizes of $10,000 per recipient, public recognition, and networking and leadership opportunities. Nominations are due June 14. Applications are due June 17.

Endangered Species Coalition Activist Training Lab

During the year-long Activist Training Lab program, you will be part of a cohort of 12 – 16 people from across the United States, of different ages and backgrounds, who all care about protecting our planet and our people. Together, you will attend engaging webinars every other week and gain hands-on experience with organizing. Whether you want to expand your skills as a volunteer activist, take the first step towards a career in organizing, or learn how to act on a pressing issue in your community, this program could be a great fit – and it only requires 10 hours of your time each month.

If you have a passion for protecting biodiversity, advancing environmental justice, and making an impact through grassroots organizing, apply now! Marginalized communities are often “hurt first and worst” due to biodiversity loss. Therefore, we especially encourage you to apply if you identify with a traditionally marginalized community, including (but not limited to) people of color, Indigenous people, youth, senior, and LGBTQ+ , low-income, and/or immigrant community. Applications are due June 30th, 2021 and the program will start in September 2021.

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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