Every Friday, we post ways that you can contribute to making our region a greener place, including events, community science projects, jobs, internships, scholarships, volunteer opportunities, and direct actions.
We have also included things you can do to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
If you have something you would like included in the next round-up, please email Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay informed, engaged, and educated!
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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.
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
The Conservation Alliance Confluence Program
Great things happen when a diverse coalition of voices and perspectives comes together to champion solutions that balance the best interests of land and water, wildlife, and people. Yet, our network of partners includes few groups representing historically racially marginalized people. The Confluence Program is a first step in our efforts to help create new systems and structures that bring all of the groups, organizations, and businesses committed to this work closer together to protect our shared natural places.
The goal of the Confluence Program is to intentionally connect to historically racially marginalized people for the protection of natural places. By the end of this year, The Conservation Alliance will award four multi-year grants to groups led by Asian, Black, Brown, Indigenous, Latinx, and other People of Color working to protect a natural place. Each grantee will receive $50,000 in 2021 and another $50,000 in 2022 for their effort to protect land and/or water and elevate the voices and perspectives of the people working to protect that place.
Lois Webster Fund Grants Available
The Denver Audubon’s Lois Webster Fund (LWF) is now soliciting grants in support of Colorado non-game wildlife research, education, and conservation projects.
The Committee is accepting grant proposals through January 31, 2022. A maximum of $14,941 funding is available in the coming project year. Grantees will be notified by early March 2022 and the funds dispersed in time for the spring field season.
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 Remotely
Here’s a list of environmental events, happening remotely:
Community Science Projects
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 the environmental field. For equity reasons, we only post job postings with transparent salary ranges.
Colorado’s Equal Pay for Equal Work Act went into effect on January 1 and requires that pay rates or ranges in job postings that will be or could be done in Colorado (including remote work) be posted. Colorado’s minimum wage is currently $12.32. The City of Denver’s minimum wage is currently $14.77. Colorado’s minimum salary for exempt workers is $40,500:
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: