4 Black Environmental Orgs You Should Know About

It’s important that the Black community makes environmental welfare a top priority. 

Clean water, access to fresh food, climate change, and the rate of greenhouse gas emissions are all critical environmental issues that contribute to our overall health and survival. 

There are several Black-founded organizations currently taking the initiative to ensure our communities are nourished and given the necessary tender loving care to thrive for generations to come.

Whether it's tackling environmental issues, growing fresh produce in a neighborhood garden, or motivating Black folks to seek healthier lifestyles, these Black organizations are putting in work. 

Outdoor Afro is a national nonprofit with 80 leaders in 30 states with the goal to increase outdoor recreation within the African American community and "change the face of conservation."

Outdoor Afro

According to Outdoor Afro’s website, the organization consists of trained volunteers who lead activities such as hiking, biking, camping, environmental education, conservation stewardship+

This org began when a group of young people saw potential in a rundown, two-acre garbage dump, and decided to revitalize the land for the betterment of their community. 

Philadelphia Urban Creators

In 2010, the group established both an urban farm and a creative hub for young community activists and advocates.

Urban Habitat is a Bay Area-based organization comprised of advocates for housing, transportation, environmental and climate justice. 

Urban Habitat

Through campaigns, research, and the building of people power, the organization addresses the rate at which the low-income population and people of color are impacted by California's climate crisis.

Omar Freilla founded Green Worker Cooperatives a South Bronx-based organization serves immigrants and communities of color. 

Green Worker Cooperatives

Freilla emphasizes the importance of building worker-owned, green businesses in communities instead of letting out-of-state business owners or gentrifiers take over.

It’s important now that the Black community take environmental matters into our own hands to maintain comfort and health on the planet today & plant new seeds that can secure a future for tomorrow