From Saturday, June 27 – Saturday, July 25, I will be walking / moving outdoors in the Nature 4 All Walkathon to raise money for: 1) conservation of land and water on the Rensselaer Plateau and 2) critical work toward making lands conserved by Rensselaer Plateau Alliance (RPA) truly welcoming for all members of our community – regardless of race.
100% of the money raised will go directly to support conservation, education, and awareness in the Rensselaer Plateau region. Within that, 25% of funds raised will go to cover the cost of Uprooting Racism Training for RPA’s staff and board with Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY.
Why Nature 4 All?
During the coronavirus pandemic, so many of us have found health, grounding, and a sense of hope through time in nature. In Rensselaer County, nature is here for many people now – when it is so needed – because of community support for conservation.
But there is a lot of work yet to be done. Not all members of our community feel the same level of safety in nature.
In light of recent acts of racism in the outdoors, such as the incident in which a white woman in Central Park called 911 to falsely report that birdwatcher Christian Cooper was threatening her, RPA is reminded of the role that land trusts must play in making nature safe for all. The Uprooting Racism Training that this fundraiser will support is a critical first step for RPA toward making nature safe for ALL members of our community – black, brown, or white.
Join me! Please support my walking (or other outdoor movement) at a level that works for you. Participants will be posting photos and stories from our walking on social media with the hashtag #Nature4AllRenssPlateau and #RensselaerPlateauAlliance
Want to participate in the Walkathon? It's easy! Just click here to create your own fundraising page. (You need not live on the Rensselaer Plateau or in Rensselaer County to participate.)
Learn more about Soul Fire Farm''s mission to end racism and injustice in the food system here. You can also learn more about Rensselaer Plateau Alliance's community conservation work, open-to-the-public conserved lands, and read our anti-racism solidarity statement.