There is a dire need in traditional conservation work for more diverse voices. Just as big picture environmental issues affect us all, so should those engaged be representative of the demographics of the continent. The Salazar Center hopes to help create that space, forging new connections to improve the long-term health and resilience of landscapes and people.
Conservation is only as effective as the stakeholders who are engaged in it, and indigenous peoples and people of color have historically been excluded from the conversation. A more inclusive set of constituents—whether individuals, communities, or organizations—is needed to ensure that conservation work reflects and benefits many different interests.
We support diverse, emerging, and historically ignored conservation voices by including as broad and varied a group of interests as possible in everything we do. We seek out and amplify voices often left out of conservation work in the past, as well as the perspectives of youth.
By engaging and growing a more robust constituency, we can also more effectively identify shared interests and create new and better opportunities for dialogue, community building, and leadership training.
Lise Aangeenbrug, Executive Director, The Outdoor Foundation
“Activating and mobilizing the next generation of advocates and thought leaders is essential to the future of conservation in North America. The Salazar Center is poised to not only make connections across political and landscape boundaries, but to dramatically diversify the voices who participate.”