Social Justice Program
The goal of the Sacramento Valley Chapter’s Social Justice Program is to cultivate equity and inclusion in our chapter and the communities we serve so that we may all enjoy a just and safe chapter that is as diverse as our region.
The summer of 2020 was a time of action for many. As individuals, companies, and nonprofit organizations began to reckon with their role in structural inequality and institutionalized racism, the California Native Plant Society clearly stated its commitment to building a more equitable and inclusive organization. In light of this commitment, the SacValley Chapter formed a Social Justice Committee in July 2020.
Our focus as a committee is to find ways for our chapter to actively implement meaningful change in our region that is in line with the following statement made by CNPS.
We believe California’s incredible human diversity is key to our shared efforts to celebrate, protect, and restore this state’s unparalleled natural diversity. Together, we restate our ongoing commitment to fighting against racial inequality and working for environmental justice, that we may all enjoy a just and safe society that is as inclusive and diverse as our state.
– California Native Plant Society, 2020
To that end, we are implementing a variety of initiatives that range from immediate action to long-term projects. These initiatives fall under the umbrellas of community outreach and partnerships, membership projects, environmental justice advocacy, and intersectional environmentalism.
There is so much more we can do, and we are excited to continue the work. If you would like to join us, please contact the committee chair, Ellen Pimentel.