The Gulf South is on the frontlines of climate change and environmental injustice.
Healthy Gulf has been working with communities along the Gulf for 25 years. In that time it has become painfully clear that the same forces which are willing to sacrifice our natural resources for profit are equally willing to force communities of color to pay the price of that environmental degradation. The fight for healthy wetlands, and a healthy coast, is inseparable from the fight for healthier communities. That is why Healthy Gulf has made a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. We have taken a hard look at our internal operations and taken the necessary steps to be able to attract and retain staff and board members that reflect the rich diversity of the Gulf region. This work is far from over; in many ways, we are just beginning to focus our programmatic work at the intersection the environment and justice.
In order to accomplish its mission, Healthy Gulf must be responsive to the needs of everyone in the communities we serve, embracing differences in race, gender, ethnicity, class, ability, religion & sexual orientation. We will continue to work with communities and allies in a way that values people of all experiences, backgrounds & perspectives, and is based on respect, inclusiveness, integrity, honesty and anti-oppression. Further, we will use these values to ensure that marginalized and oppressed communities receive our attention and services when confronted with environmental issues.