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“Healing Hikes”: Now, more than ever, vital for Communities of Color

July 12, 2016Patrick NunnallyRiver MeaningComments Off on “Healing Hikes”: Now, more than ever, vital for Communities of Color

Last week’s post on OutdoorAfro.com offers a central, foundational, connection between the distressing news in our headlines and the work of connecting rivers and open space to communities.  The article’s commitment to #HealingHikes highlights the values that are too often taken for granted in the environmental community, values such as the rejuvenating effect of being in natural surroundings, and connects those values to vital concerns with self-care, health, and endurance.

The article is not long: read it.  Consider well what it says. Read it again. Its eloquence is moving.

I also want to re-post something that appeared in this space 18 months ago, which seems more relevant today than ever.  I don’t think it is coincidence that River Life has recently committed to exploration of how public spaces, particularly those spaces that connect us to rivers and to water, can and must become spaces of more inclusive civic engagement.  Stronger relationships are necessary between Black Lives and the “Green Movement” as well as other place-based commitments to enhancing equity and inclusion in our cities.  The time to start building those relationships and connections is now.

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