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Connecting Youth to Nature Supports Equity and Climate Change Goals

Helping youth overcome barriers and connect to blue spaces supports current equity goals and lays the foundation for a bright future in the climate movement

Earlier this year, President Biden declared June 2023 as National Ocean Month. While the newly designated National Ocean Month presents a great opportunity to celebrate our coasts and ocean and strive to protect them for years to come, it is also a good opportunity to reflect on the inequities in coastal access. We’ve written about the sociocultural barriers to access, but in many areas there is also a lack of physical infrastructure that is needed to support equitable access. 

Getting to the coast, whether from inland areas or within coastal cities themselves, can be a challenge. Within coastal cities across the United States, decades of redlining and limited public transit options have made many beaches and natural areas practically inaccessible to communities of color. And even for those who might want to or have the means to drive, high gas prices and a lack of affordable parking options at many popular beaches present challenges. Black and Latino Californians are less likely to have access to a car than white Californians, so just reaching the coast can be exceedingly difficult for many of the state’s BIPOC residents.

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  • We Don't Have Time

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    Dear Ajema Lydiah Thank you for getting your climate love to level 2! We have reached out to Natural Resources Defense Council and requested a response. I will keep you updated on any progress! /Adam We Don't Have Time

    • George Kariuki

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      By ensuring that all communities have equal access to coastal areas, we promote environmental justice and enhance resilience to climate-related challenges.

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