Carolyn Finney: Bringing blacks into the Environmental Conversation

Written By OutdoorAfro

Published on Apr 8, 2009

I saw this article over a year ago on the Berkeley website and just remembered it as an appropriate share for this blog.
Like myself, Berkeley geographer Carol Finney took the non-traditional path to an undergraduate education and was deeply influenced by both her parent’s relationship to land and her own extensive travel.
Finney believes that contemporary environmental values are not new for African Americans, who have had long agricultural and familial ties to land in this country. She believes that America’s environmental stories, such as those told by John Muir and others, “edit out” the African American experience, and the current environmental movement continues a tradition of leaving African Americans out of the conversation.