A Panel Discussion on the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Environmentalism in the Outdoor Industry
This conversation took place at the Mountain Shop in Portland, Oregon on Monday March 13, 2017. Women leaders in the outdoor community, Ruby McConnell, Aisha Weinhold, Katie Crafts, Kathryn Stevens, and Erin Monahan, sat in front of an audience and discussed the intersection of race, gender, and environmentalism in the outdoor industry. One big takeaway from this event: we can do better. If you have “this much” privilege, you should be doing “this much” work. And if you aren't angry, you should be.
We followed up the discussion with films from the beloved No Man's Land Film Festival.
We are so grateful to Aisha Weinhold for gracing us with her presence and for sharing the films from the only woman-featured adventure film festival. Why is there only one?? Why didn't this happen sooner? Big thanks to Aisha for being dedicated, motivated, and passionate about finding solutions to real-world problems and making this world a better place for everyone.
Thank you to Kathryn Stevens, founder of Portland's Resistance and The Miller Scholarship Foundation. Kat takes leadership, activism, and community head on and powers her way through life dismantling systems of oppression, making change and creating safe, loving spaces. She is also a skilled, strong climber. But she may not have had time recently to climb as much as she used to because she is fighting Trump and all that he represents.
Thank you to Ruby McConnell, for giving us her most unique and valuable lens. The doses of Geologic perspective were most interesting and astute, and allowed us to get a real sense of these issues on a particularly academic level.
Thank you to Katie Crafts, for sharing with us your experiences as an explorer who has researched and noted, and seen first-hand the detrimental effects of global warming and how it has a very dangerous impact of the livelihood of natural places, animals, and human communities. Thank you for your thoughtful responses and engaging presence.
It is so important to support each other in these raw times. Self-care after engaging in these topics and fighting for the cause is necessary to keep your fire burning. Self-care is a political act and we encourage you to read Audre Lorde's thoughts on this.
Thank you for fighting the good fight with us and keeping engaged.