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Social Justice and Climate Change

Our mission at EarthHero is to make sustainable shopping so easy, everyone does it. And yet, not everyone has the same experience with sustainability.

The truth is that climate change, pollution, & toxic waste disproportionately affect minorities and people of color, yet those groups are more likely to be forgotten & excluded from the green movement. Numerous distresses of institutional racism are interwoven with environmental degradation, and it is up to those who have privilege to stand up to this injustice.

Greenaction.org explains that, “environmental justice refers to those cultural norms and values, rules, regulations, behaviors, policies, and decisions to support sustainability, where all people can hold with confidence that their community and natural environment is safe and productive”

We cannot and will not see true environmental progress until we first address racial inequality. As we grow EarthHero, we will be intentional about change and not just well-intentioned. We’ve taken a look at our brands, charity partners, & our overall product assortment. We pledge to bring on more brands from black and minority owned businesses, and to ensure that our non-profit partnerships include organizations focused on environmental and social justice.

We’re aware that it’s on us, as individuals and as a company to ensure that all employees are encouraged to deepen their knowledge on these important topics. We pledge to conduct immersive diversity and anti-racism trainings, and to focus on building a more diversified workforce in order to bring different perspectives to this movement.

We pledge to not let our pledge end here. This isn’t the first conversation we’ve had regarding making EarthHero the most equitable and accessible company it can be, and it won’t be our last. 

Climate justice and racial justice are complicated, but connected, issues. We stand in solidarity with the black community and allies in the fight against institutional racism and oppression. We stand with those fighting for answers, and advocating for change. Our mission is to unite people and planet, and to do so, we must first confront issues of racism and inequality.

“Protecting the planet is also about protecting the people on it.” – Elsa Mengistu 

We’ve been diving deep into ways we can become more educated as a team, and support the social justice movement. In that spirit, we’d like to share some of the amazing resources we’ve found with you below.

“I’m a Black Climate Expert. Racism Derails Our Efforts to Save the Planet” – Ayana Elizabeth Johnson | Article

“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” – Peggy McIntosh | Article 

Anti-Racism Packet | Guide

“Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors” | Book

“Climate Changed” – Megan Mayhew Bergman | Article

Justice for George Floyd | Petition 

Justice for Breonna Taylor | Petition

115 Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color | Article 

Donate to Equal Justice Initiative 

Donate to NAACP 

“Why Diversity is the Key to Unlocking Sustainability” – Jarami Bond | Article 

These are just a small set of amazing articles, petitions, and resources we’ve found to educate yourself and help be a part of the movement. If you have others that resonate with you, please feel free to comment them below!

If you have feedback, questions, or ways we can further get involved, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at support@earthhero.com. We value deeply what our passionate and engaged community has to say about social justice issues, and would love to hear from you. 

3 thoughts on “Social Justice and Climate Change

  1. I appreciate the helpful reading, but what actions are you taking now and going to take now? Can you elevate Black-owned sustainable businesses on your platform – to at least 15% of your virtual shelf space? Do you listen to your Black employees? Do you have fair hiring practices that will allow you to diversify your workforce? Just some suggestions.

    1. Hi Erica, thank you for your comment! This is something our small team is taking very seriously, and have been discussing our steps going forward so that we can best support this movement. A few of our steps include our product team actively seeking out Black-owned brands that meet our sustainability criteria to bring onto the site, and posting our job positions on diverse hiring boards to ensure that they reach a wider variety of candidates. We haven’t stopped thinking about what EarthHero’s place is within the movement and the role that will continue to play going forward. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to hello@earthhero.com!

  2. If you really want to make a change – then Take your money and donate to your inner city’s. Work with local communities to clean up parks and crack houses- work with local shelters, donate to library’s and schools. Not to these big organizations- we must all come together for unity and stop calling color and saying that only white people are racist.

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