New Speakers Bureau Launches as the Voice for Diversity and Inclusion
in National Parks, Outdoor Environments, and Environmental Organizations!
The notion that Americans of color are uninterested in environmental matters and afraid of the Great Outdoors was turned on its ear on Monday, August 25, 2014 with the launch of the Diverse Environmental Leaders (DEL) National Speakers Bureau at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The group’s debut comes just weeks after the Green 2.0 report on “The State of Diversity in Environmental Organizations” revealed the homogeneity of the mainstream environmental leadership and workforce, which makes the movement inherently unsustainable. Against this backdrop, DEL provides knowledgeable, articulate and experienced experts of color to build broad community support for the protection of public lands, the environment, and people through diversity and inclusion.
The Diverse Environmental Leaders National Speakers Bureau (www.DELNSB.com) converges a dynamic ensemble with vast experiences, and offers a more appropriate narrative about Americans of color, by Americans of color, on myriad environmental issues. The organization and its members will address the urgent need to expand the environmental conversation, especially in the face of global climate change and its destructive effects. Amongst its thirty inaugural members is Queen Quet, Chieftess and Head-of-State for the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com). She knows the issues of coastal communities of color and the effects of climate change first hand and has presented on this topic all over America. The message of how to live in balance by utilizing traditional indigenous knowledge will be one of the key aspects of expertise that she will contribute to DEL.
The DEL launch comes exactly two years prior to the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service and is intended to mark a 24-month celebration culminating August 25, 2016. Queen Quet is a member of the National Parks Relevancy Committee and sees DEL as a major player in what should be presented during not only the celebration, but as the “face of America’s parks and public lands for the future.”
Drawing on its multifaceted talent pool, DEL will help organizations, corporations, government agencies, and more by providing expertise in engaging diverse communities and presenting best practices for successful outreach to increase awareness, interest, participation, and stewardship of the natural and historic public lands throughout the United States.