We’re taking a pause on Bark Abouts and Ecology Clubs this winter to reflect on these programs and better integrate environmental justice and anti-oppression practices into these spaces. We need your experience, perspective, and input to do this! Join us for our first meeting to explore how we can improve Bark’s volunteer-led programming.
To get ready for this meeting, please read these articles on creating inclusive volunteer spaces, one volunteer’s reflection on needing structures and collective action to forward anti-racism, and the whiteness of environmental groups and spend some time with these questions:
- What purpose do Bark Abouts and Ecology Clubs serve? What was the original intent of these programs and how do they currently function?
- Who are Bark Abouts and Ecology Clubs for? Who is welcomed and invited by the way these spaces are framed and structured?
- What should we be considering, what questions do we need to follow up on, and what actions should we take as we take a step back to reorganize these programs?