For a country as diverse as the United States, it’s strange that our outdoor spaces fail to be as inclusive. If Mother Nature doesn’t care about race, then why are our mountains, trails, beaches, and forests so inaccessible to large portions of our population? The podcast Code Switch sought to find some answers. In this episode, journalists explore the many barriers that prevent people of color from feeling part of the outdoor community. From lack of representation to cost of entry, there’s a lot contributing to this issue, and there’s no quick and easy fix.
A good start, however, is supporting groups advocating for inclusion and equality in the outdoors. Here a few amazing organizations that you can support today.
Drawing from his background in fine art, artist Casey Underwood brings an incredible level of detail and craftsmanship to the outdoor industry. Casey Underwood photo. It’s a classic post-grad move: get your diploma, pack your bags, and go see the world. For artist Casey Underwood, this gap year rite of passage was an opportunity to explore the American West. There wasn’t much of a set agenda, except to fly fish in as many rivers he could find. His station wagon served as a makeshift home
Designer and artist Peter Forsythe carved out a unique niche in the rock and roll industry, designing t-shirts for some of the most prolific bands. Peter Forsythe photo. We’ve all been asked this same question: What do you want to be when you grow up? For Peter Forsythe, the answer came to him at his first Grateful Dead show in 1981. The music, the culture, and community fascinated him, and more importantly, as a fledgling artist, he saw other artists making a living by selling their
Looking to upgrade your winter quiver? Here’s your chance to win some incredible boards and skis while fighting racial injustice. Your favorite riders and skiers are auctioning off an impressive selection of gear to support the Black Organizing Project (BOP), a grassroots-led group based in Oakland, California. The organization is a black member-led group that aims to find racial, social, and economic justice through community-building efforts in Oakland, California. Each donation made