CEPB on Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter Mural in Washington DC

The faculty, students, researchers, and staff of the UC Davis Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior stand in solidarity with the Black community. We condemn white supremacy, police brutality, and the politics of racism, fear, and hate. Black Lives Matter. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are the most recent illustrations of the systemic racism and injustice that permeate every aspect of our society--including academia. We support the principles of community and diversity that have been articulated by the University of California, UC Davis Chancellor Gary May, and many of our fellow scientists such as UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment, the Center for Watershed Sciences, the UC Davis Ecology Graduate Group Diversity Committee, and many others. 

As environmental policy and governance researchers, we recognize that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color suffer injustices and harms that extend well beyond police brutality. Conservation and ecological research should be about sustaining life. Public policy and administration research should expose and address the institutional and policy failures that perpetuate inequality and injustices. At the same time, environmental policy and governance researchers must acknowledge our own racist and unjust behaviors, including the displacement of indigenous peoples, foundational concepts linked to racist ideologies, and lack of diversity in both environmental research and environmental activities. Environmental sustainability and resilience cannot be achieved without addressing social injustices and prioritizing equity

We must do better. Any transformation to equitable resilience requires action from individuals and organizations. It requires civic engagement in democratic processes such as voting, advocacy, and protest. And it requires each and every one of us to commit to building a world in which every individual can live freely and safely.

We commit to the following collective actions in our research group to begin addressing racism and injustice in our own personal behaviors, workplace and sphere of expertise:  


 

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