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CONSERVATION
As stewards of the land, park and recreation
professionals have the opportunity to ensure
equitable climate solutions are incorporated
in communities across the country.
Ensuring Equitable Climate
Solutions for Our Parks
By Ayanna Williams, MSW
D
espite our best efforts to return to normal during 2021 given
the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, communities continue
to face dynamic social and environmental landscapes.
Parks are often a place where we can find solutions and solace.
The past year found me in parks to relax, retreat, or socialize with
family and friends safely.
As stewards of the land, we
have the opportunity to ensure
equitable climate solutions are
incorporated in communities
across the country.
I joined NRPA in April 2021
as the director of community
and environmental resilience.
A tested
leader
in
place-based,
environmental-focused nonprofits,
I bring more than a decade of
experience with Atlanta-based
nonprofit Park Pride and, more
recently, two years with the Georgia
Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.
Throughout my career, I have
cultivated a broad perspective and
deep understanding of community
and resilience while engaging in
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work that depends on diverse local
partnerships and the support of
national institutions. I am less than
one year into my new role, and I am
excited to share what I have learned
and a way forward that centers
resilient, climate-ready parks.
According to National
Public
Radio, " [an] editorial, which was
published in leading journals, such
as The Lancet, the New England
Journal of Medicine and The British
Medical Journal, says the world
can't wait for the COVID-19 pandemic
to pass before addressing
climate change. " The article quotes
Eric Rubin, editor-in-chief of the
New England Journal of Medicine, as
stating, " Climate change may be
the biggest threat out there to public
health and to our ways of life.

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