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have National Historic Site status, nevertheless, have
significance to community members and how they engage
with the land and natural world. These places
may include community gardens, urban farms, empty
lots that have been converted to arts and community
gathering spaces, riverfronts, pocket parks, and other
outdoor recreational facilities.
Advocating for
Natural Spaces
The effort to increase access to traditional conserved
spaces, such as national and state parks, should be prioritized
and pursued at all levels of civic engagement.
Improving public transit resources to these locations
would substantially improve outdoor equity and access.
The information and educational materials available
on public lands also is important. Advocating for
educational signs and materials about the history of
these lands and the people and communities that were
indigenous to these lands is vital when considering
access issues.
Collaborative planning around the use of the lands
with Indigenous communities also seems like a critical
place to start in making these spaces more equitable and
accessible. Just as we often see well-maintained nature
centers or visitor centers that highlight the rich wildlife
of plants and animals in a region, we have a responsibility
to also provide resources that highlight the rich history
of native nations and enslaved populations that spent
so much time on these lands.
The Sierra Club Outdoors for All campaign seeks to
address issues related to access in both large and small
green spaces throughout the country, and we are not
alone. Many local groups, organizations and alliances
(tinyurl.com/4havzxb6) see the value and importance
of these places and have sought to maintain them, often
with little support from local or federal government.
With the announcement of ambitious initiatives, such as
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Brownfield
Remediation and many others that can be connected
with the America the Beautiful Initiative (tinyurl.com/
46redzbx), we might see opportunities for resources and
for local organizations and communities to get involved
in making lasting change when it comes to preserving
and activating local green spaces. The Connecticut Sierra
Club Chapter (tinyurl.com/2nvrzf95) and many other
groups often are working hard to protect, restore and reenvision
what development and use of green spaces
can be.
Parks are treasured landscapes
that have provided countless
people with the opportunity to
make a direct connection with
nature.
Parks are treasured landscapes that have provided
countless people with the opportunity to make a
direct connection with nature. The 30x30 initiative
can help ensure generations to come will be able to
do the same - both at national parks and at green
spaces much closer to home. With additional funding,
community partnerships and strategic planning,
we can transform this inclusive vision for outdoor
access into a reality.
Jameelah Muhammad is Associate Director of Sierra Club's
Outdoors for All campaign.
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