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These Organisations Are Helping The Outdoors Become An Inclusive Environment

Here are a few groups doing their bit to make the outdoors a more inclusive and welcoming space

Header Image: Brown Girls Climb

Following the recent amplification of the Black Lives Matter voice, the issue of racism and its role in society has quite rightly been put at the forefront of debates around the world. The injustices that BAME communities are put through on a daily basis have been highlighted like never before while white communities have been forced to confront their underlying privilege.

While all this has been going on, the outdoor industry (Outdoors Magic included) has had a good look inwards and discovered its own problem with diversity and reflected on ways it can continue the fantastic momentum that the Black Lives Matter campaign has gained to ensure that the outdoors is as welcoming as possible – no matter your ethnicity.

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In April of this year, Phil Young published a piece on our sister site, Mpora, titled: “Why The Outdoors Has A Race Problem And How It Can Be Fixed”. In it, Phil stressed the importance for more BAME representation within the outdoor industry – as he put it: “it’s very difficult to be what you can’t see.” 

How, in other words, can young people of colour feel welcome in the outdoor community, if they have no role models to look up to and little representation in outdoor marketing?

This is a continual journey of education into the issues surrounding race in the outdoors for us at Outdoors Magic. We’re going to be looking to further educate ourselves on the issue, use our reach to widen the outdoor narrative and look to include more stories from athletes, influencers, and activists from BAME backgrounds.

How … can young people of colour feel welcome in the outdoor community, if they have no role models to look up to”

With this in mind, here’s a list of 10 organisations that are actively making the outdoors a more inclusive and welcoming place. Our friends over at Mpora have an evolving list that you can read here, covering the whole action sports and adventure travel sphere – be sure to check that out.

Many of these organisations are charities and rely on donations, so please feel free to support them if you can. Otherwise, a simple follow and ‘share’ of their story will go a long way in helping them out.

Let’s all work together to make the outdoors a more inclusive space.

Black Girls Hike

Pictured: Black Girls Hike

“Black Girls Hike (BGH)  is a safe space for black women to enjoy the outdoors and be themselves without feeling judged or misunderstood.  It’s is about removing barriers and challenging stereotypes and reinforcing the message that the outdoors is for everyone.”

BGH are currently £3,400 of their way to raising their £10,000 target to fund their ‘BGH Healing Retreats’ to help provide a space where women of colour will be empowered, while being able to explore the outdoors on hikes and other actives. You can donate through the link below.

Instagram: instagram.com/bgh_uk
Donate: gofundme.com/black-girls-hike-healing-retreats

British Exploring Society

Pictured: British Exploring Society

The British Exploring society have been providing the opportunity for young people (14 – 25-year-olds) from all walks of life to take part in adventurous expeditions around the world, with the thinking being that “challenging experiences can transform lives, empowering and equipping young people with the courage, skills, resilience and determination to make the most of their future.” The charity was founded by George Murray Levick, who was a member of Captain Scott’s final Antarctic Expedition.

Website: britishexploring.org
Instagram: instagram.com/brit_exploring
Donate: britishexploring.org/help-us/donate/

Brown Girls Climb

Pictured: Brown Girls Climb

Brown Girls Climb’s mission is to promote and increase the visibility of diversity in climbing. They aim to do this by establishing a community of climbers of BIPOC identities and encouraging leadership opportunities for individuals from these communities.

Website: browngirlsclimb.com
Instagram: instagram.com/browngirlsclimb

Diversify Outdoors

Pictured: Diversify Outdoors

Just as the name suggests, Diversify Outdoors are a “a coalition of social media influencers – bloggers, athletes, activists, and entrepreneurs,” all of whom share the common goal of promoting diversity in outdoor spaces for BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other diverse identities, who have previously been left behind in the outdoor industry.

Website: diversifyoutdoors.com
Instagram: #DiversifyOutdoors

Get Out, Stay Out

Pictured: Get Out Say Out

Get Out, Stay out are a non-profit organisation that is dedicated to increasing diversity and representation of young people of colour – particularly focusing on promoting indigenous migrant youths to explore, play and discover themselves in the natural environment.

Website: vamosafuera.org/
Instagram
: instagram.com/getout.stayout
Donate: vamosafuera.org/give-money

Kit Collective

Pictured: Kit Collective

The newly founded Kit Collective aim to provide quality kit through brand partnerships to outdoor communities and organisations that represent ethnic minorities (some of which are on this list). How do they plan on doing this? Well, that’ll be through the co-founder’s (Rory Southworth and Janice Lo) contacts they have with outdoor brands to leverage much-needed kit donations.

Website: kitcollective.co.uk
Instagram: instagram.com/kitcollectiveuk

Outdoor Afro

Pictured: Outdoor Afro

Outdoor Afro was founded to celebrate and inspire black connections and leadership in nature. The US-based not for profit network connects thousands of people to outdoor experiences, improving the inclusion in outdoor recreation, nature and conservation.

Website: outdoorafro.com
Instagram: instagram.com/outdoorafro
Donate: outdoorafro.networkforg

OutdoorLads

Pictured: OutdoorLads

OutdoorLads is a group of gay, bisexual, and trans men who get together to enjoy adventures and activities in the outdoors. They host events that are run by volunteers from across the UK, and they also organise expeditions to places further afield.

No matter your experience level, or your background, you’ll be welcomed into a group that’s all about using outside spaces to improve people’s mental and physical wellbeing.

Website: outdoorlads.com
Instagram: instagram.com/outdoorlads

Run Dem Crew

Pictured: Run Dem Crew

It’s fair to say that the Run Dem Crew have gone from strength to strength in recent years, since they were formed in in the winter of 2007 by DJ and writer Charlie Dark. Charlie wanted an alternative to traditional running clubs, while dedicating his time to work closely with young people across London, providing mentoring and advice along with the opportunity to explore London in a safe, unique, positive and supportive environment.

Website: rundemcrew.com
Instagram: instagram.com/run.dem.crew

Unlikely Hikers

Pictured: Unlikely Hikers

With almost 100,000 followers on Instagram, Unlikely Hikers looks to tell different outdoor stories and connect with other “unlikely outdoors people.” These outdoors people don’t fit in the mould of what the outdoor industry has previously been set up to cater towards, through bias media, marketing and storytelling.

“We are people of size, people of colour, queer, trans and gender nonconforming. We are people with disabilities and people who utilise the outdoors to aid our mental health” – nobody is left behind by the Unlikely Hikers.

Donate: jennybruso.com/donate-sponsor
Instagram: instagram.com/unlikelyhikers

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