Blue Dot 211: Access To Wild Spaces For ALL: A Conversation With Dudley Edmondson And Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson
Dave visits with birder and wildlife photographer Dudley Edmondson, author of Black and Brown Faces in America's Wild Faces and outdoor educator/activist Lynnea Atlas-Ingebretson about the challenges and rewards that come with equal access to America's public wildlands and green spaces.
For too long, the great outdoors has been viewed as a place for primarily white males to recreate. That has changed dramatically in recent years as more women and people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, especially black Americans, discover the joys of connecting with the natural world.
In Edmondson's book, twenty mostly African Americans comment on how living and often working in a natural setting has changed their lives and why so many communities of color, despite being deeply connected to the world of nature in the past, have now become disconnected from it by living in mostly urban environments.
Atlas-Ingebretson works passionately to counter that perception and, at times, reality by getting more people out into green spaces.