Diverse and Inclusive Outdoors

95% of National Park visitors are white. 1% are black.

This needs to change.

WHY?

The current fees and restrictions in national parks are unfair. Over the last 60 years, annual park entry fees have increased from $6 to $70 and campground fees have increased from free to $200+ per week. For many travelers, these costs are restrictive. The result of increasing costs is decreasing diversity. In 2011 , barely 1% of visitors were African Americans and only 7% were Hispanic ethnicity. This statistic mirrored a 2000 survey despite a 6% minority growth in the United States over the same 11 year period. Furthermore, one third of all National Park visitors make over $100,000/year, despite representing only one fifth of the population. The National Park service, and US Department of the Interior, are well aware of the inclusivity problems caused by raising fees- but nevertheless, they continue to increase them. All Americans and immigrants in the USA fund their public natural spaces with their taxes, it is only fair that we all have free access to them. Join us in our bipartisan movement to free our public lands and resolve systemic inclusivity issues in the great outdoors.

HOW?

By raising money- many more will hear your voice. While stopping a fast moving train may be difficult, it can be done one step at a time. Funding is necessary to influence change in this profit-driven political climate. Lobbying, mass organized movements, demonstrations, and boycotts are tools we have to our advantage to effect change for a fairer society. It may take millions of dollars to lobby our way through the legislative process, but we will stop at nothing until we have justice.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Social justice can happen in three ways. Votes, Pressure, and Money. On our website and social media pages, linked below, you can join and learn about all the opportunities to make your voice heard. Our petitions are another great way to pressure politicians and lawmakers, as well as spread the word to others who may be interested in diversity and inclusion. Following and sharing our social media pages/posts also helps introduce others to the issues. This GoFundMe, as well as our other fundraising campaigns, is the best way to have a direct impact on the change we seek to influence. Any amount is a step in the right direction.

Website 
Shop  (great way to help the cause!)
Instagram 
Petition 
Join (mailing list and further donations)




(Legal:) The Right to Explore SPC, social purpose corporation, is dedicated to the promotion and lobbying of/for human rights on natural federal lands. The Right to Explore SPC believes federal public lands should be free to access as well as other tenets outlined on their website. Because The Right to Explore SPC seeks to influence legal legislation, donations are NOT tax-deductible. The Right to Explore SPC is required by the Washington Secretary of State to use profits and donations towards their social purpose.
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