The Environment Council of RI recognizes the role we have played in upholding the exclusivity of the environmental movement; in June, 2020, we committed ourselves to dismantling systemic racism by identifying and challenging oppressive practices within our own work. This work is not yet accomplished; rather, we are at the beginning of a continual process of learning and improving.
ECRI started an anti-racist strategic planning process with two goals. We will identify the organizational barriers that prevent frontline community members from engaging with ECRI, and we will organize anti-racism training to help our existing member base recognize and dismantle the racist practices embedded within our work. ECRI must lead by example, and by doing so, we will not only become a stronger coalition for the environment, but better amplify environmental action led by people of color.
Strategic planning will allow us to establish a new vision for ECRI’s future, identify and dismantle oppressive practices within our coalition, formalize our anti-racist position, and center environmental justice. We know this will be hard and uncomfortable work, but without this intentional effort, we will continue to exclude people of color, youth, and other marginalized communities. As a coalition committed to protecting the health and environment of all Rhode Islanders, centering those most vulnerable to injustice must be our priority.
Strategic planning is not enough to repair hundreds of years of racial inequity in Rhode Island, but we believe it is an actionable first step. By announcing this process, we do not expect a pat on the back, but to be held accountable for this work because there’s no climate justice without racial and social justice.
In October 2020 the Strategic Plan Committee began meeting monthly, working first on an RFP to hire a strategic planning & equity consultant. Send a note to the ECRI office if you want to help this process. You can also take an 8-minute survey by December 1st to help inform our strategic planning process.
ECRI Strategic Plan Survey: please take 8-minute survey
The survey is designed to better perceive the expectations, views, and understandings that Environment Council of RI (ECRI) members hold regarding the organization. The goal of this survey is to be able to use this information to better inform the direction of ECRI and how to develop a multi-year action, development, and membership plan to be most effective in its mission.
This survey contains 5 sections and should take approximately 8 minutes to complete it the entire survey. Click here to take the 8-minute survey.
Please submit your survey by December 1st for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Seven Stars Bakery. This survey is anonymous but you have the option to provide your email address, if you’d like to participate in the gift card promotion.
The survey was designed in collaboration with Andrew Grande, a grad student in the communication for social change program at Temple University and a Cranston resident. He can contacted at email@example.com.
Click here to take the 8-minute survey. Thank you!
Or, copy & past the URL below into your web browser to access the survey. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeT20AqkM3fBi6HtO6nu8gz-rhUuT5bpCayFgGbxQdKUXuKCQ/viewform
P.S. This is a different survey than our meeting feedback survey so please take 8 minutes to complete this new ECRI Strategic Plan Survey.