Our commitment to racial justice

June 3rd, 2020

It is a profound truth that ‘small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.’

This is the hope that we cling to as we watch the nation mourn around us and reflect on recent events and past injustices. We are saddened, horrified, and angry.

Upstate Forever’s mission is to protect the critical lands, waters, and unique character of Upstate South Carolina. Each day we work to envision a future that is healthy, vibrant, and prosperous, that offers a high quality of life now and for future generations.

However, that vision cannot become a reality for all who call the Upstate home while racial violence and systemic injustices exist in our communities and across the country.

Far too often, people of color — and particularly Black people — do not feel safe and welcome. Too often, communities of color are the first and hardest hit by environmental issues like flooding and pollution. And too often, Black voices are not included in discussions about environmental and conservation issues that affect their lives directly.

We recognize that there is more work to be done, and our small acts when multiplied with people all around the region will create a more fair and just society where we all can flourish.

Upstate Forever stands with those demanding change, and remains committed to protecting the Upstate for all, forever.

For more information on what Upstate Forever is doing to make a difference, please read our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion statement here.

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