Drought's impact on Arizona's rivers could be dire, but WRAN's growing membership gives us hope! Photo: Jon Buford

WRAN News: June 2020

It's Time to Build a Truly Inclusive Outdoors

By now, you may have seen Audubon CEO David Yarnold’s public statement: “Black lives matter. Our nation is in turmoil because our governments, our institutions (including Audubon), and private individuals haven’t done nearly enough to act on that fundamental truth.”

Birding and conservation depend on human equality. I know you want to share the joy of birds with everyone. We also know that truly effective conservation work must consider the needs and elevate the voices of all people, especially people of color. People of color are most affected by pollution, climate change, and habitat destruction, and they have been traditionally left out of the conversation.

Audubon’s Western Water team stands with Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), and is more committed than ever to advocating for environmental and racial justice, especially as water supplies becomes increasingly scarce due to drought, diversions, and climate change. To learn more, please read this article from Corina Newsome, a contributor to Audubon Magazine and co-organizer of Black Birders Week.

Gila River Diversion Stopped:

Last week, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, voted to not continue supporting the Environmental Impact Statement for a diversion on the Gila River, ending state involvement in the project and ending the project’s prospects permanently. This is BIG news, and a win for Audubon New Mexico and Audubon Arizona. More than 1000 Audubon members took action by telling the Bureau of Reclamation that river stewards, community leaders, and birders did not want a harmful diversion on the Gila River. Read more.

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Want to dig deeper into the issues affecting Arizona's Rivers and water? Check out the blog entries below:

(To see stories from across the Colorado River Basin, visit National Audubon's Western Water News page.)


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