The Heavy Cost of Leadership
Environmental and climate justice leaders sacrifice their personal health and wealth to make a difference for people and the planet.
Supporting Environmental & Climate Leaders
Under increasingly difficult circumstances, frontline and mainstream organizations are looking for new ways to protect the health and wellbeing of their staff.
What we asked:
What additional benefits would significantly improve your quality of life?
For volunteers or contractors, is there anything more your organization could do to support you?
What we heard:
Increased pay for staff and stipends for volunteers and interns
More paid time off, including holidays, parental leave, and sabbaticals
Healthcare benefits (many said their current plans were inadequate)
“Most of the trainings in the conservation field are around telling your story, fundraising, [etc.]..but I’ve never been to a conference related to HR or establishing your management system. It is a big hole in the conservation world — inequitable. This favors large NGOs who have that in place.”
How We Move Forward Together
Together, we can reimagine our collective work to protect people and planet, centering the health and wellbeing of leaders vital to this movement. Growing the strength of environmental and climate justice organizations should not come at the price of burning out the leaders who make up these organizations. Funders, executive directors, staff, and volunteers all have an important role to play in caring for each other in this moment.
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Who took the survey?
35% from Frontline Groups
56% from Mainstream Groups
4% from groups who identify with a religious community
82% work in 501c3 organizations
8% from fiscally-sponsored projects,
10% are not sure, identify as 501c4, or other
80% responded to demographic questions:
71% identify as female
54% are under the age of 40
50% identify as white
15% identify as LGBTQA+
8% have mobility constraints or a disability
8% identify as another under-represented group
5% identify as trans or gender non-binary
How do constituencies differ?
This presentation uses the following short-hand categories: Faith, Frontline, and Mainstream.
What are the focus areas?
Mainstream and Frontline groups differ the most in more often considering the issues of Environmental/Climate Policy and Environmental Justice, respectively, their primary focus areas.