(currently editing, please take with a grain of salt :) updated Jan. 9th, 2019)
Established in December 2017, Brown Environmentalist began as a movement and platform to amplify the stories, contributions and leadership of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the environment, especially as told through a BIPOC lens. The project was started by artist Michael A. Estrada (he/him) in response to the narrow and misleading narratives he often saw taught during his time as an environmental educator and, prior to that, working in ecological restoration.
The ongoing mission of Brown Environmentalist is to reimagine a more inclusive and just future by means of visual and in-depth storytelling. BE believes that only through accurate media and news representation made by BIPOC themselves will such a future and society exist; one in the image of brown and black folks themselves and not molded to structures upheld through white supremacy. Brown Environmentalist was created to dismantle the traditional environmental narrative and push forward a future that recognizes Indigenous sovereignty, healing, and a just, equitable society.
Michael/noyekim is a first-generation Salvadoran-American (Pipil) artist and photojournalist. He graduated from UCLA in 2012 and has since worked in different capacities through and within the environmental movement. His focus now lies at the intersection of art, environmental justice, and critical narrative storytelling.
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