Hipcamp x BE,
In February of this year, Hipcamp staff sat down for a Q&A with Michael A. Estrada about the origins of Brown Environmentalist (BE) and how the platform plans to have an impact in the outdoors and outdoor industries.
Inspired by a lack of leadership, representation, and narrative ownership for BIPOC in the outdoors, BE strives to amplify those leaders and narratives through a platform for their voices and creative content.
When asked about the goals of Brown Environmentalist, Michael says,
Short term, we’d like to become one of the go-to environmental (justice) resources for everyone and anyone doing intersectional work. This includes a directory filled with curated content that already exists, new writing, people’s stories, interviews, and media. We want to be a source of knowledge and a haven for those looking to easily find the work of POC in the environment.
On the other hand, we want to be hired! We’d like to partner with people and begin producing media and content as told through POC. As we stated above, the narratives around environmental documentaries where POC are mentioned are often not ones of empowerment, and additionally aren’t being told by POC themselves. We want to offer those creative skills to the environmental and outdoor industry so that this can change. In other words, hire us! We can do video, long form writing, audio, or even an art project. We have quite the multitalented team!
To read the rest of the interview and find a wide-ranging set of resources for camping and spending time outside, check out Hipcamp's website.