Diversity and Inclusion in Iran’s Green Movement

About Iran’s Green Movement

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The Green Movement in Iran has experienced an upsurge in recent years, largely due to the growing number of dissident voices and the repression of dissenters. The most prominent figures arrested were Mir Hossein Mousavi, Zahra Rahnavard, Mehdi Karroubi, Abolfazl Ghadyani, Mostafa Tajzadeh, Nasrin Sotoudeh, and Jafar Panahi. Despite the recent release of several prominent Green activists, scores more remain in jail, including human rights activists, journalists, and members of the Baha’i faith.

Diverse groups

A recent report focuses on 40 of the largest environmental NGOs and the lack of diversity among the leaders. A number of studies have linked environmental risks and race. For example, a 2007 study by the University of Montana found a link between racial group and communities around toxic waste sites. But the environmental movement must do more to diversify its workforce and its board members. The following are a few steps organizations can take to improve diversity and inclusion.

In a study of environmental nonprofits, the organization Green 2.0 released data that showed that only six percent of nonprofits were led by minority people. Diversity gaps were most pronounced among foundations and NGOs that were white-dominated. The report also showed that most NGOs were overwhelmingly run by white people. As a result, the organizations are voluntarily reporting their diversity data, and the data is a crucial source of logic for more effective strategic planning.

Eutopian ideal

The green movement can be a complicated phenomenon. Some people, for instance, defend fossil fuels while simultaneously cutting down the Amazon, while others mock climate change while spreading hate speech and nationalism, and stigmatising migrants as enemies. The Green Movement has faced these difficulties throughout its history. One of its greatest successes was the success of the Greta Thunberg campaign, which popularised the ecological demands without distorting their scientific accuracy.

Scientific data

More sustainability projects require the use of scientific data and the analysis of large amounts of information. The women’s March is one example of this movement, which began in 2017 during inauguration week. It also featured the March for Science on Earth Day 2017, and was largely anti-environmental, while at the same time defending immigrant rights and countering racism. While women’s marches tend to have a more political focus than environmental ones, there is an increasingly common theme among them: defense of science and the green movement.

In the midst of these challenges, the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative emerged after the U.S. Presidential election. It is a network of over 175 volunteers dedicated to developing new and more equitable forms of government accountability and environmental regulation. Among their initiatives, the EDGI has led the movement to archive vulnerable federal data and conducts multi-sited interviews with current federal agency personnel. The organization also tracks changes in federal websites, such as data collection and archiving policies.

Environmental concerns

The environmental concerns of the 1960s are a central part of the modern green movement. While some conservation societies were founded before then, the environmental movement gained widespread attention in the 1960s, when the United States government formed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the decades that followed, the green movement grew and spread, with many national and local groups, such as Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth, coming into being. Concerns over nuclear power and acid rain helped spur the movement, while environmentalists continued to grow and change personal behavior. In the 1960s, the movement gained new momentum with the publication of two key books – Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” and Barry Commoner’s “Science and Survival,” which explained the human relationship with nature and the environment.

After the environmental crisis of the 1970s, Congress began taking environmental issues more seriously. It created the Environmental Protection Agency, whose mission was to clean the nation’s air, water, and natural resources. The 1970s also saw the emergence of the Back-to-the-Land movement, which combined environmental ethics with anti-Vietnam War sentiments. The 1970s saw the formation of CITES and the Endangered Species Act. In addition to these two landmark environmental laws, other international organizations were formed to help the cause of environmental protection.

Political action

The term “green politics” refers to a form of political action that emphasizes grassroots decision-making and local political activity. Green political advocates argue that it is essential for citizens to participate in the decisions that affect their community. Green politics advocates also seek to expand the role of deliberative democracy, which entails direct citizen involvement and consensus decision-making. In addition, green politics advocates aim to reduce the influence of large corporations and large institutions, and instead promote direct citizen involvement and democratic decision making.

Although the greens have been vocal about the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, they are not always clear about their role in determining national policy. Some greens have opposed EU membership while others have advocated strong military spending. In Germany, for example, greens have been at the forefront of lobbying for stronger Western support of the Ukrainian government. However, green parties have been divided over issues including nuclear energy, military force, foreign policy, and cooperation with right-wing parties.

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