A man lies and dreams of green fields and rivers
- Pink Floyd
Several organizations and individuals have been working to bridge the gap between the participation and representation of minority communities (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other diverse identities) in the outdoors by providing a platform to share untold stories from the outdoor community.
This has also led to an increase in opportunities for the underrepresented communities in outdoor adventure sports and helped create a more equitable and welcoming environment. The year 2020 saw undeniable prominence of the Black Lives Matter Movement which made several communities across the world reach out to voices of colour that have faced inequalities and discrimination–including in the outdoor space. This is a list (which is by no means exhaustive) of a few organizations and individuals working on building an inclusive space for minorities in the outdoors, while promoting diversity in a predominantly white industry. 1. Danielle Williams: Founder, Diversify Outdoors and Editor at Melanin Base Camp: "I founded Melanin Base Camp in February 2016 and Diversify Outdoors in January 2018 in order to increase ethnic minority and LGBTQ+ participation in the outdoors." https://www.instagram.com/p/B1ZZVu1jMTn/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link Since 2018, Danielle has been busy building a network of outdoor diversity and inclusion organizations, advocates, and influencers around the hashtag #DiversifyOutdoors.
When we asked mountain biker and organiser of MTB Himalaya race Ashish Sood to list out five best mountain biking destinations in India, he stung back saying that given the country's diversity it was criminal to restrict himself to just five places. .