Kristy Drutman is Jewish Filipino American environmental media host, activist, independent consultant and digital media strategist who created the podcast and media series known as Brown Girl Green. Forging her own path through the careers within env...
Kristy Drutman is Jewish Filipino American environmental media host, activist, independent consultant and digital media strategist who created the podcast and media series known as Brown Girl Green.
Forging her own path through the careers within environmentalism, Kristy is passionate about working at the intersections between media, diversity, and environmentalism and has used that passion to speak in front of thousands about the current climate crisis, facilitate workshops, and work with youth from around the world to create collaborative, intersectional online media with the goal of creating conscious, culturally relevant content.
Community outreach is something many organizations struggle with, especially when it comes to connecting with communities of color. Generally asking themselves how to make people of color come to them, they often fail to consider how they can make themselves more accessible to the local communities of color.
“Figure out who your community is and how you can communicate with them. I think everyone has an important story to share, and we need as many storytellers as possible right now to be able to engage people, because maybe you come from a completely different community than where I come from, and you’re able to communicate to your community in a different way than I could that will be able to connect with their hearts and mind to take action.”
Along with strategic and effective community outreach, the importance of collaboration continues to grow with the increasing specialization of skills and activists. Ranging from the protesters to the policy makers, and everywhere in between, to make an impact, larger and larger groups with specific specialties will have to work together. Kristy uses her education, platform, and consultation to bridge these gaps, bringing people together, and promoting a sense of community within environmentalism.
This week's conversation on Breaking Green Ceilings is full of insight and inspiration. From the difference between forest service and urban planning type environmental jobs, to what defines an environmental activist, to why identity politics matter, there is much to learn from guest Kristy Drutman.
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