For Black History Month, we’re amplifying the work of a few Black-led organizations in marine science and the environment. In a field where Black people are underrepresented—according to some data, only 2.5% of marine biologists are Black—these organizations are doing the important work of promoting racial equity in STEM fields and centering environmental justice in conversations about climate change.

Black in Marine Science

Black in Marine Science (BIMS) began as a week-long event to highlight and amplify Black voices in STEM after Dr. Tiara Moore Tweeted her hope to see such an event come to life. BIMS has since grown into a non-profit that continues to highlight Black voices in marine science and inspire  younger generations to join STEM fields.

Learn more about Dr. Tiara Moore and her work with BIMS at the Aquarium’s free Lowell Lecture Series, where Dr. Moore will be a featured speaker on February 23 at 6:30 p.m at the Simons Theatre.

You can register for Dr. Moore’s lecture, “Building a Home for Black Excellence in Marine Science,” here.


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The Climate Justice Alliance’s Black Caucus 

The Climate Justice Alliance’s Black Caucus grew out of a need to engage Black communities on the front lines of the environmental and climate justice movements. The Black Caucus creates a space for Black leadership within the movement, and organizes to promote a just transition to a regenerative economy.

NAACP Environmental & Climate Justice Campaign

The NAACP works around the country on issues that impact Black Americans, including environmental climate justice. The organization fights to ensure environmental protections benefit everyone and that communities of color aren’t disproportionately affected by pollution and climate change.  

The Boston branch of the NAACP is located in Roxbury, and was the first chartered branch of the organization. This year, Boston will also be host to the 114th NAACP Convention.

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Outdoor Afro

Founded by CEO Rue Mapp, Outdoor Afro is a national non-profit that “celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature.” With networks across the US, Outdoor Afro runs programs and workshops, from swim lessons for children to local camping and fishing trips and outdoor leadership training. Outdoor Afro has a Boston-area chapter for those interested in joining local meet-ups!

Black Farmers Index

What started as a list of 150 Black farmers addressing food insecurity during the pandemic has now become a database of over 1,000 Black-led farms across the US. Many of these farms use organic, sustainable farming methods that are environmentally friendly, and buying local produce helps support the community. Find Black farmers to support in New England here!


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