Robin Arisa Cox

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isn’t earth amazing in a universe filled with barren rocks we’re lucky to be on probably the most exciting one just look at this adorable beetle the sea lion this alien looking thing and majestic polar bear oh oh well that’s nature

earth would be pretty boring without diversity and with all of the effects of climate change we’re losing more and more of it but lucky for us people are actively fighting it in governments and on the streets you might recognize them in these environmentalists it really begins when a group of judges look at all these white people i mean they’re cool and they’ve done some amazing work but where’s the human diversity what about people of color indigenous people with disabilities or the lgbtq plus community you might be wondering why does this matter well representation matters it’s important that people like you and me can relate to the person they see telling the story seeing someone that represents you on tv can inspire you to get involved and welcoming people from different backgrounds brings new perspectives to the conversation which the environmental movement desperately needs equal representation should be a priority in environmental media we’ve lost so many stories because environmentalists of color weren’t recognized for their work because the environmentalists shown to us then and now are mostly white is environmentalism really a white man’s game it’s a global problem so it needs all of us to solve it environmental justice needs social justice first this topic has been all over social media recently but it’s more than a trend it’s a serious issue that needs addressing

so what can you do

recognize the need for diverse representation in environmental media

hold the media accountable if they misrepresent or silence python

recognize your privilege use your voice to amplify others social justice is one of the necessary steps towards environmental justice

we cannot save the planet without first saving each other

It's Not All White

Why do we keep seeing the same environmentalists in media? There are many other people who are protecting Earth and its diversity. How can people fight for environmental justice without fighting for social justice? A short film made with 100% recycled footage, music and sound effects.


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I love nature documentaries.

They’re just so cool.

You see so many animals, plants, and places that you’ll never be able to go to.

But maybe you’ve seen this too…

the narrators all kind of look similar.

You know what I mean?



I’m just going to say it.

Why is everyone white?

It’s weird that media only shows white people as nature’s advocates.

Why are people of color always “in need” and “exotic”?

Or why are indigenous people always “striking” and “mysterious”?

Environmental media should represent everyone in the environment, right?

So why are white people the face of it?




White people exploiting the…

…I mean…exploring the world.

Traveling to far ends of the planet

stealing, raping, and murdering along the way.

So how did the Europeans get away with all of this?


It showed the people back home that they were spreading civilization.

They called themselves “white saviors”

because they were saving the foreign natives

from barbarism, paganism, and brutality.

Except they weren’t.

But who are they supposedly saving?

The “noble savages”.

Naturally resourceful indigenous people

who could be good and smart if only they had some guidance from civilized white people.

In reality they were seen as poor unintelligent people to take advantage of.

But it’s easier to exploit people who you call racially inferior.
White saviorism and colonialism were both based on a foundation of lies, suffering, and exploitation

and they still exist today.

White people are still exploiting BIPOC for their own benefit.

It corrupts the minds of BIPOC and white people.

Even in environmental media

but it’s subtle.

We see it in the way that indigenous communities are presented and perceived.

We see it in media companies where white people control who’s seen and who isn’t.

We see it in our documentaries narrated exclusively by Attenborough-types.

More often than not, environmental media is made by white people for white people.

They show how they see BIPOC instead of showing them who we really are.

Modern colonialism is why environmentalism is a white person’s game.

BIPOC aren’t given the same opportunities to fight for our planet.

So how does environmental media need to change?

One, acknowledge their racist history.

National Geographic printed articles about Indigenous Australians

describing them as savages and ranking lowest in intelligence of all human beings.

It’s appalling and disgusting, and is the most obvious example of racism in their magazine.

But they acknowledged it and apologized for it.

It doesn’t excuse all of the other racist content they’ve published

but it shows they’re on the right path.

Now we can expect them to do their jobs well

and if they don’t, we hold them accountable

but more on that later.

Two, stop changing the narrative.

For centuries, white people twisted and manipulated stories for their own benefit

whether it was for drama or entertainment or whatever.
It’s wrong and needs to stop.

Let BIPOC tell their stories instead of a white stranger.

Three, stop relying on stereotypes and cliches.

They need to stop using them to make stories “exciting”.

If a story relies on stereotypes to make it interesting,

it’s a bad story.

These stories leave a terrible impact on the BIPOC community.

They’re dumb and misrepresent most people in the world. Four, recognize your own privilege.

Know it and use it to support the BIPOC community.

Just be inclusive.

Hold people accountable if they say or do something stupid

including yourself.

We have a long way to go before history’s behind us.

The effects of colonialism are still felt today.

The world needs BIPOC environmentalists.

Justice for the environment

is justice for all people.


A look into history exposes what environmentalism is founded on. We find out why BIPOC are shown differently and what we can do to help. A short film made with recycled footage, music and sound effects.


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