1. Acknowledge and address the low visible minority ethnic representation across the environmental sector. Racial diversity in nature and conservation organisations is a longstanding and deep-rooted problem, and recently there have been calls from around the world to address it 4 , 5 , 6 . Gender diversity is changing slowly, but there is still a long way to go to have balanced representation of our diverse society; an endeavour that will not only enrich our society, but will contribute to better science, better communication, and better communities for everyone.

2. The sector to obtain advice from VME Race experts and formulate a diversity plan suitable for all organisations including making nature relevant to the VME community by engaging them with nature in a way that they can relate to.

3. Environmental organisations to obtain advice on unconscious bias and how they can increase visible minority ethnic representation, publishing their strategies and progress in annual reports.

4. Environmental organisations to adopt excellent equal opportunities and recruitment policies including mandatory diversity training for all Trustees, staff and volunteers.

5. The sector to monitor, measure and publish diversity data for Trustees, employees, volunteers, applicants and members. Publishing anonymised diversity data is essential in raising awareness of VME people in the conservation sector. Transparency of data will not only help to celebrate the successes, but it will also make it possible to learn from other organisations about how to think differently.

6. Online and printed environmental media to be diverse in content with images reflective of UK society and more VME role models visible on nature TV programmes.

7. The Government to commission research into the barriers to VME going out into natural spaces, what can be done to overcome the hurdles and take action to make change.

8. The Government to ensure regular cheap public transport from inner cities to the countryside especially National Parks and Nature Reserves.

9. Government Departments to provide mandatory information evenings targeting VME secondary age children and their parents, explaining careers in the sector and encouraging an interest in relevant courses.

10. Universities to mentor and support VME students taking nature-related degrees in order to combat racism and isolation.


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