Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Social Equity: Forecasting for a Brighter Tomorrow

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Social Equity: Forecasting for a Brighter Tomorrow

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If the news was to be described in weather terms, the foreHB cast for the end of August into September would have been HS pretty gloomy: the Amazon rainforest was burning and Dorian, a category 5 hurricane, decimated a sizeable portion of the Bahamas--and there's roughly one more month of hurricane season yet to go! Into this stream of gloom came a viral video of two little boys, joyfully greeting each other on a New York City sidewalk (https://tinyurl.com/ yxoo7umq), that not only lifts our spirits but illustrates the importance of community. How awesome would it be if we regularly greeted each other with such exuberance?

This year's Social Equity issue focuses on the importance of making shared spaces welcoming and inclusive for all. In the cover story on page 30, "Social Media Enhances Inclusivity Outdoors," we see how social media, which can quickly lift us up (like the video of the two young boys I mentioned earlier) or tear us down (like the swift backlash against a swim meet official who disqualified a young girl because of the way her team-issued uniform fit her), is being used to build diverse communities outdoors.

Writer Paula Jacoby-Garrett shares the stories of people from diverse groups that have historically been underrepresented in the outdoors, "...whether you're fat, whether you're brown or in any way not typical, the outdoors is for everyone," says one contributor, and through social media, more and more individuals from diverse populations are sharing their stories, and selfies, to show others like them that they too can feel at home in, and should explore the benefits of, the outdoors. …

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