For example, 50% of Latinos and 46% of Asians who responded to the poll said they personally worry a great deal about global warming, compared with 27% of whites. Two-thirds of Latinos and 51% of Asians polled said they worry a great deal about air pollution, compared with 31% of whites.
On Friday, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” devoted the full hour to a segment that was taped at Yosemite in response to Mr. Johnson’s appeal. Part 2 of the episode is to be broadcast on Wednesday.
The visitors issue is a pressing one for the National Park Service, which is expanding its efforts to diversify both its guests and its work force as the agency prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2016.
In 1995, Frank and Audrey Peterman, an adventurous middle-aged couple in Broward, Fla., piled into their trusty Ford F-150 pick-up and drove across America to visit the natural wonders they had never seen — the Badlands, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon. In eight weeks, they drove 12,000 miles through 40 states and visited 12 national parks.
Johnson, a musician, storyteller and interpretive specialist at Yosemite National Park, is determined to inspire young inner-city African Americans to experience what he says transformed his life. Less than 1 percent of the visitors to Yosemite are African American, a number he's eager to improve.
WASHINGTON – When President Obama last week approved funding to enlarge a national park in South Carolina, it was just another indication of a growing movement: the African American community is getting its hands green.
Our national parks, national forests, and other public lands belong to all Americans — and Americans of all kinds are doing great work to protect these natural treasures for future generations. The Wilderness Society’s Diversity Task Force honors this citizen richness by selecting dedicated Americans to put on the “Faces of Conservation” wall in our Washington, D.C., headquarters.
African-American participation in the armed forces dates back to the Revolutionary War. During the Civil War over 180,000 black men fought for the Union Army in volunteer regiments. The stirring movie “Glory,” starring Morgan Freeman, dealt with that period.
In a recent bout of Googling, I fortuitously found the wonderful Web site and blog, Outdoor Afro. Outdoor Afro is a “website community that reconnects African-Americans with natural spaces and one another through recreational activities.” The owner and operator of the website, Rue Mapp, sat down (virtually, of course) and talked to me about the passion behind Outdoor Afro and why conservation organizations should play a role in encouraging people of color to get outside and care about our wild places.