Earlier this year we committed €1 million through our Explore Fund to support those companies, organisations, communities and individuals that make exploration possible. One of those organisations is Wild in the City, a London-based charity that supports and enhances the wellbeing of urban-dwelling people of colour through developing relationships with nature. To find out more, we sat down with Beth Collier, one of the directors of Wild In The City
WILD IN THE CITY
If we can highlight anything positive that has come out of the Covid-19 crises, it’s the reconnection of people with nature. When it was taken away from us through lockdowns, we realised just how important it is to spend time in nature. Time and again, nature has been the place people turn to for solace, restoration, energy and empathy.
However, 2020 has also highlighted the disparate access to nature. Nature doesn’t see us differently and welcomes us all. But for myriad reasons, from poverty to racism to persistent cultural attitudes, misinformation and lack of information, not everyone gets to enjoy nature equally.
Wild in the City is trying to change this. ‘Black and Asian people are under-represented within the environmental field and, for some, it hasn’t been a welcoming place,’ says Beth. ‘Being part of a community of people of colour, who gather in nature to learn, explore and have fun, helps people to feel a sense of belonging, that they’re not out of place.’