We're continually inspired by the work that Outdoor Afro founder Rue Mapp does to build a broader community and encourage more diversity outdoors. Today, we're excited to see Rue in this beautiful short video from Sierra Club, where she speaks about the fact that before anyone can work to conserve or protect something, they must first feel a connection to it. The Upworthy post that features Rue in this video puts it this way:
"At the core of any kind of caring, there has to have been a relationship," she says.To further connect with the land, Rue suggests a second step: connecting with our histories. "All of us in the United States, usually within a few generations," she says, "has significant ties and connections to land."