Expanding Nature Everywhere - Capitol Connection webinar

Watch live or later.

Access to nature was never equitable. It still isn't. For decades, where we live, how much money we make, and who we are has determined how easily we can immerse ourselves in the outdoors. 

Nina Ignaczak and April Campbell are especially cognizant of this dynamic. Nina is the founder of environmental journalism outlet Planet Detroit; April is the founder of BIPOC Birders of Michigan. Their lives center on Detroit. The city and its inner-ring suburbs are in the thick of Michigan's most urbanized area, and the lack of investment for its residents—largely Black and Brown—have left them poorer and with less green space than their outer-ring counterparts. 

Ignaczak, having long reported on this situation, created a documentary in response, and Campbell, having long advocated for change, was among its features. Meanwhile University of Michigan professor Robert Goodspeed was putting this inequity into analytical proof by mapping out nature access across southeast Michigan.

In this special edition of our Capitol Connection webinar series, we'll look at the ways people, groups, and governments should connect people and places back to nature, in Detroit, southeast Michigan, and beyond.

Join us for a showing of the 15-minute Planet Detroit documentary Claiming Connections and a subsequent 30-minute discussion with Ignaczak, Campbell, and Goodspeed.


Can't make the event live? Register and we'll send you a recording.

The Capitol Connection webinar series is generously sponsored by: 

July 14, 2023 at 11:30am - 12:15pm
Beau Brockett ·