A Message from the FNPS Board of Directors
Martin Luther King’s quote from the 1960’s is still relevant today. The arc is still long, and sometimes its direction is uncertain. However, it is apparent that we cannot expect that the arc will bend on its own. We have to make it bend, and every action helps.
How does this relate to the Florida Native Plant Society? Recently, we’ve heard from many of our members and friends, mostly in support of our position of condemnation of racial injustice and a commitment to further inclusion in our membership. We are heartened that so many of you care about this topic. Others expressed concern that this issue is not relevant to our mission and purpose. While social and racial justice is not our mission, it is just as relevant to our membership as it is to our society as a whole.
We know that environmental issues including conservation and climate change are deeply entwined with social justice issues, as disenfranchised communities are often the most affected by harmful environmental policies. We acknowledge the importance of representation in our membership by people who are directly affected by the positive work that we do and we wish to increase our understanding of the conservation needs of underserved communities.
If you are not yet a member of the Florida Native Plant Society, please consider joining us and inviting your friends. Together, we will work towards greater diversity and inclusion while we continue to carry out our mission: to promote the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida.