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In this conversation with Friends of the LA River, Los Angeles Community Action Network, Southeast Asian Community Alliance, Inclusive Action and Natural Resources Defense Council, we discuss increasing equitable access to nature for communities of color and lower-income communities in Los Angeles before, during, and after COVID-19.⠀
Equitable access to parks and green space is foundational to creating healthy, thriving communities. Yet, a report released by the Hispanic Access Foundation and the Center for American Progress found that "the United States has fewer forests, streams, wetlands, and other natural places near where Black, Latino, and Asian American people live.” According to the report: people of color are more than three times as likely as white people to live in nature-deprived areas. In LA County, that means that 51% of people live at least 1/2 mile from a park. It's time to advance equitable access to nature!