Effective altruism is a type of research that applies logically sound evidence and careful reasoning to help generate the most desired solution that benefits the most people. In order to properly uphold effective altruism, we must utilize reliable and credible sources as a means of being able to approach any problem or challenge in the most prepared way possible. Without effective altruism, we would continue to research and innovate blindly. Tackling environmental issues is complicated and utilizes a lot of trial and error. Effective altruism doesn’t eliminate failure but rather allows you to make the “right” mistakes that allow you to learn and grow your understanding of the challenge at hand. Effective altruism is essential when combating environmental issues and when applied may further improve the state of current environmental affairs.
The Center for Diversity and the Environment (CDE) envisions an environmental movement that integrates racial and ethnic diversity to create a more holistic approach by fostering the growth of leaders of color and creating change within the current state of environmentalism that often neglects minorities. CDE’s mission is to address this deficit of diverse voices within environmental and sustainability discourse. Their work attacks issues of equity at several levels: community, organizational, and leadership. The CDE’s multitude of programs strengthen communication skills and relationship building allowing for more impactful dialogue. A key component of their approach is using such dialogue to reach action based solutions.
Examples of CDE programs:
- Racial Equity Institute (REI)
- Environmental Professionals Of Color (EPOC)
- Supporting fledgling organizations built by minorities
- Diversity and environment forums
A key component of effective altruism is collecting a comprehensive understanding of the issue at hand in order to properly address it. What CDE asks of effective altruism, as well as the entire environmentalism community, is to not only include the voices of people of color but also uplift these voices in order to create a truly effective form of altruism or action. Effective altruism proposes a specific system to allow the most efficient form of change, CDE engages within this framework in some ways by promoting diversity within the field in order to include the most inclusive and all-encompassing accumulation of information and perspectives to work with. In order to be more racially inclusive within the field of environmental studies, we need to plan carefully and effectively. Applying effective altruism would allow those who want more ethnic and racial diversity within environmental movements to achieve their goal.
The composition of our society ultimately favors the image of the average white male due to the lingering of antiquated ideas from past generations. While in recent years society has begun to reshape itself to be more inclusive and accepting of everyone, environmental movements still lack the diverse perspectives that they need. In order to truly reshape the way in which we engage with the environment, we must start at the head and essentially reinstate or add new environmental leaders who are more driven towards including a more diverse range of voices in environmental conversation. CDE strives to create leaders who represent a variety of backgrounds and perspectives on environmental issues. CDE’s drive combined with effective altruism will open up a whole new realm of environmental possibility that is based on logically sound evidence and careful reasoning to help generate the most desired solution that benefits most people. Making environmental studies more inclusive will allow for more minds to uphold the concept of effective altruism to better sustain the environment. The CDE also not only builds up new actors but help improve other standing organizations and institutions as well, such as the Racial Equity Institute (REI) and the Environmental Professionals Of Color (EPOC). Effective altruism will not only act as a basis for introducing a wider variety of diverse voices to environmental movements, but it will act as a megaphone that will amplify the voices of ethnically diverse perspectives that have previously been drowned out by an antiquated form of society.