This will be the 5th year in a row when we close our stores, process no online sales and pay employees to spend time outside with friends and family on Black Friday. But as mentioned, this year we want to take #OptOutside further. We’ve seen young people demand action to address the environmental crisis. They see the environment and the future of the outdoors at risk. Of course we agree. This crisis threatens the next 81 years of the co-op and the outdoor places we love so much. So this year, in addition to opting outside, we’ll be urging members and partners, collectively, to opt to act.

With the Richmond Outdoors Coalition, we are in the process of collecting baseline data to create an asset map and needs assessment of all outdoor engagement opportunities in Richmond. In partnership with the Lawrence Hall of Science, we are conducting surveys and focus groups with service providers, school administrators, teachers, families, and youth.  

Photo:  Juliana Gonzalez, Executive Director of The Watershed Project, contributes to the Richmond Outdoors Coalition asset map

Check out a summary of relevant state legislation from the 2019 session, such as an environmental education grant program and smoking ban on state park beaches here. 

A proposed sand and gravel operation is threatening one of the last remaining intact sacred sites of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Juristac, also known as “Sargent Ranch,” contains various sites of cultural and spiritual significance and lies at the heart of the ancestral lands of the Amah Mutsun near Gilroy, California. The Amah Mutsun are vehemently opposed to the proposed mining operation.

Photo credit Benedicto de Jesus