A new study has uncovered a lack of diversity among top environmental groups. The report from Green 2.0, an organization that advocates for improved diversity among environmental groups found the top environmental justice organizations globally are mostly white.

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As the interest in the environment grows, so does awareness of groups like Greenpeace or World Wildlife Fund. But this new report shows a disconnect between environmental justice, pledges for diversity, and the number of white people that make up the staff of these groups, NBC News reports.

The report found that on average, organizations add six people of color and eight women to full-time staff between 2017 and 2020. The organizations added, on average, one woman and one person of color to their boards since 2017.

“If you don’t create a workplace environment where your employees of color feel welcomed and valued, they are not going to stay long,” Andrés Jimenez, executive director of Green 2.0, said in a statement to CNN. “As we say in the report, diversity is only the first step.”

Leader of the environmental justice movement, Robert Bullard, also a professor at Texas Southern University and co-chair of the National Black Environmental Justice Network, told CNN, “Nearly every aspect of American society is segregated. Environmental and conservation organizations are no exception. … America is segregated, and so is pollution.”

Greenpeace, one of the organizations included in the study, shared with CNN, “The level of progress the report shows for Greenpeace itself is a testament to our staff and leadership’s commitment to embedding justice within our organization and through our work in the world, but we know we still have a long way to go to get to where we need to be,” said Greenpeace USA’s Ebony Martin.

For more, read our coverage of the fight for racial justice across the country and why racism and the killings of Black Americans is a public health crisis.

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