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True Resilience

A letter from our executive director

Nature teaches us that biodiversity is key to thriving, that differences create strength. And wisdom assures us that nature is not only “out there” but also “in here”: Human variability in all its forms serves as a source of strength.

Recognizing these truths, Central Indiana Land Trust has long held a zero-tolerance policy around racism. As such, we stand in solidarity with all who demand justice for the deaths of Black men and women.

Because CILTI is an organization committed to connecting people to the wonder of nature, it could seem that matters of racial justice are beyond our scope. But we recognize that until all people can enjoy the outdoors without fear of violence or racism, we cannot execute our mission equitably. Additionally, CILTI believes that in order for our organization to be successful, every person must have access to a seat at the table regardless of their race, gender, ethnicity, sexual identity, socioeconomic status, age, ability, religion or political philosophy.

We acknowledge that in the conservation field and in our own organization, we have not done enough to bring the power of diversity into the human realm. We know that it isn’t sufficient to pledge support if we don’t commit to real and measurable change. To that end, we are working for change and laying the groundwork for improvement. Over the coming months, you will hear more about these plans.

Our work in the natural world shows us over and over again that an ecosystem’s resilience depends on its variation. In nature, biodiversity is a sign of health. It is no different in human community. Our human ecosystem needs everyone’s contributions and ideas, and all people need to be safe and valued if we are to fully thrive.

Toward a more resilient future,

Cliff Chapman

Executive Director, Central Indiana Land Trust

Cliff Chapman

Executive Director

As CILTI’s Executive Director, Cliff keeps CILTI’s focus on good science and stewardship. He’s mindful that the natural places you love took thousands of years to evolve and could be destroyed in a single day, and that knowledge drives his dedication to their protection.