Frequently Asked Questions

Below you’ll find answers to our most frequently asked questions on everything from general questions, Annual Summit, and donation/sponsorship questions. Click a topic or scroll below to find your answers.

General Questions

What does "People of the Global Majority" mean?

We use “People of the Global Majority” (PGM) interchangeably with “black, indigenous, and people of color” (BIPOC), since black, indigenous, and people of color represent over 80% of the world’s population. This wording points out the demographic inaccuracy of the euphemism “minority” and can feel more empowering for some people.

How can I share my story/testimonial with PGM ONE?

We love hearing from our community and learning about our work’s impact on individuals and groups. If you have a story or testimonial about your experience with PGM ONE that you’d like to share, we warmly invite you to do so. Here are a few ways you can share your story with us:

  • Email: Send your story to info@pgmone.org with the subject line “My PGM ONE Story/Testimonial.” Please feel free to include any photos, videos, or other media that help illustrate your experience.
  • Online Form: Coming Soon!
  • Social Media: Share your story on your social media platforms using the hashtag #mypgmone and tagging our official accounts. This way, your story can reach us and the wider community connected with PGM ONE.

Your stories inspire and motivate us, and by sharing, you help spread awareness of our mission and the positive changes we’re working to achieve.

I don't identify as a Person of the Global Majority. How can I help?
Additional resources and actions that allies can take can be found here. Here are some ways you can support the summit:

  • Spread the word to people you know who identify as PGM and/or BIPOC who might want to attend.
  • Like, follow, and share our pages on Facebook and Instagram.
  • If you identify as white and have colleagues attending PGM ONE, host a conversation with your white colleagues about how you can support racial equity and justice.
  • Help identify sponsors who can underwrite the costs of participation. Summit registration fees, travel, and lodging are some of the greatest barriers for some people from marginalized communities to participate in conferences like this. This is our Sponsorship Kit if you would like to reach out to potential fiscal or in-kind sponsors.
  • If you have a particular skill set or access to resources that may support the summit, get in touch with us at info@pgmone.org
How can I provide feedback or suggestions?

Your feedback and suggestions are invaluable to us as they help us improve and better serve our community. If you have feedback or suggestions about our programs, events, website, or any other aspect of our work please email us at info@pgmone.org. We welcome all forms of feedback, whether it’s something you enjoyed or areas you think we could improve.

We are committed to continuous improvement and appreciate your time and effort in providing us with your feedback and suggestions.

Volunteer Opportunities

How can I volunteer with PGM ONE?

We’re thrilled to hear you’re interested in volunteering with us! You can find out Volunteer Application Form on this page.

Fill it out with your personal details, availability, and specific interests in volunteering with PGM ONE. Once submitted, a member of our team will review your application and get in touch with you about the next steps.

Are there any specific skills or qualifications required for volunteering?

At PGM ONE, we welcome volunteers from all walks of life and skill levels. While certain volunteer opportunities may require specific skills or qualifications (such as professional experience in a particular field, language proficiency, or technical skills), many of our roles are open to anyone willing to help and learn. We encourage you to apply regardless of your background, as we often have a variety of roles to fill. Please specify any particular skills or experiences you have in your application, as this will help us match you with the most suitable volunteer opportunity.

Can I volunteer remotely, or must I be in a specific location?

We understand the importance of flexibility and offer remote and location-specific volunteering opportunities. Whether you’re looking to contribute from the comfort of your home or engage directly with our community on the ground, we likely have an opportunity that fits your preference. Please indicate your availability for remote or in-person volunteering in your application, and we will do our best to accommodate your preference.

Do you offer opportunities for group or corporate volunteering?

Yes, we do! Group and corporate volunteering opportunities are a fantastic way to build team spirit, give back to the community, and make a significant impact together. We offer a range of activities designed for groups of various sizes and are happy to work with your organization to tailor an experience that meets your group’s interests and goals. For more information and to arrange a group volunteering event, please contact us directly at info@pgmone.org, and a team member will contact you to discuss the possibilities.

Annual Summit

Why are you holding a summit that centers People of the Global Majority?

Black, indigenous, and people of color/the global majority are disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation and climate change and yet they remain underrepresented within mainstream environmental organizations and movements. This is largely due to a deep history and ongoing legacy of settler colonialism and racial oppression based on which both the US and the conservation movements were founded. The result is that communities of color do not always have the resources and opportunities to be able to experience and enjoy nature and the outdoors; practice their important cultural traditions; breathe clean air, drink clean water, and eat healthy and culturally relevant foods; and protect themselves from extreme weather and other forms of environmental crisis.

PGM ONE is a space that is intended to center the experiences of and relationships between black, indigenous, and people of color/the global majority to heal from our experiences of racial oppression and environmental injustice and step into our collective power to dismantle the barriers that prevent us from accessing our basic needs and participating in environmental movements. By centering and redirecting resources towards black, indigenous, and people of color/the global majority in this Summit we are supporting a more racially inclusive environmental movement on the whole.

I don't identify as a Person of the Global Majority. How can I help?
Additional resources and actions that allies can take can be found here. Here are some ways you can support the summit:

  • Spread the word to people you know who identify as PGM and/or BIPOC who might want to attend.
  • Like, follow, and share our pages on Facebook and Instagram.
  • If you identify as white and have colleagues attending PGM ONE, host a conversation with your white colleagues about how you can support racial equity and justice.
  • Help identify sponsors who can underwrite the costs of participation. Summit registration fees, travel, and lodging are some of the greatest barriers for some people from marginalized communities to participate in conferences like this. This is our Sponsorship Kit if you would like to reach out to potential fiscal or in-kind sponsors.
  • If you have a particular skill set or access to resources that may support the summit, get in touch with us at info@pgmone.org
What does “intergenerational” mean? Is this for youth/children?

“Intergenerational” refers to the successive waves of leaders of color who continue to open doors for others with like identities to follow in their footsteps.

Though we have no formal age limit, this event is intended for emerging and established professionals of color in the environmental and outdoor industry.

If I am mixed race or multiracial, can I come?

Yes! If you have ever felt marginalized or othered because of your racial identity then this conference is intended for you.

A common example of othering is when a stranger asks “What are you?” upon first meeting you. The intention of a “What are you?” conversation is often to clarify or acknowledge a person’s non-white racial status. This NPR piece on “racial imposter syndrome” addresses some identity-related challenges that some multiracial people face.

We are a family with a young child. Will there be childcare?

While the summit will not be providing childcare, attendees are welcome to bring their children, so long as they remain responsible for them at all times.

Since you use the term “People of the Global Majority,” does this summit address international or global issues?

This first year of the summit, we have decided to focus the summit on issues that impact people of the global majority within North America, issues such as access to public lands, inclusive experiences in the outdoor and environmental space, cultural competency, and indigenous American perspectives. This is not to say that the summit cannot expand in future years to focus on a wider breadth of issues related to marginalized communities across the world. That said, participants from around the globe are welcome, as are proposals related to international issues that are also relevant to PGM in North America.

How do I convince my employer to support my registration?

Please feel free to give your employer this letter explaining the importance of this summit. You can also reach out to PGM ONE (info@pgmone.org) if you need additional support.

Partnerships & Sponsorship

How can my company/organization become a partner or sponsor?

We’re delighted you’re interested in forming a partnership or sponsorship with PGM ONE. To initiate the process, please fill out this inquiry form. A team member will follow up to learn more about your company or organization, the nature of your interest in partnering or sponsoring, and any specific ideas or contributions you have in mind. Once we have all the information, our team will review your inquiry and contact you to discuss the potential for collaboration and the next steps. You can also reach us directly at jorge@pgmone.org for any immediate questions or further information.

What are the benefits of partnering with PGM ONE?

Partnering with PGM ONE offers a wide range of benefits tailored to each of our partners’ unique contributions and goals. Here are some of the key advantages you can expect:

  • Brand Visibility: Enhance your brand’s visibility and reputation by associating with a respected organization committed to charting a path toward environmental justice and collective liberation – particularly for People of the Global Majority.
  • Community Engagement: Gain access to engage with our vibrant community, including opportunities to connect with like-minded individuals, organizations, and potential customers who share your values.
  • Impactful Contribution: Play a critical role in driving positive change by supporting initiatives that align with your company’s or organization’s social responsibility goals.
  • Networking Opportunities: Benefit from networking opportunities with other partners, sponsors, and key stakeholders in the industry during our events, workshops, and other collaborative projects.
  • Customized Partnerships: Enjoy the flexibility of customized partnership packages designed to meet your organization’s specific marketing and community engagement objectives.

We believe in creating mutually beneficial partnerships that advance our mission and support our partners’ strategic interests and goals. For more detailed information about partnership opportunities and how we can work together to make a meaningful impact, please contact us as outlined above.

Contact Information

How can I contact PGM ONE for more information?

If you have any questions or need further information about our programs, events, or any other inquiries, we’re here to help. You can reach us through the following methods:

  • Email: Please email us at info@pgmone.org for general inquiries. If you have questions about partnerships, volunteering, or events, you can find more specific contact details on the FAQS section of our website.
  • Contact Form: Visit our website’s Contact page and fill out the contact form with your details and inquiries. We aim to respond to all inquiries within 48 hours.
Where is PGM ONE located?

PGM ONE is headquartered in Glens Falls, NY, USA.

Please note that visits to our office are by appointment only. If you’d like to meet with a team member, please contact us in advance to schedule a meeting.

How can I stay updated about your activities and events?

Staying informed about our activities and upcoming events is easy:

  • Newsletter: Subscribe to our newsletter by signing up on this page. We’ll send you regular updates, including news about our projects, upcoming events, and ways you can get involved.
  • Social Media: Follow us on our social media platforms for real-time updates, event notifications, and more insights into our work. You can find us on Facebook or Instagram (@pgm_one).
  • Website: Keep an eye on our website, where we regularly post updates, blog articles, and announcements about our activities and events.

We encourage you to connect with us through these channels to stay informed and engaged with our community.