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AANHPI Activist You Should Know: Kristy Drutman

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May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time to uplift and celebrate the AANHPI community and their contributions to power democracy.

In this blog, we are continuing our series of highlighting young activists. 

Kristy Drutman, also known as “Browngirl Green,” is a speaker, media producer, and environmental justice activist. She co-founded the Green Jobs Board, a digital platform to help folks around the country find jobs and resources in the environmental space. 

Interview with Kristy Drutman


Tell us more about your background. How did you get involved in your activism work? 

I've been doing climate activism since I was in university – I got actively involved in caring about environmental justice and knew I needed to explore how I could use creativity and online tools to educate and inspire others toward action. This eventually led to the creation of my multimedia series, Browngirl Green, where I interview a diverse array of environmental leaders and advocates around the world who are telling a new story about climate solutions. I also co-founded the Green Jobs Board, a platform now helping thousands of people across the US find amazing environmental and social impact jobs!

Kristy Drutman, founder of Browngirl Green

Kristy Drutman

When you think of your heritage, what comes to mind?

Being a bridge builder – as someone who is mixed-race/multicultural Asian American, I feel that I am able to weave, navigate, and form collaborative partnerships and relationships with a wide variety of communities, sectors, and constituents! 

How did your heritage inform your activism? 

Being Filipino American made me realize my own responsibility within the diaspora, as the Philippines continues to be on the frontlines of the climate crisis and one of the top climate-vulnerable countries in the world. This made me realize that with the privilege and access, I have of living in the Global North that I needed to speak up and take action. 

If you could give one piece of advice to someone who wants to better our democracy – what would you say? 

Get involved in local politics and learn about environmental justice and how it impacts surrounding communities in your area. Understanding who does and does not have access, voice, and choice around a clean and healthy environment is critical in cultivating a better democracy. 

Want to get involved with climate efforts in your community? Join your local League and ask about their conservation strategies!

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