It is a little hard to believe the autumnal equinox is already upon us. But before we make the full transition to the next the season, the RATIO team would like to introduce you to the grand prize winner of our #RATIOstories summer contest: @BrownPeopleCamping.
Brown People Camping founder Ambreen Tariq is a “proud South Asian, Muslim-American immigrant” on a mission. Now that her photo submission of Arches National Park is a part of the RATIO online marketplace, a portion of all sales will benefit Boys and Girls Club of America while spreading Ambreen’s goal “to help diversify our public lands.”
As soon as you pull up her Instagram page @BrownPeopleCamping you’ll see that Ambreen and husband, Nader Jameel, have wasted no time working their way through the National Parks and public lands of the United States. Taking time to be outdoors was something Ambreen’s family set aside time to do after they moved from India to Minnesota when she was eight.
Though Ambreen cherishes the memories made with her family in nature that gave her a sense of empowerment in a foreign new home, she continued to recognize that the experience she had was unique for her community.
But Ambreen is not willing to accept things as they are, even if it isn’t easy. As an advocate for getting more people of color to enjoy the outdoors, this change-maker is doing everything she can to reach out to those in and out of her community.
And thus Brown People Camping was born.
Interested in keeping up with Ambreen’s cause? Brown People Camping will be expanding even further in just a couple of months.
You will be able to find her photograph (above) of Arches National Park on RATIO's online marketplace soon!