Story of a Kanary in a Coal Mine
The canary in a coal mine was once a mining tradition to ensure working environments were safe underground for workers. Coal miners would often carry the birds into the mines to monitor the quality of the air while they worked. When workers emerged from the mines at the end of the day, healthy birds were a symbol of a workplace environment that was nontoxic, desirable and safe. While it’s been more than 30 years since the last canary was used in a coal mine, Kanarys exists today to help individuals and organizations create more inclusive workplaces by providing clear signals that foster nontoxic cultures and bring the beauty of everyone’s differences into the light.