Published: Sept. 13, 2023 By , , ,

Hand weaving orange and pink fabric on a loom.

National Latinx/e Heritage Month honors and celebrates all Latinx/e community members, their heritage, and contributions. National Latinx/e Heritage Month is recognized from September 15 to October 15. During this time, several Central American Countries celebrate their Independence Day along with Mexico and Chile. Other Latin American countries in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean celebrate Independence Days outside of these dates, which is why we don’t just celebrate Latinx/e heritage and contributions one month of the year and we celebrate these communities all year round. This heritage month recognizes the intersectionality of identities within the Latinx/e community and the diverse experiences and cultural practices the Latinx/e community holds.   

MENV wants to highlight events, people and organizations who illuminate the intersections between the Latinx/e community and what we do here at MENV.  

Events

  • CU Boulder 
  • Denver 
    • Check out this list of festivals, events, Día de los Muertos celebrations, museum exhibits, dance performances and more. 

People and Organizations  

  • CU Boulder (not conservation/EJ specific) 
  • Green Latinos 
    • Mission: GreenLatinos is an active comunidad of Latino/a/x leaders, emboldened by the power and wisdom of our culture, united to demand equity and dismantle racism, resourced to win our environmental, conservation, and climate justice battles, and driven to secure our political, economic, cultural, and environmental liberation. 
    • Created the Latino Climate Justice Framework which “provides a blueprint that Latino/a/xs across the country can turn to as we advocate for climate solutions in our communities.” 
  • Latino Outdoors 
    • Founded by José González, Latino Outdoor's mission is to inspire, connect, and engage Latino communities in the outdoors and embrace cultura y familia as part of the outdoor narrative, ensuring our history, heritage, and leadership are valued and represented. 
  • Latino Network 
  • Latino Outdoors Colorado Kids with hands in the air on a green hill.
  • Hispanic Access Foundation 
    • Hispanic Access Foundation connects Latinos and others with partners and opportunities to improve lives and create an equitable society. One day, every Latino in America will enjoy good physical health and a healthy natural environment, a high-quality education, economic success and civic engagement in their community with the sum of improving the future of America. Hispanic Access Foundation also founded the Latino Conservation Week
  • Get Out Stay Out/Vamos Afuera (pictured right) 
    • Founded by Karen Ramos, Get Out Stay Out/Vamos Afuera is a grassroots, Central Coast nonprofit, that invites Indigenous Migrant youth to run, play, and discover themselves in the natural environment. 
  • Energy Assistance
    • Energy assistance supports clients in need of support to pay heating and cooling related costs to utility providers, such as PGE, Pacific Power, NW Natural, and for home heating oil. 
  • Hispanic in Energy 
    • Hispanics In Energy (HIE) is a community-driven, non-profit organization designed to facilitate Hispanic inclusion in America’s energy industry. It is a resource for the energy industry, utility companies, municipalities, elected or appointed officials with oversight responsibility of energy related policies and practices, and communities on comprehensive energy matters 
  • CLLARO 
    • CLLARO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the first Latino civil rights and advocacy group in Colorado. Since our founding in 1964, we have elevated the voice of Latinos and defended and advanced our community’s concerns at a grassroots level. 
  • Latino Policy Coalition 
    • The Latino Policy Coalition is a national non-partisan non-profit consortium of the country’s leading Latino research organizations and scholars. 
  • Salud America!  
    • Mission: Inspire people to drive community change for the health of Latino and all families. 
  • Grow Haus 
    • The mission of The GrowHaus is to cultivate community-driven food justice through education and food access. We offer food distribution programming and educational opportunities related to growing and cooking food, as well as overall wellness. The GrowHaus serves the north Denver neighborhoods of Globeville and Elyria-Swansea (GES)  
  • People protesting on the capital with signs. Cultivando (pictured right) 
    • Cultivando is an organization that serves the Latino community in Adams County and focuses on community leadership to advance health equity through advocacy, collaboration, and policy change.Their work is based on our organizational values of community-led work, social justice, and collaborative leadership. They firmly believe that all people have the power to maintain fair and equitable systems and to ensure opportunities for their communities to thrive.  
  • Grain 
    • GRAIN is a small international non-profit organisation that works to support small farmers and social movements in their struggles for community-controlled and biodiversity-based food systems. 
  • Isaias Hernandez 
    • Isaias is a Mexican-American environmentalist and eco-educator. Through social platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, Isaias shares accessible content under his brand Queer Brown Vegan to educate people on various topics related to environmental justice and green living. Follow him on Instagram @queerbrownvegan, Twitter @queerbrownvegan, or TikTok @queerbrownvegan. (Bio Source
  • Alex Silva  
    • Alex is a Mexican-Colombian college student studying environmental science who uses TikTok to encourage optimism about the climate crisis and inspire people to take action. In 2020 he launched EcoTok, a collective of 19 TikTok creators who promote sustainability and climate action through their content. Follow Alex on TikTok @EcoFreako, Instagram @earthrebranded, or Twitter @earth_rebranded, and follow the EcoTok collective on TikTok @EcoTok 

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