Green is a process where humanity blossoms in proportion to the available natural resources, and there are conservation and recycling aspects to being green. It can also mean tuning yourself in to nature and being aware of its life cycles. One beautiful nature hike, north of Santa Fe, begins on the trailhead shown at the top of this article.
From their Vision and Values:
“GreenLatinos provides an inclusive table at which its members establish collaborative partnerships and networks to improve the environment;
protect and promote conservation of land and other natural resources;
amplify the voices of low-income and tribal communities;
and train, mentor, and promote the current and future generations of Latino environmental leaders for the benefit of the Latino community and beyond.”
In the West, it’s all about defending the water and the aquifers. Big companies long ago took over, and the only way to empower the people’s voice is to unify and coalesce around a green message. One of the enduring challenges they face is the impact of abandoned industries on the land, air and water.
American Latinos have gone up the economic ladder, including the families who have lived on the continental US landscape for over 400 years. These families have educated their children, and as Americans their adult children are stepping up to deal with the pressing issues facing our nation.
That’s why I took the time to post this video by our Secretary of the Interior, where she addresed the GreenLatinos Conference. She has some American Indian heritage from Laguna Pueblo located in New Mexico. I would venture a guess that you can take the person out of New Mexico, but you can’t take the New Mexico out of the person.
Secretary Haaland reflects on the joy of being connected to nature. The freedom you feel when you are connected to the land and sky, and the simple pleasure imparted by the aroma of soil.
Conservation of renewable natural resources has to reflect a balance. There are deals and balances and occasional wins and losses but, because we must always be vigilant about special interests taking over, we continue to unite in our efforts.
Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2022
In advance of the one-year anniversary of the Biden-Harris administration, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland delivered remarks today at the GreenLatinos Winter National Summit, where she highlighted the progress the Interior Department has made on advancing environmental justice and tackling the climate crisis.
During her remarks, Secretary Haaland emphasized how investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help clean up legacy pollution in historically marginalized communities, and how the Department’s conservation efforts are centering equity, justice, and inclusion.
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Editing: Erica P. Wissinger