Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

Corazón Latino, a Nonprofit That Helps Urban Residents Spend More Time in Nature

Health + Wellness
Corazón Latino, a Nonprofit That Helps Urban Residents Spend More Time in Nature
Pexels


There are hundreds of millions of acres of public land in the U.S., but not everyone has had the chance to hike in a national forest or picnic in a state park.



"There is a gap, definitely, between communities of color, Latino communities and access to these green spaces and these experiences," said Felipe Benítez of Corazón Latino, a nonprofit that helps urban residents spend more time in nature.

The group organizes outdoor events at parks and forests, and they encourage families to visit on their own by providing directions and activity ideas in Spanish.

"The cousins, the abuelitos, the little kids, everybody will come," Benitez said. "So you want to make sure that you are providing information on what to do, information about safety, information about conservation."

He says the group's goal is to encourage recreation and stewardship. When people feel connected to parks and forests, they want to preserve them. That's important for the climate because trees store a lot of carbon.

"We don't need to train Latino communities on how to be good environmental stewards," Benitez says. "Culturally, it's part of our DNA. We just need to sometimes remind ourselves that it is important. We are stewards of the land. We are protecting our Madre Tierra."

Resposted with permission from our media associate Yale Climate Connections.

A sign indicates that glyphosate has been used on a farmer's field. Jo Zimny / Flickr

More than half the bacteria in the human gut microbiome are sensitive to glyphosate, the mostly commonly used herbicide in the world, reported scientists this month in the Journal of Hazardous Materials.

Read More Show Less

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is seen on October 19, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. Denis Doyle / Getty Images

President-elect Joe Biden announced Monday that former Secretary of State John Kerry will sit on his National Security Council (NSC) as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.

Read More Show Less

Trending

Susanna Pershern / Submerged Resources Center/ National Park Service / public domain

By Melissa Gaskill

Two decades ago scientists and volunteers along the Virginia coast started tossing seagrass seeds into barren seaside lagoons. Disease and an intense hurricane had wiped out the plants in the 1930s, and no nearby meadows could serve as a naturally dispersing source of seeds to bring them back.

Read More Show Less
Fridays for Future climate activists demonstrate in Bonn, Germany on Sept. 25, 2020. Roberto Pfeil / picture alliance via Getty Images

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere hit a new record in 2019 and have continued climbing this year, despite lockdowns and other measures to curb the pandemic, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Monday, citing preliminary data.

Read More Show Less
The Argentine black-and-white tegu is an invasive species that can reach four-feet long. Mark Newman / Getty Images

These black-and-white lizards could be the punchline of a joke, except the situation is no laughing matter.

Read More Show Less