After that, I really dove into the concept of environmental justice. I felt it was the intersection of all the issues I had been thinking about, and allowed me to tap into my background as a Latina and young political activist.
There’s this template people often feel they need to fit to be considered an environmentalist. It’s associated with being white and affluent. It’s the person who goes out to the mountains, and has all the fancy, supposedly sustainable gear, and a hybrid plug-in Subaru, and recycles everything.
That template is simply not true. If you look at the history of the environmental movement, it’s been filled with Black, Indigenous, and Latinx leaders from the beginning.
When I discovered Protégete of Conservation Colorado, I was drawn to work there because of its emphasis on building a Latinx-led environmental movement. I feel so lucky I ended up here, because it was the perfect fit for everything I had been working towards.