Latine people are impacted by environmental racism every day in the States. Climate change’s serious effects including drought, record-breaking heat, and flooding—major issues impacting the 55% of Latine people in the United States who live in Texas, California, and Arizona. Furthermore, almost half of all Latines in the U.S. live in counties that violate pollution standards. It’s no surprise that the climate crisis is an important issue for the Latine community, a recent Yale study found that over 70% of Latine people in the U.S. are concerned about the environment.
Every year World Sustainability Day is honored on the 4th Wednesday in October–the 28th this year. Celebrate and learn how to become more conscious of sustainability and supporting the environment by following these Latina Environmental Warriors.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has helped put the climate crisis front and center in U.S. politics. The young congresswoman has prioritized advocating for environmental justice and climate change policy in US legislation. AOC co-authored the Green New Deal bill with Senator Ed Markey in 2019 and released it with the support of Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT). The proposed bill focuses on creating housing for low-income communities that are negatively impacted by the climate crisis. It also includes policies for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.
Hinojosa is one of the top sustainability influencers on Instagram. The Water Thru Skin founder uses her klout for good and informs her audience daily about pressing environmental issues across Latin American including the fires in the Amazon in her native Bolivia and the oil tanker threatening to leak into the ocean near Venezuela. The vegan practices a holistic lifestyle that prioritizes the planet. She takes to Instagram live often to shower followers how they can make their lives more planet-positive such as up-cycling discarded wood to make DIY bookshelves or choosing a three-minute song to play while showering to be mindful of your water consumption.
Crystal Mojica and Valentina Stackl
This powerhouse environmental activism duo joined forces to co-host the bi-weekly bilingual Greenpeace USA Latinx environmental web series, Planeta G. Mojica and Stackl bring Latinx guests on air to discuss the intersection between the environmental movement and Latinx identity including youth climate organizers, influencers, activists, academics, and celebrities. The show airs at 2 p.m. (EST) every other Monday.
The star of The Baker and The Beauty is a self-declared aspiring regenerative human as she’s concerned that sustainability maintains the status quo and feels we need to be replenishing to heal the Earth. She lets her Indigenous roots guide her in becoming an eco-warrior. She passes the mic frequently letting Indigenous activists take over her Instagram account to educate her 1.5 million followers about climate justice. She recently launched a wellness platform to teach people about lifestyle practices such as morning routines that are rooted in sustainability, Ritual Community.
Gaulinga is a teenager from the Ecuadorian Amazon who has been fighting the climate crisis since birth. She takes to social media to show the reality of how the climate crisis and big oil companies are impacting her community with stories of floods and deforestation. The youth activist is a forest-protector and public speaker. She has lent her voice to many climate conferences including the United Nations Climate Change Conference.