Latino Conservation Week 2020

Join us in celebrating Latino Conservation Week 2020. It’s a different world we’re living in now as we protect ourselves and each other, but we look ahead with optimism and continue to elevate the voices of those in our communities.

Community Member Insights

We’ll be sharing insights from staff and coalition members and welcome you to share your own comments. Follow along on social media: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Community Events

Additionally, we will be hosting a virtual Census Loteria, or a “CENSOTERIA” game for Latino Conservation Week on Thursday, July 23! We are getting creative this year so we can continue to gather, learn, and uplift our voices and community. We want to take this opportunity to elevate the value of civic participation for the Latino Community. Moreover, we need to be counted to ensure our communities are receiving their fair share of resources. We are excited to collaborate with Latino Outdoors and NPCA for this event.

This event will be bilingual, and we have a fun surprise so don’t miss out!
This is a free family friendly event, so please feel free to share!

To learn more and to RSVP, please visit our eventbrite page at Censoteria2020.eventbrite.com

We are also hosting a Facebook Live event on Tuesday, July 21 at 5 pm PT. Tune in as we engage in a conversation about the Latino Conservation Movement in the U.S. Únase mientras entablamos una conversación sobre el Movimiento de Conservación de Inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos.

Congressional Action

We are joining other Latino Conservation Week advocates in California in asking Congress to take action on several important bills this week. We urge members of Congress to vote YES on legislation to protect California public lands.

Coalition Statement: Black Lives Matter

We are outraged and heartbroken. We grieve and demand justice for the Black lives lost to police brutality, COVID-19, and more than 400 years of sanctioned violence and systemic racism in this country.

As we’ve seen again and again, communities of color — especially Black communities — are disproportionately traumatized by police violence and impacted by climate change and COVID-19. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery should be alive today, and their deaths are more horrific examples of systemic racism.

Over-policing does not make our communities any safer. The police didn’t keep George Floyd safe, or Breonna Taylor. They are more than names; they are our reminder that it is everyone’s responsibility to fight racism in all its forms. Black lives matter and we are committed to achieving social justice. 

Here’s How You Can Help

People’s Budget LA in Los Angeles is calling for the city to put resources into preventing violence instead of reacting to it with more violence, by cutting the budget for the police and investing in early childhood education, job creation, and public health. Nature for All supports this action and urges all levels of government to take similar actions.

Communities of color have for too long suffered the impacts of environmental injustices and carried the disproportionate burden of racist policies. Please consider joining us in taking action to support organizations working on the ground to address structural racism, including deep-seated societal notions of anti-Blackness, and the resulting health inequities and violence.  

We encourage everyone to make contributions and support organizations dedicated to fighting these injustices in memory of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the countless others whose names we may never know.

Local organizations: 

National organizations to support, who are working on these issues:

  • Minnesota Freedom Fund – pays criminal bail and immigration bonds for those who can’t afford to
  • Movement4BlackLives – was created as a space for Black organizations across the country to discuss and shift key policy, cultural and political wins
  • Reclaim the Block – a coalition demanding investment in community-led safety initiatives (and divestment from policing) in Minneapolis
  • Black Visions Collective – an arts collective advocating and organizing for transformative justice and liberation by and for Black Minnesotans
  • Black MN COVID-19 Response – a coalition of Black organizers and organizers from Minnesota addressing the harmful impacts of COVID-19
  • George Floyd Memorial Fund – the GoFundMe page of George Floyd’s family, posted by his brother
  • Pimento Relief Fund – providing black business with insurance relief after white supremacists set them on fire during the protests

Protecting Each Other and Nature

We’re in this together and we can enjoy the benefits of nature while observing public health guidelines in place to protect us all. Thank you in joining us in wearing face coverings, keeping our distance, and leaving no trace.

Protecting Nature During the COVID-19 Pandemic


Illustrated posts by Leadership Academy graduate Brenda Kyle (@chapparralchick on Instagram)



More on the subject:

Heading Out for a Hike? New Pandemic Rules (LA Times)

Los Angeles Trails Re-Open to Complaints, Confusion (Modern Hiker)

California State Parks Video no Safely Enjoying Time in Parks and on Trails