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The Americas for Conservation and the Arts is dedicated to initiatives that provide educational perspectives on Latinos’ environmental realities. We address a wide range of issues that impact Latinos in the US, exploring the intersections of ecology and culture with the intent of uniting diverse communities for a sustainable future and advancing the arts as vehicles of change.
The Americas for Conservation and the Arts envisions an ecological and cultural landscape that fully recognizes environmental and social disparities, takes action to bridge these divides, promotes multi lingual and multi ethnic environments, and improves the severe under capitalization of our communities of color in general, and Latinos in particular.
Americas for Conservation and the Arts nurtures ethnic and cultural diversity that is not common in American-based environmental movements.
Conservation, in its essence, is dedicated to the protection of species’ diversity, yet there is much lacking in this regard when it comes to the movement’s human constituency. The flaw is becoming more serious year-by-year because the U.S. population is itself becoming increasingly diverse.
The demographic changes taking place in our nation are dramatic and these shifts are largely happening in urban areas. Minorities make up almost half of yearly births. Hispanics now account for 53% of the US population growth since 2000, soaring to over 16.8% of the population in 2010, and a growing portion of the world’s population now lives and works in cities that are increasingly diverse. By 2050 Hispanics will comprise 30% of the nation and Hispanic children under 17 will beat that figure at 36%. By 2021, 52% of high school students in our state of Colorado will be Hispanic. If conservation initiatives do not diversify, our future and that of the planet will be compromised.
Climate change poses significant challenges and opportunities for low income and minority communities, The Americas for Conservation and the Arts wants to ensure that Latinos have an integral voice in the national dialogue on the environment and climate change. We want to help raise awareness in Latino communities and to build the capacity needed to support grassroots advocacy efforts through educational outreach.
The Americas for the Arts recognizes and advances the potential roles of artists, scientists, academics, and committed citizens, in facilitating landscapes of sustainability, and diversity of peoples and ecosystems. We believe diversity is one of the most important conservation strategies we could pursue at this time
Who are we? We are a bold nonprofit that understands that Latin American and Latino communities have a strong land ethic, believing that humans must respect la tierra (the land) because it is the source of la vida (life). As our natural resources get more depleted, communities struggle to control their own ecological futures. It is not news that African Americans and Latinos are more subjected to environmental degradation than other national-origin groups. African Americans and Latinos are 79% more likely than whites to live in neighborhoods where industrial pollution poses the greatest danger. Agricultural workers are poisoned by pesticides, while farmers have lost ancestral lands to expropriation.
Americas for Conservation and the Arts utilizes its various initiatives to advance the struggle for environmental justice, grassroots democracy, and a sustainable society for everyone.
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