The greatest issues facing the outdoors—whether it’s protecting public lands, closing ‘the nature gap’ with those traditionally marginalized from it, and addressing the climate crisis—can present particular problems for the Latino community.
“We tend to be the ones impacted first when it comes to the challenges of climate change, whether it’s wildfires or other natural disasters,” says Maite Arce, president & CEO of the Hispanic Access Foundation. But the way Arce sees it, the outdoors can also provide the solutions. The key is helping the Hispanic community, already passionate, she says, about the outdoors, to become more engaged in its shared future.
To meet that goal, Arce champions Latino Conservation Week, which takes place nationwide from July 16-24. It’s a campaign that Arce says, “helps break down barriers for Latino communities to access public lands and waters, encourages new opportunities for engagement and inspires the next generation of environmental stewards.” And while it’s a week of events bound by specific dates, it’s not confined to them. LCW is all about supporting the Latino community to better connect with the outdoors, and uplifting Latino advocacy work to protect the places we love and the natural resources we need—which can happen all year long. Here’s what you need to know.