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GreenLatinos – a national network of Latino environmental and conservation advocates – concluded its 3rd National Summit at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA on May 23-26,2017. The annual event saw its largest-ever participation with over 150 attendees participating from around the country to partner, network, and activate around a shared Latino environmental and conservation agenda that is shaped by our members.

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GreenLatinos members, partners, allies, and stakeholders came together to select our focal point environmental priorities that are most greatly impacting Latino communities, lay out comprehensive strategies to advance those priorities, and develop collaborative relationships to propel those priorities forward.

Summit participants learned from the breadth and diversity of experience offered by the convening’s top-notch speakers, environmental leaders, and practitioners, which included community leaders like Irma Muñoz from Mujeres de la Tierra, Leticia Garcia DeCaigny with the Diesel Health Project and John Huerta – former General Counsel of the Smithsonian Institution.  This year’s summit also included national environmental leaders like Kierán Suckling and Regina Romero from the Center for Biological Diversity, Jamie Williams and Michael Casaus with the Wilderness Society, Melissa Vargas and Diane Regas from the Environmental Defense Fund, and many others. 

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Tapping into an emergent area of focus among its members, GreenLatinos also facilitated a groundbreaking series of conversations curated by the renowned social justice and equity consultant, Angela Park that explored issues of historic and current injustice and inequity within the environmental movement. These sessions provided a forward-looking exercise that laid the foundation for a framework of collaborative interaction that GreenLatinos members from national environmental organizations and grassroots advocates alike can enact to accelerate partnerships and further community progress in a manner that is equitable and restorative for those communities most-impacted by environmental degradation.

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Finally – the GreenLatinos National Summit concluded with its annual member-driven selection process of its core policy priorities. The network’s core priorities represent those issues that the organization’s members work together on throughout the year to drive policy change. 2017 GreenLatinos core policy priorities that were adopted included:

>> Environmental Justice Civil Rights and Public Outreach

>> Indigenous Rights and Sovereignty

>> Climate and Clean Air

>> Toxics and Pesticides

>> Clean Water 

While the National GreenLatinos Summit is an intensive and deep-dive convening for Latino environmental and conservation advocates to strengthen their collective advocacy, the 3-day event also includes restorative and exciting activities, events, and bonding opportunities – just a few highlights of which included an interpretive hike of the Asilomar parks grounds, and geography led by State Parks Rangers; a kayaking opportunity in the iconic Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary; fire-side gatherings; and so much more.

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