Cross-Cultural Climate Change Strategies

From left to right: Margaret Boeger, Education Director at Pepperwood, Lupe Navarro, Executive Director of Latino Service Providers and Hugo Mata, CEO of Soluna Outreach Solutions.

Last week at Pepperwood we hosted a regional gathering with over 50 attendees to celebrate the third annual Latino Leaders on Climate change convening. This fun and interactive free workshop, sponsored by United Way, the Citizens Climate Lobby, Pepperwood, the Regional Climate Protection Authority, and the Community Foundation of Sonoma County, was the culmination of a year of planning with local leaders in climate and resilience and Latinx community leaders from across the county. 

The mission of this collaborative is to elevate Latinx voices together with diverse communities to co-create local solutions for climate change in Sonoma County. 

These leaders, including Pepperwood, Latino Service Providers (LSP), Soluna Outreach Solutions, Greenbelt Alliance, Sonoma Water, Sonoma Clean Power, and Daily Acts hosted an evening with keynote speaker Carlos Diaz, lead engineer for Sonoma Water, and four workshops focused on drought, climate change mitigation, and energy alternatives. We enjoyed tamales, aguas frescas, and churros over rich discussions of community building and future collaborative work around increasing climate resilience in our communities.

A highlight of the evening was a presentation by the Youth Promotores Verdes (YPV)(pictured at right) from LSP giving a group presentation on what they’ve learned from their year as interns with LSP about climate change, drought, and community action. As Daniel Garcia, a YPV noted, “I became interested in the Youth Promotores Verdes program because I wanted to learn more about climate change and how to educate people about it.” These students based their presentation on interviews they conducted with staff at Sonoma Land Trust, Pepperwood, Sonoma Water, and Soluna Outreach Solutions. The YPV program is a year-long program hosted by Latino Service Providers for young people aged 16-25 who would like to become more involved in environmental issues. 

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