Interview of the Week: Shanna Edberg, Hispanic Access Foundation

This week is Latino Conservation Week–a yearly initiative of the Hispanic Access Foundation that helps support the Latino community getting into the outdoors and participating in activities to protect our natural resources.

While Latinos are a broad group, polls show they share a common concern for environmental protection, yet have traditionally been unrecognized for their contributions to conservation and green causes.

Shanna Edberg, the Director of Conservation for the Hispanic Access Foundation, talked to us about the unique challenges that Latinos face in accessing the outdoors and how the environmental community can ensure Latino leaders have a seat at the table where conservation decisions are being made.

Nature is deeply connected to Latino culture and history but the community has not been traditionally recognized for its appreciation of the outdoors and the environment. And because of socioeconomic conditions in this country, Latinos face a lot of barriers in getting to public spaces and getting involved in the environmental community. But that’s our job to change,” Edberg told Our Daily Planet.

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