It’s Earth Day every day! These initiatives by well-known Latinos are creating awareness about protecting the planet.
On April 22, we celebrate Earth Day, but caring for our planet should be a daily practice. These four Latinx projects celebrate nature’s gifts and help protect our precious environment.
1. Sachamama is a nonprofit organization led by TV host Vanessa Hauc, whose mission is to “build support for a 100 percent clean energy economy for all and sustainable attitudes, behaviors and lifestyles within Latinx communities.” The Quechua word sachamama means “mother jungle” and the organization’s work “is based on the principles of sumak-kawsay (“good living”), part of the cosmovision of the Quecha people, which promotes harmony among people and nature.” Sachamama, supported by celebrities such as Carlos Ponce and Aaron Díaz, helps create awareness about climate change and the importance of protecting the environment through daily actions like recycling. The group also strives to increase media coverage of environmental issues. For more info, visit Sachamama.org.
2. Maná’s Selva Negra Foundation was founded in 1996 by the Mexican rock band and focuses on endangered species preservation, environmental conservation and education initiatives, as well as projects that foster community development. “We are convinced that environmental protection is the responsibility of every single human being,” the foundation’s page says. For more info visit selvanegra.com.mx.
3. Vigo Swim by Puerto Rican designer and Parsons School of Design associate professor of fashion Mariana Vidal is an eco-friendly swimwear line. Vidal designs her own reversible bathing suits with fabric made out of recycled plastic. She makes each unique design once she gets the order in order to avoid overproduction. The Marilyn Onesie below is $138 at VigoSwim.com.
4. Selena Gómez is a UNICEF ambassador who works with numerous campaigns to help the world’s most vulnerable children. The Mexican-American singer also has her own eco-friendly clothing line Dream Out Loud by Selena Gómez. “I want the pieces that can be easy to dress up or down, and the fabrics being eco-friendly and organic are super important,” she said of her line, which includes pieces that mirror her own style and are “pretty, feminine and bohemian.”
The actress also supports the UNICEF Tap Project, a campaign that provides children in impoverished nations with access to safe, clean water.