9 Latinx Celebs Who've Made Sustainability Their Mission
Diane Guerrero, star of Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin, supports the greening and revitalization of underserved areas. The Colombian American has partnered with Vitafusion and the Fruit Tree Planting Foundation to support areas in need by planting 200,000 fruit trees by this year. “This cause is particularly close to my heart, as I understand what it's like to grow up in a community with little access to good nutrition and fresh fruits and vegetables,” she told People CHICA. Trees — aside from providing healthy and delicious food — help sustain natural water resources, filter air pollutants, and improve soil quality. The program encourages communities to “participate in everything from nutrition to farming together."
Selena Gomez supports the Tap Project, promoting clean and safe drinking water. The Mexican American singer, actress and UNICEF ambassador used Twitter to motivate her fans to donate to this cause. The Tap Project has raised over $3 million, helping children all over the world have access to clean and safe water.
The Honduran American actress has spoken out against the dangers of climate change. As part of National Geographic's eight-episode series Years of Living Dangerously, she went to Waukegan, IL to show how a pollutant-emitting coal plant was affecting the area's low-income population and — joining the Beyond Coal campaign — petitioned the mayor to create greener jobs and shut down the plant.
The Cuban American actress drives a hybrid car and has worked with eco-charities Act Green and the Center for Environmental Education.
The actress is vegan and is the founder of the Honest Company, which promotes products that are eco-friendly and sustainable.
Sachamama is a nonprofit organization led by Peruvian Colombian 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 Quechua people, which promotes harmony among people and nature.” The group also strives to increase media coverage of environmental issues. The Emmy winner — seen here interviewing Al Gore in his documentary An Inconvenient Truth — also covers topics related to the environment for NBC Telemundo.
Maná's Selva Negra foundation was founded in 1996 by the Mexican rock band, and focuses on endangered species preservation, environmental conservation, education initiatives, and projects that foster community development. “We are convinced that environmental protection is the responsibility of every single human being,” the foundation's page says.
MARÍA GABRIELA DE FARÍA
Besides being vegan, Venezuelan actress María Gabriela de Faría — from the series Deadly Class — is an animal rights and environmental activist who uses social media to speak out in times of crisis.
Mexican actress Salma Hayek is an environmental advocate who supports organizations like Global Green. Her husband, François-Henri Pinault, is the CEO of luxury giant Kering, which has been a leader in making the fashion industry more sustainable.