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Local Latinos keep Denver green

Denver is a hub for green initiatives. No matter where you turn in the city, suburbs and towns all around, people in Colorado are on the green wagon. Latinos in particular, who haven’t always been thought to be involved or even welcomed in the green conversation, have been harvesting their seeds and watching them sprout too.

Many have wondered if environmentalism or being green is only a luxury for the elite. Irma Muñoz, native of south Los Angeles started a non-profit organization, Mujeres de la Tierra to go against just this point. After watching two of her close friends die of cancer in their 50s, she realized the other victims in her neighborhood may not be a coincidence. Baldwin Hills was consistently ranked one of the most polluted in the country.

Her organization focuses on including Latinas in on the green conversation and proving that saving resources, conservation and protection of the land has always been within the blood and land of the Latino people. She noted in an article in Newsweek that “environmentalism is big business” and sometimes Latinos find themselves absent because many do not have the influence or funding to make big things happen on their own. Individuals like Muñoz
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