LATINX ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS TALK RESILIENCE AND RECOVERY
AT ANS’s 2nd NATURALLY LATINOS CONFERENCE
Headliners include Ada Monzon, Meteorologist from Puerto Rico, Chris Espinosa, of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources and Mark Magana, CEO of GreenLatinos
For Immediate Release – March 22, 2019
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CHEVY CHASE, MD – On Wednesday, March 27th, 2019, Audubon Naturalist Society and partners will host the second Naturally Latinos Conference. More than 20 speakers, eight environmental champions, and at least two dozen sponsors will discuss “resilience and recovery” in the Latinx environmental community. Lead speakers include Ada Monzón, WIPR-TV meteorologist and founder and president of the EcoExploratorio: Science Museum in Puerto Rico; Chris Espinosa, Director of Public Engagement for the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources; and Mark Magaña, Founding President and CEO of GreenLatinos.
From the hyper-local to the national, speakers and attendees will share stories and lessons learned on surviving and recovering from natural disasters like Hurricanes Irma and Maria, shepherding the most significant national public lands bill in a decade, connecting traditional environmental organizations with local Latinx communities, and empowering Hispanic environmental professionals and volunteers to strengthen their careers through leadership opportunities. Attendees will get hands-on training in a community forest learning tool newly translated into Spanish and see how a local health department is weaving nature into public health promotion.
Monzon is the first woman in Puerto Rico to be named a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). During her morning keynote address at the Naturally Latinos Conference, Monzón will paint the picture of the devastation she witnessed while covering 2017’s devastating hurricanes in Puerto Rico and how she believes educating Latino children will be key to recovery for the island and the earth. “We cannot think this is only happening in Puerto Rico. We are all going to be affected. We need to use science as a tool to empower students to become problem solvers.”
Learn more, and view the full agenda and photos and video from the first Naturally Latinos Conference in 2017 at www.anshome.org/naturally-latinos-2019.
Conference planning partners include: Choose Clean Water Coalition, Corazon Latino, Maryland Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education, NOAA National Weather Service, Prince George’s County Parks & Recreation, and the US Forest Service.
Lead Sponsors include Prince George’s County Parks & Recreation, Montgomery County Parks, Chesapeake Bay Trust, and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
About ANS: Throughout its history, ANS has played a pivotal role in conserving our region's iconic natural places from development including the C&O Canal, Dyke Marsh and, most recently, Ten Mile Creek. Past ANS member and board president, Rachel Carson, author of Silent Spring, is credited with launching the now global environmental movement. ANS's nature experts provide hundreds of opportunities each year for children and adults to enjoy, learn about, and protect the environment.