National Environmental Champion
Founder, Get Out Stay Out/Vamos Afuera and Naturechola.com
Karen Ramos is a social media influencer who advocates for Latinx people and Indigenous peoples and their representation in the conservation field. Previously self-described as a “non activist, non radical, white washed, “normal” person, who didn’t want to ruffle any feathers, offend anyone, or stir the pot…” Ramos had an awakening which led her to come to terms with the insecurities and the trauma of discrimination she faced as a person of color. Growing from that experience, she found the courage and energy she needed to form the nonprofit Get Out Stay Out/Vamos Afuera, an organization committed to serving migrant indigenous populations of the Central Coast. From there, Nature Chola was born.
Nature Chola is a platform that Ramos built to amplify a variety of social and environmental justice issues. Accessibility, #FakeVanLife, and being a person of color in the great outdoors, are just a few of the topics she covers. Ramos says that “navigating this space is truly a privilege” and that she is learning daily and failing, but learning from those fails. Her humility, influence, and advocacy for people of color in green spaces are what make her a Naturally Latinos Environmental Champion.