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This week, Make the Road Nevada celebrated National Latino Conservation Week by partnering with organizations: Chispa, Somos Votantes, the Fifth Sun Project, and more in Las Vegas to get our community to work together and shine a spotlight on conservation.

Latino Conservation Week is an initiative that was created back in 2014 by the Hispanic Access Foundation. Over the years, this has become an inspiring movement to encourage the Latinx community to go outdoors and participate in activities that help our madre tierra. 

This year, we participated in events to engage the community with the outdoors—including their local parks. 

On July 21st, Chispa Nevada organizers, MRNV, and staff hosted “Semillas Con Chispa,” a gardening 101 workshop where people were able to come learn about gardening while conserving water. 

We also partnered with Somos Votantes, the Fifth Sun Project, and other organizations on July 23rd to host a park clean up at Lewis Family Park in East Las Vegas.  

“I encourage everyone to continue celebrating Latino Conservation daily and continue striving to conserve our madre tierra’s natural resources,” said our Environmental Justice Organizer, Jose “Josie” Rivera. 

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For more information about our efforts during Latino Conservation Week, the EROS project, and more, please contact Rivera at jose.rivera@maketheroadnv.org today!

 

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This past Monday was National Recycling Day and some of us don’t take recycling into consideration on this day but every day.  What can be recycled? And where? It can take form in the simplest things we do.

 

And some of us don’t take recycling into consideration on this day but every day.

Many of us in the community want to do better for the environment but lack the resources to do so. 

 

“Sometimes, when I do cleaning work, in the parts of Las Vegas that show a higher economic level, there is more care to the trees, to the vegetation, and above all, it is noticeable in the difference of recycling programs, to those of our working communities. We should have access to those same resources because that is not equality.” – Fary Canales, MRNV member of the Environmental Justice Committee

 

The Nevada community should have access to those resources. While this issue needs to be addressed, we plan to help the community with what we can at this very moment. 

 

 

 

What can be recycled?

First, before starting to recycle, what can we reuse?

We can reuse containers from butter, sour cream, marinara sauce, the list goes on. Some of us already do this, and we can recycle gift wrap by reusing it. Other objects that can be recycled are bottles, cardboard, clothes, and even electronics. 

 

 

 

So, where can I recycle?

http://www.nevadastaterecycle.com/

https://www.republicservices.com/

For clothing, you can donate to a local goodwill

 

 

Now, we can’t forget water. 

Water is an essential source for all of us. We take it for granted and forget that it can disappear one day if we aren’t careful with our consumption. There are ways to help, though! We take shorter showers or note the amount of time our sprinklers are on to save water. We can do our laundry only when it is necessary. There are many more ways to help conserve water.

http://www.projectwater.info/100-ways-to-conserve-water.html

Are you interested in making a change to better the environment in your Las Vegas community? Join our environmental justice committee, contact:

Alejandro Montes
El/Ellos/He/They
858-649-9889

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