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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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“Remember saving and reusing plastic bags? Remember not being able to leave the table until you finished all of your dinners? These things are all methods of conservation”

 

This last week we turned our attention to Latinx Conservation Week. We had candid conversations about the impact of climate change and our place within the environmental justice space. We took a deep dive into the ways that climate impacts our community and how we impact the climate in our daily lives. We explored the valley and took action all week to get into nature and to give back to the environment that cares for us. We joined partners across the country to bring awareness to the many aspects of the environment that need our protection and support. 

 

Our gente is directly impacted by climate change, but we are busy worrying about other immediate things and we don’t think about the environmental impact of our actions too often, however, there are so many things that we already do within our Latinx community that folks overlook as being methods of conservation. We’ve been conservationists since childhood, but are only now understanding the full scope of impact that our little actions have. Remember the butter container? Remember saving and reusing plastic bags? Remember not being able to leave the table until you finished all of your dinners? These things are all methods of conservation; recycling old containers keeps them out of landfills and reduces the need/usage of fossil fuels that are needed to break that material down, finishing all of the food on your plate reduces the number of greenhouse gasses that are produced by the decaying process of your foods. 

 

Our gente is out in the streets on a daily basis making ends meet by selling flowers, elotes, and other goods. The heat is a direct indicator that our environment needs more help and the impact the heat has on our folks goes further than just a little sweat. Heat-related illnesses run rampant through our community during the summers and with so many folks without healthcare, this puts a strain on our health and on our families who depend on the income that comes from street vending. More can be done to protect our gente in the street and to protect our environment. Join our Facebook group to learn about more ways you can get involved in the environmental justice efforts and to learn more about the environment. 

 

We are having those conversations with our directly impacted community, take a look:

 

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