Hispanic Heritage Month:
Mujeres de la Tierra
Name: Mujeres de la Tierra (Women of the Earth)
Occupation: Environmental group
Birth: 2004 by Irma Muñoz
Birthplace: Los Angeles County
Mujeres de la Tierra, or Women of the Earth, is a community organization founded in 2004 by Irma Muñoz to empower women whove traditionally been excluded from the environmental conversation.
The organization helps Southern California women and families who are interested in influencing decisions on environmental issues that affect their neighborhoods, and works to build a network of trained community leaders to lead, speak and act with a collective voice.
The biggest environmental issue facing the Hispanic community in Los Angeles is a lack of access to passive and active recreational opportunities, to green space to play, to parks, Ms. Muñoz told Newsweek.
Latinos in many urban areas are the new mainstream, but unfortunately that does not translate in the equitable distribution of resources especially in the green world, she continued. A lot of power plants and factories are traditionally put in minority neighborhoods, and we suffer as a result of that. What we want are all the things that are necessary to good community health in any urban area: trees and clean air quality.
One of Mujeres de la Tierras current endeavors is the Baldwin Hills Restoration Project, which has the group partnering with Generation Water and Council for Watershed Health. The habitat restoration project will identify, map and remove invasive plants and restore native vegetation to the Baldwin Hills Conservancy territory.