Chispa Maryland works with community leaders and organizations to include voices of the Latino community in the fight to protect the environment. Chispa Maryland advocates for environmental justice in low-income communities and communities of color, which are often the most affected by environmental issues.
Chispa Maryland plans educational activities, field trips, clean-ups, among other activities, to work with the Latino community on issues that are affecting them locally, statewide, and nationally. We create family-centered events that give opportunities for Latinos to discuss issues that affect their everyday lives. In addition, Chispa Maryland also participates in community events and festivals that celebrate Latino heritage and community.
Some of our past events include:
- Educational fieldtrips to the Anacostia River
- Workshops at schools and community centers: through workshops, we have discussed the importance of protecting the environment while connecting this to health and social justice.
- Festival del Rio: In 2016, Chispa Maryland and other partnering organizations organized a festival for the Anacostia River which aimed to be an inclusive environment for the Latino community in Maryland. This event featured Latino traditional music, food and tables featuring environmental organizations.
- Community Clean-ups: Latino communities have engaged in cleaning up their neighborhoods, parks, schools and local rivers and streams.