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Colorado Latinx Non-Profit

Cultivating a Brighter Future: How Cultivando Empowers Colorado Communities for Environmental Justice


The crisp mountain air, a hallmark of Colorado, is a right too often denied to residents of frontline communities. In Commerce City, a vibrant Latino community nestled along the Front Range, industrial activity casts a long shadow, jeopardizing residents' health and well-being. This is where Cultivando steps in, acting as a beacon of hope in the fight for environmental justice.


Cultivating Change: A Grassroots Movement Rooted in Community

Cultivando, which translates to "cultivating" in Spanish, is a Colorado-based non-profit organization with deep roots in the Latino community of Adams County. We are more than just an organization; we are a movement fueled by the belief in collective action. We see the power in coming together, and that's why we're constantly striving to empower not just individuals, but entire families.


Our philosophy is built on the idea that a strong community thrives when everyone flourishes. We understand the interconnectedness of families and the impact a healthy environment has on everyone's well-being. That's why our programs and initiatives are designed to uplift men, women, youth, and elders alike, fostering a sense of unity and shared purpose in the pursuit of environmental justice.


Environmental Justice: A Disproportionate Burden on Latino Communities

Environmental justice is the fight for all people to have the right to a clean, healthy environment, free from pollution and with equal access to the decision-making processes that affect their environment. Unfortunately, the reality in Colorado, and across the nation, is far from this ideal.

Many Latino communities, like Commerce City, face a disproportionate burden of environmental pollution. These communities are more likely to be located near polluting industries, such as factories and refineries. This proximity exposes residents to higher levels of air and water pollutants, which can lead to a range of health problems, including respiratory illnesses, heart disease, and cancer.


Unearthing the Truth: Cultivando's Community-Led Air Monitoring Project

We are committed to addressing this environmental injustice. One of our key initiatives is our groundbreaking community-led air monitoring project in Commerce City. This project empowers residents to become active participants in monitoring their own air quality. We provide residents with training and equipment to collect air samples throughout the city.

The data collected through this project has been nothing short of eye-opening. Rocky Mountain PBS recently featured our project in an article titled "Community-led air monitoring in Commerce City reveals gaps in environmental regulation." The article highlighted how our data collection has documented pollution spikes that correlate with residents' health complaints, such as headaches and nosebleeds.


This evidence is crucial for our advocacy efforts. By providing concrete data, we can hold authorities accountable and push for stricter regulations on polluting industries.


Empowering Leadership: Cultivating a New Generation of Environmental Champions

Cultivando recognizes that true change requires strong leadership. That's why we invest heavily in cultivating a new generation of environmental champions within the Latino community. Our leadership development programs provide residents with the skills and knowledge they need to become effective advocates for their communities.


Through workshops and training sessions, participants learn about environmental issues, policy development, and community organizing. We equip them with the tools to effectively communicate their concerns to policymakers and decision-makers.


These empowered leaders are the backbone of our movement. They are the ones who organize community meetings, raise awareness about environmental health issues, and advocate for change. Their voices are a powerful force for positive change.


Building Bridges: Collaboration is Key to Success

We understand that we cannot achieve environmental justice alone. That's why we actively seek collaboration with other organizations, policymakers, and community stakeholders.


By working together, we can amplify our collective voice and create a more unified front in the fight for clean air. We regularly engage with Colorado leaders, including legislators, government agencies, and environmental organizations. Through open dialogue and collaboration, we strive to find common ground and develop solutions that address the environmental challenges facing Colorado communities.


Investing in the Future: How You Can Be Part of the Change

The fight for environmental justice is a marathon, not a sprint. We rely on the support of individuals like you to continue our work. Here are a few ways you can get involved and contribute to a brighter future:

  • Become a Community Leader: Join one of our leadership development programs and learn the skills you need to become a powerful advocate for your community.

  • Donate: Your financial support allows us to continue empowering residents and advocating for clean air policies.

  • Spread Awareness: Talk to your friends, family, and neighbors about environmental justice issues and the work of Cultivando.

  • Contact Your Elected Officials: Let your Colorado leaders know that you care about air quality and support stronger regulations to protect community health. You can reach them by attending town hall meetings, writing letters or emails, or calling their offices.


Learn More About Cultivando's Work: To learn more about Cultivando's work and the Rocky Mountain PBS article that featured us, please click on the following link: Link to the Rocky Mountain PBS article


Your voice matters! By getting involved and communicating with your representatives, you can help create a more just and healthy future for all Colorado communities.


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