Environmental Leader Exploration- Adrianna Quintero

An environmental front runner that peaked my interest is Adrianna Quintero. She is an activist based in San Francisco, that founded “Voces Verdes” (Green voices), which is a coalition of latino organizations and businesses that advocate for clean water, working against climate change, and finding renewable resources. She also played a part in the Safe Drinking Water Act and is in charge of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) latino advocacy efforts. Quintero has written many influential reports on environmental threats and their impact on the latino community. Currently, she is on the board of the U.S. Climate Action Network and uses “Voces Verdes” to convey how consequences associated with climate change (droughts, wild fires, flooding, and glacier melting) specifically affect Latin American people and communities. Under this category, falls many indigenous groups that reside in Latin America – one being the Aymara people of Bolivia as mentioned in the “Indigenous People’s Global Summit on Climate Change” activity in the Bigelow & Swinehart book. The Aymara people, as well as other groups in Bolivia and Peru have been struggling with Andes glacier melting, which threatens their water supply and the future of their agriculture based lifestyles.

Six Figures: Founder of Voces Verdes speaks her mind to save the environment

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